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Lecture Programs and Other Academic Opportunities

The regular curriculum at Yale Law School is augmented by a host of events that enrich legal education and scholarship. Distinguished speakers—lawyers, judges, public figures, government officials, scholars, and other prominent individuals—are invited by faculty members, student organizations, and academic programs within the School to give talks or participate in panel discussions on a wide variety of topics throughout the year. Conferences sponsored or cosponsored by the School or by its faculty or students address issues of legal import both here and abroad. Additionally, an abundant resource of endowed funds allows the School to invite many specially designated fellows who not only give lectures but also spend time mentoring students with similar academic or professional interests.

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Lecture Programs

A sampling of the endowed lecture programs from the 2014–2015 academic year follows:

The Robert P. Anderson Memorial Lecture provides a forum for distinguished judges to speak on matters of general importance to law and society. Edwin Cameron, Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, delivered the lecture, titled “Appellate Power and Constitutional Transformation.”

The Robert M. Cover Lectureship in Law and Religion brings speakers to Yale to explore the historical, philosophical, sociological, and literary intersections between law and religion. Moshe Halbertal, Gruss Professor of Law at New York University School of Law and Professor of Jewish Thought and Philosophy at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, gave the lecture, titled “Narrative and the Limits of the Law in Talmudic Tradition.”

The Arthur Allen Leff Fellowship brings to Yale Law School individuals whose work in other disciplines illuminates the study of law and legal institutions. Jane J. Mansbridge, Adams Professor at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, delivered the lecture, titled “Legitimate Coercion: Not Just a Matter of Consent.”

The Robert H. Preiskel and Leon Silverman Program on the Practicing Lawyer and the Public Interest sponsors lectures and other events celebrating private lawyers’ contributions to the public interest. Stephen P. Berzon, Partner, Altshuler Berzon LLP, gave the lecture, titled “Fixing Wealth Inequality: How Lawyers Can Be Part of the Solution.”

The John R. Raben/Sullivan & Cromwell Fellowship brings to the Law School a leading expert in securities law or accounting for business enterprises to deliver a public lecture. Sendhil Mullainathan, Professor of Economics at Harvard University, gave the lecture, titled “Against Against Prediction: How Machine Learning Can Improve the Legal System.”

The Storrs Lectures, established in 1889, constitute one of Yale Law School’s oldest and most prestigious lecture programs. They are given annually by a prominent scholar who discusses fundamental problems of law and jurisprudence. Thomas Piketty, Professor at the Paris School of Economics, delivered the lecture, titled “Capital in the 21st Century.”

The James A. Thomas Lectures are given by scholars whose work addresses the concerns of communities or groups currently marginalized within the legal academy or society at large. Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law, gave the lecture, titled “Uncovering Talent: A New Model of Inclusion.”

The Judge Ralph K. Winter Lectureship on Corporate Law and Governance supports lectures on corporate law and governance and related topics. Jeremy Stein, Moise Y. Safra Professor of Economics at Harvard University and member of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (2012–2014), delivered the lecture, titled “The Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet and Its Financial Stability Objectives.”

Other named lecture and fellowship programs at Yale Law School include the following:

The Timothy B. Atkeson Environmental Practitioner in Residence Program brings to the Law School practitioners from a variety of environmental law practice settings to lecture, teach seminars, and counsel students on career opportunities.

The Robert L. Bernstein Fellowships in International Human Rights are awarded annually to two Yale Law School graduates pursuing projects devoted to the advancement of human rights around the world.

The Ralph Gregory Elliot First Amendment Lectureship provides for lectures, preferably on an annual basis, on some aspect of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

The John Hart Ely Fellowship Lecture on Professional Responsibility highlights research and teaching in the field of ethics and professional responsibility.

The Fowler Harper Memorial Fund and Fellowship brings to Yale Law School a prominent person who has made a distinguished contribution to the public life of the nation.

The Samuel and Ronnie ’72 Heyman Lecture on Public Service is part of a gift that also supports the Heyman Federal Public Service Fellowship Program.

The Kronman-Postol Lectureship supports lectures related to law and the humanities.

The Charles S. Mechem, Jr. Fellowship provides for lectures and other presentations by senior corporate executives to foster an understanding of decision making in the business environment.

The Judge Jon O. Newman Lectureship supports an annual lecture in global justice, or public international, human rights, or comparative law, by a distinguished individual who is not a citizen of, and does not reside in, the United States.

