Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program attains major First Circuit victory involving persecution in Guatemala

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In a landmark immigration decision involving a claim of eligibility for asylum, the First Circuit Court of Appeals has issued an opinion finding past persecution in the case of a Mayan man, based on the long history of genocide in Guatemala and related racist mistreatment. The client in the case, Manuel Ordonez-Quino, was represented by Harvard Law School Senior Clinical Instructors John Willshire Carrera and Nancy Kelly, co-managing directors of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic at Greater Boston Legal Services.

Ninth Circuit judge recounts landmark case at HIRC 30th anniversary

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On June 17, about 200 Harvard Law School alumni and students gathered to mark the 30th anniversary of the Harvard Immigration & Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC). It was a celebration of “30 Years of Social Change Lawyering,” and it brought together advocates from around the country and the world.

First Public Service Venture Fund ‘Seed Grant’ recipients challenge debtors’ prison in Alabama

Supreme Court To Rule On California’s Overcrowded Prisons

  Until last month, scores of destitute people—virtually all of them African Americans— languished in the city jail of Montgomery, Ala., for unpaid traffic tickets they couldn’t pay off, sentenced to one day in jail for every $50 they owed. They could earn another $25 credit daily by providing free labor, scrubbing blood and feces […]

The Alien Tort Statute: In Pursuit of Corporate Accountability

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On the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum, Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program and American Constitution Society co-sponsored a talk titled “The Alien Tort Statute: In Pursuit of Corporate Accountability.” Paul Hoffman, counsel for petitioners in Kiobel, joined Marco Simons, legal director of Earth Rights International […]

Three from HLS named Ford Fellows; Harris is keynote speaker

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Three graduating Harvard Law School students, Samuel Weiss ’14, Catherine B. Cooper ’14, and David Baake ’14, recently received Ford Foundation Law School Public Interest Fellowships. The fellowship is designed to identify and help develop new leaders in social justice. Weiss will work to end mass incarceration as a legal fellow at the American Civil […]

Looking back and moving forward on Environmental Justice: A national conference (video)

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In 1994, President Clinton issued Executive Order 12898, which made Environmental Justice a national priority. In recognition of the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s Executive Order, the Harvard Law School Environmental Law Society (HELS) hosted the National Association of Environmental Law Societies (NAELS) 26th Annual Conference, on March 28–29, 2014, titled “Environmental Justice: Where Are We Now?”