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107 Harv. L. Rec. 1 (1998)

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Volume 107, No. 1                            Cambridge 02138                       Friday, September 18, 1998

DeBroff Bids Farewell to HLS
Ultimate Organizer to Devote Energy to Startup

RECORD photo/Ben Leher
Students get the score at home run themed
Law School social last Friday.
Space Odyssey
Class Touches Down
The Class of 2001 Joins HLS Landscape

By Alyssa Caples

Last Thursday, Dean Clark '72
welcomed the class of 2001, which
he referred to as the Space Odys-
sey class, to HLS.
The demographic breakdown of
this year's 1ILs is similar to last year's
class. 42 per cent of students are
women. About a quarter of the
students identify as members of
mi.ority groups: 12 per cent
Asian, 8 per cent African Ameri-
can, 4 per cent Latino and 1 per
cent Native American.
This year's ILs come from 44
states (only Alaska, Delaware, Ha-
waii, Montana, West Virginia and
Wyoming are not represented).
The most students hail from New
York (80), California (74) and
New Jersey (33). Additionally, 25
students call Massachusetts their
home state.
This year's class also has a sig-
nificant international component.
Law School

Seven percent of the students are
nationals of 18  ountries includ-
ing Canada, Estonia, Ireland, Ni-
geria and Taiwan.
Over 150 colleges and universi-
ties are represented in the class.
Leading Lhe pack are Harvard (74),
Yale (42), Princeton (32) and Co-
lumbia (30). Just under 40 per
cent of the class finished their un-
dergraduate degrees this past year.
The average age of the students is
24, but the ages range from 19 to
Among the 553 students in the
1 L class are nyo married couples,
a pair of sisters, a sister of a 2L,
and a set of identical twins.
I think it's unusual to have two
married couples at the outset, said
Joyce Curll, Assistant Dean ofAd-
missions and Financial Aid. In
the course of the three years, some
students meet and get married, but
it's rare at the beginning.
Please see 2001p. 5.
Keeps Anti-

Discrimination Policy
By Suzanne Carter               source of income, military sta-
tus, or status as a Vietnam-era
Trhe Office of Career Services  or disabled veteran, lies in op-
(OCS) has remained steadfast in  position to the military's Don't
its refusal to allow the military  Ask, Don't 'Fell policy toward
use of its services.. Controversy  lesbians and gay men.
arose last spring when an air     Debate over military access to
force recruiter requested and   OCS heated last spring as a re-
subsequently was denied access  suit of the S61omon Amend-
to OCS.                         ment. The amendment, re-
Trhe military has traditionally  cently enacted into law, allows
been denied permission to re-   tile federal government to deny
cruit through OCS because it    funding to any University which
refuses to sign HLS's policy of  does not provide te military
non-discrimination. All er-    with access to its campus. Al-
ployers are required to sign the  though it applies to all post-sec-
policy before gaining access to  ondary institutions, the amend-
OCS services. T he non-dis-     ment has only been enforced
CmsnainctisTewhicpro-     against law schools. Many
crimination clause, which pro   speculated that violation of the
habits discrimination based onl
Solomon Amendment would
race, color, creed, national or  SloHon    jeodytol
ethnic origin, age, gender,     fedea fning fjeopardyoflosing
sexual  o rientation,. ...ita  r   ,. f deral  fu nding  for  its  Perkins

parental status, handicap,

Please see OCS, p. 3.

By Ben Lehrer
Stacy DeBroff, the Co-Director
of the Office of Public Interest
Advising (OPIA), had decided to
leave Harvard in order to dedicate
herself to a start-up enterprise fo-
cusing on working mothers.
DeBroff will continue to advise
students one day a week in the fall,
and periodically in the spring
based on student need.
This past year, I realized that I
had truly accomplished my goal
here, said DeBroff. It was a real
challenge starting OPIA and build-
ing it into the office it is today, but
part of being an entrepreneur is
setting something in motion that
will outlive you. OPIA Co-Di-
rector Alexa Shabecoff will con-
tiie as director.
DeBroff's new venture arose
from the success of a book she co-
authored with Marsha Feinberg,
Mom Central: The Ultimate
Family Organizer, which was
published last spring.
The book's brisk sales led
DeBroffand Feinberg to merchan-
dising and media deals, and tLcy
have hit the interview circuit with
the force of a tropical storm. They

hope to turn the new company,
Mon Central, into a foundation
that will provide public service
grants to students.
If this venture turns out to be

