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Decision Points and Learning Curves: Reflections on the First Few Years of Public Interest Practice from Wasserstein Fellow and Staff Attorney of the ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project, Olivia Ensign

October 15 @ 12:45 pm - 1:30 pm


Join Wasserstein Fellow and Staff Attorney for the ACLU’s Capital Punishment Project Olivia Ensign for a discussion about the winding, often overlapping, and ever shifting paths that define the public interest career. This talk will include a discussion of useful skillsets that transcend the international and domestic rights frameworks and the decision points and learning curves that mark the first few years of practice. Most of all, this talk will center on some of the people that marked Olivia’s own journey in public interest and the lessons she learned from each of them.

Olivia Ensign represents clients in capital cases at the trial, direct appeal, and post-conviction levels across the southern United States. In 2019, Olivia was named as one of Forbes Magazine’s 30 under 30 for her ongoing work with the Capital Punishment Project. Olivia graduated with High Honors from Swarthmore College with a B.A. in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies, and from New York University School of Law where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar and Institute for International Law and Justice Scholar.

The Wasserstein Public Interest Fellows Program brings outstanding public interest attorneys to Harvard Law School to counsel students about public service. The program recognizes exemplary lawyers who have distinguished themselves in public interest work and who can advise students who are considering similar career paths. All students are welcome and encouraged to learn more and meet one on one with our Wasserstein Fellows.

Take-away lunch will be provided at the end of the program.

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October 15
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
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Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising


WCC 1019 Classroom




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