Storm Updates

Hi again-

The Hark will be open for a slightly scaled down breakfast and lunch tomorrow.

Facilities has asked everyone on campus to move items of value off the floor (ground floor and basement levels) and away from windows.  They also ask that you keep your windows locked and your shades/blinds down during the storm.

Updates are at:



Governor Patrick has declared a State of Emergency for Massachusetts in anticipation of the storm.  As you might imagine, there are a number of offices working with various campus services to prepare the campus and community.

If we need to send urgent updates during the storm and aftermath, we will update the Law School’s website and send email when possible but a critical means of emergency contact is Message Me.  If you haven’t already done so, register for Message Me so that you can receive text alerts as necessary

Before the storm, please review the University emergency page:

the law school’s emergency contacts page:

and check out the State of Massachusetts page:
for additional information on the storm and emergency preparedness.

Other than that, remember to charge up all of your devices, get a flashlight if you don’t already have one (each RA in the dorms has a flashlight to assist residents), stock up on batteries, and have some non-perishable food on hand since food service may be limited in the event of a black out.

Classes are still scheduled and the plan is to keep most if not all services in place but we will keep you posted if anything changes.

Requirements for Students Traveling Abroad

We realize that many students will be traveling abroad over the course of the year and wish to remind you of the required procedures.  Harvard University requires ALL students who are traveling under university auspices (that is, receiving either credit or funding) prior to departure to:

register the trip in the Harvard Travel Registry.  This enables the University to locate you quickly and provide assistance in the event of an emergency (i.e. natural disaster, civil unrest, etc). Registering is required for all students traveling on trips funded or arranged by the University and strongly recommended for everyone.  Students should create a profile in the Travel Registry and then record their specific travel information and make sure the information stays up-to-date.

review, sign and return the appropriate Assumption of Risk and General Release

obtain an International SOS membership card and review the program’s services

In addition, HLS students should review Harvard’s Global Support Services’ travel risk ratings.  Students who are considering travel to an area that is categorized as high-risk must:

complete and submit the Questionnaire for Graduate Student Travel

consult with Steve Taylor, Associate Director of International Safety and Security

This is necessary for travel in conjunction with courses or clinics as well as independent travel.  Please be aware that HLS may advise against — and may even withhold support for — travel that is deemed to pose excessive risk.

For more information on each of these steps, and traveling abroad in general, please be sure to visit our international travel webpage.

If you have questions, you may contact Sara Zucker, Director of International Legal Studies Programs.

We wish you the best for safe and productive travels.

The 40th Anniversary of the Paper Chase: A Conversation with Dean Minow & John Osborn (HLS ’70 and author)

The 40th Anniversary of the Paper Chase: A Conversation with Dean Minow & John Osborn (HLS ’70 and author)
Austin West & Rotunda, Harvard Law School
– 6-7pm: A conversation with Dean Minow & John Osborn.
– 7pm: Q&A from students/audience.
– Reception to follow in Austin West Rotunda with book signing by the COOP
– Watch The Paper Chase in Caspersen South, or The Pub the week before the event
– Check out the Special Exhibit in Caspersen Treasure Room, 4th floor Library

Security Series: RAD Class TODAY

As a continuation of the series of security events we offer, I want to remind you about the following event today:

The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) Program taught by HUPD officers empowers female students, faculty, and staff to combat various types of assaults by providing them with realistic self-defense tactics and techniques. This empowerment is taught through four basic principles: education, dependency on self, making one’s own decisions, and realization of one’s own power. The objective of RAD is to develop and enhance self-defense options for women. The classes provide women with the knowledge to make educated decisions about resistance.

Class is open only to female students, faculty, and staff.  From 3:15-5:15 pm in Milstein East C.  Space is still available so you can attend if you haven’t registered (as long as space permits).

Gary Bellow Public Service Awards

We’d like to invite you to nominate an HLS student and/or alumnus/a for the Gary Bellow Public Service Award. It’s easy to do!

The Gary Bellow Public Service Award was created in 2001 in honor of Professor Gary Bellow. Professor Bellow was the founder and former faculty director of Harvard Law School’s Clinical Programs. Two awards are given annually by the student body of Harvard Law School to one HLS student and one HLS alumnus/a whose commitment to social justice and excellence in public interest work embody the spirit of Gary Bellow’s work and make us proud to be a part of the HLS community. The awards process is completely student-run.
Please nominate individuals whose work in social justice and public interest inspires you. Any HLS student, affiliate, or alumnus may make nominations, and you may nominate yourself, a fellow student, or an alumnus. Email completed nominations to
  Nominations are due Monday, February 27, 2012, by 9 p.m. The format for the nomination email is below.
If you have any questions, please email
Thank you!
Jessica Levin and Stephanie Davidson
Gary Bellow Public Service Award Co-Chairs

1.       Nominee’s Name:
2.       Nominee’s Graduation Year from HLS:
3.       Nominee’s Email Address:
4.       Nominee’s Phone Number (if available):
5.       Your Name:
6.       Your Email Address:
7.       Why are you nominating this person? Please give a brief statement about the nominee’s work and background (approximately 1 page). Feel free to provide any additional materials you believe would be helpful to the nominations committee.

New Building Events Continue

This week, there are two more events to celebrate the new building

Thursday, February 9 – 12 – 1:30pm – The History of the Harvard Law School Buildings
Join Prof. Dan Coquillette, Harvard Law School’s resident historian, for a discussion of the development of the law school campus from its earliest buildings to the WCC.  A great history of HLS through the buildings.  Lunch will be served.
WCC 2036 Milstein East C

Friday, February 10 – 2 – 4pm – Progressive Chocolate Tour
Get to know the locations of the various offices around the WCC while sampling different chocolate treats at nine locations.
Stops include:
Graduate Program and Student Financial Services (5th Floor Wasserstein)
Career Services, OPIA and Registrar (4th Floor Wasserstein)
Dean of Students Office (3d Floor Caspersen) Clinical Office (3d Floor Clinical)
IT and Copy Center (Basement of Wasserstein)

We hope to see you there!