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  • Student Voices: A Lawyer's Limits

    Student Voices: A Lawyer’s Limits

    April 9, 2019

    Harvard Law student Solange Etessami ’20 recounts her experience using her advocacy skills to help refugees seeking asylum at Moria, an overcrowded refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos, widely known for its dire living conditions.

  • The Law and the Digital World 1

    The Law and the Digital World

    April 3, 2019

    Officials from 23 offices of state attorneys general recently met at HLS as part of the Berkman Klein Center’s AGTech Forum series, to discuss tech-driven challenges to privacy and data security that vex state regulators and threaten consumers, and to strategize on how the law can keep up.

  • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau wins victory in attorney's fees case

    Harvard Legal Aid Bureau gets landmark win in attorney’s fees case

    March 27, 2019

    The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau has received a major win in a case that may change the standard for determining attorney's fees in wage lawsuits in Massachusetts.

  • Food Law and Policy Clinic releases advocacy and lobbying guide for food policy councils

    Food Law and Policy Clinic releases advocacy and lobbying guide for food policy councils

    March 20, 2019

    The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future have released "Advocacy & Lobbying 101 for Food Policy Councils," a resource for food policy councils and others working to change the food system in the U.S.

  • Student Voices: Guiding permanent residents through the naturalization process with Project Citizenship

    Student Voices: Guiding permanent residents through the naturalization process

    March 14, 2019

    Andrew Patterson '20 shares a reflection on his time spent working as an advocate for Legal Permanent Residents throughout the naturalization process with the local organization Project Citizenship.

  • Cravath 2019

    From Fiji to New Delhi, Cravath International Fellows pursue projects around the globe

    February 28, 2019

    During Winter Term, 12 Harvard Law School students traveled to 12 countries as Cravath International Fellows to pursue clinical placements or independent research with an international, transnational, or comparative law focus. Four of them share their experiences.

  • Four men and a woman outside the Community Legal Assistance Office, 1967

    A ’60s Experiment with a Ripple Effect

    January 30, 2019

    Celebrating a legal services experiment run by Harvard Law School more than 50 years ago—at a time when clinical education did not exist at the school and change was in the air.

  • Student Voices: Humanizing individuals in the criminal justice system

    Student Voices: Humanizing the incarcerated in Massachusetts

    January 30, 2019

    I joined the Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP) the fall of my 1L year at a time when I knew very little about the criminal justice system. I knew, however, that PLAP provided important services to prisoners in Massachusetts, including representing them in disciplinary hearings and in their bids for parole.

  • Photo of building during construction

    Designed for Learning

    January 29, 2019

    Harvard Law School’s newest building opened this fall at 1607 Massachusetts Avenue. Inside, the LEED Gold certified structure continues the school’s commitment to experiential learning, with space suited for clinics and collaborative learning as well as research programs.

  • Elizabeth Gyori '19 photo

    Student Voices: Why the Tenant Advocacy Project defined my law school experience

    January 22, 2019

    The notice came in a white envelope, hand-delivered by a staffer at the project-based Section 8 development that my elderly grandparents lived in. From the outside, it looked like it could be a notice that they received on a weekly basis. However, this was a “Notice to Cease.” From what my immigrant Chinese family could tell, it meant eviction.

  • Harvard Defenders host the 7th annual Litman Symposium

    Harvard Defenders host 7th annual Litman Symposium

    December 19, 2018

    On Nov. 15, Harvard Law School's Harvard Defenders hosted the 7th annual Litman Symposium. This year's event, titled "Defining Justice: Building a more equitable criminal legal system," featured a Q&A with keynote speakers Philadelphia Assistant District Attorney Sarah Boyette ’10 and Simmi Kaur ’17, an attorney with the Bronx Defenders.

  • Reflections from the border

    Reflections from the border

    November 2, 2018

    Students and faculty from the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program spent a week in Texas volunteering at the Karnes Detention Center, where they met with fathers and sons who had been forcibly separated from each other under President Trump’s zero-tolerance policy. They offer their thoughts on this powerful and eye-opening experience.

