Art: Speaker Info – Fall 2015

Child Advocacy Program Guest Speakers:

See below for helpful information to make your visit to Harvard Law School run as smoothly as possible.  We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Course Information

About CAP:

The Child Advocacy Program (CAP) at Harvard Law School (HLS) works to advance children’s interests through facilitating productive interaction between academia and the world of policy and practice, and through training generations of students to contribute in their future careers to law reform and social change.  We are committed to a broad vision of advocacy, working both in and outside of the courtroom, as well as across disciplinary lines. We offer academic and clinical courses; host events, conferences, and symposia; engage in law reform work; provide academic and career advising; and more.

Course Description:

“Art of Social Change: Child Welfare, Education, & Juvenile Justice,” is a 2-credit course offered each fall. It examines strategies for changing law and policy, primarily focused in three main areas: child welfare (abuse and neglect, foster care, adoption), education, and juvenile justice.  Click here to read a full course description.

Course Attendance:

This course attracts a wide range of Harvard Law and other graduate students (e.g., Education, Government, Public Health, Business, and Divinity).  Members of the broader community who are committed to advancing children’s interests (practitioners, policy-makers, program directors, and service providers) also regularly attend class. Because there are no prerequisites for the course, some students have extensive knowledge of child advocacy issues, while others have little to no knowledge.  Please keep this in mind as you prepare your remarks.

Fall 2015 Speaker Schedule:

Below is the preliminary fall 2015 Art of Social Change schedule with draft titles:

Class Date Topic
Class 1 Sep. 10 Course Overview: Elizabeth Bartholet & Cheryl Bratt
Class 2 Sep. 17 Early Childhood Adversity and Its Life-Long Impact on Brain and Behavioral Development: Charles Nelson
Class 3 Sep. 24 Key Issues in Child Welfare Policy: Under-Intervention vs. Over-Intervention, the Relationship between Poverty and Maltreatment, and the Role of Research: Kristen Shook Slack & Jill Duerr Berrick
Class 4 Oct. 1 Youth Homelessness: Problems and Solutions: Neil MacInnes-Barker, Sam Greenberg, & Sarah Rosenkrantz
Class 5 Oct. 8 Improving Educational Outcomes for Foster Youth: Emily Kernan, Jesse Hahnel, & Jessica Berry
Class 6 Oct. 15 Unaccompanied Immigrant Youth: Individual Advocacy, Intervention, and Systemic Reform: Erin Corcoran, Elizabeth Badger, & Sandra Cañas
Class 7 Oct. 22 Education Reform: Community Organizing, Policy Advocacy, and Systemic Reform Litigation: John Affeldt & Roberta Furger
Class 8 Oct. 29 Education Reform: The Campaign to Expand High-Quality Early Education in Massachusetts: Amy O’Leary, Alice Peisch, & Jason Sachs
Class 9 Nov. 5 Youth Violence: Crime Lab and the Science of Reducing Youth Violence: Jens Ludwig (see also Class 12)
Class 10 Nov. 12 Lawyering for Youth: Individual Representation and Systemic Change: David Deakin, Joshua Dohan, & Michael Dsida
Class 11 Nov. 19 Education Reform: The Massachusetts Case Challenging the Cap on Charter School Expansion: Felicia Ellsworth, Christopher Looney, & Thomas Kane
Class 12 Dec. 3 Youth Violence: BAM! WOW! and the Practice of Reducing Youth Violence: Anthony Watson, Anthony Ramirez-Di Vittorio, & Gail Day


You may also want to view our publicly accessible Speaker Schedule, with links to your organizations, and your Speaker Biographies, updated as we receive information from you.

Course Syllabus:

Download the Art of Social Change Syllabus, which includes a description of your session.

