Gary Bellow ('60), Jeanne Charn ('70), John Hamilton ('60), Jack Cogan ('52)
Booklet in PDF format:
Ten years of Creative Collaboration among a Law School, Its Legal Services Center and a Private Law Firm [PDF]
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A unique partnership in support of service and learning exists between Harvard Law School, the law firm of WilmerHale (formerly Hale and Dorr) and the Legal Services Center.
Continuing its long tradition of pro bono service, in the early 1990’s, Hale and Dorr made a generous donation to Harvard Law School for the purchase and renovation of a permanent home for the Legal Services Center.
This collaboration, which has evolved into far more than just bricks and mortar, facilitates continued experimentation with service approaches in which students learn by assuming responsible practice roles; expanded use of information technology to increase the speed, efficiency and quality of student learning and client service; opportunities for larger numbers of law school faculty to advise and become involved in the Center’s practice and teaching program, and increased outreach to the private bar for insight and assistance in addressing and improving access to the legal system.
“Hale and Dorr receives a number of benefits from this collaboration. First and foremost, we support a relationship with Harvard Law School as an institution from which many of us have graduated, at which many of us got our introduction to clinical programs, and which we applaud for trying to expand both its clinical training and the amount of outreach it does in the community to help poor people and other people in need of legal services. Second, the Legal Services Center provides us a vehicle through which we can do some creative new programs, and through which we can focus and leverage our pro bono resources.We know that when we do a project with the law school and with the Legal Services Center, it is likely to have impact in a broader community, it is likely to have staying power, and it is likely to have very good people involved in supervisory and strategic capacities along with us. And, finally, we have the satisfaction of seeing day-to-day results in the community, in the city of Boston, in which we practice.”
—Richard A. Johnston, Senior Litigation Partner-WilmerHale,
Harvard Law School (’76)