February, 2014 | Issue II
Newsletter Clinical and Pro Bono Programs LEARNING THE LAW | SERVING THE WORLD
IN THIS ISSUE: Environment Law & Policy Clinic
Veterans Law and Disability Clinic
Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinic
Independent Clinical Program
Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic
Transactional Law Clinics
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Page 2 HARVARD IMMIGRATION AND REFUGEE CLINIC
“It’s an honor to use our new legal skills…” In 2013, the Harvard Immigration Project (HIP), a student practice organization, joined a coalition of statewide immigrant community groups and national civil rights organizations devoted to passing the Massachusetts Trust Act. Students learned that in other jurisdictions, similar legal opinions were helpful in clarifying legal issues and gaining support from legislators and law enforcement officials. With support from HIP Supervising Attorney and Lecturer on Law Phil Torrey and Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic Director and Clinical Professor of Law, Professor Deborah Anker, the students researched complex issues from constitutional law to statutory interpretation, and drafted the letter which was circulated to local law professors seeking their support. “It’s an honor to use our new legal skills to support a community-led effort to improve the climate for our immigrant neighbors,” said HIP Policy Committee member Lily Axelrod, J.D.’15.
By Lily Axelrod, J.D.’15 Thirty-three professors from Massachusetts law schools have signed on to an important legal opinion drafted by Harvard Law students in support of the Massachusetts Trust Act. The bill seeks to restore the immigrant community’s trust in local law enforcement by limiting the role of local police authorities in the deportation process. Comprehensive immigration reform has stalled in Congress while the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to deport large numbers of noncitizens. But states and cities are stepping up to protect immigrant communities by resisting federal deportation programs such as Secure Communities. One such pro-immigrant initiative is the Massachusetts Trust Act. If the bill passes, Massachusetts will join California, Connecticut, and cities like New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. and New Orleans in exercising discretion about when to honor immigration detainer requests. DHS issues these requests to “hold” a noncitizen in jail even after she should be released, for example, if she is not charged with a crime or has completed her sentence.
The legal opinion clarifies that immigration detainers are not mandatory, and explains the constitutional problems arising out of enforcement of these detainers. It also emphasizes the growing nationwide consensus that de-coupling immigration enforcement from state and local criminal enforcement is both legal and crucial to ensuring public safety. The opinion was drafted by the HIP Policy Committee, including Eva Bitran J.D.’14, Lily Axelrod J.D.’15, Melanie Berdecia J.D.’15, Antonia Domingo JD’15, Sarah Adkins JD’15, and Julina Guo J.D.’15. The Massachusetts Trust Act Coalition will announce the opinion at a press conference on Wednesday, February 12 at 10:30 am at the Unitarian Universalist Association, adjacent to the State House. They will then deliver it to the chairs of the Judiciary Committee and the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, and to the office of the Attorney General. HIP is a student-led organization committed to providing direct legal services and policy advocacy. Law student members represent detained noncitizens in immigration bond hearings, assist with green card applications for refugees, and advocate for policies which respect human rights for immigrants.
“The clinical approach to legal education is very empowering”
The latest Harvrad Bulletin featured Maeve O’Rourke, LL.M. ’10 and her “Forgotten Irish” Award.
In 2011, O’Rourke appeared in Geneva and argued before the Committee Against Torture that the Irish government had allowed the enslavement and forced labor of thousands of women. In 2013, the state announced a €60 million restorative justice plan.
and there was a real sense at Harvard that we weren’t just learning about the law for the sake of it. We were there to develop expertise and a mind of your own and a sense of what it was you could and should be doing to change things,” she said.
Reflecting on her experience and motivation, Maeve doubts she would have pursued the case had she not been at HLS. “The clinical approach to legal education is very empowering,
While she was an HLS student, Maeve participated in several clinics and was awarded a fellowship by the HLS Human Rights Program. She currently practices in London, focusing on child and family law.
