Attorney Toby Merrill Quoted in Wall Street Journal on College Loans

The Wall Street Journal September 12, 2014 Parents Poised to Gain Easier Access to College Loans by Josh Mitchell The Obama administration is moving to ease access to student loans for parents with damaged credit, a policy reversal that could saddle poor families with piles of debt but also boost college enrollment…Credit counselors say they […]

LSC Staffs Legal Assistance Tent at Stand Down Event for Homeless Veterans

LSC staff and volunteers at Massachusetts Stand Down 2014.  Back row (L-R): Max Weinstein, Christopher Melendez, Daniel Nagin, Robert Proctor, Lisa Bernt, Nate Hennagin.  Front (L-R): Julie McCormack, Toby Merrill, Charlie Carriere, Steve Shay, Dehlia Umunna, Stephanie Davidson, Anuj Khetarpal, and Ashley Lewis.  Not pictured: Ellis Liang, Betsy Gwin, and Bill Lane. On August 22, […]

LSC Clinic Students Awarded Public Service Fellowships

Congratulations to the following former Legal Services Center clinic students who received 2014 Public Service Venture Fund fellowships to pursue diverse opportunities for 2014-2015. Stephanie Berger (J.D. ’14) has been awarded a fellowship to work with the Community Law Office of Jefferson County in Alabama, where she will represent indigent criminal defendants with a specific focus […]

Bill Aims to Help Sellers of Foreclosure Homes

Max Weinstein, Clinical Instructor in the Predatory Lending Practice, is quoted in the July 30, 2014 Boston Globe article “Bill aims to help sellers of foreclosure home.” From the article: “A controversial bill aimed at helping homeowners who purchased foreclosed homes in recent years is winding through the state Legislature, and supporters hope it will pass […]

Stephanie Davidson Joins Family Law and Domestic Violence Clinic

Stephanie Davidson joined the Legal Services Center (LSC) in July as an Attorney and Clinical Fellow. The Clinic primarily serves clients through the Passageway Health Law Collaborative, a partnership with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital where attorneys, law students, and Passageway social workers to work together to confront domestic violence from a public health perspective. […]

Student Lawyers Making an Impact on Family and Domestic Violence Cases

Students in the Family and Domestic Violence Law Clinic manage all aspects of their cases. Under the supervision of Associate Director and Senior Clinical Instructor Nnena Odim, they conduct intake, provide advice, and represent clients in both Family and District Court in Massachusetts. They also draft pleadings, analyze discovery, negotiate with opposing counsel, and work […]

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 to the Campus-wide Dialogue About Diversity.” Over seventy people attended the event which also included speakers Susan Lang, President and CEO […]

Family Law Clinic Student Advocates for Survivor of Domestic Violence

by Akhila Kolisetty, J.D. ’15, Harvard Law School As I sat in the courtroom with my client, waiting for the judge to call us for a pre-trial hearing, we saw my client’s abusive husband enter the room. Immediately, she became nervous and tense. In that moment – as she started tearing up and remembering the […]

Student Contributes to People’s Law School

by Jewel Hand, J.D. ’15, Harvard Law School Recently, I was able to contribute to the Legal Services Center’s second annual People’s Law School. It is a unique day-long community outreach program designed to teach people their basic rights as borrowers, tenants, disabled citizens, and veterans, among many other things. Workshops throughout the day informed […]

McDonagh Named to Mayor Walsh Housing Task Force

Maureen E. McDonagh, Director of the Post-Foreclosure Eviction Defense/Housing Law Clinic has been named to a new task force convened by Mayor Martin J. Walsh set to take on a challenge that has stymied Boston’s leaders for years: how to create more housing for low- and middle-income residents in a city beset by soaring rents […]