27th Annual Robert M. Cover Retreat — New Hampshire

Dear Law Student,

Every year, approximately 130 law students from across the country gather amongst the birch and white pine trees of Portsmouth New Hampshire to participate in the annual Robert M. Cover Retreat, and meet other law students and practitioners who are committed to public interest law. We invite you to become of this tradition and join us for the 27th annual Robert M. Cover retreat from February 28, 2014-March 2, 2014. The registration deadline is February 14, 2014. Most schools will sponsor sending a small group of students to attend. Don’t forget to like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/CoverRetreat.


The four principle goals of the Cover retreat are:

1. Connecting students with common goals and interests from across the country;

2. Creating a network of professors, peers, and practitioners for students headed toward careers in public interest;

3. Providing a forum for discussions about change and growth pertaining to public interest law; &

4. Providing a platform for change in the public interest sector and perceptions about public interest law.

Registration is now open, and each year demand requires a waiting list. The cost of the retreat is $160, and that includes housing as well as all meals. Law school administrations usually sponsor a contingency of students to attend. We recommend submitting a request to either your administration, or the appropriate center or office at your school. We are able to provide you with a sample budget/letter for you to revise and use at your respective school. If you have any questions, please contact us at robertmcoverretreat@gmail.com.

When: February 28-March 2, 2014

Where: Sargent Center, Peterborough, NH

Cost: $160 (includes retreat fees, lodging, and all meals/food).

What: The Robert M. Cover Retreat brings together law students, academics and practitioners committed to public interest to share their experiences, network and reinvigorate their commitment to this important work. The weekend is filled with exciting discussions and interesting topics, but it is also a weekend to relax and enjoy some time away from the law school environment.

Travel and Carpool:

If a student has travel questions, please ask them to contact Ben Smilowitz (smilowitzlaw@gmail.com). Students should check with Ben before booking flights or trains (if they want a carpool arranged) to confirm that they are arriving early enough on Friday or departing late enough on Sunday to get rides to/from the Retreat site.

*carpools can only be arranged for arrival before and departure after specific times – check with Ben before booking*

Plane: Students can fly to Manchester (MHT), Boston (BOS), or Hartford (BDL). We’ll help students find carpools from those airports.

Train: Students can take trains to Hartford or Springfield and join carpools from either location.

Car: We expect multi-school carpools will depart from NYC, Hartford, Springfield, and Boston. Possibly DC, too.

Students should aim to arrive at the Retreat Site between 4:00-5:30PM on Friday February 28th. The Retreat will end at 12PM noon on Sunday, March 2nd.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions.

José J. López and Charlie Rich

Cover Retreat 2014 Organizers

Ben Smilowitz

Cover Retreat 2014 Support

The 27th Annual Cover Retreat is being organized by students from Suffolk University Law School and sponsored by Yale Law School and Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).

Workshops include, but are not limited to:

•       Class Actions for Human Rights

•       Asylum and Immigration

•       Reproductive Rights

•       Hanging Your Shingle

•       Lawyering for the Poor

•       Fighting for Education Equity

•       Practicing Disability Rights Law

•       Working for the ACLU & Impact Litigation

•       Starting Your Own Non-Profit

•       Labor Organizing in Mexico

•       Domestic Violence

•       Women’s Rights

•       Medical – Legal Partnerships

•       Fighting the Death Penalty

•       Government Work

•       Exit Ramps in Delinquency Cases

•       International Human Rights

•       Gideon – 50 years later

•       Marriage Equality

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