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 spring!
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.
“Art of Social Change: Child Welfare, Education, & Juvenile Justice,” is a 2-credit course. 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.
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.
Spring 2020 Speaker Schedule:
Class 1 (Jan. 30): Course Overview
- Elizabeth Bartholet, Prof. of Law and Faculty Director, Child Advocacy Program
- Crisanne Hazen, Lecturer on Law and Assistant Director, Child Advocacy Program
Class 2 (Feb. 6): Early Brain Development
- Judith Edersheim, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Psychiatrist, Massachusetts General Hospital; Co-Founder and Co-Director, MGH Center for Law, Brain and Behavior
- Rebecca Compton, Professor of Psychology, Haverford College
Class 3 (Feb. 13): Child Welfare: CPS Reform Strategies #1 – A Non-Profit Advocacy Organization’s Approach to Reform
- Darcy Olsen, Founder & CEO, Generation Justice
Class 4 (Feb. 20): Child Rights Past & Present, Here & Abroad
- Jeffrey Shulman, Professor of Law, Legal Practice, Georgetown University Law Center
- Katharine Young, Associate Professor, Boston College Law School
Class 5 (Feb. 27): Child Welfare: CPS Reform Strategies #2: – Investigative Reporting, Documentary Film, Criminal Prosecution, & Change from Within the Child Protective Services System
- Garrett Therolf, Reporter, Investigative Reporting Program at U.C. Berkeley
- Jonathan Hatami, Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office
- Philip Browning, Former Director, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
Class 6 (Mar. 5): Education: Equitable Funding Through Litigation and Legislation
- Michael Rebell, Professor and Executive Director, Center for Educational Equity, Teachers College, Columbia University; and Adjunct Professor, Columbia Law School
- Robert Jackson, State Senator, New York
Class 7 (Mar. 12): Education: Expanding Early Education
- Amy O’Leary, Director, Early Education for All Campaign, Strategies for Children
- Samantha Aigner-Treworgy, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care
- TeeAra Dias, Boston Universal PreK Director, Boston Public Schools
Class 8 (Mar. 26): Education: Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline
- Matt Cregor, Staff Attorney, Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee
- Tanya Coke, Director, Gender Racial, and Ethnic Justice, Ford Foundation
Class 9 (April 2): Juvenile Justice: The Emerging Adults Population
- Lael Chester, Director, Emerging Adult Justice Project, Columbia University Justice Lab
- Mike Lawlor, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, University of New Haven
Class 10 (April 9): Lowering the Voting Age
- Scott Warren, CEO, Generation Citizen
- Abigail Kiesa, Director of Impact, Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE), Tufts University
- Andy Vargas, State Representative, Massachusetts House of Representatives
Class 11 (April 16): Juvenile Justice: Positive Youth Justice
- Sunindiya Bhalla, Chief, Two Gen Strategies & Programs, Roca
Class 12 (Apr. 23): Juvenile Justice: Litigation & Other Strategies for Systemic Reform
- Marsha Levick, Co-Founder and Chief Legal Officer, Juvenile Law Center
Download the course 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.
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.
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.
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 Crisanne 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 Crisanne 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 near 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:
- 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. If you are requesting reimbursement on behalf of your organization/agency, please provide the information about your agency (rather than yourself) on your agency’s letterhead.
- 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.
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.
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 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 Crisanne 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 Crisanne at the address below at least 2 weeks in advance.
By 4:40 PM: Please meet Betsy and Crisanne 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, we invite speakers, students, and community guests to stay from 7:00-7:20 PM to discuss their reactions to class.
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.
Faculty Club, Harvard University (15-20 min. walk from HLS)
20 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
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 provide the license plate number and state of issue for the vehicle you will be driving in Speaker Form B, and we will send you a pass about a week before your presentation. If you have questions about parking permits, please contact Crisanne.
Ambassador Brattle Cab: 617-492-1100
Green Cab: 617-625-5000
Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions. For substantive issues, contact Betsy or Crisanne. For questions related to reimbursements, parking, and directions, contact Kaiysa.
CAP Faculty Director
CAP Assistant Director
Harvard Law School
23 Everett Street, Suite G-24
Cambridge, MA 02138
CAP Program Assistant &
Faculty Assistant to Betsy Bartholet
CAP Program Associate
Harvard Law School
23 Everett Street, Suite G-24
Cambridge, MA 02138