  • Clinical Professor Esme Caramello Named Top Woman of Law

    Clinical Professor Esme Caramello honored as one of the 2018 Top Women of Law

    October 24, 2018

    At an award ceremony on Oct. 18, Clinical Professor Esme Caramello ’99, faculty director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, was honored as one of the 2018 Top Women of Law by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

  • HLS celebrates National Pro Bono Week 1

    HLS celebrates National Pro Bono Week

    October 22, 2018

    As part of national Pro Bono Week, from Oct. 22 to Oct. 27, Harvard Law School's Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs is highlighting the work of outstanding attorneys engaged in critical pro bono legal work in the areas of immigration, civil rights, economic justice and climate change.

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    Experiential and Essential

    August 30, 2018

    Clinical education at HLS: Four experiences

  • Rachel Viscomi named assistant clinical professor of law

    Rachel Viscomi named assistant clinical professor of law and director of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program

    July 30, 2018

    Rachel A. Viscomi ’01 has been appointed assistant clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School and named director of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program. She was formerly a lecturer on law at HLS and the acting director of HNMCP.

  • Experiential and Impactful

    June 28, 2018

    In May 2018, a federal magistrate issued a temporary injunction to prevent the U.S. Department of Education from forcing former students of for-profit Corinthian Colleges

  • Delia Umanna speaking in a room filled with tables.

    In the Spirit

    June 26, 2018

    In April, Harvard Law School’s bicentennial programming came to a close with HLS in the Community, a day of hackathons and workshops. The spirit of the clinics infused the event.

  • Natalie Trigo Reyes ’19 portrait in front of doorway at HLS

    On a Mission

    June 26, 2018

    After Hurricane Maria roared over Puerto Rico in September 2017, crippling the island where Natalie Trigo Reyes ’19 grew up and where much of her family still lives, she felt “completely overwhelmed.” Within days, however, she put together an event that raised about $40,000 for relief efforts, collected enough emergency goods to fill three large trucks, and joined Harvard Law Assistant Professor Andrew Manuel Crespo ’08 and Lee Branson Mestre of the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs to plan the school’s response to the disaster.

  • Evolving and Adapting: The HLS Clinical Landscape 3

    Evolving and Adapting: The HLS Clinical Landscape

    June 26, 2018

    More than 100 years after students started the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, there are now 40 clinics and Student Practice Organizations at HLS, focused on everything from cyberlaw to veterans’ rights.

  • Cameron Clark ’18 wins Gary Bellow Public Service Award

    Cameron Clark ’18 wins Gary Bellow Public Service Award

    June 13, 2018

    Cameron Clark ’18 is the winner of this year’s Gary Bellow Public Service Award, established in 2001 to honor the late Harvard Law professor Gary Bellow, his commitment to public service, and his innovative approach to the analysis and practice of law.

  • Public Service Venture Fund Fellows: Where they are now

    For HLS grads Jonathan Kaufman and Lillian Langford, a 1L summer abroad set careers in motion

    June 11, 2018

    As dozens of HLS students plan to pursue public service work abroad this summer, Jonathan Kaufman ’06 and Lillian Langford JD/MPP ’13 recall that seeds planted during their own 1L summers grew, strongly and directly, into the work they are doing today

  • Three students win Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Awards 1

    Three students win Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Awards

    May 16, 2018

    Three Harvard Law School students, Edith Sangueza ’18, Tabitha Cohen ’18 and Annie Manhardt ’18, received the 2018 Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award for exemplifying a pro bono public spirit and demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to improving and delivering high quality volunteer legal services in low-income communities.

  • Margaret Kettles wins CLEA's Outstanding Clinical Student Award

    Margaret Kettles wins CLEA’s Outstanding Clinical Student Award

    May 14, 2018

    Margaret Kettles ’18 is the winner of the Outstanding Clinical Student Award from the Clinical Legal Education Association. An exemplary clinical student and advocate for public interest, Kettles served as the executive director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau

  • An advocate for children, Ha Ryong (Michael) Jung ’18 has also taken a wider view

    An advocate for children, Michael Jung ’18 has taken a wide view

    May 7, 2018

    In his time at Harvard Law School, Ha Ryong (Michael) Jung ’18 has completed extensive coursework and clinical training in children’s rights, human rights and child protection, criminal justice, international and foreign law, and human rights advocacy and negotiation to shape a future career in child advocacy.

