Technology and Innovation Resources
Canvas is the learning management system (LMS) used at HLS and across Harvard university. Every current JD and LLM course has a Canvas course site. If you need assistance with your canvas site please click to send a ticket.
Our Learning Experience Associates (LXAs) can support deployment of innovative in-class academic technology, such as hosting remote guest speakers, using Poll Everywhere, and other use cases.
The Multimedia Studio is an on campus production facility on-campus, maintained and staffed by LXI, for HLS faculty and staff to create digital content that enhances their academic work.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging
Reading & Resources
- Anti-Racism Resource Guide (HLS Library Diversity + Inclusion + Belonging Team)
- Black America and COVID-19 Harvard Library Guide
- Beth McMurtie, “‘We Can’t Ignore This Issue’: How to Talk With Students About Racism,” Chronicle of Higher Education (June 18, 2020)
- Jay Smooth, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Discussing Race,” (Nov. 2011)
- Victor L. Goode, “Race, Racism and Legal Services Training,” 13 Management Information Exchange Journal 43-46 (2003)
- Antoinette Sedillo López, “Making and Breaking Habits: Teaching (and Learning) Cultural Context, Self-Awareness, and Intercultural Communication Through Case Supervision in a Client-Service Legal Clinic,” 28 Wash. Univ. J. Law & Policy 37-68 (2008)
- Andrea A. Curcio, Teresa E. Ward, Nisha Dogra, “A Survey Instrument to Develop, Tailor, and Help Measure Law Student Cultural Diversity Education Learning Outcomes,”38 Nova L. Rev. 177 (2014)
- The Five Habits: Building Cross-Cultural Competence in Lawyers
- Guides on Law Teaching in a Movement Moment in American Political and Legal Culture
The following spreadsheet allows you to access, edit and save changes collaboratively. It is broken down into three tabs, each corresponding to the overarching categories that these materials fall into:
- General Materials on Cultural Competence
The first category is the most diverse, including a wide range of general interest readings, law review articles, videos and projects that introduce concepts ranging from implicit bias and structural racism to the history of anti-discrimination law and “how to be an ally.” The second category consists of law review articles, and provides an introduction to the state of the literature on clinical pedagogy with respect to teaching cultural competence to young to-be lawyers. The third category lists materials aimed at fostering applicable skills necessary to practice law in a culturally competent manner.
Clinical Workshops & Discussion
Navigating Black Identity in the Human Rights Field (September 2020)
On September 24, the Human Rights Program hosted the first event in a series exploring racial justice in the human rights field. Aminta Ossom, Clinical Instructor in the International Human Rights Clinic, convened the series and moderated the first event, Advocating While Black: Navigating Black Identity in the Human Rights Field. Read an interview with Ossom on our blog about why she convened the series and what she hopes to discuss throughout the year.Panelists for the September 24 event included:
Rosebell Kagumire, Editor, AfricanFeminism
Godfrey Odongo, Senior Program Officer, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
Christopher Richardson, Immigration Attorney, General Counsel and Chief Operating Officer, BDV Solutions
Cassandre C. Théano, Assistant Director, Human Rights and Public International Law, Columbia Law School
Diversity, Inclusion, and Racial Justice in the Clinic and Clinic Seminar: Examining Our Syllabi and Dockets (August 2020)
- Ann Shalleck, “Constructions of the Client in Legal Education,” 45 Stan. L. Rev. 1731, 1742-52 (1993) (the classic piece on how traditional client-centered lawyering depoliticizes clients in ways that reinforce existing unjust hierarchies), https://www-jstor-org.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/stable/1229124?seq=1#metadata_info_tab_contents
- Ascanio Piomelli, “Rebellious Heroes,” 23 Clin. L. Rev. 283, 296-302 (2016) (integrating Shalleck with another classic — Gerard Lopez’s Rebellious Lawyering), https://repository.uchastings.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2543&context=faculty_scholarship
- Stephen Ellman: “Client-Centeredness Multiplied: Individual Autonomy and Collective Mobilization in Public Interest Lawyers’ Representation of Groups,” 78 Virginia Law Review 1103–1173 (1992) (more on how the ethical rules as written make it hard to represent movements/collectives vs. individuals), https://digitalcommons.nyls.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1093&context=fac_articles_chapters
- Kelsey McCowan Heilman and Craig Acorn, “Exploring a Poverty Lawyer’s Duty to Unrepresented, Indigent Adverse Parties,” Clearinghouse Review (2014) (this one is not perfect, but it gives some principles and hypos that can help jumpstart a conversation about whether you can limit the way your serve your client in order to protect members of marginalized groups from racialized harm you would otherwise cause/exacerbate), https://heinonline-org.ezp-prod1.hul.harvard.edu/HOL/Page?public=true&handle=hein.journals/clear47&div=68&start_page=358&collection=journals&set_as_cursor=0&men_tab=srchresults
New Clinicians Workshop: Cross-Cultural Lawyering Workshop (November 2019)
- Cross-Cultural and Community-Focused/Movement Lawyering (Asfaneh Rigot)