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  • Food Law and Policy Clinic releases short film on food waste in America

    February 12, 2016

    The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC), in partnership with Racing Horse Productions, has released a short film, "EXPIRED? Food Waste in America," that explores how the variety of date labels on food products contributes to food waste in America.

  • Harvard Law School: 2015 in review

    December 17, 2015

    Supreme Court justices, performance art, student protests and a vice president. A look back at 2015, highlights of the people who visited, events that took place and everyday life at Harvard Law School.

  • Victor Rosario in Tremont Temple Church

    For law students, a cautionary tale

    November 24, 2015

    Accompanied by his lawyers Lisa Kavanaugh '00 and Andrea Petersen, Victor Rosario--a man who served 32 years in prison for a crime he said he didn’t commit--discussed his case, the state of criminal forensics, and innocence litigation at Harvard Law School.

  • Growing from all branches of the Armed Forces: A look at this year’s military service members

    November 9, 2015

    Harvard students who have served in the various branches of the Armed Forces represent a diverse range of backgrounds and experience, but all have at least one thing in common: a profound dedication to serving the nation, under the most perilous of circumstances.

  • Don't Look Away: Images of Systematic Torture in the Syrian Regime panelists

    Torture through a viewfinder: Photo exhibit at HLS shines light on Syrian government

    October 26, 2015

    As the humanitarian crisis in Syria deepens, a panel at Harvard Law School explores the role of photography in documenting and raising international awareness about torture, mass killings, and other atrocities committed by the Assad regime.

  • Myanmar: New report finds police used excessive force during crackdown on protesters in Letpadan

    October 14, 2015

    Myanmar police officers used excessive force during a crackdown on protesters and arrested more than 100 individuals in Letpadan, Bago Region in March, according to a new report released today by Harvard Law School International Human Rights Clinic and Fortify Rights.

  • Clinic develops first-of-its kind guide for immigrant entrepreneurs

    October 9, 2015

    Harvard Law School’s Community Enterprise Project has published a first-of-its kind guidebook for immigrant entrepreneurs. The guidebook offers a comprehensive analysis of the many legal implications of immigrant entrepreneurship.

  • David Grossman ’88: 1957-2015

    David Grossman ’88: 1957-2015

    October 2, 2015

    After I learned that David Grossman had entered hospice care, I sat at my computer, trying to write a goodbye email, but the words were not coming. I did not know how to express how much Dave’s mentorship impacted my life and my career, and I still do not. Eventually, I gushed out how much Dave meant to me and hit “send.” Then I pictured him reading it, and smiled, realizing how much he would be teasing me for its sappiness.

  • Salad Days: Professor Jacob Gersen on the rise of food law

    September 29, 2015

    Harvard Law School Professor Jacob Gersen believes the ever-growing interest in food law is here to stay—and that it, like environmental law and administrative law before it, will eventually go from course-catalog novelty to staple.

  • CHLPI launches campaign to promote federal law and policy reforms for type 2 diabetes

    June 4, 2015

    On May 19, the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) launched a campaign to promote federal law and policy reforms for type 2 diabetes prevention and management as part of CHLPI’s broader, multi-phase Providing Access to Healthy Solutions (PATHS) initiative that first worked to strengthen local and state policy to address diet-related health conditions.

  • Chad Baker ’15 wins Kaufman Pro Bono Award

    May 27, 2015

    This year’s Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award was presented to Chad Baker, honored for demonstrating an extraordinary commitment to improving and delivering high quality volunteer legal services to disadvantaged communities. Baker contributed over 2000 pro bono hours working with the Tenant Advocacy Project, the Prison Legal Assistance Project, and the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.

  • CLEA Award recognizes Christopher Melendez ’15 and his service to veterans

    May 27, 2015

    Christopher Melendez ’15 received the Outstanding Clinical Student Award from the Clinical Legal Education Association. The award is presented annually to one student from each law school in recognition of outstanding clinical coursework and contributions to the clinical community.