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    HIRC files amicus brief challenging U.S. Attorney General’s efforts to restrict gender asylum

    May 1, 2018

    The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program joined the American Immigration Lawyers Association, Human Rights First and Kids in Need of Defense in filing a brief of amicus curiae in the case Matter of A-B-, a case that originated in immigration court but that is now before review of the U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. 

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    Making Change: A Harvard Law School clinic helps the homeless earn a living (video)

    April 19, 2018

    “What counts as ‘income’ for taxes?” “Will paying taxes affect the public assistance I receive?” “Will I lose my veterans disability benefits if I make too much money?” These are some of the questions street vendors of Spare Change News grapple with—questions students of Harvard Law’s Community Enterprise Project aim to answer.

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    A Q&A with Joseph P. Kennedy III, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau alumnus

    April 17, 2018

    Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III ’09, who got his start in civil legal aid as a student attorney at HLAB representing tenants in evictions, reflects on how his time as HLAB influenced his advocacy in the legislature, and why it is of utmost importance to safeguard access to counsel for those who cannot afford it.

  • HLS in the Community

    Preview: “HLS in the Community” will celebrate clinics and bicentennial finale

    April 9, 2018

    On April 20, Harvard Law School will host the third and final major event in its year-long program celebrating 200 years of HLS. HLS in the Community will convene alumni, faculty, students, and staff to explore the extraordinary reach and impact of Harvard lawyers.

  • Law School students provide tax help

    Law school students provide tax help

    April 6, 2018

    From Feb. 9 to April 14, the Harvard Law School student-run organization Harvard TaxHelp is leading the University’s branch of the IRS's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program at the Cambridge library.

  • Natalie Trigo Reyes ’19 wants to help vulnerable communities—starting at home in Puerto Rico 1

    Natalie Trigo Reyes ’19 wants to help vulnerable communities—starting at home in Puerto Rico

    April 5, 2018

    After Hurricane Maria roared over Puerto Rico in 2017, Puerto Rican native Natalie Trigo Reyes ’19 felt “completely overwhelmed.” Within days, however, she raised $40,000 for relief efforts, collected truckloads of emergency goods, and helped plan the school’s response to the disaster.

  • Law students help to mend Puerto Rico

    Law students help to mend Puerto Rico

    April 5, 2018

    A group of 29 Harvard Law School students (led by Natalie Trigo Reyes ’19) traveled to Puerto Rico over spring break to lend a hand to local residents who are still struggling to obtain disaster relief aid.

  • Students spend spring break focused on legal services work

    April 5, 2018

    Each year, teams of Harvard Law School students are given the opportunity to spend their Spring Break experiencing legal services work with clinics and legal organizations in the Boston area, or working on projects around the country and abroad.

  • Jury Finds Former Bolivian President and Defense Minister Responsible for Extrajudicial Killings of Indigenous People in 2003 1

    Jury finds former Bolivian president responsible for extrajudicial killings of indigenous people; awards $10M in damages

    April 4, 2018

    In a landmark decision today, a federal jury found the former president of Bolivia and his minister of defense responsible for extrajudicial killings carried out by the Bolivian military. The landmark litigation began with a collaboration between Bolivian partners and the Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic

  • Humanitarian Disarmament: The Way Ahead 1

    Humanitarian Disarmament: The Way Ahead

    March 21, 2018

    Earlier this month, about two dozen international experts gathered for “Humanitarian Disarmament: The Way Ahead,” the inaugural conference of the Armed Conflict and Civilian Protection Initiative (ACCPI) at Harvard Law School.

  • Cravath Fellows pursue law projects around the world

    Cravath Fellows pursue law projects around the world

    March 14, 2018

    In 2018, ten Harvard Law School students were selected as Cravath International Fellows. During Winter Term, they traveled to nine countries to pursue clinical placements or independent research with an international, transnational, or comparative law focus. Here, four of them describe their experiences.

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    A celebration of immigration

    March 7, 2018

    At a workshop on immigrants’ rights held Monday morning at the Memorial Church, attorneys Jason Corral and Cindy Zapata of the Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinical Program shared legal advice on how to deal with the more aggressive enforcement of immigration laws under the Trump administration.

