Announcements •

HLS Library Spring Faculty Book Talks Now Available on YouTube!

In case you missed the HLSL spring faculty book talk series, videos of the book talks are now available on the Library’s YouTube Channel.

Critical Decisions in Negotiation, DVD Set

Robert Bordone, Feb. 18, 2014

With panelists Chad Carr and Michael Wheeler

Innovations in Refugee Protection:  A Compendium of UNHCR’s 60 Years Including Case Studies on IT Communities, Vietnamese Boatpeople, Chilean Exile and Namibian Repatriation

Luise Druke, Mar. 6, 2014

With panelists Christianne Lemke, Palmer Lawrence, Heidi Matthews and Elizabeth Maroney

The Democratic Foundations of Policy Diffusion:  How Health, Family and Employment Laws Spread Across Countries

Katerina Linos, Apr. 1, 2014

With panelists Beth Simmons, Noah Feldman and Amartya Sen

The Constitution of Risk

Adrian Vermeule, Apr. 8. 2014

With panelists Richard Fallon, Cass Sunstein and Mark Tushnet

Helping Traumatized Children Learn, Vol. 2:  Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools

Susan Cole & Mike Gregory, Apr. 10, 2014

With Co-authors Anne Eisner and Joel Ristuccia, and panelists Mary Curtis, M. Geron Gadd, Betsy McAlister Groves and Salvatore Terrasi.

Why Nudge?: The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism

Cass Sunstein, Apr. 14, 2014

With panelists Iris Bohnet, Richard Fallon, Frank Michelman and Sendhil Mullainathan

HLSL is currently looking for authors for the fall 2014 and spring 2015 book talk series.  Please contact June Casey ( if you are interested in having HLSL host a book talk for you.

Book Talk: Klemen Jaklic, Constitutional Pluralism in the EU, Wednesday, May 14 at noon

The Harvard Law School Library staff invites you to attend a book talk and panel discussion in celebration of Klemen Jaklic’s recently published book, Constitutional Pluralism in the EU.

Klemen Jaklic is a legal scholar and is currently a Democracy Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. After his first law degree, he earned his masters (LL.M.) and doctorate (S.J.D.) in law from Harvard Law School, and another doctorate in law (D.Phil.) from Oxford University. He has been teaching at Harvard in various roles since 2008 in the fields of European integration and EU law, human rights, justice, ethics, constitutional law & theory, and democracy. He was awarded several teaching excellence awards by Harvard and was appointed Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School (spring 2012) where he taught his course on Europe and Democracy. His current research focuses on European constitutionalism and the future development of the idea of democracy in the context of a just global order.

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“Where does the law and political power of any given territory come from? Until recently it was believed that it came from a single and hierarchical source of constitutional authority, a sovereign people and their constitution. However, how can this model account for the new Europe? Where state constitutions and the European Constitution, which are ultimately equally self-standing sources of constitutional authority, overlap heterarchically over a shared piece of territory.

Constitutional pluralism is a new branch within constitutional thought that argues sovereignty is no longer the accurate and normatively superior constitutional foundation. It instead replaces this thought with its own foundation. It emerged on the basis of contributions by the leading EU constitutionalists and has now become the most dominant branch of European constitutional thought. Its claims have also overstepped the European context, suggesting that it offers historic advantages for further development of the idea of constitutionalism and world order as such.” — Oxford Univ. Press

Book talk panelists include:

HLS Professor Frank I. Michelman, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Emeritus.

Professor Vlad Perju, Director of the Clough Center for the Study of Constitutional Democracy at Boston College Law School.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 12:00 noon.

Harvard Law School, Lewis International Law Center, Room 214A.  (Directions).

Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library.

Free and open to the public.  Lunch will be served.

Join us! HLS Library Seeks Applied Research Statistician

The Harvard Law School Library is currently seeking a full-time, permanent Applied Research Statistician to consult with and provide empirical research support to HLS faculty as well as other members of the HLS community.

