The Project on Predatory Student Lending Welcomes New Team

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.

Nagin Honored with Boston Bar Association’s Legal Services Award

Nagin is the Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education and serves as the faculty director of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center and the Veterans Legal Clinic at Harvard Law School.

The award was established to recognize professional legal services attorneys for their outstanding work on behalf of indigent clients in greater Boston. Nagin’s work was credited with embodying the spirit of the award, on both the local and national levels.

“I am deeply honored to receive the John G. Brooks Legal Services Award.  I have the good fortune to work every day with so many wonderful people in the legal services community,” Nagin said. “I am continually inspired by these incredible colleagues — and by the clients on whose behalf we advocate.  I share this award with everyone who seeks justice for the indigent.”

In 2012, Nagin founded the Veterans Legal Clinic, where students gain hands-on experience while representing military veterans and the families of veterans who would not have access to legal representation otherwise. He has also written articles and participated in panel discussions on legal issues of particular concern to veterans, including access to benefits.  Most recently, Nagin started the Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC) at the Legal Services Center, supported in part by the Boston Bar Foundation.

Nagin co-chairs the BBA’s Active Duty Military, Family Members & Veterans Committee. He has also planned a number of pro bono trainings to assist veterans with discharge appeals and to support the pro bono panel of the new LITC.

Prior to his work in Massachusetts, Nagin founded and directed a public benefits clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law and taught in the clinical program at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. He has also directed a social service and legal advocacy program for homeless New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS.

Federal Tax Clinic Accomplishments

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.