  • Seth Hoedl ’15 and Seth Packrone ’15 win Exemplary Clinical Student Award

    May 27, 2015

    Harvard Law School’s Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs has recognized graduating students Seth Hoedl ’15 and Seth Packrone ’15 for exemplifying putting theory into practice through clinical work.

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    Daniel Nagin appointed Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education

    May 22, 2015

    Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow has appointed Clinical Professor Daniel Nagin as Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education. In that role, Nagin will help to further expand the Law School’s extensive offerings in the area of experience-based learning, and he will work to develop new initiatives drawing upon the school’s wide array of clinics, student practice organizations, and other opportunities for learning through hands-on experience.

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    Susan Farbstein appointed Clinical Professor

    May 20, 2015

    Susan Farbstein '04 has been appointed Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, where she has been an assistant clinical professor at HLS since 2012.

  • Mandatory pro bono requirement for students increases to 50 hours

    May 8, 2015

    The Harvard Law School faculty has voted to increase the school's mandatory pro bono service requirement for students from 40 hours to 50 hours of service during the students' three years of law school.

  • Jiayun Ho and Seanan Fong

    Spring double-header for the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program

    May 7, 2015

    The Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) at Harvard Law School is making news for work it has done to promote civil discourse in town government and to help police mediate civilian complaints.

  • Clinical Professor Ronald Sullivan ’94

    Truth Seeker

    May 4, 2015

    Ronald Sullivan works to make the criminal justice system more accountable

  • HLS students at the Roxbury District Court.

    First Line of Defense

    May 4, 2015

    Students represent the indigent in courts where judges ask, ‘Is Harvard in the building?’

  • Harati and Maslow-Armand win 2015 Gary Bellow Public Service Award

    April 30, 2015

    On April 20, Harvard Law School honored two members of its community—Donna Harati ’15 and Laura Maslow-Armand ’92—with the Gary Bellow Public Service Award, established in 2001 to recognize commitment to public interest work.

  • Anker, Immigration Clinic Win Human Rights Award

    April 28, 2015

    Clinical Professor of Law Deborah Anker and the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) will receive a prestigious human rights award from the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the leading immigration bar association, in June.

  • What’s So Bad About a 10-Mile Walk to School? Two views of educational challenges in South Africa

    April 20, 2015

    In recent blog posts, two students from the Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic shared their experiences working on education and transport-related issues in rural South Africa.

  • Human Rights Clinic releases report on accountability for killer robots

    April 15, 2015

    The International Human Rights Clinic and Human Rights Watch recently released 'Mind the Gap: The Lack of Accountability for Killer Robots,' a 38-page report that details significant hurdles to assigning personal accountability for the actions of fully autonomous weapons under both criminal and civil law.

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    Harvard Law champions entrepreneurship and innovation

    April 15, 2015

    For law students interested in entrepreneurism and startups—as entrepreneurs themselves, as lawyers representing startups, or both—there is a wealth of growing and intersecting opportunities at Harvard Law School and across the university.

  • Sima Atri ’15 traveled to Medellin, Colombia, to research workers’ rights and empowerment issues.

    2015 J-Term International Travel Grant Recipients

    April 13, 2015

    During the 2015 winter term, 52 HLS students traveled to 26 countries conducting research for writing projects or undertaking independent clinicals, with support from the Winter Term International Travel Grant Program, which includes the Cravath International Fellowships, the Reginald F. Lewis Internships, the Mead Cross Cultural Stipends, the Andrew B. Steinberg Scholarships, and the Human Rights Program Grants.

  • ‘Voices of Syria:’ Unique survey offers an inside look at a worn-torn country and its people

    April 10, 2015

    Vera Mironova, a graduate research fellow at Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, was one of the lead authors of the “Voices of Syria” project, which covered topics such as current living situations, safety concerns, the future role of religion — among other key issues in Syria’s government. Mironova, a fifth-year year Ph.D. candidate at the University of Maryland, oversaw and coordinated the operation on the ground. Her goal: to capture the civil war in its most raw form.

