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Campus Advocacy Committee
The Campus Advocacy Committee aims to serve the needs of Lambda members and to make the law school a more welcoming and affirming space for all LGBTQ people. We hope to support you during your time as students here, and to improve Harvard Law School for future generations of LGBTQ law students. Previous projects by this committee have included advocating for more LGBTQ legal courses, creating gender-inclusive bathrooms on campus, and working with the administration to improve mental health services at HLS.
This Committee’s work is driven by the needs of each year’s Lambda’s members, so please reach out to the chairs with what you would like to do to improve HLS!
Community Service Committee
Lambda’s Community Service Committee organizes projects for Lambdans and other HLS students to give back to the local, national, and international LGBTQ community. Projects include:
- Weekly volunteering with the Y2Y Homeless Shelter.
- Research for local LGBTQ organizations.
- Helping homeless youth get State IDs including licenses, social security cards, and birth certificates.
Lambda’s political committee fosters critical debate on LGBTQ issues in and out of the law school by organizing the annual HLS Lambda Conference, hosting speakers to discuss critical and novel LGBTQ issues, and co-sponsoring events with other HLS student organizations and local organizations that touch on issues relevant to the LGBTQ community.
Lambda’s 2017 Conference was titled “(Pre)serving the Community: Striving for Equality in 2017” and tackled issues such as:
- LGBTQ Discrimination through State Legislation
- To Arm or Not to Arm: An LGBTQ Conversation
- LGBTQ Elders and their Care
- Combating Poverty in the LGTBQ Community
Lambda’s 2016 Conference was titled “The Ongoing Struggle for Full LGBTQ Equality in Our Local Communities” and tackled issues such as:
- Supporting the Boston LGBTQ Community
- Fighting LGBTQ Discrimination through Impact Litigation
- Battling Homophobia in the Muslim Community
- Protecting Our Families: LGBTQ ART and Adoption Laws from State to State
- The Struggle for Marriage Equality in the Navajo Nation
In 2016-2017, among other events, the Political Committee organized a panel titled “Out on the Bench,” which featured four LGBT federal judges, and a talk with the former Chief of Staff to the Undersecretary of the Army titled “Opportunity for All: How the Army Broke Down Barriers for Transgender Americans, Women, and Religious Minorities.”
The Professional Liaisons provide information for the Lambda community about professional opportunities in an effort to help students explore a variety of avenues for future legal careers. We connect Lambda members with practicing attorneys through: LGBTQ panels on a variety of legal practices, partnering with select LGBTQ attorneys from various firms for casual 1L cocktail receptions or dinners, and providing general advice on EIP and legal employment.
- “Out in the Workplace” Panel – A panel of attorneys provided insights about their experiences being out at work and answered questions from the audience. Panelists included Brent Byars, HLS ’09 (Cravath, Swaine & Moore), Lisa Lofdahl, HLS ’99 (Sullivan & Cromwell), and Jamie Hoag (Deputy Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Mayor Deval Patrick). April 2, 2014.
Social Committee is responsible for building Lambda’s sense of community by hosting social events and gatherings. Examples of events hosted in the past year include:
- MUs: Social Committee is responsible for facilitating Lambda’s Mentorship Unit program, which pairs 1Ls with upperclassmen based on interest and similarities. MUs each receive funding for events.
- Provincetown Retreat: Every year, Lambda escapes from the fast-paced excitement at HLS to go to Provincetown: the Massachusetts equivalent of Fire Island. As a 2L/3L, it’s an expenses-paid get-out-of-Cambridge weekend with other Lambda members, and for LLMs, it’s a great opportunity to get out of Cambridge, and get to know the rest of Lambda.
- 1L Retreat – On this year’s 1L retreat, 1Ls enjoyed an all-expenses paid overnight trip to a massive Airbnb in Roxbury. 2Ls cooked breakfast and dinner for the 1Ls, and at night the 1Ls enjoyed board games and a queer poetry slam.
- Cross-School mixers: Past LGBTQ mixers have been held with Boston-area schools such as HBS, HKS, MIT, and Tufts.
- Faculty Social Events: Our faculty sponsors generously host events at their homes in Cambridge: Professor Robert Bordone, hosts a welcome dessert night in the fall, Professor Glenn Cohen hosts a game night in the winter, and Professor Bill Rubenstein hosts a spring brunch!
- Study breaks: Throughout the year, Lambda members leave their books behind to gather at Berryline (a Boston froyo staple), Burdick’s (the best hot chocolate in Cambridge) and other spots.
- Lambda Llama Events: Events creating spaces for women-identifying individuals.
- Other social events: Miscellaneous social events throughout the year, including crafts, finals puppy therapy, and trips to queer-friendly locations in and around Boston. Also includes events hosted by the wider Harvard LGBTQ community, such as those hosted by the Harvard Gender and Sexuality Caucus.