The Sherrill Lectureship brings distinguished visitors with special expertise in problems of international law and international relations.

Other special guest lecturers in 2014–2015 included U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, who spoke with Margaret Marshall ’76 and Yale President Peter Salovey as part of a Constitution Day celebration. Justice Clarence Thomas ’74 and former Ambassador John C. Danforth ’63 were in conversation at the Law School as part of the Debating Law & Religion Series. British barrister Christopher Sallon delivered a four-part seminar series examining “The Art & Ethics of Advocacy,” and U.S. Special Envoy for Climate Change Todd Stern spoke at a joint Law School/School of Forestry & Environmental Studies event. Edgar S. Cahn ’63, Professor of Law at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, and Richard Ravitch ’58, former lieutenant governor of New York, gave Dean’s Lectures. Cahn spoke on “The Change That’s Coming,” and Ravitch’s lecture was titled “Is There a Risk That We Will Have More Detroits?” Paul Farmer, Kolokotrones University Professor of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, gave the 2014–2015 Gruber Distinguished Lecture on Global Justice; his lecture was titled “No Health, No Justice: Recent Lessons from West Africa.”

This year the Bernstein Symposium and Liman Public Interest Colloquium combined to present a conference titled “Detention on a Global Scale: Punishment and Beyond.” Leading artists and thinkers gathered for a conference titled “The Legal Medium: New Encounters of Art and Law,” which included a series of panels, presentations, performances, and an art exhibition.

Wayne Pacelle, CEO and President of the Humane Society of the United States, presented the keynote address at the conference “The Agricultural Gag Laws—Your First Amendment Rights, Your Health, Animal Welfare, and Our Environment,” which was sponsored by the Yale Law School Animal Legal Defense and the Connecticut Bar Association Animal Law Section. “The Law of Medicare and Medicaid at 50” conference was held to mark the fiftieth anniversary of those statutes, and the conference “Public Health in the Shadow of the First Amendment” explored a broad range of constitutional issues raised at the intersection of medicine, public health, and the First Amendment.

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Special Initiatives

Yale Law School is shaped by the intellectual interests of its faculty and students. Those interests find expression not only in the established curriculum and other academic opportunities, but also in new activities that emerge from time to time.

Several initiatives are designed to increase knowledge at Yale of Latin America and to strengthen democratic institutions and practices there. The Latin American Linkage Program is a summer exchange of law students from Yale, two universities in Chile, one in Argentina, and three in Brazil. During the summer, Yale students spend a month in Chile, Argentina, or Brazil, meeting leading legal academics, practitioners, and government officials and working with Latin American law students in small study groups and clinics. In the spring, students from the Latin American partner schools visit Yale for a three-week behind-the-scenes look at legal education at Yale, sitting in on classes, giving presentations, participating in study groups, and meeting with faculty and students in a range of academic and social settings. In addition, leading legal scholars from throughout Latin America, the Caribbean Basin, Spain, and the United States meet each June for the Seminario en Latinoamérica de Teoría Constitucional y Política (SELA), a three-day seminar exploring the foundational ideas of constitutional democracy. SELA is cosponsored by Yale and a number of other law schools in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Spain and represents the hub of the Latin American Legal Studies program. From SELA are chosen the people entrusted with the programming and care of Yale students in the linkage program, as are the translators for the Colección Yale-Palermo de Ciencias Jurídicas, the Spanish-language book series of works by Yale Law faculty. The group also advises the faculty directors in the selection of speakers for the Law School’s in-house Latin American Series. The last and most recent initiative of the Latin American Legal Studies program at Yale is the International Arbitration Breakfast Roundtables, which hold seminars for lawyers in Latin American practice on the emerging trends in the field of international arbitration and their implications for domestic and international law. Professor Daniel Markovits is the faculty director, and Professors Owen Fiss, Claire Priest, and Cristina Rodríguez are codirectors. Additional information on Latin American Legal Studies at Yale is available at www.law.yale.edu/intellectuallife/LALS.htm.

A similar initiative, the Middle East Legal Studies Seminar, is an annual meeting convened by the Law School in a Middle East country or nearby venue. Occasionally the seminar meets in New Haven. It was created to provide a forum in which influential scholars and opinion leaders from the legal communities of the Middle East could exchange ideas and form productive working relationships. Every year, roughly fifty lawyers, judges, and academics from the region meet with Yale professors and students to discuss an agreed-upon topic of common importance. Recent topics have included the concept of political legitimacy, history and identity, and the causes and consequences of current unrest in the Middle East.

