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Harvard Legal Aid Bureau

  • HLS Clinic Launches Mattapan Initiative to Avert Foreclosures

    July 30, 2013

    With a $415,000 grant from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office—and the help of a groundbreaking new law that offers homeowners strong pre-foreclosure protections—the HLS WilmerHale Legal Services Center (LSC) has launched a new program to help fight foreclosures in Mattapan, one of Boston’s most challenged neighborhoods.

  • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau Ad

    Harvard’s Legal Aid Bureau: Celebrating a century of learning and service

    July 12, 2013

    In the 100 years since its founding, Harvard's Legal Aid Bureau—the oldest student-run legal services program in the country—has helped thousands of clients. On Nov. 8 to 10, the Bureau will mark its centennial with a gala celebration at the law school which will feature keynote speakers and panel discussions on “Closing the gap: Evolving legal education and improving the clinical experience,” “Serving low-income communities across the three branches of government” and “Access to justice: Looking beyond legal services.”

  • Chas Hamilton

    Clinical Voices: Chas Hamilton ’13 on ‘two trials and a graduation’

    July 12, 2013

    During a two-week period that spanned from late May to early June, recent Harvard Law School Graduate Chas Hamilton '13 tried two cases before twelve-member juries in the Boston Housing Court. Here he reflects on the experience.

  • vintage photo of Ernest Shackleton aboard the Endurance

    Briefs: Lessons, legal services, and luminosity

    July 1, 2013

    Ernest Shackleton’s first journey to the Antarctic in the early 1900s ended in a very public failure. On his second journey, in a race to the South Pole, he turned back within 100 miles of his goal. In his third expedition, not only did he fail to traverse Antarctica, but his ship was destroyed by ice, stranding the crew on ice floes for more than a year. So why do law and business students and executives in legal and business organizations study Shackleton as an example of successful leadership?

  • Gary Bellow Public Service Award recipients

    Two receive the Gary Bellow Public Service Award

    June 14, 2013

    In recognition of their commitment to public interest and social justice work, Harvard Law School alums Stephanie Davidson ’13 and Laurel Firestone ’04 were named this year’s recipients of the Gary Bellow Public Service Award.

  • Lena Silver portrait

    Lena Silver ’13 wins pro bono service award

    May 29, 2013

    Lena Silver ’13 is the winner of this year’s Andrew L. Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award, performing the highest number of pro bono service hours in the Class of 2013. During Silver’s time at Harvard Law School, she provided 2,270 hours of free legal services.

  • Six from Harvard Law School awarded Skadden Fellowships

    January 9, 2013

    Six from Harvard Law School recently were chosen by the Skadden Foundation to receive two-year fellowships to support their work in public service. This year’s recipients include current students Haben Girma ’13, Hunter Landerholm ’13, Adam Meyers ’13 and Mara Sacks ’13, and recent graduates Robert Hodgson ’12 and Daniel Saver ’12.

  • Exit Interviews: A look at seven new graduates and where they’re headed

    June 10, 2011

    In her commencement address to the Class of 2011 on May 26, Dean Martha Minow praised students’ accomplishments at HLS and their vast array of skills and achievements. As they prepared to receive their diplomas, she urged them to cherish their talent for asking good questions: “Indeed, the questions asked by Harvard Law School’s Class of 2011, now and in the future, will define law and leadership in the years to come. Your influence reflects what Harvard Law School is and who you are and who you will become. I simply ask you to use your influence to better your communities and the world,” she said. Here, seven members of the class reflect on influences during their educational journey and how they intend to use their education to influence others.

  • Gary Bellow

    Two receive the Gary Bellow Public Service Award

    April 15, 2011

    Harvard Law School student Emily Inouye ’11 and alumna Cynthia Chandler ’95 have each received the Gary Bellow Public Service Award for their commitment to public interest and social justice work.

  • Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick ’82 signs legislation to protect tenants from losing their homes after foreclosure

    Massachusetts enacts landmark foreclosure protections drafted by Harvard Law School students (video)

    August 10, 2010

    Groundbreaking legislation originally drafted by students from the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB) to protect tenants from losing their homes after foreclosure was signed into law on August 7 by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick ’82, former president of HLAB.