Capital Punishment and Ineffective Representation

From one of our systemic justice students, here is an illuminating website briefly describing capital punishment in America, focusing in particular in how inadequate representation disadvantages a large number of capital defendants and skews the system against them.  Included is an overview of several inmates in Arkansas who are currently scheduled for execution beginning April 17th and who received wholly ineffective representation.

Final Day of the 2017 Systemic Justice Conference!

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Today is the final day of the 2017 Systemic Justice Conference: Repairing our Broken Systems!

Come for breakfast at 9:45am in time for the Justice Lab presentation on A Coordinated Community Approach to Homelessness which starts at 10:00am. That will be followed by another systemic lawyering panel — see the remarkable panelists below — and then lunch and the final Justice Lab presentation on Whistleblowing: Enhancing Employee Knowledge, Strategic Options and Consequences, followed by a group conference wrap-up discussion.

Today’s systemic lawyering panel features:

  • Lam Ho – Executive Director of CALA (Community Activism Law Alliance)
  • Corey Stoughton – civil rights litigation and strategy consultant based in London (formerly D.O.J. and ACLU of N.Y.)
  • Matt Segal – Legal Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts
  • Phil Torrey – Managing Attorney of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program


Don’t miss it!


Sunday, April 9, 2017

9:45 – 10:00 AM | Breakfast Pickup (Pound Hall)

10:00 – 11:15 AM | Homelessness (Pound 101)

A Coordinated Community Approach to Homelessness

Presenters (Justice Lab): Ross Brockaway, Pete Davis, Elle Dodd, Franco Pillsbury, Catia Sharp

11:20 AM – 12:20 PM | Systemic Lawyering Panel (Pound 101)

Panelists: Lam Ho, Corey Stoughton, Matt Segal, Phil Torrey

Moderators: Jieun Lim and Marilyn Robb

12:20 – 12:45 PM | Lunch (Pound Hall)

12:45 – 2:00 PM | Whistleblowing (Pound 101)

Whistleblowing: Enhancing Employee Knowledge, Strategic Options and Consequences

Presenters (Justice Lab): Esther Agbaje, Stephanie Kelly, Alisan Oliver-Li, Nicolette Roger

2:00 – 3:00 PM | Conference Wrap-Up: Problem Causers, Problem Solvers, Initiatives

Moderators: Sara Bellin and Jacob Lipton

Day Two of the 2017 Systemic Justice Conference

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Come to Pound Hall, Harvard Law School for day two of the 2017 Systemic Justice Conference!

Highlights include:

  • Brunch Forum of recent graduates!
  • Presentations on Qualified Immunity, Delivering Legal Services, & Amicus Briefs
  • The second Systemic Justice Showcase of the weekend!
  • Systemic Lawyering Panel featuring Jason Adkins, Sabi Ardalan, Esme Caramello, & Robin Steinberg
  • Narratives about our political moment

Come one come all!


Saturday, April 8, 2017

9:30 – 9:55 AM | Brunch Forum with Breakfast Pickup (Pound 101)

Moderator: Jacob Lipton

Panelists: Rebecca Chapman, Ben Elga, Alec Harris, Anna Joseph, Bianca Tylek

10:00 – 11:00 AM | KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Robin Steinberg (Pound 101)

Moderator: Robin Ladd

11:05 – 12:20 PM | Qualified Immunity (Pound 101)

(Un)Qualified Immunity: Protecting Police over Plaintiffs

Presenters (Justice Lab): Charlie Birkel, Mike Banerjee, Paul Maneri, Harmann Singh, Shivani Agarwal

12:20 – 12:35 PM | Lunch Pickup (Pound Hall)

12:35 – 1:35 PM | Justice Showcase #2 (Pound 102)

1:40 – 2:40 PM | Delivering Legal Services (Pound 101)

Streamlining Intake and Triage in Delivering Legal Services

Presenters (Justice Lab): Yoseph Desta, Amber James, Sarah Vasquez Lightstone, Allena Martin, Mitha Nandagopalan

2:45 – 3:45 PM | Systemic Lawyering Panel (Pound 101)

Panelists: Jason Adkins, Sabi Ardalan, Esme Caramello, Robin Steinberg

Moderators: Robin Ladd and Harmann Singh

4:00 – 4:10 PM | Coffee/Tea Break (Pound Hall)

4:15 – 5:30 PM | Amicus Briefs (Pound 101)

Understanding and Reforming Amicus Briefs in the Supreme Court

Presenters (Justice Lab): Sonia Chakrabarty, Jessica Lewis, Brendan Roach, Mark Satta

5:30 – 6:00 PM | Narratives (Pound 101)

A series of brief narratives by students, staff, faculty, alums, and others about the frustrations with, and inspiration from, this political moment.

