The Project on Predatory Student Lending (PPSL) welcomes eight new members; five attorneys, two paralegal advocates, and one project manager have joined the team:
The newest team members have worked on issues of consumer, criminal, juvenile, racial, and economic justice in organizations such as the National Consumer Law Center, CPCS, Pine Tree Legal Assistance, the Central American Solidarity Association of Maryland, the New York Legal Assistance Group, the United Nations, Girls Incorporated, Cambridge Women’s Center, and the Attorneys General of Massachusetts, and Colorado.
They join Eileen Connor and Toby Merrill in representing low-income student loan borrowers who have experienced predatory lending in connection with for-profit schools. Both the Project and the Legal Services Center are delighted by the addition of these distinguished colleagues and excited for the work they will do on behalf of our clients.
The Boston Bar Association recently interviewed Daniel Nagin, LSC’s Faculty Director, about the first year of the Tax Clinic at LSC. Professor Nagin highlighted some of the Clinic’s accomplishments on behalf of low-income taxpayers, as well as the Clinic’s efforts to train private bar attorneys to provide pro bono assistance and increase access to justice. In describing the mission of the Clinic, Professor Nagin noted:
It is not uncommon for people who have tax problems to be afraid and unsure what to do—which can lead to people doing nothing and letting deadlines and opportunities to challenge IRS claims pass. Our mission is to eliminate barriers and increase access to help, to make it as easy as possible for people in these situations to get legal representation.
The Tax Clinic is directed by Keith Fogg, a Visiting Professor from Villanova University School of Law. According to Professor Fogg:
The Tax Clinic is excited for the opportunity to assist the Boston legal community in bringing access to justice to local taxpayers in need. We have had several successes for our clients and have built some important ties in the community both with organizations that refer clients and with tax professionals who have agreed to serve on our pro bono panel. Being a part of the Legal Services Center allows us to reach our clients in the community where they live. We are especially privileged to have the connection with the Veterans Clinic and to provide tax assistance to the veterans who have served us so well. As our founding fathers noted, taxation with representation works best.
You can read the full interview with Prof. Nagin on the BBA’s Beyond the Billable Blog here.