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Working at a Private Public Interest Law Firm

October 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Civil Rights cases, class actions, whistleblower defense, and labor-side defense– these are just some of the areas of practice within private public interest law firms, an often less understood practice setting of public interest law. Join OPIA and hear from a panel of public interest attorneys working at private public interest law firms and learn about the diverse array of public interest areas they focus on.

Sponsored by OPIA and the Plaintiffs’ Law Student Association.

Panelists include:

Aaron Halegua represents clients in litigation, consults for non-profits and foundations, and engages in policy research and advocacy work with a focus on international and domestic labor issues and human rights.

Eric R. Havian is a partner in the San Francisco office of Constantine Cannon LLP. He has 25 years of experience representing whistleblowers in qui tam lawsuits. He has also represented numerous local governments in False Claims Act matters, including the County of Los Angeles and the City of San Francisco. He also represents whistleblower clients in matters before the SEC, the IRS, and other agencies.

Tara K. Ramchandani is a Partner at Relman Colfax. Tara joined the firm in 2010. She maintains a varied civil rights litigation practice, representing individuals and organizations in housing, lending, and public accommodations discrimination cases. Her work often focuses on combating the predatory targeting of minority communities and ensuring equal opportunity, regardless of protected class, in the provision of housing and other services.

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Please note that the views expressed by the speaker(s) are their own.

If you’re a student at another Harvard-affiliated school and would like to attend this event, contact OPIA directly to register.

Persons with disabilities who wish to request accommodations or who have questions about access, please contact OPIA in advance of the session.


October 27
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising


Virtual via Zoom