Basic qualifications:

  • Ph.D., M.A., or M.S. in Statistics; or Ph.D in Social/Behavioral Science with emphasis on quantitative/statistical methods.
  • Knowledge of Stata and R required.
  • Familiarity with regression, logit, and probit models.
  • Experience in application of quantitative methods to social science and/or legal data.

Interested or know someone who might be? See full functions and responsibilities and how to apply here. (If the link doesn’t work, visit Employment@Harvard and search for auto req ID 32332BR.)

HLS Library Exhibit News

Need a study break? Stop by the HLS Library’s Caspersen Room on the fourth floor of Langdell Hall to view our current and soon-to-be-gone exhibits.

Beyond Cambridge: Two Centuries of HLS Faculty Work in and on Africa will close at 5 pm this Friday, April 25.

Harvard Law School Dean, Educator, and Colleague: Celebrating James Vorenberg Through His Papers continues through Commencement 2014.

The Declaration of Independence, generously lent by the family of Robin and Marc (HLS 1984) Wolpow, will be on view through mid-August 2014.

Coming soon: an exhibit of some of the books, manuscripts and broadside posters added to the Library’s Historical & Special Collections, and an exhibit of law-related bobbleheads produced by The Green Bag.

The Caspersen Room is open Monday-Friday 9 to 5. Please visit us soon!


Webinar for Students: Using Legislative History to Find Legislative Intent

Proquest Congressional is a fantastic resource for finding legislative history documents. It has a wealth of bills, hearings, reports and other documents going back to the earliest days of Congress, usually in PDF.

How can you use it to learn more about what legislators intended? Proquest is hosting a webinar, Using Legislative History to Find Legislative Intent, that will be repeated a number of times and is aimed at students, recent graduates, clerks, associates, and interns/externs. Proquest notes that most federal courts and government agencies as well as a number of non-profit law libraries that private law firms belong to have access to these resources. The webinar is open to anyone. See below for more info on what will be covered.

Sign up by clicking one of the dates below:

About the webinars (from Proquest)

 This 90-minute session is designed for the summer associate, judicial, law firm or government agency law clerk, intern, extern or research assistant. You will learn how to use ProQuest Congressional Digital Suite & Legislative Insight, the premier legal research tools for federal legislative and government materials to:

1. Develop an understanding of the legislative process both:

a. Procedurally – How did the language read as first proposed, what committees considered the proposal, when were amendments made and where was the proposal when it was amended;
b. As an adversarial process – who was lobbying in support of the proposal and what were they trying to accomplish, who was active in opposition what were their objections, who was responsible for amendments to the proposal;

2. Become familiar with the documents available pertinent to your issue;
3. Identify where in the process the changes you care about occurred – this provides a mechanism to narrow the scope of your search for explanations for why the language was changed;
4. Learn how to identify both direct and circumstantial evidence of intent.

And of course if you need assistance with Proquest Congressional on the fly, you can also ask your HLS librarians.

New eResources at Harvard

The Harvard Library has an astounding amount of resources, with new titles coming in every day!  For help efficiently navigating it all, make a time to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.

New resources at Harvard

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Since its inception in 1974, the Bureau provides statistical information to guide decision making and the development process to the government and other stakeholders.
Sanctioned by the Government of India as part of its programme for the celebration of Rabindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary. It has been fully funded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, and includes digital images of virtually all his manuscripts and authoritative print versions (books and journals).
Exclusive research and analysis by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and authors from similar institutions, and present objective analysis versus official government messaging on strategic issues.
Watch Indian movies old and new from this archive!
Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa – full text publications.  Example:  Land and Agrarian Reform in Zimbabwe : Beyond White-Settler Capitalism (2013).
The full text of the Colombian census (in Spanish) from 2005.
Over 70 books covering history, cultural studies, political science, and philosophy; helpful for learning about Jane Austin, Dylan Thomas – and even Utopian and Dystopian Literature to 1800.

Allows for a methodical search into WTO jurisprudence, including for investment treaty (investor-state) arbitration issues.