Planning Your Presentation

Substance of Your Presentation:

Please review our Course Description and the above Speaker Schedule as you plan your presentation to get a sense of our course goals and where your session fits into the larger whole. In general, we aim to engage students in important debates about how best to advance children’s interests and to expose them to a range of career paths relevant to this work.  Accordingly, in addition to your substantive lecture, you may want to give students a sense of your career path and how it led to your current position and approach to child advocacy.  We hope that your talk will help students examine critically the pros and cons of various strategies for social change and think deeply about how best they can use their own abilities and careers to benefit children.

Student Submissions:

The day before each class, students will submit to us brief questions and comments, and we will send you a short email synthesizing their thoughts.  You may want to integrate some of their questions into your remarks, if it makes sense to do so.  There will also be time during the second half of class for students to ask you their questions directly and for you to address issues you know are on their minds.

Time Allocation:

At the start of class, Betsy will briefly introduce each speaker, and then speakers will lecture for anywhere from 15 to 40 minutes.  We will provide you with specific guidelines based on the number of speakers at your session.  After your presentation, we may pose some questions, structure a discussion among panelists, or throw open the session to questions from the audience.

Reading Materials:

Please select materials for students to read in advance of your class and submit them through Speaker Form B at least one month before your session.  We typically assign 60-75 pages in total and will provide you with specific page-range guidelines split between you and your co-presenter(s).  Note that for this page count, we do not count title pages, endnotes, etc., which we typically cut for purposes of the packet.

Appropriate material to assign may include, e.g.: your organization’s brochure, a description of a recent project that you completed, an excerpted report, law review or other articles, social science reports, and/or relevant news articles and op-eds.  Many students will have limited background on your topic and will benefit from materials that provide an overview.  We will discuss the reading materials with you during upcoming telephone conference calls and encourage you to coordinate with your co-presenter(s).

As part of your submission, and to the extent relevant to your topic, we strongly encourage you to submit readings that critique your approach or offer a different perspective. Although we intentionally do not set up these classes as full-scale debates, we do want to expose our students to a range of opinions.  

Audio/Visual Needs:

We do not expect you to use multimedia in your presentation, and, in fact, many of our speakers do not.  However, if you do plan to incorporate it, CAP will provide support and equipment based on your needs.  You will indicate any A/V needs (PowerPoint, internet, DVD player, etc.) through Speaker Form B.

If you intend to use PowerPoint, please: (1) email Cheryl your slides no later than 5 PM ET the day before your presentation (earlier submissions are greatly appreciated), and (2) bring the file to your session on a flash drive.

If you intend to show a DVD  during your presentation, please mail a copy to Cheryl at the address below at least 2 weeks in advance of your session.

Logistics for Out-of-Town Guests


Please book your own travel.  CAP will cover reasonable travel expenses for out-of-town speakers, including coach airfare or train tickets and local taxi service.  CAP’s budget is modest, so please make your arrangements early to lock in the best rates.  If your home institution is able to cover your expenses, we welcome the contribution.


CAP arranges and covers lodging for out-of-town speakers at the Sheraton Commander Hotel in Harvard Square.  Most speakers will require a one-night stay the Thursday night of their session, but a few (e.g., those traveling from the West Coast) may require a two-night stay (Wednesday and Thursday) to arrive in time for class.  Please indicate your lodging needs on Speaker Form A.


CAP will reimburse out-of-town speakers for meals during their trip.


To be reimbursed for your travel and meals:

  1. Submit a signed letter stating: the reason for your visit, a list of your expenses, your legal home address (for tax purposes), and your preferred mailing address where you want the reimbursement check sent.
  2. Attach your receipts to the letter.  Harvard requires that original receipts—not copies—be submitted, and this policy is enforced. Email receipts are considered original receipts.
  3. Submit a completed W-9 Form.  To expedite the process, you can upload your completed, signed, and scanned W-9 through Speaker Form B, or you can mail it to us with your signed letter and receipts.

We must receive your receipts within 3 weeks of your visit or we may not be able to reimburse you, as per Harvard’s policies.

Please contact Eleanor Topping with questions, and mail her your materials (address below).