INDEPENDENT CLINICAL PROGRAM
HLS Students Pursue Clinical Projects Around the World This winter term, approximately 100 Harvard Law School students traveled to over 45 cities and countries across the world to pursue clinical projects that range from examining transitional justice issues for the ABA Rule of Law Initiative in Mali to developing case studies for the Arts Law Center in Australia. Within United States, students traveled to 30 cities to practice with government offices such as the United States Attorney’s Office, Senate Judiciary Committee, and organizations such as the Equal Justice Center, Louisiana Legal Services, United Nations Development Programme and the American Civil Liberties Union. Through the Independent Clinical Program and Externship Clinics, students represented clients and dedicated their skills to meet the legal needs of the community.
system remain. Hawaiian farmers are entitled to pass through other “private” property to reach their land (or “kuleana,” meaning responsibility), while the State holds much of the islands in trust for the benefit of Native Hawaiians. My work this January focused on understanding, and defending, this unique system. In one case, I helped argue for the right of a Native Hawaiian family to access its kuleana land, which has been blocked from the public roads by surrounding private landowners. In another, I drafted a complaint to enforce a settlement between the State of Hawaii and a Native Hawaiian client living on the state’s trust land.
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Aloha! By Rob Barnett J.D. ’14 This January, I returned to Honolulu for an Independent Clinical Project with the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation. I’d worked at NHLC last January on a variety of issues — religious rights of incarcerated Native Hawaiians, and Native Hawaiian’s rights to remain living on ancestral family land within Hawaii State Parks, for example — but this year I focused on one: land. Hawaii’s system of property law is unique in the United States, and therefore quite different from what I’d learned about in my 1L Property class. Prior to Captain Cooke’s “discovery” of Hawaii in 1778 and the subsequent Western development and conquest of the islands, the Hawaiian people used their land in a communal way. Today, over 100 years after the privatization of that system and the forceful overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy, several principles of that
I also attended a court hearing, an informational presentation about traditional Hawaiian farming practices, opening day ceremonies at the State Legislature, and a legislative briefing on the State’s trust responsibility towards Native Hawaiians. I’m currently writing my J-term paper about those responsibilities. Of course, my experience of the land in Hawaii was not limited to my work or studies. In my free time, I biked to Manoa Falls, in the rainforest on Honolulu’s northern border, and to Makapu’u Point, where I sat above an old lighthouse and watched humpback whales play in the channel between Oahu and Moloka’i. One weekend I traveled to the Big Island of Hawaii, where I climbed Mauna Kea, the tallest mountain in Hawaii, and hiked through a volcanic crater that was still emitting steam from below the earth’s crust. On my penultimate morning in Hawaii, I even woke up at 3am to hike the so-called “stairway to heaven;” the infamous Ha’iku Stairs. These experiences helped me to appreciate the unique natural beauty that Hawaii’s system of property law is designed to protect. On my last day in Honolulu — I’m working this week remotely from DC — my office gave me a lei: a necklace of fresh flowers meant to thank me for my work. Yet it is I, not NHLC, who should be thankful, for all that I learned and experienced this January. Mahalo nui loa to the great people at NHLC, and those who supported me at HLS, for this amazing opportunity. A hui hou!
INDEPENDENT CLINICAL PROGRAM
LL.M. Student Reflects on his Work in Palestine By Samuel Cogolati, LL.M. ‘14 After having taken Prof. Robert Mnookin’s reading group on the barriers to resolution in the IsraeliPalestinian conflict, I was eager to get exposed to the complex legal and policy issues of this struggle in the real world. I wanted to take the opportunity afforded by the Independent Clinical Program to get involved in the defence of Palestinians’ human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories.
“My hope is that my legal skills acquired during my time at Harvard Law School can contribute to the furtherance of human rights and humanitarian advocacy in the region. “
With the help of the Harvard Human Rights Program, I got involved in a project of the Human Rights Clinic of Al-Quds University in Abu Dis. The Clinic asked me to prepare a comprehensive report on the forced displacement of Bedouin communities living in the East Jerusalem periphery. In order for me to identify legal arguments on both sides of the conflict, and to find gaps in knowledge about the legal aspects of the topic, I met in Palestine with very interesting lawyers at various organizations such as B’Tselem, Al -Haq, and the United Nations Work and Relief Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA). The Clinic also arranged two field visits for me in Bedouin villages near Abu Dis (where I lived), in the Jordan valley, and in the South Hebron Hills close to the Negev desert.
I was struck by the similarity of Bedouin experiences in the West Bank. They were all refugees from the Negev desert, they all faced demolition and eviction orders from the Israeli Civil Administration, and they all lived in subhuman conditions with no access to water, electricity or education and health services. I was able to witness that, in Area C of the West Bank, Israel’s restrictive planning policies basically deny Bedouin peoples the right to build tents, erect infrastructures such as schools, or to graze their livestock. As Israel is planning to establish a contiguous bloc of settlements between Ma’ale Adumim and Jerusalem as part of the E1 plan and to expand other settlements in Area C of the West Bank, Bedouin peoples are again at grave risk of forced eviction and centralization in planned townships. My time in Palestine was really formative and eye-opening. I will keep in touch with the Clinic in the next months to help them develop new legal arguments against forced eviction of Bedouin families around Jerusalem. My hope is that my legal skills acquired during my time at Harvard Law School can contribute to the furtherance of human rights and humanitarian advocacy in the region.
