Welcome

Harvard Caribbean Law Association’s overall purpose is three-fold. We aim to:

(1) foster friendships and lasting bonds within the Caribbean community at Harvard Law School,

(2) educate the general student body and community about the unique issues and opportunities in the Caribbean, and

(3) create a medium by which interested students can immerse themselves in Caribbean culture.

1) Foster friendships and lasting bonds within the Caribbean community at HLS

HCLA seeks to unite HLS students, alumnae, and/or prospective students with Caribbean interest by hosting events that will foster a strong sense of community among Caribbean students. Caribbean identity and/or interest in Caribbean culture is a vital aspect of some students’ lives and should be celebrated within the HLS community. In furtherance of this goal, HCLA’s events include networking with alumnae of Caribbean descent, group community service events in Caribbean neighborhoods in the larger Boston area, social outings, and other events with the central purpose of enabling Caribbean students to rely on HCLA as a place where they feel welcomed and engaged.

2) Educate the general student body about the unique issues and opportunities in the Caribbean

Guest speakers, panels, and conferences are an essential tool in our efforts to expose the greater Harvard community to issues concerning or relating to the economy, government, and social welfare of Caribbean countries and the Caribbean Diaspora. We would like to accommodate experts who can speak effectively on these issues. There are many topics that deserve HLS’s attention, however we tentatively plan to address the following issues:

-         US Corporate transactions and their use of the Caribbean market

-         Legal Education in the Caribbean

-         Immigration and Deportation Problems

-         Violence in Caribbean Elections

-         Improving Educational Opportunities in the Caribbean

-         Governmental Corruption

-         Caribbean Focused Summer/Career Opportunities in the Public and Private Sector

3) Create a medium by which interested students can immerse themselves in Caribbean culture

The Caribbean is a region of the world with diverse people, traditions, language and culture.  On the other hand, the countries of the Caribbean share a common history and similar political and economic problems.  To really understand the complexities and joys of the Caribbean, there is no substitute for immersing oneself in the culture.  Through immersion, we hope to inspire the Harvard community to take action in improving the welfare of the Caribbean.

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