LSC is honored to announce that “The People’s Lawyer” — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey — will be the keynote speaker at the 40th anniversary celebration for the WilmerHale Legal Services Center (LSC) of Harvard Law School on April 5.
The address by Attorney General Healey will cap a day of exciting events recognizing LSC’s 40 years of training thousands of law students and providing high quality, pro bono civil legal services to Greater Boston’s most vulnerable residents. The event will also celebrate the role WilmerHale played in establishing our current location in Jamaica Plain 25 years ago.
Attorney General Healey’s keynote will begin at approximately 5 pm in the Ames Courtroom on the Harvard Law School campus. Her speech will provide a powerful capstone to the day’s events, which will include awards for emerging public interest leaders and community partners and the premiere of a documentary about LSC’s unique history and mission. Earlier in the day, interactive discussion roundtables will take place at LSC in Jamaica Plain. These discussion roundtables will bring together trailblazing LSC alumni and colleagues in the fields of clinical education, anti-poverty work, and public service to explore the principles and strategies that should guide our efforts as legal educators and community advocates.
Space is limited for all these events, so we encourage you to sign up at www.lscharvard40th.org as soon as possible for what promises to be a terrific opportunity to engage around some of the most important issues facing the pro bono legal services community and legal education.
About Maura Healey
As chief lawyer and law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth, Attorney General Healey heads “the People’s Law Firm,” advocating for the residents of Massachusetts by protecting consumers, combating fraud and corruption, investigating and prosecuting crimes, and protecting the environment, workers, and civil rights.
Since becoming Attorney General in 2015, Healey has tackled some of the most pressing challenges facing Massachusetts, including the opioid epidemic, escalating health care costs, wage theft, and gun violence. She has focused on strengthening consumer protections and on improving our criminal justice system, and launched a first-of-its-kind Community Engagement Division to bring the attorney general’s work into neighborhoods and communities.
Healey has joined and led many cases brought by attorneys general from across the country to protect federal clean air, water, and climate rules, end family separation at the border, uphold reproductive freedom and civil rights for transgender individuals, support student loan borrowers, stop interference with the U.S. Census, and defend the Affordable Care Act.
Prior to her election, Healey headed the office’s Civil Rights Division. In that role, she was the architect of the state’s successful challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act. Later as a Bureau Chief, Healey took on the mortgage crisis, shutting down predatory lenders, forcing banks to modify thousands of home mortgages, and stopping hundreds of foreclosures in Massachusetts communities.
Healey, the oldest of five children and the first LGBT state attorney general in the U.S., is a graduate of Harvard College and Northeastern Law School. She was captain of the women’s basketball team at Harvard, played basketball professionally in Europe, and has been inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame.
We are thrilled to host Attorney General Healey and to bring together the broader LSC family for this first-ever gathering. We hope to see you on April 5th! Please be sure to sign up soon at www.lscharvard40th.org.