Frontline communities affected by the climate crisis and other environmental harms may pursue various legal strategies to achieve climate and environmental justice, including both domestic civil rights and international human rights frameworks. Join OPIA for a community discussion with Wasserstein Fellow Maryum Jordan ’14, Climate Justice Attorney at Earthrights International, who will discuss such strategies and share some of her ongoing work with a coalition of Indigenous Tribes threatened by forcible climate displacement. Maryum will also discuss career paths for climate and environmental justice advocacy both in the U.S. and abroad.
Lunch provided. RSVP.
Wondering how students land public interest employment immediately after graduation? Join OPIA for a high-level overview of pathways to public service, including entry-level hiring, fellowships, and government honors program. We will demystify hiring processes and discuss key steps and strategies to position you for post-graduate public interest job success. Lunch provided.
Come chat with 2Ls and 3L about summer internships, course selection, not-to-be-missed professors and anything else that’s on your mind around public interest issue areas you care about! This is an informal, social space to connect with classmates exploring similar career pathways and build the public interest community at HLS.
Public interest-minded students who might be contemplating whether to pursue a clerkship after graduation are encouraged to attend this panel discussion at which public interest alumni who have clerked will talk about their experiences. The discussion will explore how a clerkship can be beneficial, the differences among various types of clerkships, and whether a clerkship might, or might not, be necessary for the kind of public interest work you hope to pursue. Lunch provided.
Are you wondering if the Early Interview Program (EIP) is right for you? Do you see yourself somewhere other than a large law firm? Are you worried that if you don’t go to a large law firm, you’ll be left without “options”? Join us for a panel discussion with public-interest-minded current students as they reflect on their own decisions about whether to participate in EIP. Lunch provided.
As a follow-on to our Deciding Whether EIP is Right for Me? program, gather with other public-interest-minded students in a judgment-free space to discuss the decision to participate in EIP. Whether you are on the fence about participating, or do not plan on participating, join others who may be considering similar factors — from finances to family expectations to FOMO.
Are you a 2L considering applying for post-graduate fellowships but don’t know where to begin? Are you wondering how to find and approach a host organization for sponsoring a Skadden Fellowship to work as a staff attorney or create an original proposal? Are you curious about how to design a viable “project” for fellowships, such as an Equal Justice Works, HLR, or Justice Catalyst fellowship at a non-profit organization of your choice? Join OPIA staff, students, and alumni for tips on how to develop a fellowship proposal from cover letter to interview.
Explore the possibilities of gaining two years of support at the job of your dreams with an innovative project at a U.S.-based organization by meeting with Jessica Ryckman, Director of Fellowships at the Equal Justice Works Foundation. Jessica will give an insider’s view on the fellowship selection process. Attendance at the info session is required if you plan to apply for the fellowship. If students cannot attend the mandatory session because of time conflicts, they must make an appointment with Judy Murciano to discuss the EJW application.
After the event, stop by the OPIA suite (WCC 4039) for drop-in office hours with Jessica to ask any questions you might have about the fellowship and application process.
Please join our panel of HLS alumni who will speak about their own journey from practicing at a law firm to a public interest career. Of varied backgrounds, our alums will share what they did to successfully make the transition and what they experienced along the way. They will offer invaluable tips on how best to use your time in law school and early in your career to ensure that if you choose, you can achieve the same success! Lunch provided.
Interested in learning more about the Low Income Protection Plan (LIPP) and managing loan repayment on a public interest salary? Hear from a panel of alumni currently participating in LIPP, as they share their own experiences. Catherine Pattanayak, Assistant Dean for Public Service, and Kara Martin, Associate Director for LIPP and Public Interest Funding, will moderate and answer your questions. Lunch provided.