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Creating a More Just Legal System, One Client at a Time

Marcus Miller is a 2L student at Harvard Law School. He is a clinical student in the Veterans Law and Disability Clinic, working in the Safety Net Project during the Fall 2020 semester. By Marcus …

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LSC Clinics Work Creatively to Assist Client Communities Affected by COVID-19

The attorneys and student advocates at the Legal Services Center continue to work tirelessly for our clients as they face unprecedented challenges and financial distress.  Below is a brief update on just some of our …

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Criminal Record Sealing Self-Help Materials Developed; A Law Student Reflects on Work and Learning During the Pandemic

Safety Net Project Director Julie McCormack and the students working with her on criminal record sealing (a mostly administrative process before the Massachusetts Probation Service) have taken advantage of the enforced slow-down brought about by …

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Safety Net Project Successfully Argues Three Social Security Disability and SNAP/Food Stamp Cases

The three victories result in more than $137,000 in back payments plus significant ongoing monthly benefits moving forward; fourth case decision pending; others in pipeline In the two short weeks of March before LSC moved …

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As Graduation Approaches, an LSC Student Reflects on an Important Victory for his Client

By Alexander Cottingham ’20 Working on this case for my client, JC, was by far the most impactful experience in my time at HLS. It is an odd coincidence that at the same time as …

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LSC Responds to COVID-19: An Update from Our Clinics

The Legal Services Center’s staff and students hope you are staying safe and healthy. We are all doing the best we can as we take on new challenges in advocating for client communities made ever …

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Disability Rights Advocate and LSC Alum Haben Girma on Making her Way in the World with Help from her Guide Dog

This piece, by disability rights advocate and LSC Alum Haben Girma, was published by the Washington Post on August 7, 2019. Girma is the author of Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law.  My guide …

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Reform Meets Response: LSC Launches Criminal Record Sealing Initiative in Wake of Massachusetts Criminal Justice Reform

The Legal Services Center strives to place the voices of Boston’s communities at the heart of its practice. While Julie McCormack, Director of the Safety Net Project, facilitated People’s Law School community workshops around the …

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Learning by Doing: A Student’s Perspective from LSC’s Safety Net Project

By Bryan Sohn Before law school, I spent four years working in the education and non-profit world. By the end of my 1L year, I was feeling frustrated about being trapped in the “HLS bubble.” …

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LSC Students Present Oral Argument in Federal District Court

In a recent post on the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs’ Blog, students Emily Seelenfreund, J.D. ’17 and Myra Siddiqui,  J.D. ’17, discuss their experiences working in the Disability Litigation and Advocacy Clinic coordinated by Senior Clinical …

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The Legal Services Center takes People’s Law School on the road in service to veterans

The now annual Legal Services Center (LSC) People’s Law School of community legal education workshops facilitated by LSC staff and clinical law students has proven to be hugely popular, attended by almost 200 people over …

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Diversity and Disability: How Disability Fits in to the Campus-wide Dialogue About Diversity

Julie McCormack, Director and Senior Clinical Instructor in the Disability Litigation and Benefits Advocacy Clinic, participated in a robust discussion on April 11th at Harvard Law School on “Diversity & Disability: How Disability Fits in …

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