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The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy

The Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, a joint undertaking with the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, seeks to incorporate fresh thinking, ethical awareness, and analytically rigorous decision-making tools into environmental law and policy. In addition to its research activities, the center also aims to serve as a locus for connection and collaboration by all members of the Yale University community interested in environmental law and policy issues. The center supports a wide-ranging program of education, research, and outreach on local, regional, national, and global environmental issues. These efforts involve faculty, staff, and student collaboration and are aimed at shaping academic thinking and policy making in the public, private, and NGO sectors. One of the center’s flagship products is the biennial Environmental Performance Index (http://epi.yale.edu), which ranks countries on performance indicators tracked across policy categories covering both environmental public health and ecosystem vitality.

The center facilitates a joint-degree program in which master’s students at the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies can additionally pursue a law degree from Yale Law School, Vermont Law School, or Pace Law School. Undertaken separately, these two degrees would take five years to complete. Together, students can earn both degrees in four years. The center provides research, educational, career development, and social opportunities for students enrolled in the joint program as well as others affiliated with the center.

For additional information on the Yale Center for Environmental Law & Policy, visit http://envirocenter.yale.edu.

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The Yale Center for Law and Philosophy

The Yale Center for Law and Philosophy was founded in 2005 as a joint venture of the Law School and the Yale Philosophy department. It aims to encourage advanced work, including research degrees, at the interface of philosophy and law. Members of both faculties are affiliated with the center, as are a number of visitors. The center’s programs include regular workshops and conferences, attracting leading philosophers of law from around the world. The center also supports a postdoctoral fellowship, which provides substantial funding for research. The center also helps to coordinate courses across the Law School and the Philosophy department. Professor Scott Shapiro is the director. More information is available at www.law.yale.edu/yclp.

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The Gruber Program for Global Justice and Women’s Rights at Yale Law School

The Gruber Program at the Law School consists of four core components: (1) the Global Constitutionalism Seminar, (2) two distinguished lecture series, (3) postgraduate fellowship program, and (4) support for clinical and experiential learning initiatives. The Global Constitutionalism Seminar is an annual event in which Supreme Court and constitutional court judges from around the world meet with faculty members to discuss issues of common concern. The Gruber Distinguished Lectures in Global Justice and Women’s Rights are signature lectures featuring pathbreakers in the fields of justice and women’s rights. The lectures are often accompanied by complementary events, which may include panel discussions, faculty workshops, class visits, and University activities such as Master’s Teas in the residential colleges. The Gruber Fellowships in Global Justice and Women’s Rights allow recent graduates of Yale graduate and professional schools to spend a year working on practice-based projects of their own design in the fields of global justice and/or women’s rights. Through the Gruber Project for Global Justice and Women’s Rights, the program also supports a number of hands-on clinical and experiential learning opportunities. Gruber Project initiatives have included litigation and policy advocacy on behalf of refugees and women veterans.

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The Yale Law School Center for the Study of Private Law

The Yale Law School Center for the Study of Private Law serves as a focal point for work in private law at the Law School and, more generally, at the University. The center, which brings together scholars, students, and practicing lawyers from throughout the United States and internationally, promotes the interdisciplinary study of private law, with a special emphasis on economically informed philosophical, sociological, and doctrinal scholarship. The center engages students, scholars, and practicing lawyers in a wide range of venues, including roundtables, guest lectures, seminars, intensive reading weekends, and other activities.

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The Kauffman Program in Law, Economics, and Entrepreneurship

The Kauffman Program in Law, Economics, and Entrepreneurship is supported by a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The Kauffman Program provides support for Kauffman Term-Time Student Fellows and for the Kauffman Colloquium on Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth. The program also supports a limited number of Summer Research Fellowships on topics of law, economics, and entrepreneurship, and a special program devoted to considering how the law school curriculum (and law and economics) can more centrally emphasize the effect of law on economic growth.

