On April 5, 2019, the WilmerHale Legal Services Center welcomed over 200 guests—including alumni, current students, elected officials, leaders in clinical education, and community partners—to its 40th anniversary event to mark four decades of training attorneys and law students and providing high quality, pro bono civil legal services to thousands of Greater Boston’s most vulnerable residents.
The 40th Anniversary was a day filled with learning, inspiring conversations, reconnecting with friends, and building energy for our continued work in pursuit of justice. The event featured compelling discussions about clinical legal education, economic justice, building partnerships to address community needs, and the collaborative student-client relationship—plus plenty sharing of memories and stories among the many people who have passed through LSC’s doors over the past 40 years. We ended the day with a riveting keynote address by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and presentation of awards to emerging leaders, partner organizations, and foundation supporters who have helped make LSC what it is today. Read more and see photos from the day’s events…
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LSC at 40
On April 5th, we premiered a short video that captures highlights from LSC’s history and our current work:
READ OUR 40th ANNIVERSARY REPORT
LSC’s anniversary event also commemorated 25 years in our current building, which was funded through the generosity of WilmerHale. WilmerHale’s commitment to and support of the Legal Services Center has been integral to our justice work. We gratefully acknowledge their generous support for making this event possible.
Join our speakers and partner organizations. With closing remarks from Julie McCormack, Director of LSC’s Safety Net Project.
Bellow-Charn Champion of Justice Awards
Emerging Leader Award
- Blake Strode, JD ’15
Community Partner Award
- Passageway – Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- John F. Cogan, Jr., JD ‘52
- John D. Hamilton, Jr., JD ’60
Cocktail reception follows formal program.
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The Family and Domestic Violence Law Clinic has been an invaluable experience. It exposed me to new ways of thinking about the connection between the law and individual women’s experiences, and I will always be grateful for the way my clients opened their lives to me.
The [case] was something that was causing … stress, unease, fear and depression. [You] made all of that go away and I can’t thank … the Legal Services Center enough for changing my situation so drastically and so quickly. Thank you for existing and helping people when they are in need. Please keep doing exactly what you are doing.
My work with [the Veterans Legal Clinic] clinic turned out to be one of the most valuable, and absolutely the most rewarding experience of my academic career.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my deepest gratitude to you … for working so selflessly and tirelessly on my behalf…. Prior to [LSC’s] involvement … when I was unrepresented…., [the government agency] was uncooperative, could not admit that a serious mistake had been made, and simply did not believe anything I said…. Again, I am deeply grateful…
Working in the clinic gave me the chance to get outside of the Harvard Law School campus, get involved in a different community, and do work that impacts clients directly.
Clinical work has been an invaluable complement to the classroom curriculum of my law school career: the complexities of direct legal representation are so much more nuanced and fluid than can be described in a classroom, and the rewards of working with clients and sharing in their success, are so very great.
Successfully representing my LSC client in an appeal “was unquestionably my most meaningful experience in law school.”