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HLS Student Reflects on her Clinical Project in Tel Aviv By Elizabeth Gettinger, J.D. ’15 I arrived in Tel Aviv in early January knowing very little about Israeli asylum law but with some sense that the issue was politically divisive. My fellow HLS students and I spent our first few days at the Clinic for Migrants’ Rights at the College of Law and Business learning the basics of Israeli asylum law, and I quickly realized that all I had learned in the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic would belittle help in understanding the very different Israeli system. Although Israel helped draft the UN’s 1951 Refugee Convention, the confusing rules governing the country’s own asylum procedures seem to be changed at random
and applied arbitrarily, leaving thousands of asylum seekers in a sort of legal limbo. Many are held in detention, and only a fraction are ever officially granted refugee status. During the weeks we spent working on research projects for the clinic, immigrants from mostly African nations including Sudan and Eritrea organized massive demonstrations in Tel Aviv to protest for their rights as asylum seekers. Many businesses throughout the city that employ asylum seekers organized a celebration and show of solidarity. But with misinformation and anti-immigrant rhetoric from the government and others, public opinion remains strongly in opposition to asylum seekers. We were lucky enough to travel around Israel on weekends, seeing many of the country’s incredible sites. I visited the Western Wall during Shabbat, walked the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and climbed the Temple Mount to view the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque.
These holy places left me with the feeling that there might be something at stake in Israel and in its seemingly intractable asylum debate that I could never fully comprehend, at least not in my three-week winter term. One the most eyeopening experiences for me was touring South Tel Aviv, where most of the asylum seekers live in cramped conditions. We spoke with a handful of people who had fled their home countries to escape persecution and took harrowing journeys through deserts and hostile territories in search of temporary security. They all expressed a desire to return once it was safe at home but feared for their lives if forced to return immediately. And I learned there actually is something at stake here that anyone can comprehend: a desire to find refuge, live free from fear, and provide for one’s family. I returned home hopeful that as asylum seekers and their advocates organize and continue to spread this message, real progress might be possible.
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HLS Student discusses Pakistan’s Capital Punishment Laws The Justice Project conducts litigation in Pakistan to challenge unjust laws and to create progressive legal precedent. Their broad litigation aims, among other things, are to improve the rights of the mentally ill, restrict the application of the Death Penalty, bring Freedom of Information to Pakistan, and enforce the fundamental legal rights of prisoners.
By: Philippa Greer, LL.M. ’14 I first saw the potential of the Justice Project as I followed the cases of ten individuals who were being held indefinitely at Bagram prison without access to lawyers and without having been informed of the evidence against them. One such prisoner was seized at the age of 14. Unlike detainees at Guantanamowho may at least engage a legal team to represent them at a military hearing- prisoners at Bagram have no access to lawyers and thus are unable to challenge the legality of their detention.
Extensive research and investigation is essential to their litigation strategy. They also organize conferences and training on their areas of expertise for judges and lawyers to build capacity within the legal community. In addition to working on issues related to secret prisons and providing legal representation to those who are held beyond the rule of law in clear violation of the Geneva Convention, the Justice Project plays a vital role in providing direct Pro Bono legal and investigative services to victims of torture and to those facing the Death Penalty in Pakistan. Some 150 countries worldwide, including 30 states in the Asia-Pacific
region have abolished the Death Penalty in law or in practice. Yet, contrary to trends in contemporary international law that verge towards abolition of the Death Penalty, in June 2013 Pakistan’s new government removed an unofficial moratorium on the Death Penalty that had been invoked since 2008. In September of this year, the government announced that executions would be stayed temporarily following objections from outgoing President Asif Ali Zardari and from international human rights groups, such as Human Rights Watch. Thus the current legal climate in Pakistan in relation to Capital Punishment is particularly tenuous. Due to the fragile nature of the current moratorium, an invaluable opportunity exists to contribute to the debate over the use of the death penalty in Pakistan and to ultimately move things closer towards abolition. I am fortunate to have received an international grant from Harvard’s Human Rights Program to pursue an independent legal clinic at the Justice Project and I could not envisage a more valuable way to begin 2014.