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The John M. Olin Center for Studies in Law, Economics, and Public Policy

The Olin Center for Studies in Law, Economics, and Public Policy is designed to facilitate the scholarly interests of the many distinguished law and economics scholars at Yale, including Professors Ackerman, Ayres, Calabresi, Ellickson, Hansmann, Jolls, Klevorick, Kronman, Listokin, Macey, Markovits, Mashaw, C. Priest, G. Priest, Romano, Rose, Rose-Ackerman, Schuck, Schwartz, and Winter. The center supports the Journal of Law, Economics, and Organization; a Working Paper Series; and the Law, Economics, and Organization Workshop, at which scholars from other institutions and from Yale present papers for student and faculty criticism. The center also provides an umbrella for two programs: the Program in Civil Liability, established to promote comprehensive reanalysis of the modern law of torts, products liability, professional malpractice, insurance, and other subjects related to our civil liability system; and the Program for Studies in Capitalism, which supports research on the operation of capitalism as a mechanism of economic growth, the ethical bases of capitalism, and the relation between capitalism and the poor, and between capitalism and democracy. The center’s codirectors are Professors George L. Priest and Susan Rose-Ackerman.

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The Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law

The Yale Law School Center for the Study of Corporate Law was established in 1999 to promote teaching and research in the business law area. The center’s focus of study is wide-ranging, reflecting the shifting priorities of the business and regulatory environment. It includes corporate and commercial law and the law of other nongovernmental organizations; the regulation of financial markets and intermediaries; the legal framework of finance, including the law of bankruptcy and corporate reorganization; and antitrust law and the law of regulated industries.

The center hosts annually the Weil, Gotshal & Manges Roundtable, a one-day event on the issues of the day, and two endowed lectures, the John R. Raben/Sullivan & Cromwell Fellowship Lecture and the Judge Ralph K. Winter Lectureship on Corporate Law and Governance. Throughout the year, the center sponsors the Bert W. Wasserman Workshop in Law and Finance, which invites scholars from other universities to present their current research, and additional lectures, panels, and symposia at the Law School. It also organizes the Craig Wasserman ’86/Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz Breakfast Program panels for alumni in New York City. In the spring term, the center supports the Marvin A. Chirelstein Colloquium on Contemporary Issues in Law and Business. The colloquium is a limited-enrollment seminar that seeks to convey to students the variety of career opportunities in the private sector through weekly presentations by distinguished alumni and other members of the bar, judiciary, government, and investment and business communities.

Professor Roberta Romano is the center’s director. William Clayton is the John R. Raben/Sullivan & Cromwell executive director. The center has a board of advisers, chaired by Robert Todd Lang ’47. Faculty members serving on the center’s executive committee are Ian Ayres, Amy Chua, Henry Hansmann, Christine Jolls, Alvin Klevorick, Anthony Kronman, John Langbein, Yair Listokin, Jonathan Macey, Daniel Markovits, Noah Messing, John Morley, Robert Post, George Priest, and Alan Schwartz.

For additional information on the center’s upcoming and past activities, the business law curriculum at the Law School, and joint-degree programs with the School of Management, including the three-year J.D.-M.B.A. degree program, visit www.law.yale.edu/ccl.

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The China Center

The China Center is the primary home for activities related to China at the Law School. The cornerstone of these activities is the China Law Center, established in 1999. The China Law Center is a unique institution dedicated to helping promote China’s legal reforms and increasing understanding of China in the United States. In interaction with research and teaching, the core of the China Law Center’s work is designing and carrying out sustained, in-depth cooperative projects between U.S. and Chinese experts on key issues in Chinese law and policy reform, with the goal of having a positive impact on China’s reform process. Cooperative projects have focused particularly on issues of judicial reform, criminal justice reform, administrative and regulatory reform, constitutional law, legal education, and public interest law. Projects involve a range of activities, including workshops and seminars in the United States and China, research visits to Yale and to China, and books or articles by Chinese or U.S. scholars.

In recent years, the China Center has expanded its work to issues of U.S.-China relations more generally. The focal point of this activity is a Track II Dialogue on U.S.-China Relations that is chaired on the U.S. side by center director Paul Gewirtz. The center also undertakes research related to U.S.-China relations, invites fellows and speakers on this subject, and collaborates with others within Yale University undertaking work on U.S.-China relations.

The center involves Yale Law School students in all aspects of its work. Students have conducted research and prepared reports, worked with Chinese visiting scholars and lawyers in residence at Yale, organized and attended workshops in China and at Yale, and worked during the summer in a variety of Chinese institutions, including academic centers and nongovernmental organizations.