Part 1:  News Features & Internal Communications, 1848-2000
Part 3: U.S. Cities Bureaus Collection

Women & Law – Research Made More Awesome!

Harvard has an amazing amount of resources for conducting research on many disciplines!

Adding to an already immense collection, Harvard now has Women and the Law.

This collection from Hein brings together books, biographies and periodicals dedicated to women’s roles in society and the law. This unique collection provides a platform to research the progression of women’s roles and rights in society over the past 200 years.

Notable titles include:

And featuring:

Libraries within this Collection include:

  • Biographies of Famous Women
  • Women & Education
  • Women & Employment
  • Women & Society
  • Title IX [Forthcoming]

Harvard also provides online access to over 1500 books on women’s studies, gender & sexuality.

For help efficiently navigating it all, make a time to meet with a librarian or contact the Reference Desk.

The Meat We Eat: Forum on Industrial Farming (this week!)

Worried about what might be in the food you eat? Wonder how the government regulates how animals are treated on the farms? Wondering how the food system could be made transparent?

If you answered yes to the above questions, then you will want to attend a forum taking place this Friday, April 4th, at Harvard Law School, from 1-7:30 p.m.  The forum will conclude with a reception from 6:30-7:30.  The event will be held in Austin Hall North, at 1515 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge.

The name of the event is The Meat We Eat: Forum on Industrial Farming, and is being organized by the Harvard Food Law Society and the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund at Harvard Law School.  For more details, including information on the schedule, and how to register, please see this link. For students, the price of admission can’t be beat – FREE. For members of the general public, there is a small fee of $10.

Hope to see you there!




Book Talk: Cass Sunstein, Why Nudge?: The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism, Monday, April 14 at noon

The Harvard Law School Library staff invites you to attend a book talk and panel discussion in celebration of Professor Cass R. Sunstein’s recently published book, Why Nudge?:  The Politics of Libertarian Paternalism.

Sunstein is the Robert Walmsley University Professor at Harvard University, and is the author of several books, including, Simpler: The Future of Government (2013) and, with coauthor Richard H. Thaler, Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness (2008).

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“Based on a series of pathbreaking lectures given at Yale University in 2012, this powerful, thought-provoking work by national best-selling author Cass R. Sunstein combines legal theory with behavioral economics to make a fresh argument about the legitimate scope of government, bearing on obesity, smoking, distracted driving, health care, food safety, and other highly volatile, high-profile public issues. Behavioral economists have established that people often make decisions that run counter to their best interests—producing what Sunstein describes as “behavioral market failures.” Sometimes we disregard the long term; sometimes we are unrealistically optimistic; sometimes we do not see what is in front of us. With this evidence in mind, Sunstein argues for a new form of paternalism, one that protects people against serious errors but also recognizes the risk of government overreaching and usually preserves freedom of choice.

Against those who reject paternalism of any kind, Sunstein shows that “choice architecture”—government-imposed structures that affect our choices—is inevitable, and hence that a form of paternalism cannot be avoided. He urges that there are profoundly moral reasons to ensure that choice architecture is helpful rather than harmful—and that it makes people’s lives better and longer.”  –Yale University Press

Book talk panelists include:

Professor Iris Bohnet, Academic Dean and Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Director of the Women and Public Policy Program and Associate Director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory;

HLS Professor Richard Fallon, Ralph S. Tyler, Jr. Professor of Constitutional Law;

Harvard Professor of Economics, Sendhil Mullainathan;

HLS Professor Frank I. Michelman, Robert Walmsley University Professor, Emeritus.

Monday, April 14, 2014, 12:00 noon.

Harvard Law School, Langdell Caspersen Room.  (Directions).

Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library.

Free and open to the public.  Lunch will be served.