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    A focus on food: Harvard Law School forum mines ways to protect, improve what we eat (video)

    April 10, 2015

    On March 28-29, The Harvard Food Law Society and the Food Literacy Project hosted the “Just Food? Forum on Justice in the Food System” at Harvard Law School, organized as part of Harvard’s yearlong Food Better initiative, created to discuss issues surrounding what we eat.

  • Clinic students document lessons learned outside the classroom

    April 3, 2015

    This March, several teams of HLS students used their Spring Break to work on a number of humanitarian projects, including documenting property rights issues in the Mississippi Delta, working with asylum seekers in detention centers at the Texas border, helping undocumented immigrants in Chicago with their applications for permission to stay in the U.S., and investigating debtors' prisons on behalf of indigent defendants and their families in Tennessee.

  • Deans’ Food System Challenge finalists announced

    April 2, 2015

    This Fall, Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and Julio Frenk, dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, issued a challenge to students across the university to come up with fresh ideas for solving complex problems facing our food system in the United States and around the world.

  • Portrait of Dehlia Umunna

    Dehlia Umunna appointed Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law

    March 31, 2015

    Dehlia Umunna has been appointed Clinical Professor of Law at Harvard Law School. She has been a lecturer at HLS since 2007, and is Deputy Director and Clinical Instructor at HLS’s Criminal Justice Institute (CJI).

  • Clinical voices: Mojca Nadles LL.M. ’15 on Asylum Representation in Texas

    March 30, 2015

    A small group of three Harvard Law School students spent a week with the ProBar South Texas Pro Bono Asylum Representation Project in Harlingen, Texas, working with the office that assists adults in the Port Isabel Detention Center who are seeking asylum. Clinic student Mojca Nadles LL.M. '15 shared her thoughts on the experience in a post for the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs blog.

  • Clinical voices: Colin Ross ’16 on documenting the heirs property system in Mississippi

    March 30, 2015

    A group of Harvard Law School students travelled to the Mississippi Delta during spring break to help make a documentary about the heirs property system in the state, which can contribute to family division, stolen economic opportunity and deprivation of land for families that they have held the land for generations.

  • Clinical voices: Isabel Broer ’16 on Community Lawyering with CALA in Chicago

    March 30, 2015

    Foregoing a week on a warm beach with friends or in front of a screen with Netflix on loop, five Harvard Law students instead spent their spring break on a pro bono trip in Chicago, all taking away from the experience a deeper understanding of community lawyering and activism in pursuit of social justice.

  • Supreme Court citing: Clinic students work on City of Los Angeles v. Patel

    March 11, 2015

    Last week, the nine justices of the Supreme Court peppered Tom Goldstein, veteran of 35 oral arguments before the Court and a cofounder of SCOTUSblog, with nearly 75 questions in 30 minutes – questions he was able to answer with the help of seven Harvard Law students who spent their January term working around the clock to research, write and edit the entire respondents’ brief in City of Los Angeles v. Patel.

  • Susan Crawford appointed clinical professor of law at Harvard Law

    February 3, 2015

    Clincial Professor Susan Crawford. Susan Crawford has been appointed clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School. She had been the John A. Reilly…

  • From politics to pop music: A look back at fall 2014 at HLS

    December 23, 2014

    A former NBA All Star turned humanitarian. Supreme Court justices. Student protests. Take a look at some highlights of the people who visited and events that took place this semester at Harvard Law School.

  • Steiker, Whiting launch new Criminal Justice Program of Study, Research and Advocacy at HLS

    December 8, 2014

    At a time when policing, prosecutorial discretion, the death penalty, and criminal justice as a whole are under tremendous scrutiny in the United States, a new initiative at Harvard Law School seeks to analyze problems within the U.S. criminal justice system and look for solutions.