In at least one semester each year, the center hosts a weekly Workshop on Chinese Legal Reform. The workshop provides students and faculty an opportunity to learn about the Chinese legal and political system through discussions of papers presented by center staff, visiting Chinese scholars, and distinguished guest speakers (both Chinese and American). The workshop has become an intellectual center for convergence within Yale Law School—and increasingly within Yale University as a whole—for faculty and students with an interest in China and issues related to legal and policy reforms in China.

Professor Paul Gewirtz is the director of the China Center. Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer in Law Jamie Horsley is the executive director of the China Law Center. More information is available at www.yale.edu/chinalaw.

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The Information Society Project

The Information Society Project (ISP) at Yale Law School was created in 1997 to study the implications of the Internet and other new information technologies for law and society. It is the umbrella program for related organizations, including the Knight Law and Media Program, the Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression, and the Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice. Since 2009, the ISP has hosted the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic (MFIA). MFIA is a Law School clinic dedicated to increasing government transparency, defending the work of news gatherers, and protecting freedom of expression through impact litigation, direct legal services, and policy work. The ISP’s work has focused on freedom of speech, democracy, globalization, access to knowledge, and the growth and spread of culture on the Internet. In past years ISP fellows have studied the free speech implications of filtering and rating systems, legal protections for privacy on the Internet, democracy and civic participation in cyberspace, the civil liberties implications of telecommunications design, biotechnology and access to medicines, and the evolution of cultures and ideologies. The ISP has held scholarly conferences on a range of subjects including censorship; access to knowledge; the Internet and globalization; privacy; journalism; intellectual property; and cybersecurity. The ISP embraces a variety of activities, including fellowships for young scholars; publication of academic and policy papers; and advice and education for policy makers, business leaders, nonprofit organizations, and the legal community. Professor Jack Balkin is the director and founder. Valerie Belair-Gagnon is the executive director. Additional information on the ISP is available at http://isp.yale.edu.

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The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program

The Arthur Liman Public Interest Program was established in 1997 by family and friends of the late Arthur Liman ’57 to honor his commitment to public interest law. The program is supported today by many others who share these commitments.

The Liman Program sponsors workshops, colloquia, programs, and research and advocacy projects for current law students. The weekly Liman workshop considered the rationing of resources to use law and courts in spring 2015. The Liman Program also provides fellowships for Yale Law School graduates working in the public sector, and it helps to support summer fellowships for students at Barnard, Brown, Harvard, Princeton, Spelman, and Yale.

Through the Law School postgraduate fellowships, the Liman Program funds graduates to do full-time work in an ongoing or start-up project devoted to the public interest. Examples include work on behalf of workfare recipients, criminal defendants, prisoners, persons with disabilities, migrant workers, the elderly, and immigrants. Including the 2015–2016 awards, the Liman Program has supported more than 109 fellows at more than ninety public interest organizations.

Both fellows and current law students participate in workshops as well as plan the annual Liman Colloquium, which over the years has addressed “The Future of Legal Services,” “Valuing Low-Wage Workers,” “Welfare ‘Reform’ and Response,” “Encountering the Criminal Justice System,” “Portraying the Public Interest,” “Public Interest Lawyering in an Era of High Anxiety,” “Organizing, Reorganizing: Public Interest in Individual and Global Contexts,” “Liman at the Local Level: Public Interest Advocacy and American Federalism,” “Forty Years of Clinical Education at Yale: Generating Rights, Remedies, and Legal Services,” “Imprisoned,” “Accessing Justice/Rationing Law,” and “Navigating Boundaries: Immigration and Criminal Justice.” In April 2015, “Detention on a Global Scale: Punishment and Beyond,” cosponsored by the Bernstein Fellowship and the Schell Center for Human Rights, brought together academics, advocates, students, and prison administrators from several continents to consider the theory, practice, and future of confinement.

Since its establishment, the range of programs funded by the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program has reflected the breadth of interests, concerns, and commitments of Arthur Liman. While working as a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison, and providing counsel to a range of corporate and individual clients, Liman also led several major institutions devoted to providing services to those who could not afford lawyers, including the Legal Aid Society of New York, the Legal Action Center, the Vera Institute for Justice, Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem, and the New York State Capital Defenders Office. He also was chief counsel to the New York State Special Commission on Attica Prison and special counsel to the United States Senate Committee Investigating Secret Military Assistance to Iran and the Nicaraguan Opposition.

