Welcome to the Legal Services Center
The Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School originated in 1979 with a commitment to combine education and service in the study of law. Its primary purposes were, and are, to educate law students for practice and professional service in a fully functioning law office; to harness the energies and efforts of those law students to meet the legal needs of a diverse, urban clientele; to experiment with approaches to increase access to legal services; and to study and understand the public policies and institutions that most directly affect lower income individuals and families.
Thank you to everyone who attended The People's Law School: Community Education Workshops and Open House on April 13, 2013. We look forward to repeating and building on this program.
VETERANS: We are seeking a Fellow from The Mission Continues to serve as a Peer Outreach Worker in support of veterans in the Greater Boston area who may need legal assistance from our Veterans Legal Clinic. For more information, see the linked LSC position description and The Mission Continues Fellowship description.
Welcome new Legal Services Center staff members Brandon German, community outreach coordintor; Charlie Carriere, attorney/clinical fellow in the predatory lending practice; and Julia Devanthéry, staff attorney for the Mattapan Initiative.
Congratulations to Legal Services Center clinic student Haben Girma (JD '13) for being named a White House Champion of Change and a Skadden Fellow at Disability Rights Advocates.
The Legal Services Center Summer Fellows Program is now accepting applications for law school students to work with the direct service and health and food law clinics in summer 2013.
Delta Directions is accepting applications for the Mississippi Delta Fellowship. The Delta Fellow works to create transformational change in the Mississippi Delta region by improving public health and promoting economic development.
"Waste Not Want Not: How We Can Use Food to Feed People Instead of Landfills." View the event summary and video. Read the press articles about the event and issues.
The Center For Health Law and Policy Innovation welcomes new clinical fellow Amy Katzen to its staff.
Tamara Kolz Griffin, a Clinical Instructor and supervisor of the Estate Planning Clinic was recently elected as a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) at their Fall meeting. ACTEC is a nonprofit association of lawyers whose members are elected to the College by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors.
The HLS Food Law and Policy Clinic announced the release of Good Laws, Good Food: Putting State Food Policy to Work for Our Communities, the second toolkit in a two-part series for communities seeking to make change in their food and agriculture system.
Welcome Toby Merrill to the Legal Services Center staff. Toby is the Attorney/Skadden Fellow in the Predatory Lending Practice. She represents low-income victims of predatory lending by and on behalf of for-profit schools. She focuses on unfair, deceptive, and illegal practices by the schools and others.
Robert Greenwald and Amy Rosenberg's Washington Post Op-Ed: "Affordable Care Act could improve health care for HIV-positive people"
The HLS Food Law and Policy Clinic has released Good Laws, Good Food: Putting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities to help food policy councils identify critical needs in their local food system and successfully work to address them. (See our press release.)
The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation has prepared a summary of the SCOTUS decision.
LSC NEWS: The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation applauds the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which upheld the constitutionality of the individual mandate and of the Medicaid expansion, but with limits that have the potential to significantly undermine the Medicaid expansion. (See the press release here and Boston Globe stories here and here.) The Center has recently found that similar health reforms in Massachusetts have led to significant individual and public health benefits. A fact sheet highlights some findings of an upcoming report on health reform in the state. A working draft of the Massachusetts HIV/AIDS Resource Allocation Project is available. Link to LSC News & Highlights.
Harvard Law School students, "feel less like a student and more like a lawyer." Listen to the wisdom of legal experience: Registration Advice from a 2L: ...Think Legal Services.
The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation will be working on the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation’s Together on Diabetes initiative. This press release has the details.