“An engaging and insightful tour through the evidence that most human beings don’t make decisions in the way often characterized in elementary economics textbooks, along with a rich array of suggestions for enabling many of us to make better choices, both for ourselves and for society. . . . Common sense at its best.”—Benjamin M. Friedman, New York Times Book Review on Nudge

“While we tend to think that offering information merely allows us to choose our means more carefully, without affecting what ends we actually want to pursue, Sunstein argues quite convincingly that for that government to highlight certain information may actually affect our goals.” – Sarah Conly, author of Against Autonomy:  Justifying Coercive Paternalism

“A provocative challenge to the fixed mindsets of left and right alike.”—Kirkus Reviews




Book Talk: Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools, Thurs., April 10 at noon

The Harvard Law School Library staff invites you to attend a book talk and panel discussion in celebration of the recently published  Helping Traumatized Children Learn, Volume 2:  Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools, published by the Trauma Learning Policy Initiative, a partnership between the Massachusetts Advocates for Children and Harvard Law School.

The book talk panel will include a discussion by co-authors Susan Cole, Michael Gregory, Anne Eisner, and Joel M. Ristuccia.

“Volume 2 of Helping Traumatized Children Learn: Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools, safe, supportive learning environments that benefit all children offers a Guide to a process for creating trauma-sensitive schools and a policy agenda to provide the support schools need to achieve this goal. Grounded in theory and practice in schools and with families, the Guide is intended to be a living document that will grow and change as more schools become trauma sensitive and add their ideas. The policy agenda calls for changes in laws, policies, and funding streams to support schools in this work. Together, the online learning community and the book are designed to complement each other, helping to build a growing and increasingly visible trauma-sensitive learning community.” — TLPI

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Susan Cole is Founder and Director, Trauma Learning Policy Initiative and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School.

Michael Gregory is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Harvard Law School.

At Harvard Law School, Professor Gregory co-teaches the Education Law Clinic with Law Clinic Director Susan Cole, in which law students represent individual families of traumatized children in the special education system and engage in systemic advocacy in education reform at the state level.  In conjunction with the clinic, Professor Gregory co-teaches with Ms. Cole the seminars “Education Advocacy and Systemic Change: Children at Risk” and “Legislative Lawyering in Education Law.”

Anne Eisner is Deputy Director of the Trauma Learning Policy Initiative, Massachusetts Advocates for Children.

Joel M. Ristuccia is Consultant for the Trauma Learning Policy Initiative and Adjunct Faculty, Lesley University.

The authors will be joined by panelists including:

Mary E. Curtis, Ph.D., Director, Center for Special Education, Lesley University;

M. Geron Gadd, J.D., (’04), M.T.S. (’01), Senior Staff Attorney, Children at Risk Practice Group, Southern Poverty Law Center ;

Betsy McAlister Groves, LICSW, Founder, Child Witness to Violence Project, Boston Medical Center
Director, Child Advocacy Strand, Human Development and Psychology Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education;

Salvatore Terrasi, Ph.D., Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Brockton Public Schools,
National Adjunct Faculty, Lesley University.

Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:00 noon.

Harvard Law School, Lewis International Law Center, Room 214A.  (Directions).

Sponsored by the Harvard Law School Library.

Free and open to the public.  Lunch will be served.

Helping Traumatized Children Learn marks a major milestone in child advocacy. Based on evidence from brain research, child development, and actual classrooms, here is a road map for parents, schools, administrators, and policy makers that shows concrete and feasible steps for making schools the life raft for children who otherwise may be misunderstood and abandoned by the community.”

Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor
Harvard Law School

“[Creating and Advocating for Trauma-Sensitive Schools] is a timely and very much needed book. It provides clear, practical and research- and practice-informed guidance. It addresses three things that should be aligned, but often are not: addressing trauma school-wide, not just individually; monitoring the implementation of trauma-sensitive schools; and creating public policy to ensure that all students, including the many who have experienced traumatic events, succeed.”

Vice President and AIR Institute Fellow
American Institutes for Research

“[Helping Traumatized Children Learn, Volume 2] shows us that trauma sensitivity is central to the process of creating the safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that can improve education outcomes for all students. It provides much-needed guidance to policymakers about how to support schools in this effort. The authors articulate a way forward for educators and policymakers to work together to provide safe and supportive schools where all children can learn.  Let’s get to work!”