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.