In the spirit of the law

first_imgOn their campus of old, Harvard Law School (HLS) students scrounged for meeting space, searching for quiet corners or tucked away nooks, occasionally sacrificing their bodies for the few coveted spaces available for group discussions.“People would throw themselves across the couches in Pound Hall to reserve them,” recalled third-year law student Ellen Wheeler. “Before, if you could find space, it was like the Holy Grail.”Some determined students braved the din of Harkness Commons and its busy lunchtime crowd, but the bustling dining hall didn’t lend itself to discussions about complicated cases or legal statutes. Others students settled for seats on the floor of a building’s hallway; some simply met off campus.Now, they don’t have to.Last fall the School opened its newest building, 250,000 square feet aimed at bringing faculty and students closer. Its design, developed in close collaboration with HLS community residents and neighbors and realized by the architectural firm Robert A.M. Stern Architects, grew out of a strategic plan crafted in 2000, with the primary goal of improving the overall student experience.“There was a real sense that the student environment could be improved,” said Story Professor of Law Daniel Meltzer, faculty chair of the 2000 planning committee. In the past, he said, some student-run journals were housed in converted basement closets, and the School’s student organizations and its clinical programs were scattered among HLS buildings. The campus was also missing an expansive space in which students could “hang out.”“The campus lacked a physical nucleus,” said Meltzer, “where students would run into each other, study together, and have fun together.”The new Wasserstein Hall, Caspersen Student Center, and Clinical Wing building includes new classrooms and learning spaces of varying sizes equipped with the latest technology, meeting spaces, a sizable lounge, and offices for the School’s student-led organizations, journals, and clinical programs. There’s even a pub. The project had a sustainable mandate, and the complex recently received LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.“The way the building is designed has made running into friends and bumping into people in organizations that you might want to collaborate with much more frequent,” said Abram Orlansky, a third-year student and a member of several student organizations.The effect of the new setup was evident on a warm spring afternoon that drew crowds of students to a courtyard on the building’s second floor, where tables were filled with study groups reviewing cases, or students were grabbing an outdoor lunch.The garden space is part of the building’s Milstein Conference Center, funded by HLS alumni Howard P. Milstein and his wife Abby, which includes an expansive, adjacent conference room.“The new center will facilitate gatherings and become a true focal point for the Harvard Law School community and the broader Harvard community, bringing together students, faculty and guests in an inspiring and beautiful space,” said Milstein.Downstairs, others relaxed in the student center’s vaulted Robert B. and Candice J. Haas Lounge, complete with comfortable chairs, couches, and two fireplaces, or next door in the building’s pub painted from floor to ceiling in a deep red hue and covered with pictures of famous HLS alumni.The complex’s student center unites the School’s 84 student-run organizations and 16 of its 17 student-operated law journals under one roof, affording them airy, open offices and the chance to interact in common spaces.“As opposed to just trying to send emails” to connect with people, said Wheeler, co-editor in chief of the Harvard Negotiation Law Review, “if I come here during the week, I know everyone will be here.”The same is true for the Clinical Wing, which houses most of the School’s extensive clinical programs.“It integrates the clinics more into the daily operation of the School,” HLS Dean of Students Ellen Cosgrove said of the new wing. “Having them in the same building as many of the classrooms allows for interaction between the clinical and the teaching faculty, as well as interaction between students.”“The place is just hopping,” said Meltzer. “I have had any number of students say to me, ‘Where was everybody before this?’”The new complex also addresses a change in curriculum. In the same 2000 strategic plan, administrators agreed to reduce the first-year sections of 140 students each to 80 students. A curricular reform in 2005, led by Professor Martha Minow, now HLS dean, introduced a number of courses, electives, and workshops designed for smaller classes.The Wasserstein Hall classrooms resemble those of Harvard Business School, with a horseshoe shape with the teacher at the front, but some have an added feature. Two classrooms are equipped with swiveling chairs that allow students to face each other for breakout discussions in class.The move toward more interaction was done as with an eye to promoting team learning, something that will better prepare graduates for the changing nature of the profession, where team players rank high on the wish list of hiring firms. Practicing lawyers regularly complain that the notion of working in teams isn’t emphasized enough in current legal pedagogy, said Meltzer.“They want employees who can come to them knowing how to work with someone else to improve upon each other’s ideas, how to disagree, and how to generate a group product that is better than anything that could be produced individually, and we think the new complex will encourage that.”A crowd gathered in the complex’s Milstein Conference Center for an official dedication ceremony April 20. Speakers included Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow, Harvard President Drew Faust, and former HLS dean and Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Elena Kagan.last_img read more

