Student Voices: Humanizing the incarcerated in Massachusetts

Student Voices: Humanizing individuals in the criminal justice system

I joined the Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP) the fall of my 1L year at a time when I knew very little about the criminal justice system. I knew, however, that PLAP provided important services to prisoners in Massachusetts, including representing them in disciplinary hearings and in their bids for parole.

Student Voices: Why the Tenant Advocacy Project defined my law school experience

Student Voices: Why the Tenant Advocacy Project defined my law school experience

The notice came in a white envelope, hand-delivered by a staffer at the project-based Section 8 development that my elderly grandparents lived in. From the outside, it looked like it could be a notice that they received on a weekly basis. However, this was a “Notice to Cease.” From what my immigrant Chinese family could tell, it meant eviction.

25 Million Sparks: Andrew Leon Hanna ’19 on his prize-winning book project

25 Million Sparks: Andrew Leon Hanna ’19 on his prize-winning book project

Andrew Leon Hanna ’19 recently won the 2018 Bracken Bower Prize from the Financial Times and McKinsey & Company for the best book proposal about emerging businesses from someone 35 or under. Hanna’s book proposal, “25 Million Sparks”, aims to celebrate refugee entrepreneurs.

David Harris receives 2018 Governor’s Award in the Humanities

David Harris receives 2018 Governor’s Awards in the Humanities

In October, David J. Harris, managing director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice at Harvard Law School, received the Massachusetts Governor’s Award in the Humanities. Harris was one of four leaders recognized for their “public actions, grounded in an appreciation of the humanities, to enhance civic life in the Commonwealth.”

M. Alejandra Parra-Orlandoni ’15: engineer, naval officer, and lawyer

M. Alejandra Parra-Orlandoni ’15

After serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy, M. Alejandra Parra-Orlandoni focused on international law and national security during her time at Harvard Law School. But the most important things she learned, she says, were the ability to think critically and the importance of learning from the experience of others.