During the summer of 2012, hundreds of Harvard Law School J.D. and graduate students benefitted from the largest pool of guaranteed funding offered by a law school for the broadest range of public interest summer work. A select group of 26 students worked in 19 countries under the aegis of the Chayes International Public Service Fellowships, dedicated to the memory of Professor Abram Chayes, who taught at Harvard Law School for more than 40 years. The program is co-administered by the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising (OPIA) and International Legal Studies.

Chayes Fellows typically work within the governments of developing nations, or with the intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations that support them. And they draw—before, during and after their summer placements—on the support, networking, and ongoing community offered by the Chayes program.

On Thursday, November 29, several Summer 2012 Chayes Fellows will speak about their experiences abroad at a panel discussion on ‘Empowering Communities Through Law.’ The program, sponsored by International Legal Studies, will be held at 12 p.m. in Hauser 104.

As in summers past, the work the Chayes Fellows undertook this summer was as wide-ranging as the places they traveled to. Read five brief portraits that reflect some of their experiences on the Harvard Law School website.