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HLS Student works in Oman on Counterterrorism and the Rule of Law
By Angela Evans, LL.M. ’14 Harvard Law School student Angela Evans spent her winter term in an independent clinical placement with Beyond Borders Scotland, an NGO that advances conflict prevention and the rule of law in developing countries and emerging democracies.
She writes: Beyond Borders’ headquarters may be tucked away in the beauty of southern Scotland, but its eye is very much on the rest of the world. Headed by internationally acclaimed human rights barrister Mark Muller QC, its consulting work engages some of the UK’s leading barristers and experts in diplomacy, conflict mediation, and finance to tackle issues at the cutting edge of international politics and law. For several years now, Beyond Borders has worked in partnership with the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office and the British Council to endorse the rule of law in the Gulf region. Oman has made a series of important reforms to its judicial arm of government in recent
years, and is seeking to act as a regional leader in its laws against terrorism, money laundering, and corruption. In light of these developments, the Omani Attorney General’s department has sought the insight of international experts in these fields. Over the winter term, I was lucky enough to travel to Scotland to help Mark Muller QC and Max Hill QC – one of the UK’s top terrorism prosecutors – to devise the content of the advisory sessions on terrorist prosecutions and global counterterrorism. I then travelled to Muscat, Oman to help conduct the sessions held over a five-day training program for key figures in the Omani legal, governmental, and financial sectors.
The clinical placement was a fantastic opportunity for me to bridge my interest in human rights law with my long-held passion for international affairs. It was an absolute privilege to be extended such warm hospitality in both countries, to work with such talented legal minds and to explore the rich realm of legal work transcending national lines. Angela Evans is an LL.M. student at Harvard Law School, and a former International Security Associate at the Lowy Institute – one of Australia’s leading foreign affairs think tanks. She is a Sydney University Medalist in History and International Relations and has a law degree from the University of Cambridge.
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A Reflection on the Role of Lawyers in Social Justice Movements and creative approach to lawyering that attracted me here.
It is working with these groups that developed my passion and now fuels my commitment.
I’d neglected the importance of personal relationships and real community leadership for sustainable change. And I’d forgotten the energy that can often only be found when engaging in local campaigns.
Their approach, like my own, is grounded in a deep unease with the way that legal representation of poor and working people has been “atomized, depoliticized, and divorced from any leadership by real organized constituencies,” and the fact that traditional individualized legal struggles have no impact on imbalances of power, and thus fail to prevent future harms to the community (see Elsesser, “Community Lawyering: The Role of Lawyers in the Social Justice Movement”).
And so, six months after a summer in Burma, and a year and a half after leaving home in Canada, I now find myself at the Community Justice Project in Miami. This organization, and the individuals who work here, embrace the ideals and political beliefs undergirding my own understanding of social change.
The Community Justice Project’s goal is therefore to become the go-to legal resource for grassroots organizing campaigns involving low-income and communities of color in Miami. Within this goal, lawyers here do everything from litigation, policy advocacy and community education, to movement-building.
They are supporting a taxi driver campaign for better working and living conditions, representing community groups in federal district court fighting for more affordable housing, and are working to develop creative approaches to improve conditions in Miami’s notorious trailer parks.
I’m excited to learn more about the role lawyers can play in supporting real changes when they choose to be creative and work to support broader movements. I know this is only the beginning, and I hope others will join me in this struggle.
I realized I needed to work with people and engage with broader political and social movements. I’d missed being political. But I’d also mis-calculated the importance of community-based organizations.
By Sima Atri, J.D. ’15 For me, working as a lawyer in the United States is complicated by the fact that many problems result not from a lack of enforcement of laws, but rather from unjust laws in the first place. Legal work can be hard to fathom once you realize that most lawyers work to maintain and often enable inequality. I used to be enamored with the idea of large-scale national and international reforms that could “fix” so many of the local problems I saw. I still believe strongly that our biggest issues must be addressed at those high levels – issues like global warming, unfair trade and labor practices, and the proliferation of the arms trade. But this is not the fight I want to engage with. Instead, I’ve moved back to working with the groups that first made me know I wanted to do this work for the rest of my life. The homeless shelters, the youth groups, and the protesters.
