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The Latest News from the Clinical and Pro Bono Programs


January, 2014

Harvard Defenders Celebrate the Jack T. Litman Fellowship This Fellowship was established in research on legal issues they encoun2012 and dedicated to the memory of Jack T. Litman, HLS LL.B. ’67, a renowned New York criminal defense attorney who was a member of Harvard Defenders during his time at the law school. In his introductory remarks, Benjamin Litman said “My dad really wanted to afford people the opportunity to get their feet wet.” This year’s fellows did just that.

tered in their work. At the 2nd Annual Jack T. Litman Fellowship Symposium, on November 18th, 2013, they presented their findings to a large audience of students, clinicians, and the Litman brothers.

Keron researched issues related to representing clients with mental illness. Kate explored the collateral consequences of criminal charges and Keron Morris, Kate Bargerhuff, and Daniyal researched the challenges that Daniyal Iqbal spent the summer repre- attorneys face when rebutting damagsenting indigent clients in criminal ing character evidence. show cause hearings in Boston area courts. In addition, they conducted

L-R: Kate Bargerhuff, Keron Morris, Daniyal Iqbal, Benjamin Litman and Sacha Litman

Celebrating the Release of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative’s Second Book On November 14, 2013 the professors Attendees at the release celebrated the

L-R: Michael Gregory, Sonya Ho, Niousha Rahbar, Spencer Churchill, Leanne Gaffney, Kate Bargerhuff, Amanda Savage, Seth Packrone, and Susan Cole


and students from the Education Law Clinic traveled to Brockton, MA to celebrate the release of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative’s (T.L.P.I.) second book, Helping Traumatized Children Learn Volume 2: Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools. T.L.P.I. is a partnership between HLS and Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC) that focuses on the need to address trauma in schools and the impact it can have on student learning. T.L.P.I. uses its policy work, advocacy, and direct legal services to help traumatized children succeed in school.

success of Mary E. Baker Elementary School, a trauma-sensitive school, and the Brockton community, and featured different stakeholders involved in education policy and reform, including HLS Lecturer on Law and Director of T.L.P.I. Susan Cole, Principal Ryan Powers of the Mary E. Baker Elementary School, and Matthew Malone, Massachusetts Secretary of Education. Both the educators and legislators in attendance highlighted the achievements of T.L.P.I. and Brockton’s efforts aimed at creating trauma-sensitive schools, and emphasized the need for support and connectivity among education professionals.

TLC’s Community Enterprise Project welcomes young hip-hop artists to Harvard Law School By: Amanda Kool, Clinical Fellow Transactional Law Clinic

Photo by Alex Horn Studio Heat students with Brett Heeger ‘14 and Amanda Kool, back right


first meeting his new client Javon, aka “Yung Fresh,” clinical student Brett Heeger ’14 asked if Javon’s recent performance to over one hundred corporate leaders from Converse was his biggest performance. “No,” Javon casually replied, “at the Boston Urban Music Festival, I performed to about 50,000 people.” At the time of the Festival, Javon was fourteen years old.

Javon is the senior member of Studio Heat and volunteers. Studio Heat, a group of young Boston musicians that have On November 11, 2013, Heeger grown out of the Music Cluband the Harvard Transactional house at the Blue Hill Chapter of Law Clinics (TLC) had the the Boys and Girls Club in Boschance to welcome seven middle ton. Ranging in age from preand high school students from teen to 18, some of these stuStudio Heat to HLS as part of an dents have alintroduction to the “IT WAS HONESTLY FOR ME ready achieved broader world of the measures of ONE OF THE COOLEST FIELD music business. After success that TRIPS I’VE EVER GOTTEN TO a brief tour of campus, many adults the group engaged in TAKE OUR KIDS ON.” will never oba mock negotiation RICK AGGELER, SENIOR tain. A recent intended to teach the MUSIC DIRECTOR OF STUvisit to the students about the role DIO HEAT group’s faciliof lawyers in the ties in Dorchesmusic industry. ter found students engaged in music lessons, songwriting sessions and laying down tracks, led primarily by senior students in

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Congratulations to the 2014 Skadden Fellows!

Mississippi Delta Celebration The Celebration, in its 5th year, is made possible annually with the generous support of the Winokur Family Foundation and hosted by the HLS Mississippi Delta Project and the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation.

This year’s celebration, held at Harvard Law School on

L-R: Mr. and Mrs. Winokur of the Winokur Family Foundation and Christopher Masingill, CoChairman of the Federal Delta Regional Authority By: Ona Balkus, Clinical Fellow Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

The 5th Annual Harvard Mississippi Delta Celebration is an annual celebration of the work students and faculty from schools around Harvard University are doing to improve economic, health, and social conditions in the Delta region of the United States. Student organizations and faculty focus their efforts towards this region because it has historically faced high rates of unemployment, poverty, and less access to higher education.

Wednesday, November 20th, highlighted a wealth of projects members of the Harvard community have engaged in over the past year, including: the HLS Mississippi Delta Project’s pro bono legal and policy work for its partners in the Delta; the HLS Spring Break Pro Bono trip to improve food access in Clarkdale, MS; the Harvard Water Security Initiative’s project to study flood control and environmental issues related to the Mississippi River; Harvard Kennedy School’s Community Development Project’s community engagement work in Greenwood, MS; students assisting state legislators through Mississippi Policy Partners, a partnership between Harvard and the Mississippi NAACP/One Voice; Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Alumnus Raymond Jetson’s urban civic engagement project Metromorphosis, based in Baton Rouge; and the impressive efforts of the Harvard Law School/Mississippi State University Fellow, Desta Reff, and the first ever Harvard School of Public Health/Mississippi State University Fellow, Maya McDoom, both supported by the Winokur Family Foundation.

L-R: Jessica Levin, Melissa Friedman, Melanie Zuch, Eli Wade-Scott, Alice Abrokwa, Jared Nicholson

The Skadden Foundation has announced the 2014 Class of Skadden Fellows, including six of our own Harvard Law School students who are dedicating the next two years of their professional careers to public interest work. All six students have dedicated a significant amount of time to clinical and pro bono work. Each of them has participated in at least three different clinics or student practice organizations. The Dean of the Clinical and Pro Bono Programs, Lisa Dealy congratulated the students saying (ENTER LISA'S QUOTE)

January Newsletter - Clinical and Pro Bono Programs  
January Newsletter - Clinical and Pro Bono Programs