  • New head of VA looks to put system’s troubles behind

    November 26, 2014

    At the inaugural Disabled American Veterans Distinguished Speaker Series at Harvard Law School, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald said the troubled agency is making progress in getting its house in order, citing more — and more timely — appointments and authorizations to see private doctors for veterans who live far from VA hospitals.

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    For the Children Who ‘Fell Through the Cracks’

    November 24, 2014

    From the statehouse to the schoolhouse, an HLS initiative changes the paradigm for educating young people who have experienced trauma.

  • A Recipe for Innovation

    November 13, 2014

    This fall, Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and Julio Frenk, dean of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, issued the "Deans' Food System Challenge" (one of several competitions held by the Harvard Innovation Lab and sponsored by Harvard Schools), encouraging students across the university to come up with fresh ideas for solving complex problems facing our food system.

  • Clinic investigation: Senior Myanmar officials implicated in war crimes and crimes against humanity

    November 10, 2014

    On Nov. 7, the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School released a legal memorandum, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in Eastern Myanmar, which examines the conduct of the Myanmar military during an offensive that cleared and forcibly relocated civilian populations from conflict zones in eastern Myanmar.

  • HLS Veterans Legal Clinic lands victories for veterans

    November 6, 2014

    In just two years, more than 30 HLS students have enrolled in the Veterans’ Legal Clinic—housed at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center (LSC) in Jamaica Plain, of which HLS Clinical Professor Daniel Nagin is faculty director—and represented more than 100 clients in the areas of federal and state veterans’ benefits, discharge upgrades, and estate-planning matters.

  • DAV Charitable Service Trust gift presentation

    Clinic awarded $1M for veterans’ advocacy

    November 6, 2014

    In August, the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Charitable Service Trust significantly increased an existing grant to expand its support of the Veterans Legal Clinic and other veterans’ advocacy program at Harvard Law School’s WilmerHale Legal Services Center.

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    Classroom to courtroom: Law School immigration counseling program helps the powerless while educating students

    October 14, 2014

    The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program at HLS, which marked its 30th anniversary this year, trains students to represent refugees seeking asylum in the U.S.

  • Legal Services Center announces leadership transition

    September 17, 2014

    Harvard Law School’s WilmerHale Legal Services Center—one of the leading providers of legal aid in Greater Boston and surrounding communities—has announced that Daniel Nagin, Clinical Professor of Law, will be its Faculty Director.

  • Meet this year’s new HLS faculty

    September 9, 2014

    A host of new faculty members arrived at Harvard Law School this academic year, and over the summer, Dean Martha Minow announced two new faculty who will join HLS in 2015.

  • Governor Patrick signs Safe and Supportive Schools into law

    August 14, 2014

    For the past year, Harvard Law students in the Education Law Clinic have travelled back and forth to the Massachusetts State House to lobby state legislators to pass an Act Relative to Safe and Supportive Schools. On August 13, all that work paid off, when Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed the Safe and Supportive Schools provisions into law.

  • Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program attains major First Circuit victory involving persecution in Guatemala

    July 30, 2014

    In a landmark immigration decision involving a claim of eligibility for asylum, the First Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an opinion finding past persecution in the case of a Mayan man, based on the long history of genocide in Guatemala and related racist mistreatment. The client in the case, Manuel Ordonez-Quino, was represented by Harvard Law School Senior Clinical Instructors John Willshire Carrera and Nancy Kelly, co-managing directors of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services.

  • Ninth Circuit judge recounts landmark case at HIRC 30th anniversary

    July 22, 2014

    On June 17, about 200 Harvard Law School alumni and students gathered to mark the 30th anniversary of the Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC). It was a celebration of "30 Years of Social Change Lawyering," and it brought together advocates from around the country and the world.

  • New HLS report offers assessment of regional and municipal stormwater management

    July 1, 2014

    In June, Harvard Law School’s Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic and the Environmental Policy Initiative released “Regional and Municipal Stormwater Management: A Comprehensive Approach,” a new report that analyzes options for addressing stormwater pollution at both the regional and municipal level.