Cricket News ICC rejects Pakistan Cricket Board’s compensation claim against India over bilateral series issue

first_imgNew Delhi: The International Cricket Council (ICC) has rejected the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) compensation claim against the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for failing to honour a Memorandum of Understanding on bilateral series. In a tweet put out by the ICC, the Disputes Resolutions Committee (DRC) stated that the case against BCCI (is) dismissed by the dispute panel. The judgment is binding and non-appealable.” The ICC’s three-member dispute resolution committee was formed in 2017 to look into the PCB’s compensation claim. The hearing took place at the world body’s headquarters in Dubai from October 1-3.Read More | Steve Smith, David Warner and Bancroft bans to stay: Cricket AustraliaThe dispute between the Indian and Pakistan board dates back to 2014 when the-then BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel signed a one-page document which BCCI had a termed as a ‘proposal letter’ to play six home-and-away series against Pakistan from 2015 to 2023. The first of the proposed series was planned in November 2015 in the UAE but BCCI didn’t get permission from the government which is mandatory for any bilateral cricketing engagement with Pakistan.Read More | India in Australia: First whitewash, ODI glory and historic twin tonsThe PCB had demanded compensation of Rs. 447 crore after alleging the BCCI didn’t honour the MoU which required India to play six bilateral series. The Pakistan board claimed the compensation for losing out on TV revenue for that particular series. The BCCI, on its part, maintained that the alleged MoU was not binding and did not stand as Pakistan failed to honour a commitment to support the revenue model suggested by India for the ICC. The Indian cricket board also said bilateral cricket with Pakistan was subject to government clearance, which has not been easy since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.Read More | India in Australia: Virat Kohli’s side face an uphill number’s gameSpeaking to PTI, Committee of Administrators head Vinod Rai said the BCCI’s stand was vindicated. “What PCB termed as Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was just a proposal letter,” Rai said. He also added that the BCCI were also looking at legal options against Pakistan. “We will make a presentation to the panel and demand entire cost of compensation to be borne by the PCB for the arbitration where their claims have been dismissed,” Rai added.India and Pakistan have played just one bilateral series in the last 10 years which was three ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals in 2012. The last time India played a series against Pakistan was in 2007 which was won 1-0 by India. Both countries play each other in multi-nation tournaments like the Asia Cup and ICC events. Ever since the Mumbai terror attacks of 2008, relations between India and Pakistan have hit an all-time low. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Black Stars have what it takes to beat any country – Stephen Appiah

first_imgThe much awaited 2015 African Cup of Nations draw was held Wednesday night with the Black Stars of Ghana being drawn in arguably the ‘Group of Death’ of the competition that takes place in January.Former Black Stars captain Stephen Appiah has admitted the challenge ahead of the senior national team in Equatorial Guinea with respect to their group adversaries but claims the Black Stars can qualify.The former player of the senior national team told Ghanasoccernet.com:“Let’s not kid ourselves this is a very tough group, Can we make it? Yes. We have to be prepared for it from the first game against Senegal.“We have three finals already at the group stage. Ghana have what it takes to beat any country in the world on our day but we all have to start serious work now.“Time is against us but let’s dig deep and we will qualify.” The Black Stars of Ghana will play Senegal, South Africa and Algeria in the group stages of the 2015 African Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea.last_img read more