The Rappaport Center for Law and Public Service promotes dialogue among scholars, lawyers, students, policymakers, and government officials on critical public policy issues. The Center organizes lectures, roundtable discussions, and conferences.
Memo to the Mayor:
Writing Competition for Massachusetts Law Students
In January 2014, the City of Boston will inaugurate a new mayor. During the mayoral race, candidates have raised many ideas about new policies to improve the city. The Rappaport Center invites law students at any law school in Massachusetts to write a five-page memorandum on this topic:
Identify an innovation that would improve the quality of life in the City of Boston. Explain how the law could be applied or amended to implement that innovation.
The winning entry will receive a $3,000 prize. Two runners-up will receive prizes of $1,000 each. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2014.
The Rappaport Center hosts weekly lunchtime roundtables with all the declared candiates for Governor of Massachusetts starting in January 2014.
Recent programs included a series on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and containing health care costs in Massachusetts, panels on preparing for sea-level rise in Boston and Massachusetts, voting rights, and gang violence, and roundtable discussions on Boston's Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) program, the Occupy movement, and three-strikes legislation.