To Do:

Speaker Form A:  

Please complete Speaker Form A as soon as possible.  The form should take less than 10 minutes and asks for: your contact information, a brief narrative biography, your headshot (if you have one readily accessible), and lodging needs.

Speaker Form B:  

Please complete Speaker Form B at least one month before your scheduled presentation.  Among other questions, this form asks you to: upload reading materials, provide information about your A/V needs, submit your W-9 form (if you are an out-of-town speaker and want to expedite your reimbursement), and list any guests you’d like us to invite to your session.  We’ll hold a telephone conference call before Speaker Form B is due to discuss the substance of your presentations, the form itself, and answer any of your questions.

Speaker Form C:

Please complete Speaker Form C at least one month before your session.  This form asks for your permission to video record and publish your presentation on CAP’s website after the semester ends so that others may hear your remarks (we do not record the subsequent student discussion).  Our main priority is for you to speak openly and candidly about your work.  If recording the session will inhibit your remarks, let us know through the form and we will not record the session.


Book your travel arrangements.


If you plan to use PowerPoint, please: (1) email your slides to Cheryl no later than 5 PM ET the day before you present (earlier submissions greatly appreciated), and (2) bring the file with you on a flash drive drive.

If you intend to show a DVD during your presentation, please mail a copy to Cheryl at the address below at least 2 weeks in advance.

Day-Of Information

By 4:40 PM: Please meet Betsy and Cheryl no later than 4:40 PM (at least 20 minutes before class) outside our classroom, WCC Building – Room 2012, in the seating area near the courtyard windows.  We will discuss together last-minute details about your class session.

5:00-7:00 PM:  Class runs from 5:00-7:00 PM.  Presenters will speak for approximately the first hour, followed by a class discussion and student questions.

7:00-7:20 PM:  After class ends, we host a brief reception from 7:00-7:20 PM, directly outside the classroom, to allow speakers, students, and community guests to discuss their reactions to class.

After the reception, speakers are free to return home or to their hotel, or to visit friends or family in the area.  For those interested, Betsy and Cheryl would be delighted to take them to dinner at Nubar Restaurant in the Sheraton Commander Hotel. If speakers would like to invite their spouse/partner, a close friend, or a colleague to join us for dinner, they can indicate as such on Speaker Form B.


Important Addresses:

WCC Building (Wasserstein Caspersen Hall & Caspersen Student Center)
(Meet outside WCC 2012 by 4:40 PM on the day of your lecture)
1585 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Parking Garage at WCC Building
10 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
*CAP will provide parking permits for guests who drive to campus.

Sheraton Commander Hotel (5-10 min. walk from HLS)
16 Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
*Lodging and Dinner

Use our annotated map to help find these and other locations relevant for your visit.

Click here for a campus map of Harvard Law School.

Driving and Public Transportation Directions:

Driving and public transportation directions to Harvard Law School’s campus can be found here.


For speakers who drive to campus, CAP provides parking passes at the 10 Everett Street garage attached to the WCC building where class is held.  If you need a parking pass, please email Eleanor Topping with the license plate number and state of issue for the vehicle you will be driving, and we will send you a pass about a week before your presentation.

Taxi Service:

Ambassador Brattle Cab: 617-492-1100
Green Cab: 617-625-5000

Contact Information

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions. For substantive issues, contact Betsy or Cheryl. For questions related to reimbursements, parking, and directions, contact Eleanor.

Professor Elizabeth Bartholet
CAP Faculty Director
Hauser Hall 422
Harvard Law School
1575 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-495-3128 (t) 617-496-4947 (f)
Cheryl Bratt
CAP Assistant Director & Lecturer on Law
WCC 4134
Harvard Law School
6 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-496-1684 (tel)
Eleanor Topping
CAP Program Assistant &
Faculty Assistant to Betsy Bartholet
Hauser Hall 418
Harvard Law School
1575 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

617-496-0551 (tel)
Margo Strucker
CAP Program Associate
WCC 3025
Harvard Law School
6 Everett Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

617-496-8852 (tel)