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Justice Catalyst Fellowship

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Jacob Lipton will be hosting an info session tomorrow, Friday November 10th, at 12pm in HLS’s WCC 3007, about the Justice Catalyst’s Fellowship Program for graduating or post-clerkship law students. Learn more about the fellowship and our two-step application process – informal prospectus (optional but highly recommended) due November 15th, full application due January 10th – at

The Catalyst is looking for diverse, creative, self-starting fellows who will pursue year-long, project-based fellowships, with a possibility of renewal. The Catalyst prioritizes groundbreaking ideas, including early-stage projects that are boundary-pushing in the pursuit of systemic solutions to major injustices, whether at an established legal organization or an organization looking to hire its first lawyer.

The Catalyst’s philosophy is problem-centric. Successful projects start with a problem in the world and identify the best way to attack it. While the Catalyst’s core programmatic work is focused on litigation as a tool, fellowship project proposals need not be. Every problem has multiple possible solutions, and tailoring your project proposal to your understanding of the problem is key. While direct representation can be a major component of your project, the Catalyst is interested in projects that build towards broad scale change, including projects that fall outside traditional conceptions of legal work.

Full details at or contact for more information.



CHRGJ Summer Legal Internship: Call for Applications

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at NYU School of Law is currently accepting applications for its full-time 10-week summer legal internship program, which will run from June 4, 2018 to August 10, 2018.

Applications are due November 1, 2017.

The Center houses the Global Justice Clinic, the Just Security online forum, and two UN experts and their research staff: the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights and the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to truth, justice, reparation, and guarantees of non-recurrence (transitional justice). Center faculty and staff will be working across a diverse range of issues, including:

  • Access to justice and legal empowerment
  • American poverty and human rights
  • Artificial intelligence and its impact on the human rights of the poor
  • Arts and human rights
  • Community-based human rights monitoring and data analysis
  • Corporate accountability and remedies for human rights violations by corporate actors
  • Data visualization and human rights
  • Human rights methodology
  • Legal empowerment
  • National security law and international law involving use of force and armed conflict
  • Rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities to free, prior, and informed consent
  • Tax policy and human rights
  • Transitional justice
  • Trauma and resilience among human rights defenders

For additional information on CHRGJ’s current research, please visit our website and subscribe to our mailing list to receive announcements regarding new projects.

Interns’ work will include legal research, writing, and advocacy support. They will be expected to work well independently and as a team, and will be encouraged to engage with CHRGJ staff and visiting scholars as active colleagues. Interns will also participate in a series of educational seminars held every two weeks. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone seeking to enhance their knowledge of human rights law and practice and/or to pursue a career in public interest and social justice.

Application instructions

Please send the following to Brianne Cuffe at with the subject: 2018 Summer Legal Internship:

  1. application form
  2. cover letter tailored to the area(s) of CHRGJ you are most interested in working
  3. current CV
  4. names and contact information of two references
  5. unofficial law school transcript
  6. writing sample (English-language, 10 pages maximum, excerpts acceptable)

Application materials should be consolidated into a single PDF file in the order listed above and received by November 1, 2017 at 5:00pm.


Due to limited resources, candidates are strongly encouraged to seek other funding sources, such as their law school’s public interest law centers, local bar foundations and Equal Justice America.



  • Current or recent enrollment in a law degree program (JD, LLM, or equivalent)
  • Eligibility to intern in the United States
  • Excellent analytical, research and writing skills as demonstrated by academic record and/or writing sample(s)
  • Demonstrated commitment to human rights and social justice
  • Knowledge of the international legal system
  • Strong capacity to work independently and with people from diverse backgrounds, including partner organizations


  • Work experience prior to law school

Not required but will be considered assets for some positions:

  • Fluency and/or ability to conduct legal and human rights research in another language-particularly Spanish, French, Haitian Kreyol, Swahili, and/or Arabic
  • Experience with litigation in national, regional, or international bodies
  • Quantitative research skills
  • Systematic qualitative research skills, e.g., content coding, focus groups
  • Training or experience in psychology or mental health
  • Training or experience in journalism
  • Knowledge of earth sciences, especially hydrology or geology
  • Knowledge of extractive industries (oil, mining, and gas)
  • Knowledge of international financial institutions
  • Interest in corporate accountability or business and human rights

Applications from persons of color, LGBTQI persons, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged.

Justice Works: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Community Justice

The Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice is hosting a public convening called Justice Works: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Community Justice on Tuesday October 3rd from 5-7pm in Milstein East C. Details in the poster below.



Community justice is the process of building public policy by incorporating the voices, knowledge and aspirations of individuals living and working in communities decimated by decades of disinvestment, neglect over-policing and prosecutorial excess.

