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COVID-19 RAPID RESPONSE + SYSTEMS SUMMER INSTITUTE

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A collaboration between People’s Parity Project (PPP), the Systemic Justice Project (SJP), and the Justice Catalyst (JC) announces a COVID-19 Rapid Response/Systems Summer Institute, which will engage law students in full-time (or part-time) summer legal fellowships, working with legal and law-related organizations on the front lines of responding to the COVID-19 crisis. While working on urgent projects, fellows will also participate in additional educational and community-building programming.

Fellows will work individually or on teams on a variety of projects aimed at ensuring the most vulnerable members of our society obtain the support they need and meet the legal challenges they face in this public health and economic crisis, including:

  • Direct client work (e.g., law-related work, such as staffing a helpline or assisting individuals with unemployment insurance forms)
  • Legal research/writing (e.g. memos, reports, know your rights materials)
  • Advocacy efforts

The Institute will consist of law student summer fellows, working on projects proposed by partner organizations and attorneys, under the supervision and project management of the Summer Institute’s Organizing Committee, with additional supervision and mentorship from partner organizations and from volunteer attorneys.

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COVID-19 RAPID RESPONSE/SYSTEMS SUMMER INSTITUTE

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A collaboration between People’s Parity Project (PPP), the Systemic Justice Project (SJP), and the Justice Catalyst (JC) announces a COVID-19 Rapid Response/Systems Summer Institute, which will engage law students in full-time (or part-time) summer legal fellowships, working with legal and law-related organizations on the front lines of responding to the COVID-19 crisis. While working on urgent projects, fellows will also participate in additional programming, described below.

Fellows will conduct research, write memos or reports, produce “know your rights” materials, and otherwise assist with projects aimed at ensuring the most vulnerable members of our society obtain the support they need and meet the legal challenges they face in this public health and economic crisis.

Specific projects will continue to develop in response to the current crisis and the needs of partner organizations. Sample projects could include:

  • identifying state-level legal barriers to instituting vote-by-mail for the November election;
  • assessing the authority of governors to free individuals held in detention in public health crises;
  • supporting individuals applying for unemployment insurance;
  • identifying means of holding individuals accountable for marketing sham cures for COVID-19;
  • supporting advocacy efforts for states to provide unhoused people with either temporary or permanent access to housing.

Fellows will receive three tiers of supervision/mentorship:

  1. the program’s coordinating and supervising team composed of members of PPP/SJP/JC;
  2. the lawyers and members of partner organizations who provide projects and with whom fellows will work directly; and
  3. volunteer attorneys, who will devote a fixed number of hours per week supervising specific students/teams.

In most cases the host organization will be People’s Parity Project but specific placements may vary. The coordinating team will include Molly Coleman, Jacob Lipton, and Jon Hanson.

The additional programming will be led by the Systemic Justice Project, and is designed to build community and provide participants a chance to share lessons, learn about different kinds of justice-oriented lawyering, compare different theories of change, examine deeper systemic problems revealed by the pandemic, and consider what opportunities the crisis might create for advancing long-term systemic change. It will include workshops with community organizers, social activists, justice-oriented lawyers, clinical faculty, and podium faculty from a variety of organizations and institutions.

If you are a law student potentially interested in participating either as a part time volunteer or a full time fellow, a lawyer potentially interested in providing pro bono supervision, or an individual or organization potentially interested in proposing projects, please complete this form:  https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_78qGEWt1RhVEDqd

If you have a specific project to propose, please submit it here. Projects could be for an individual student or a team of students, and can vary in length and time commitment: https://harvard.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0OpMPioBvhzNfoh

We have secured limited funding to support this work, and also intend to qualify for summer public interest funding from law schools where possible.

Please distribute this message widely to organizations, lawyers, and students!

If you have any questions, please contact jlipton@law.harvard.edu and molly@peoplesparity.org

Systemic Lawyering In Times of Crisis Webinar

Systemic Lawyering Series Flyer

Free and open to the public. Join events via Zoom

Details here.

The series will feature systemically oriented lawyers and activists in fields most affected by our latest crisis: housing, immigration, disability, employment, consumer/credit, incarceration, voting rights, climate, health care, and more.

Each session will examine the special challenges posed by the crisis, the revised priorities and strategies being adopted, and the new collaborations being forged. We will consider the pressing needs, the new opportunities, and the more general lessons for lawyers, law students, and others committed to promoting systemic change.

Upcoming Events

This week’s session, Tuesday May 12 at 12pm EST, will focus on domestic violence and feature the following panelists:

  • Stephanie Davidson, UCLA Law School
  • Christine Perumal, Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Law Project
  • Jessica Spector, Safe Horizon Domestic Violence Law Project

Past Sessions

Tuesday  May 5 – focus on the COVID-19 Rapid Response/Systems Summer Institute. The session featured the following contributors:

  • Molly Coleman: Co-Founder and National Organizing Director of People’s Parity Project;
  • Matthew Duffy: Catalyst Fellow, Center for Popular Democracy;
  • Alana Greer: Co-Founder, Community Justice Project;
  • Jon Hanson: Faculty Director, Systemic Justice Project; and
  • Jacob Lipton: Program Director, Systemic Justice Project.

Panelists provided an overview of the summer institute and answered specific questions regarding lawyers and organizations looking for help might make a project proposal. 

Tuesday  April 28 – focus on economic inequity in the time of COVID-19 (video here).

Tuesday  April 21 – focus on criminal legal system (video coming soon):

Tuesday  April 14 – focus on immigration (video here):

Wednesday April 8 – special session on decarceration (video here):

Tuesday April 7 (video here):

Tuesday March 31 (video here):

Learn about the COVID-19 Rapid Reaction/Systems Summer Institute here.