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Former Transactional Law Clinics Fellow Therese Rohrbeck launches new business venture On Wednesday, HLS alumna and former Transactional Law Clinics Fellow, Therese Rohrbeck ’08, was featured at Harvard’s Start, Run, Grow: Exploring Entrepreneurship event, where she discussed how she started her new venture, Saga Dairy, which is producing Viking Icelandic Yogurt. “The idea was born when my fiancé and I were shopping for yogurt at a whole foods store and noticed the Icelandic yogurt, a new product with a high price tag” said Therese. “We wanted to create something that was more affordable and we started to experiment with making our own yogurt at home.”
L-R: Therese Rohrbeck, Philip Meers
her skills and knowledge she acquired from her time with the Transactional Law Clinics. As a Fellow, she worked on all kinds of legal transactions with entrepreneurs and small businesses, learning about the legal obstacles and strategies for overcoming them.
“I gained the skills that are the building blocks, necessary to make someone successful” she said. “From for-profit to not-for-profit, from restaurants to selling t-shirts, I learned about the tax issues and the necessary steps to form a viable company. And if you understand the legal system, you are less intimidated to build something from scratch. My time at the Transactional Moving from kitchen to mass production, Law Clinics, not only gave me my legal skills but however, was more complicated; from laboratory taught me entrepreneurship, business, and to product design, to packaging, Therese drew on negotiation.”
TRANSACTIONAL LAW CLINICS
Transactional Law Clinics Help Start-Up Microbrewery Raise Capital because they believe that the local craft beer market is underdeveloped. As they explained, Somerville is a city of 76,000 people and the most densely populated township in New England, but does not have any production craft breweries. The founders estimate that the size of the Somerville beer market is about $50 million annually, assuming a price of $20 to $40 per gallon and beer consumption at the 2012 Massachusetts average of 26.2 gallons per legally-aged person.
By Christine Marshall, J.D. ’14 Recipe for an exciting start-up: begin with advanced fermentation technology, create an innovative craft microbrewery, and mix-in local urban growers. This is the strategic plan of one of our clients. In Fall 2013, the Transactional Law Clinics (“TLC”) helped this start-up company launch a small private placement offering to raise capital for its operations. The company is raising investment capital to start the first craft brewery of its kind in Somerville, Massachusetts. In addition to being a production facility and retail taproom, the company’s headquarters will also serve as a local foods hub by hosting a range of small urban growers in a communal space for manufacturing and direct retail. Within the next few years, the company anticipates launching a unique business incubator to drive development of interdisciplinary ventures in fermentation technology. Because the client expects to be continuing its private placement offering at the time this article was scheduled for publication, the company is not named in this article. Four local entrepreneurs founded the business in January 2013. Three of the four are graduate students at MIT, Harvard, and Yale, and the fourth is a software engineer. Collectively, the four founders have a wealth of expertise in microbiology, computational biology, and engineering. They located their operations in Somerville
TLC Student Karl Sigwarth ’14 began working with the company in Spring 2013 to draft an operating agreement. The agreement was finalized in September 2013, but the Founders’ plans were unexpectedly delayed due to the federal government shutdown on October 1, 2013. The company was unable to file its application for a federal brewing permit with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau as planned, causing a setback of about a month. With production delayed, the company reached out to TLC for help raising capital to bridge the gap. Christine Marshall, TLC Student ’14, worked on the case, and was supervised by Joe Hedal, Deputy Director of TLC. TLC recognized that there were limited choices available for fundraising since the company did not want to amend its operating agreement until after the permitting process was complete and, as a start-up, could not access traditional bank loans at desired rates. With TLC’s guidance, the company is conducting a convertible note offering. This structure enables the company to raise funds from investors immediately and repay them with equity when the notes convert. Christine helped the company draft a convertible note and private placement memorandum, use an exemption from federal securities laws, and comply with applicable state securities laws. Christine commented: “While Rule 504 of Regulation D under the federal securities laws applies as expected, I was surprised by the variation in state securities laws. In terms of the convertible note purchase agreement, I tried to keep the document as simple as possible since the company intends on offering the securities to friends and family investors.