Moderators: Isaac Cameron and Corey Linehan

6:00 – 7:00 PM | Reception (Lewis 214A)

TODAY through Sunday! 2017 Systemic Justice Conference: Repairing Our Broken Systems

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Over the last decade, the U.S. has been confronted with repeated reminders that our systems are failing. From growing wealth and racial inequalities to climate change and environmental degradation, and from economic and criminal-justice crises to a deeply dysfunctional political system, there is ample evidence that our systems are broken. This year’s Systemic Justice Conference will highlight some of the resultant systemic injustices in an effort to suggest some potential repairs. Join us today through sunday for:

Presentations from The Justice Lab and the Systemic Justice course!
Keynote address by Robin Steinberg!

Saturday Systemic Lawyering Panel featuring:

  • Jason Adkins – founder and director of Adkins, Kelston & Zavez, P.C.
  • Sabi Ardalan – Assistant Director and Lecturer on Law at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program
  • Esme Caramello – Clinical Professor of Law and Deputy Director of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
  • Robin Steinberg – Founder and Executive Director of the Bronx Defenders

Sunday Systemic Lawyering Panel featuring:

  • Lam Ho – Executive Director of CALA (Community Activism Law Alliance)
  • Corey Stoughton – civil rights litigation and strategy consultant based in London (formerly D.O.J. and ACLU of N.Y.)
  • Matt Segal – Legal Director of the ACLU of Massachusetts
  • Phil Torrey – Managing Attorney of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program

Registration here!
Full schedule here!

Afternoon of Engagement workshop TODAY

Event TODAY: Afternoon of Engagement 

Members of the Harvard community will have received an invitation from President Drew Faust to participate in An Afternoon of Engagement, an innovative, interactive workshop that is part of the outreach efforts of the University Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging, which will take place on Wednesday, April 5, in Sanders Theatre. The event starts 2pm, doors open at 1:15

About the event:

This interactive workshop will use story-telling and small-group conversations to explore what the concepts of inclusion and belonging mean for our campus and to generate solutions, drawing on the collective wisdom of our community. Your work this afternoon will help shape the Task Force’s conceptions of inclusion and belonging and guide its exploration of solutions and formulation of recommendations. 

As President Faust wrote, diversity, inclusion, and belonging are not incidental concerns; they are fundamental to Harvard’s mission and identity.  We aspire to build a university that is open and inclusive and that inspires a sense of belonging for all members of our community. This is a necessary foundation for enabling all students, staff, and academic personnel to meet their aspirations for academic and personal growth. To achieve this vision, we need your wisdom and good ideas.

Registration and Additional Details:

All members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend.  Please visit the event website to register and to learn more about the program and speakers.

Harvard Kennedy School Conference on Poverty and Inequality

The Systemic Justice Project is co-sponsoring the Harvard Kennedy School Conference on Poverty and Inequality. For more information, see below:


On behalf of our conference planning committee, we’d like to invite you to the Conference on Poverty & Inequality. In light of the recent election, our theme is Tackling Poverty & Inequality under a Trump Presidency. We hope to highlight the deep economic anxieties that surfaced across the US in the 2016 election. The conference is Saturday, February 25 at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Registration is now open ($15 for students; $30 for non-students). Please register, connect with us on Facebook, and visit our website for more information.

Speeches and panel discussions will cover a range of topics, like affordable housing, early childhood development, K-12 education, and extreme poverty/joblessness.We have some exceptional speakers confirmed, including:

  • Dennis Kucinich, Progressive Advocate, Former Eight-Term US Congressman, and Two-Time Candidate in the Democratic Presidential Primary
  • Daniel Gillion, University of Pennsylvania Presidential Associate Professor and author of Governing with Words: The Political Dialogue on Race, Public Policy, and Inequality in America
  • Portia Wu, Former Assistant Secretary of ETA at the US Department of Labor
  • David Ellwood, Former Kennedy School Dean and Former Co-Chair of President Clinton’s Working Group on Welfare Reform
  • Melissa Boteach, Director of the Poverty to Prosperity Program at the Center for American Progress
  • Robert Doar, Morgridge Fellow in Poverty Studies at the American Enterprise Institute
  • Hanna Skandera, New Mexico Education Secretary
  • Thomas Kochan, MIT Professor and Co-Director of MIT Sloan’s Institute for Work and Employment Research
  • Maria Mossaides, Child Advocate of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Carol C. Buris, Executive Director of the Network for Public Education Foundation
  • Amy Glasmeier, MIT Economist & Creator of the Living Wage Calculator
  • William Beardslee, Distinguished Gardner/Monks Professor of Child Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Baer Prevention Initiatives, Department of Psychiatry, Children’s Hospital Boston

If you have any questions or would like your student group recognized in our program materials for “joining the conversation,” please email Ben Mays (Conference Co-Chair) at We look forward to seeing you there!