HALS sponsors many professional, academic and social events. In the past, we have held career panels; organized study breaks and mixers; and hosted speakers such as Ko-Yung Tung, law firm partner and former Vice President for the World Bank, and Tanaka Hitoshi, former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Please check our Events Calendar below for the latest upcoming events.


Language Tables: 中文! 日本語! 한국어!
Join us for lunch while practicing your Mandarin Chinese, Taiwanese, Japanese, and Korean skills. You do not need to be a fluent speaker to attend, just an eager learner!

Please email the hosts below to join their language mailing lists. Each table host will send out schedules to their subscribers directly. Note that we will not announce the table schedules in subsequent HALS newsletters.

Japanese Language Table
When: Tues, 10/21 @ 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Where: Harkness Dining Hall
Hosted by Jason Sussman (jsussman@jd16.law.harvard.edu)

Korean Language Table
When: Wed, 10/22 @ 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Where: Harkness Dining Hall
Hosted by Jakyung Kim (jakim@jd17.law.harvard.edu)

Taiwanese Language Table
When: Fri, 10/24 @ 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Where: Harkness Dining Hall
Hosted by Kevin Fu (kfu@jd17.law.harvard.edu)

Mandarin Language Table
When: Fri, 10/24 @ 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Where: Harkness Dining Hall
Hosted by Myra Siddiqui (msiddiqui@jd17.law.harvard.edu)

The above dates and locations are for this week only. Please join your language’s list by emailing the host, to receive updates on each week’s details. The hosts will try to keep the schedules flexible if there is demand for alternative days.

As we mentioned at the General Meeting, you will be reimbursed $5.00 at the end of the school-year for each table you attend as long as you attend more than three tables. If you attend tables for more than one language, then you will need to satisfy the three-tables rule separately for each language (e.g., if you attend one Japanese table and four Mandarin tables, you will only be reimbursed for the Mandarin tables). Lastly, you will only be reimbursed for tables that you attend after you pay your annual membership dues. Please contact our treasurer, Evelyn Blacklock, at eblacklock@jd16.law.harvard.edu to pay dues and feel free to direct any questions about the tables reimbursement system toHarvardAsiaLaw@gmail.com.

HALS LinkedIn Group
HALS alumni have a variety of exciting and successful careers, and they can be found all over the world in private practice, business, public interest, and academia. This LinkedIn group aims to foster the development of a robust and wide-reaching community network of HALS alumni who work in East Asia or have cross-border professional ties to the area.

The group is open to current and former members of HALS and others in the Harvard Law School community, with the exception of first-year JD students.
Please join here.


When: Thurs, 10/30 @ 7:30-10:00 p.m.
Where: TBD, near the Sheraton Commander
What: HALS friends, get your costumes ready! We will have free drinks and delicious snacks available for everyone. This is the perfect opportunity to party with the HALS crowd and pregame the DOS Halloween Party at the Sheraton later in the evening. We will have awesome music and spooky Halloween treats and drinks, as well as an assortment of Asian beverages.
Free drinks and snacks!


U.S.-China Trade Negotiation Simulation Test Run
When: 10/20-10/22, based on participant availability.
Where: WCC, exact location TBD based on participant availability.
What: Professors Alford and Emery will be teaching a U.S.-China international trade negotiation in their seminar later this semester and are looking to test the case with four volunteers early this week. The test run will require about two hours of your time total: about an hour of preparation time, 45 minutes of negotiation, plus a 15-minute feedback session.
RSVP: If you are interested in participating, please email pplasilova@jd16.law.harvard.edu with your availability for Monday through Wednesday.

Compulsory Land Collectivization and Exclusive Urbanization in China
When: Tues, 10/21 @ 12:00-1:00 p.m.
Where: Lewis 214B
What: James Guanzhong Wen, Professor of Economics and International Studies at Trinity College, will discuss the main causes of much worsened income distribution in China. Cosponsored by EALS and CLA.

LIDS Fall Symposium, Post-Conflict Reconstruction: Rebuilding from Emergency to Development
When: Fri, 10/31 @ 12:00-5:00 p.m.
Where: Milstein West AB
What: LIDS is hosting its annual Symposium focused on the challenges and best practices faced in promoting the long-term reconstruction of countries arising from violence conflict, a particularly important question in light of recent conflicts in Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank, and Mohammed Omer Daudzai, Interior Minister of Affairs of Afghanistan, will be the Keynote speakers. The event will be followed by an evening reception in Hark South Dining Room at 5 p.m.Lunch will be served!
RSVP here.