Welcome, 1Ls!

August 4, 2013

Dear Incoming Student:

Welcome to Harvard Law School, and thank you for your interest in the Harvard Environmental Law Review (“HELR”)! Here is a quick overview of what HELR has to offer and how you can get involved:


HELR is the number-one environmental law journal in the country, staffed completely by HLS students. We publish once per semester on a broad range of environmental issues, including climate change, land use, air, toxic substances control, water, energy, and environmental justice. HELR Staff manage all aspects of the publication process, from reviewing submissions to preparing articles for publication. In their work for HELR, students gain exposure to cutting-edge environmental scholarship, develop technical editing skills, and take on leadership roles. In addition, Staff enjoy unrivaled writing opportunities: Each HELR issue features student comments on recent important environmental cases and longer student notes on developments in environmental law. Staff may also publish shorter pieces on the HELR online journal and blog. Finally, HELR members connect with a rich environmental community that begins at HLS spans the global environmental legal profession. Staff enjoy happy hours, potlucks, discussion groups, and unparalleled access to Harvard’s preeminent environmental law faculty.


This fall, HELR will be publishing four terrific articles in our print journal, including (1) an article on the cutting edge of climate-change regulatory theory, (3) an article exploring the role for the “architecture of choice” in promoting environmental outcomes, (3) an article weighing in on the most high-profile legal question in climate change regulation today, and (4) the first-ever empirical study of prosecutorial discretion in environmental criminal enforcement. HELR will also publish a student-written article and two student case comments.


There are many opportunities to get involved with HELR, both as an editor and an author. To begin, we hope you’ll join our staff as a subciter or line editor this Fall. Unlike other journals, HELR requires a maximum of 10 work-hours per semester for beginning subciters. In addition to a staff position, interested students can (1) join our Submissions Board and review incoming pieces, (2) work as an Associate Online Editor of our online content, or (3) author HELR blog posts.

We will be hosting an information session for new students on Wednesday, September 18 at noon in Wasserstein B015. We hope you’ll join us then to learn more about the journal, hear about the various positions available to new members, and meet our executive board (over lunch, of course!). In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to of any of us with questions about HELR, environmental law at HLS, or law school in general.

We look forward to meeting you later this month!


The Volume 38 HELR Board

Alec Harris & Margaret Holden

Ben Apple, David Baake, & Kelsey Bagot
Managing Editors

Theresa Borden & Margaret Wilson Reis
Executive Editors

Samantha Caravello
Online Editor