June 23: “Lunch and Learn – Discharge Upgrade” with LSC’s Veterans Clinic and the Bob Woodruff Foundation

Lunch and Learn: Discharge Upgrade Thursday, June 23 at 12 pm ET | Register About the Event The Bob Woodruff Foundation and the Legal Services Center’s Veterans Legal Clinic are excited to convene national experts

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Supreme Court Rules Unanimously In Favor of Tax Clinic Position on Whether Filing Deadlines Are Jurisdictional or Mere “Claims Processing Rules” that Can Be Tolled

Although the Supreme Court has been sharply divided on a host of issues this term, it ruled unanimously this spring in Boechler P.C. v. Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service. That ruling affirmed a position

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LSC Tax Clinic Achieves Meaningful Changes in Two Tax Court Procedures Affecting Low-Income and Pro Se Litigants

As the old saying goes: The pen is mightier than the sword. Yet it is not very common for a law review article to prompt real-world reform. Recently, however, attorneys and students in LSC’s Tax

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A Haven for Taxpayers: Harvard Law’s Federal Tax Clinic Helps Low-income Taxpayers Shed Their Debts — and Stress

By Rachel Reed | Published by Harvard Law Today on April 18, 2022 Everyone knows the old saying about death and taxes, and it’s hardly a secret that filing income taxes — and communicating with

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Virtual Event – Mass & Cass and the Crisis of Homelessness: The Interaction of Mental Health, Addiction, and the Law in the Lives of People Without Permanent Housing

From the Boston Bar Association: The Mass and Cass humanitarian crisis, and, more generally, the crisis of homelessness in Greater Boston, has attracted wide media and public attention. This panel discussion, which brings together experts

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Limiting Lessons: An Interview with LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic Director on Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Bill

Alexander Chen of Harvard Law’s LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic says Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill likely will face First Amendment and Equal Protection Clause challenges By Rachel Reed/Harvard Law Today – March 30, 2022 Credit: CHANDAN

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LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic Joins FreeState Justice in Calling on Maryland House of Delegates to Reject Harmful Bill that Would Prohibit Transgender Students from Participating in School Sports

The Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic and FreeState Justice issued the following press release. ANNAPOLIS, MD – On February 24, 2020, a broad coalition of organizations and individuals—including the Harvard Law School LGBTQ+ Advocacy

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Senator Gillibrand, Veterans’ Advocates, and Experts Examine the Legacy of Burn Pit Exposures on the Health of Military Servicemembers and Veterans

Burn pits—where trash and other waste are disposed of through burning in large, uncovered pits, often with an accelerant like jet fuel—were once commonly used by the U.S. military, particularly in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other

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Crooked Judges, Fraudulent Lawyers, and How the Social Security Administration Has Failed 3,500 People

By Jeffrey Jiang ’22 The story of Eric Conn is a years-long saga involving a scam artist who extracted over half a billion dollars from the U.S. government, an administrative law judge (ALJ) who covered

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Project on Predatory Student Lending Issues Scathing Report on ITT Tech’s Fraudulent Practices; Criticizes Recent Partial Settlements over ITT, DeVry and Navient Loans; Calls on Government to Go After Executives of For-Profit Schools

The Project on Predatory Student Lending recently released a report detailing the massive scale of fraud and abuse perpetrated by the defunct for-profit college ITT Tech. The report, “Dreams Destroyed: How ITT Technical Institute Defrauded a

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Disabled American Veterans Panel Discussion: The Toxic Legacy of Military Burn Pits, with Keynote Address by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand

Panel featuring veterans, advocates, and medical expert examined issue that affects an estimated 200,000+ individuals who deployed to Southwest Asia during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars This year’s Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Distinguished Speakers Series

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Moulton, Trahan Seek Tougher Penalties Against Storage Companies Who Sell Belongings of Servicemembers

In October, The Boston Globe highlighted the case of an LSC client, Air Force Technical Sergeant Charles Cornacchio, whose belongings were sold by a Billerica moving and storage company while he was deployed to Qatar. Recently, the Globe

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In a Potentially Precedent-Setting Case, Veterans Clinic Students Work to Help LGBTQ Widower Secure VA Benefits

Read additional coverage on NBC News: Gay Navy veteran’s widower fights for benefits in historic appeal By Brett Milano, Harvard Law Today, November 8, 2021 When U.S. Navy veteran Rhett Chalk passed away in June of

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Snapshots from a Week in the Veterans Law & Disability Benefits Clinic

By mid-semester, the 14 Harvard Law students enrolled in the Veterans Law & Disability Benefits Clinic at the Legal Services Center in Jamaica Plain (LSC) are hard at work managing their busy dockets. From drafting

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Expanding Collaboration with Boston Public Library Helps Individuals Seal Criminal Records, Apply for Benefits, and Obtain Legal Advice

In addition to its work with veterans, LSC’s Safety Net Project is building a unique collaboration with the Boston Public Library (BPL) to help individuals from all walks of life obtain Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

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Boston Globe Reports on Case of Air Force Sergeant Whose Belongings Were Auctioned Off While He Was Deployed

Before a deployment in 2019, Air Force Technical Sergeant Charles Cornacchio paid Billerica-based Father & Son Moving & Storage for moving and six months’ storage of his belongings. Months later, while serving in Qatar, Cornacchio learned

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LSC’s Safety Net Project Students Testify Before Mass Legislature on Importance of Nutrition Benefits

Kate Strickland and Rachel Schwarz, Harvard Law students in LSC’s Safety Net Project, submitted testimony last week on two bills under consideration by the Massachusetts Legislature that would provide support to college students who are

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LSC Creates New Poverty Law Workshop, Training Law Students on Safety Net Programs

Drawing on careers spent representing clients accessing safety net benefits, LSC Clinical Instructors and Lecturers-on-Law Julie McCormack and Betsy Gwin have created a new seminar at Harvard Law School, the Poverty Law Workshop. Responding to

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LSC Clinical Instructor Peter Perkowski Testifies Before House Committee on Veterans Affairs

On September 22, Peter Perkowski, Clinical Instructor in LSC’s Veterans Legal Clinic, testified before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs’ Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations. The hearing, billed under the umbrella of “Creating a Welcoming

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American Bar Association Publishes Landmark Guide for Veterans Rights Advocates, Written by LSC Attorneys and Other Legal Experts

CHICAGO, Aug. 31, 2021 — A new book from the American Bar Association, Military Discharge Upgrade Legal Practice Manual, is a desk reference for veteran’s rights advocates to use throughout the process of developing a

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