I found it interesting and challenging to look at complex precedents from other deals and decide what concepts should be included in the note agreement to appropriately balance precision and completeness with simplicity. Overall, I think that both the PPM and convertible note purchase agreement will serve the client’s interests well and enable them to conduct a successful offering.” The case was a wonderful opportunity for TLC students to learn how to conduct a small private placement offering and navigate securities laws, while providing valuable services to local entrepreneurs. Professor Brian Price, Director of TLC, stated: “This case represents the kind of experience students are able to gain assisting clients to figure out and implement solutions in fast moving real time contexts handling challenging multidoctrinal legal matters. Not only did Christine benefit from the learning experience but so too did her clinical student colleagues.” The company is well on its way to achieving its capital target to fund its near-term operations and looks forward to a grand opening in Spring of 2014. As one of the founders observed, “We never imagined that the government shut-down this past fall would delay our federal permitting and put our plans on hold. The work and guidance provided by TLC and Christine was a great help to us as we navigated through this obstacle.” TLC is pleased to have the opportunity to serve the local community and provide students with a variety of meaningful assignments that provide practical legal training while in law school.
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Clinical Spotlight: Sabi Ardalan I’ve been working at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic since August, 2008. I did the clinic as a student back in 2000 – I think – and did research for Debbie while I was in law school too. My parents are from Iran and I grew up talking about human rights and refugee issues, which is why I care about this work. In the clinic, we supervise students and represent people who are seeking asylum and other forms of immigration relief in the U.S. What I love best about this job is working with our clients and the students. Our clients are amazing and inspiring people who have survived so much and teach me so much every day. My first client as a clinic student, over a decade ago, is now a translator for the clinic – I feel so lucky to know him. And without the amazing students who do the Clinic, we couldn’t do this work – they are really energizing and incredibly talented advocates, who I learn a tremendous amount from every semester.
Shadowing the Supreme Court: Law School clinic gives students intense grounding in real-time cases” “For the past several years, Harvard Law School students have spent their break time in Washington, D.C., parsing reams of heady data and crafting nuanced legal arguments to cases headed for the U.S. Supreme Court. “The idea of the clinic is to get students exposure to working on actual Supreme Court cases at various stages,” said Kevin Russell, a lecturer on law at HLS and a partner in Goldstein & Russell, P.C., a small Washington firm that focuses on practicing before the Supreme Court.” CYBERLAW CLINIC:
Massachusetts High Court Requires Warrant for Cell Phone Tracking The Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts ruled that police officers need to obtain a warrant before they obtain information about your location from a cell phone service provider. The Cyberlaw Clinic filed a friend-of-the-court brief in this case on behalf of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, arguing against warrantless collection of location records. HARVARD MEDIATION & NEGOTIATION CLINIC:
In terms of notable projects, I’m really excited that we now have a social worker on staff since I’m very interested in interdisciplinary work and the intersection between immigration and refugee law and psychology and social work. For the first time this fall, I taught a reading group on trauma, refugees, and the law, and Liala, our social worker, helped with it – it’s been great to work in collaboration with her, both on client cases and in educating and training students on issues of PTSD and secondary trauma. - When I’m not working, I like to travel, read, watch movies, and play with my new kitty. -
A Warm Welcome to Aladdine Joroff The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs would like to welcome Aladdine Joroff, a new Clinical Instructor and Staff Attorney in the Emmett Environmental Law and Policy Clinic. Prior to joining Harvard Law School, Aladdine practiced environmental and land use law in the Boston offices of Beveridge & Diamond and Goodwin Procter, where her work included permitting, operating and regulatory compliance counseling, policy development advocacy and associated litigation in state and federal courts. She has worked with clients in the private, public and nonprofit arenas with a focus on energy sector participants. Aladdine received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania School of Law and her M.S. and B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Bob Bordone part of “Distinguished Speakers” series at U.S. Embassy HNMCP Director Bob Bordone gave a lecture titled “Getting Beyond Gridlock: What Politicians Can Learn From Negotiation Experts” in January of 2014 as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & POLICY CLINIC:
Report Identifies Environmental Performance Indicators for Companies Proposing to Drill in the U.S. Arctic In December 2013, the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic released a new report, Suggested Indicators of Environmentally Responsible Performance of Offshore Oil and Gas Companies Proposing to Drill in the U.S. Arctic. HARVARD BULLETIN:
Going National: Clinic places students in AGs’ offices across the country” Harvard Law School’s Attorneys General Clinic, taught by former Maine AG, James E. Tierney, has been one of the most popular in the clinical program since it was instituted in 2011, with placements in the office of Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley. HLS NEWS:
Court decision in appeal argued by HLS clinical students will benefit thousands of disabled vets In a decision that impacts thousands of veterans, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has ruled that Lieutenant Colonel Wilson J. Ausmer, Jr., a highly decorated veteran, should be able to file an appeal of his disability claim even though he had missed the 120-day deadline to do so.