  • Concern over a DACA deadline

    Concern over a DACA deadline

    February 28, 2018

    Three Harvard professors and a Ph.D. student in African and African American studies have launched the DACA Seminar, a series of events on campus aimed at sparking conversations about the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and immigration policy and reform, while working to understand options available to Harvard's undocumented students.

  • In Memoriam: Frank E.A. Sander ’52, a pioneer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (1927-2018) 1

    In Memoriam: Frank E.A. Sander ’52, a pioneer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution (1927-2018)

    February 27, 2018

    Frank E.A. Sander ’52, a longtime Harvard Law School professor and a pioneer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, has died. He was 90.

  • Trial Team Wins Northeast Regional Championship

    Trial Team wins Northeast Regional Championship

    February 16, 2018

    The Harvard Law School trial team of Rahul Garabadu ’19 and Marilyn Robb ’18 won first place at the Northeast Regional Qualifiers of the National Trial Competition, sponsored annually by the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Texas Young Lawyers Association.

  • New England Patriots players seated at table

    On the way to the Super Bowl, a visit to Harvard Law

    February 1, 2018

    On Jan. 5, New England Patriots Defensive Captain Devin McCourty, teammates Johnson Bademosi, Matthew Slater and Duron Harmon, and team president Jonathan Kraft participated in a 'Listen and Learn' event at HLS, organized by the Fair Punishment Project and the Office of Public Interest Advising, featuring panel discussions on inequities in the criminal justice system.

  • Petrie-Flom Center launches Project on Precision Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law (PMAIL)

    Petrie-Flom Center launches Project on Precision Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law (PMAIL)

    January 31, 2018

    On Jan. 23, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School and the Center for Advanced Studies in Biomedical Innovation Law (CeBIL) at the University of Copenhagen launched a new collaboration, the Project on Precision Medicine, Artificial Intelligence, and the Law (PMAIL).

  • Cyberlaw Clinic releases Guide to Protest Art

    Cyberlaw Clinic releases Guide to Protest Art

    January 25, 2018

    On Jan. 22, the Cyberlaw Clinic at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society released a multi-part Guide to Protest Art, a series aimed at educating people across the political spectrum who are using art to engage in civic dialogue.

  • Carrying on a legacy

    Carrying on a legacy

    January 18, 2018

    On Saturday, November 20, family, friends, students, and colleagues of the late Harvard Law School Clinical Professor David Grossman gathered at HLS to celebrate his life, honor his community activism, and support his fight for social justice at the second annual David A Grossman (DAG) Fund fundraiser.

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    Cyberlaw Clinic files amicus briefs in patent and online privacy cases

    January 8, 2018

    The Berkman Klein Center's Cyberlaw Clinic, which provides pro-bono legal services to clients on issues relating to the internet, technology and intellectual property, has written in support of a number of technology cases in recent weeks.

  • Picturing Harvard Law School

    Tax Clinic Student Amy Feinberg ’18 argues in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

    December 21, 2017

    In December, Amy Feinberg ’18 became the second Federal Tax Clinic student to argue an appeal in a federal circuit court since the Clinic opened at Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School in 2015.

  • Cloud Formations

    HLS students harness artificial intelligence to revolutionize how lawyers draft and manage contracts

    December 20, 2017

    With Evisort, a powerful new search engine that harnesses cloud storage and artificial intelligence, four HLS students hope to revolutionize the costly and labor-intensive way that lawyers currently handle contracts and other transactional work, liberating them for more creative and interesting tasks.

  • Risk assessment tools for criminal justice reform: A Q&A with Chris Bavitz

    Risk assessment tools for criminal justice reform: A Q&A with Chris Bavitz

    November 29, 2017

    Managing Director of the Cyberlaw Clinic Professor Chris Bavitz discusses some of the concerns and opportunities of risk assessment tools for criminal justice reform efforts, and the Berkman Klein Center's work on Ethics and Governance of AI initiative in partnership with the MIT Media Lab.

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    Mentors, Friends and Sometime Adversaries

    November 29, 2017

    Mentorships between Harvard Law School professors and the students who followed them into academia have taken many forms over the course of two centuries.

  • Students help groups to pursue climate action

    Students help groups to pursue climate action

    November 20, 2017

    Led by Professor Wendy Jacobs, director of the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School, the Climate Solutions Living Lab course launched last spring to help push forward the transition to a carbon-free future that supports planetary and human health.