This event marks the Houston Institute’s first dedicated public convening specifically addressing the practice of community justice. The panel is organized around a report by the Oregon Justice Resource Center entitled, “Disrupting Mass Incarceration at the Local Level.”

We expect this to be a wide-ranging, informative discussion and hope you can join us.


  • Aramis AyalaState Attorney, 9thJudicial Court for the State of Florida
  • Lillie A. EstesCommunity Strategist, ALO Community Strategy, RePHRAME and Community Justice Film Series
  • Kate GonsalvesPolitical Director, Oregon Justice Resource Center
  • Katherine StantonAmherst College ‘18; CHHIRJ Intern

Free and open to the public
Please RSVP at 

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.

J-Term Course: Practicing Systemic Justice


A Note for Harvard Students:

We stand at a pivotal moment for lawyers and others concerned with justice. Public interest lawyers from around the country are gathering at HLS in January to identify new challenges and possible solutions, and to find out how HLS students can help them unite and collaborate more effectively.

If you want to play a part and want to work with experts from the clinical faculty on the cutting edge of policy problems, preparing action plans in conjunction with summit attendees, see the announcement below, and email us by noon on Friday December 23rd to be assured of a place.

Practicing Systemic Justice in the United States: A Working Lab

 Professors Tyler Giannini and Jon Hanson would like to announce a new Winter Term course in conjunction with multiple clinical faculty. In the past few weeks, we have had discussions with many students interested in using their legal education to understand and practically address injustices that they identify in the United States and its legal and political system.

Practicing Systemic Justice in the United States: A Working Lab seeks to develop a new way of approaching societal injustices by exploring the practice and history of struggle and applying it to contemporary problems. In conjunction with expert advisors, student teams will work to draft reports and other materials on pressing policy problems such as immigration, food, housing, technology, criminal justice, corporate responsibility, and climate change. Expert advisors will include faculty members Sabrineh Ardalan, Christopher Bavitz, Emily Broad Leib, Esme Caramello, and Philip Torrey. Students will participate in the selection of “problems” to address, will help identify a variety of relevant experts, stakeholders, and groups facing injustice as part of researching the problem, and will coordinate and participate in drafting collaborative proposals and action plans.

Projects from the Working Lab will be taken up by Spring courses including the Justice Lab, which is still open for enrollment.

Practicing Systemic Justice will be designed around the Systemic Justice Summit on January 14-15. Please see more information at

If you are interested in participating, please email,, and (and include the words “Practicing Systemic Justice” in the subject line) so we can give you further details and make you eligible for enrollment. The Lab takes a cross-disciplinary approach, and we also encourage cross-registrants.

Systemic Justice Project 2017 Update

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We at the Systemic Justice Project have been working hard and wanted to update you on our plans for the first half of 2017, which include a new Winter Term course in addition to Systemic Justice and the Justice Lab in the Spring, all of which are open for enrollment, including cross-registrants (please see details on the individual course pages, links below).

1.       Winter Term Course: We are going to be offering a new winter term course, co-taught with Tyler Giannini, and including expert advisors from the Clinical Faculty. Practicing Systemic Justice in the United States: A Working Lab, seeks to develop a new way of approaching societal injustices by exploring the practice and history of struggle and applying it to contemporary problems. In conjunction with expert advisors, student teams will work to develop materials and plans for the Systemic Justice Summit (see below) and prepare reports, analysis, and action plans for key stakeholders on pressing policy problems such as immigration, food, housing, technology, criminal justice, corporate responsibility, and climate change.

 2.       Systemic Justice Summit: On January 14-15, we will be hosting a Systemic Justice Summit that will bring together justice-minded lawyers and nonlawyers engaged with the legal system to discuss new priorities, strategies, cases, and opportunities for collaboration on a wide range of issues. The summit will focus on both the new urgent challenges facing especially vulnerable groups and the continued urgent need for a new way of thinking about the law and the legal profession — one that places social justice at its core and works to find sustainable, deep solutions and institutions. Students from the Practicing Systemic Justice Course, and other interested students, will participate in planning and facilitating the summit.

 3.       Spring Justice Lab and Systemic Justice Course: The Spring Justice Lab, and some students in the Systemic Justice course, will take up some of the projects that come out of the Systemic Justice Summit and the Practicing Systemic Justice course, in addition to developing new projects and collaborations. We are set to have our largest Justice Lab ever, but are still open for further enrollment, including from cross-registrants.

 4.       Systemic Justice Conference: The third annual Systemic Justice Conference will be April 7-9. As always, it will feature students from the Justice Lab and the Systemic Justice course presenting their projects, including collaborations arising out of the summit.