The Arthur Liman Professor of Law is Judith Resnik. The director of the Liman Program is Johanna Kalb, and the Senior Liman Fellows in Residence are Laura Fernandez and Sarah Baumgartel.

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The Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights

The Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights was established at Yale Law School in 1989 to honor Orville Schell, a distinguished New York City lawyer and partner at Hughes, Hubbard & Reed who was vice chairman of Helsinki Watch and chairman of Americas Watch from its founding in 1981 until his death in 1987. The Schell Center provides a forum for international human rights practitioners to consider the theoretical issues their work entails and for scholars studying human rights to engage in interdisciplinary dialogue. At the same time, it offers law students and graduates diverse opportunities to apply the lessons they are learning in the classroom to further the cause of human rights and to examine human rights practice critically. In addressing these needs, the Schell Center seeks to increase knowledge and understanding of international human rights issues, to equip lawyers and other professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to advance the cause of international human rights, and to assist human rights organizations in their efforts to promote respect for human rights.

The Schell Center conducts the Allard K. Lowenstein International Human Rights Clinic every term. It provides a number of fellowship opportunities for summer and postgraduate human rights experience and for carrying out scholarship while in residence at the Law School. The center also supports the Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal and student projects related to human rights.

Throughout the academic year, the Schell Center sponsors frequent lectures, panels, symposia, and informal discussions on a wide range of human rights issues. In 2015 the center held its annual conference, the Robert L. Bernstein International Human Rights Symposium, in collaboration with the Arthur Liman Public Interest Program. The subject was “Detention on a Global Scale: Beyond Punishment.”

During 2014–2015, speakers at the center’s biweekly Human Rights Workshop included Samuel Moyn, Professor of Law and History, Harvard University; Daniel Bonilla, J.S.D. ’05 and Associate Professor, Universidad de los Andes School of Law of Colombia; and Pardiss Kebriaei, Senior Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights. Advocates from human rights organizations, scholars, and journalists spoke on such topics as “Improving Judicial Remedies for Socioeconomic Rights,” “The Right to Health and Access to Medicines in an Age of Neoliberalism,” “An Outsider’s View from the Inside: Reflections on Kenya’s Truth Commission,” “After the War: Conversations on Injury, Identity, and Reparations with Internally Displaced Women in Colombia,” “Rethinking Jihad and International Law,” and “Giving as Governance? Funding Modern-Day Slavery Abolitionism.”

In 2014–2015, the Schell Center, often in collaboration with other centers and organizations at the University, sponsored many talks by human rights advocates and scholars, including a number of former Yale Law School students. Events addressed such topics as “The Morality of Fear: The U.S. Response to Ebola,” “The Colombian Peace Process,” “CrISIS in International Law: Confronting the Violence of Non-State Armed Groups,” and “The Paradox of ‘Humane’ Execution: The Future of Lethal Injection.” Speakers included Ambassador Keith Harper, U.S. Representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council; Vivek Maru ’02 founder and Chief Executive Officer, Namati; Mark Mazzetti, National Security Correspondent, The New York Times; and Graeme Reid, Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Rights Program at Human Rights Watch.

As it does each year, the Schell Center held a human rights career panel and sponsored several panels of Kirby Simon Summer Human Rights Fellows, who spoke about their experience and the issues raised by their summer work.

The Robert L. Bernstein Fellowship in International Human Rights, inaugurated in 1997, funds several recent Yale Law School graduates annually for a year of full-time human rights advocacy work. The 2014–2015 Bernstein Fellows worked for Human Rights Watch, examining the growing practice among some states of expelling asylum seekers back to transit countries, where they face further vulnerability and rights violations; with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network, researching the Bosnian War Crimes Chamber’s transition from a hybrid to a fully national institution; and with Human Rights First, focusing on an initiative dedicated to advancing implementation of human rights and humanitarian law in U.S. courts.

The Robina Foundation Human Rights Fellowship also funds recent Yale Law School graduates to do full-time human rights work, particularly with appropriate international or foreign courts and tribunals and intergovernmental human rights agencies. The 2014–2015 Robina Fellows worked as a judicial clerk at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France; in the chambers of the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in the Hague; with the United Nations Development Programme in Myanmar; with the U.N. Deputy High Commissioner for Refugees; as Special Advisor for International Human Rights Law at the Ombudsperson Institution of the Republic of Kosovo; and as an independent researcher in the Kyrgyz Republic working on projects related to the Kyrgyz-Tajik border conflict.