Stacy DeBroff
financially lucrative, DeBroff
said, we would like to turn it
around to fund the activities we
supported in the past. Like
DeBroff, Feinberg has an extensive
background in public service.
The House That Stacy Built
When DeBroff began her ten-
ure at HLS in February 1990, the
Public Interest program was in
During the sunmer of 1989, the
newly appointed Dean Clark '72

fired the School's only public in-
terest career advisor and eliminated
the position altogether.
Clark was quoted in the Na-
tional Law Journal as calling the
move a reorientation of resources,
away from things in the past that
have been more for symbolic,
guilt-alleviating purposes [rather]
than t,. get a real result.
When students returned to tile
School in the fall to find the pub-
lic interest placement office gone,
the School erupted in protests.
After initially defending the deci-
sion, Clark acceded to pressure
from students, faculty, and alumni
and reinstated the office with
DeBroff at its head.
The following summer, Clark
separated the public interest career
counseling office from OCS, and
OPIA was born.
OPIA began as a file cabinet
and an idea, said DeBroff. Un-
der DeBroff, OPIA has not only
helped thousands of law students
navigate the broad range of public
service career opportunities, but it
has become a model for analogous
offices at law schools across the
nation, including Columbia,
Please see DEBROFF, p. 3.

Law Students Miss the Bus
Harvard Evening Van Suspends Off-Campus Service

By Janie Kim

Harvard University has sus-
pended off-campus operation of its
evening van service, stranding'off-
campus law students who have
come to rely on the van as a late-
nigh :safeguard against crime and
inclevient weather.
The ovening van service will
continue tc run like a taxi/jitney
service every i ight from 7 p.m. to
2:30 a.m. but will now only dis-
patch vans from Harvard building
to Har,,ard building.
Mary Manning '00, who lives in
Central Square and Used the
evening van at least once a week
last winter, called the decision
frustrating and disappointing.
I foresee feeling very stuck this
year, she said.
Carl Tempesta, operations man-
ager of Harvard University Trans-
portation Services, said that the
van service was initially designed
only to service campus destina-
We were technically wrong in
going off-campus the way we did,
said Tempesta. The current rules
and regulations require us to re-
main on campus.
In the past, said Tempesta, we
focused on the immediate safety
needs of the community. So we
casually expanded the invisible
boundaries of our troute while ne-
glecring the proper procedures.

The evening van has been oper-
ating offcampus since 1995, when
Transportation Services first inher-
ited the service from Harvard Uni-
versity Police Department.
Student Will Sleep in Locker
Citing concerns for her security
against harsh weather and crime,
Manning called late-night trans-
portation for students off-campus
Otherwise, on a late, snowy
night, I'm going to be sleeping in
my locker underneath Pound, she
The Law School doesn't pro-
vide us with great housing options,
and this provides me with even less
options. At night, I will be less
likely to stay at the Lav School,
Manning predicted increased
isolation from the Law School for
off-campus students.
It's probably'even worse for I1Ls
who live off campus, she said.
Because you're not there -  on
campus - you have to make an
extra effort to stay later and par-
ticipatc in social events.
But now, ifyou do, your safety
may be at risk.
Cambridge Street Crime a Reality
The latest crime statistics from
the Cambridge Police Department
(CPD) may underline the need for

late night transportation for
Harvard students.
A violent crime is committed
every 15 hours in Cambridge and
a property crime ever), 136 min-
utes, according to the City of
Cambridge's Crime Clock
There were 24 reports of either
Please see VAN, p. 5.
Welcome Back! Now
PayUp ..................3
The Return of
Boldizar ..............11
Bubba Got Back ...... 13
Elizabeth Falk's
Spike, Paul Gowder,
and, inevitably, Fenno.

Harvard Law RECORD

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