community outreach

Creating Community: A Social Justice Artwork Project

Through a unique collaboration, the Legal Services Center was the site of an art dedication on February 26th titled Creating Community:  A Social Justice Artwork Project.  The artists and guests of honor at the event were more than 50 sixth-graders from the Helen Y. David Leadership Academy in Dorchester, along with their teachers and the school’s executive director.  The children’s artworks—which speak to issues of community and justice and include paintings, drawings, collages, and masks—will be on permanent display in the Center’s library.   Harvard Law School Dean Martha Minow and 3L Blake Strode, a Skadden Fellowship award winner and alum of the Center’s Post-Foreclosure Clinic, were the featured speakers at the art dedication, which the children kicked off with moving descriptions of what inspired their art. Click here for more about the event, including photographs of some of the artworks.

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Student Contributes to People’s Law School

Jewel Hand presenting to People's Law School participants.

Jewel Hand presenting to People’s Law School participants.

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 and empowered approximately 100 local citizens, while one-on-one counseling allowed the staff and students to give more individualized legal advice. The day ended with intake interviews for individuals with legal issues that make them candidates for the Center’s services. As a student advocate at the Center, I was able to take part in the program at all levels: from planning and setup, to teaching a workshop, to individual counseling and conducting an intake interview. I feel fortunate to have contributed to a program that clearly helped so many individuals while also practicing valuable skills as a counselor and advocate. I hope the People’s Law School continues to grow and that I can contribute again next year!