Each summer, the Schell Center provides students with funding for international human rights work. In 2014 Kirby Simon Summer Human Rights Fellowships, supported by the Robina Foundation, allowed students to spend all or part of the summer engaged in human rights internships or research in fourteen countries, including the United States.

The center invites scholars and advocates to visit the Law School as fellows to conduct research, teach seminars, and meet with students. The Tom and Andi Bernstein Fellow in 2014–2015 was Kajal Bhardwaj, an India-based lawyer who has been working for more than a decade to improve access to medicines for HIV/AIDS and other diseases. Robina Visiting Fellows were Alisha Bjerregaard, Lucas Guttentag, Julieta Lemaitre, Darryl Li, and Rod Sanjabi.

The Robert M. Cover–Allard K. Lowenstein Fellow in International Human Rights Law spends two to three years at the Law School, working on all aspects of the center’s work, including supervision of the Lowenstein Clinic. The Cover-Lowenstein Fellow for 2015–2016 is Alisha Bjerregaard.

The directors of the Schell Center are Professors Paul W. Kahn and James J. Silk. The executive director is Hope Metcalf. The Schell Center’s e-mail address is schell.law@yale.edu.

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The Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School

The Solomon Center for Health Law and Policy at Yale Law School focuses on the governance, business, and practice of health care in the United States. The center brings together leading experts and practitioners from the public and private sectors to address questions of health law and policy and to train the next generation of top health lawyers, industry leaders, policy makers, and academics. The center was established to meet a critical need for a new academic and legal-professional discipline that responds to the rapidly evolving environment of health care and its centrality in the nation’s economy and government. Building on already established relationships across campus, including relationships with the Yale School of Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital, the Yale School of Management, the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, the Solomon Center is committed to an interdisciplinary approach. The Solomon Center pursues a multipronged strategy of teaching, sponsoring high-level roundtables and conferences, supporting research, and focusing on preparing students for health law careers. Professor of Law Abbe R. Gluck ’00 is faculty director of the center. The center’s core programming is supported by a leadership gift from Howard Solomon ’52 LL.B.

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Opportunities for Study in Legal History

The study of American, English, and European legal history occupies an important place in the Law School’s curriculum. Recent and current offerings include courses on the history of the common law, the history of criminal procedure, constitutional history, American legal history, and European legal history. Seminars and lectures by outside scholars in legal history supplement the regular curricular offerings. An informal legal history program brings together students and faculty interested in legal history; it includes students and faculty from the Law School and the Yale Department of History as well as from elsewhere within and outside the University. The Law School also encourages advanced study and original research in American, English, and European legal history. A few students pursue the joint J.D.-Ph.D. program in History or in American Studies.

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Visiting Researchers

Each year the Law School has in residence a small number of visiting researchers engaged in nondegree research. Visiting researchers may audit up to two courses per term (with the consent of individual instructors) and make use of library facilities for their work. Each visiting researcher is charged a registration fee. For academic year 2015–2016 the fee is $4,000 per term, or $8,000 per academic year. No financial aid from the Law School is available for participants in this program.

The visiting researcher application is available on the Law School Web site at www.law.yale.edu/admissions/visitingresearcher.htm. Applications must include the application form; a résumé or c.v.; a description of the proposed research, including a statement explaining why Yale Law School is a particularly appropriate affiliation for the proposed work; two letters of recommendation; official transcript(s) of the applicant’s academic record; the proposed length and dates of stay; an official TOEFL report, unless the applicant’s secondary (high school) education was completed in the United States, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, or Canada (in a school where English is the medium of instruction); and the $75 application fee. Official transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal. All documents must be in English or accompanied by certified English translation.

Application deadlines are April 1 for the fall term and September 1 for the spring term.

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Fellowships for Postgraduate Research

Yale Law School offers a number of fellowships for alumni interested in pursuing careers in public interest law or academia. The Yale Law School Public Interest, Bernstein, Liman, Heyman, Gruber, Ford Foundation, and Robina Fellowships, among others, support work in various types of public interest positions. The Cover Fellowships, as well as fellowships affiliated with a number of centers and programs, are available for alumni interested in careers in law teaching. For a complete list of fellowships, visit www.law.yale.edu/currentfellowships.

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