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Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA)

  • PSVF Fellow: Maxwell Ulin (J.D. ’23)

    July 11, 2023

    UNITE HERE Local 11 Phoenix, AZ Maxwell Ulin will spend his fellowship year with the in-house legal department of UNITE HERE Local 11, a major…

  • PSVF Fellow: Courtney Dougherty (J.D. ’22)

    July 15, 2022

    Democracy Forward Washington, D.C. Courtney Dougherty will serve as a fellow for Democracy Forward. Her fellowship will include participating on impact litigation projects addressing unlawful…

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    Harvard Law receives record number of Skadden Fellowships

    December 5, 2020

    Nine HLS students and alumni awarded prestigious Skadden Fellowship for public service.

  • Catherine Pattanayak ’04

    Catherine Pattanayak named assistant dean for public service

    March 31, 2020

    Catherine Pattanayak ’04 has been appointed Harvard Law School’s assistant dean for public service and director of the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising. She was formerly OPIA’s interim assistant dean for public service.

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    Public interest scavenger hunt raises money and highlights alumni work

    April 11, 2018

    Now in its second year, the Harvard Law School Public Interest Scavenger Hunt continued its focus on HLS history and trivia, but also highlighted alumni who have done important public interest work.

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    NFL group joins Harvard huddle on criminal justice

    March 29, 2018

    A group of current and retired NFL players shared personal reasons for their activism and outreach in a conversation Friday at Harvard Law School, part of “Changing the Conversation to Change Criminal Justice,” a symposium sponsored by the School’s Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising, the Fair Punishment Project, and the Players Coalition.

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    Harvard Law Review establishes new public interest fellowship

    May 8, 2017

    The Harvard Law Review has announced the creation of a public interest fellowship, which will enable one recent Harvard Law graduate to spend a year following law school working in public service.

  • Don't Look Away: Images of Systematic Torture in the Syrian Regime panelists

    Torture through a viewfinder: Photo exhibit at HLS shines light on Syrian government

    October 26, 2015

    As the humanitarian crisis in Syria deepens, a panel at Harvard Law School explores the role of photography in documenting and raising international awareness about torture, mass killings, and other atrocities committed by the Assad regime.

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    Harvard Defenders: 65 years of legal service to the community

    October 9, 2015

    85 Harvard Law students participate each year in Harvard Defenders, a student practice organization in which they represent low-income clients in criminal show-cause hearings.

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    Hanson, Pattanayak honored by Class of 2015

    May 27, 2015

    The Class of 2015 honored Professor Jon Hanson with the prestigious Albert M. Sacks-Paul A. Freund Award for Teaching Excellence for his work inside the classroom as “a creative and effective teacher, combining presentations, narratives and hands-on projects.” Catherine Pattanayak ’04 was selected by the Class to receive the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Appreciation Award for her “extraordinary support of public interest students and their careers.”

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    Twenty-three from HLS receive Public Service Venture Fund grants

    September 9, 2014

    Twenty-three public service visionaries and social entrepreneurs from Harvard Law School have been selected as recipients of grants from the Public Service Venture Fund, a unique program that awards up to $1 million each year to help graduating Harvard Law students and recent graduates obtain their ideal jobs in public service.

  • The Chayes International Public Service Fellowship: snapshots from this summer

    March 12, 2013

    During the summer of 2012, hundreds of Harvard Law School J.D. and graduate students benefitted from the largest pool of guaranteed funding offered by a law school for the broadest range of public interest summer work. A select group of 26 students worked in 19 countries under the aegis of the Chayes International Public Service Fellowships, dedicated to the memory of Professor Abram Chayes, who taught at Harvard Law School for more than 40 years.

  • Harvard Law School to receive Ford Foundation Grant for public interest fellowships

    September 13, 2012

    Harvard Law School today announced that the Ford Foundation has committed to fund a new initiative administered by the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising, enabling 25 HLS students to work in the field of public interest law in summer 2013.

  • A Resolution for the UN: How one human rights attorney found her role in international law

    July 1, 2012

    By her 2L year, Regina Fitzpatrick ’08 was dead set on working for the U.N. on a peacekeeping mission. She’d come to HLS with a master’s in human rights after a stint with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. The U.N.’s “legitimacy and access to hot spots,” she says, made it her goal. She is now working in Juba, South Sudan, living her dream.

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    OPIA sponsors “Careers in the Military” panel with HLS alums

    November 14, 2011

    Law students interested in a law firm career can attend firm-sponsored meet-and-greets to speak with associates. Students interested in public interest careers can meet one-on-one with visiting alumni advisors. But HLS students interested in military careers have fewer chances to mingle with those who have pursued that path. To provide that opportunity, OPIA welcomed to HLS five alumni who have served in the armed forces, to provide guidance and answer student questions.

  • Summer 2011

    The Lawyerpreneurs: Helping students get their ideas off the ground

    August 31, 2011

    Cautionary tales and words of wisdom from HLS student entrepreneurs

  • Heyman Fellows profiled in Washington Post

    May 23, 2011

     Irene Chan ’02 and Michael Bahar ’02 were recently profiled in The Washington Post as part of a series on federal workers who are making a difference. 

  • Alan Khazei and Brooke Richie

    Advice to future social entrepreneurs: “Go for it”

    November 23, 2010

    Beginning in 2013, Harvard Law School’s new Public Service Venture Fund will provide $1 million per year in grants to support new and recent graduates who will be working for public service employers, and also to support those who want to start their own organizations. With this commitment, the School is enhancing its focus on entrepreneurship in general and social entrepreneurship specifically—to encourage current students to pursue their own ideas and to prepare students who might want to apply for support from the fund and other sources of assistance for public service enterprises.

  • Judith Murciano

    Judith Murciano Wins Richardson Award

    May 26, 2010

    Judith Murciano, fellowship director in the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School, received the Suzanne L. Richardson Staff Recognition Award during Class Day exercises.

  • Harvard Law School announces new public service fellowship program

    October 23, 2009

    Harvard Law School is announcing today the creation of the Holmes Public Service Fellowships, which will fund one year of public service work for approximately 12 graduating students during 2010-2011. The fellowships will pay up to $35,000 to support a year of post-graduate legal work at a non-profit or government agency anywhere in the world.

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    Sowing the seeds of public service at HLS

    April 1, 2005

    Dean Elena Kagan '86 believes public service should be part of every lawyer's life. At Harvard Law School, there are now more opportunities than ever to get involved.