Welcome to the Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD). Our website contains information about upcoming events, news, publications, affiliates, and how you can get involved. Since 2004 HPOD has worked to advance the understanding of disability law, policy, and education around the world. Our academic work in international and comparative law informs our pro bono activities and, in turn, our pro bono work informs our academic initiatives.


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A Conversation With the General Counsel of Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chris Clay

A Conversation With the General Counsel of Disabled American Veterans (DAV), Chris Clay Tues., October 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm in WCC 2036 Milstein East A (lunch provided) Please join us for a conversation with Chris Clay, General Counsel of Disabled…

William Alford present the HPOD award for Creative Contributions to Better Humanity to Timothy Shriver and Melissa Reilly at HPOD Open House. One man on left holds award. Woman center with hands on award. Man on right, hands over award. All are smiling.

Open House Honoring Special Olympics Resounding Success

Over 100 students, faculty and advocates gathered in Austin 101 midday on September 17th to watch as HPOD Faculty Director, Professor William P. Alford and Executive Director Professor Michael A. Stein award Special Olympics the annual Harvard Law Sc…

HPOD’s Open House in honor of Special Olympics at 50

The Harvard Law School Project on Disability Open House With Special Guest Timothy P. Shriver, Ph.D. Chairman, Special Olympics International And Melissa Joy Reilly,  Athlete, Board Member Special Olympics, Massachusetts   In Celebr…

5th Annual Award for the Betterment of Humanity to Special Olympics

The Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD) will bestow its fifth annual HPOD Award for the Betterment of Humanity to Special Olympics on the occasion of Special Olympics’ 50th anniversary, with special guests Special Olympics Internati…

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Harvard Law Today interviews Professor William Alford

Check out excerpts below from Harvard Law Today's interview with Professor William Alford or read the whole interview here. Fifty years ago, the Special Olympics was founded as a summer camp for people with intellectual disabilities. Over the pa…