Harvard Legal Aid Bureau students take Hague Convention case to Trial

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On January 28, 2014, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB) student attorneys Nicholas Pastan ’15 and Breana Ware ’14 found themselves conducting a trial in federal court and asking a Judge to decline to enforce a Petition brought against their client pursuant to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

HLS students draft memorandum accompanying bill to restore immigrant trust in local law enforcement

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Thirty-three professors from Massachusetts law schools have signed on to an important legal opinion drafted by Harvard Law students in support of the Massachusetts Trust Act. The bill seeks to restore the immigrant community’s trust in local law enforcement by limiting the role of local police authorities in the deportation process.

Court decision in appeal argued by HLS clinical students will benefit thousands of disabled vets

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims has ruled that Lieutenant Colonel Wilson J. Ausmer, Jr., a highly decorated veteran, should be able to file an appeal of his disability claim even though he had missed the 120-day deadline to do so. The case was argued before the Court in October 2013 at Harvard Law School as part of the Veterans Clinic of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School.

Harvard report focuses on creating and advocating for trauma-sensitive schools

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The Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative, a nationally recognized collaboration between Harvard Law School and Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC), recently published the second volume of its landmark report “Helping Traumatized Children Learn” which offers a guide to a process for creating trauma-sensitive schools and a policy agenda to provide the support schools need to achieve that goal.

Charn receives AALS Pincus Award in Clinical Legal Education

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Jeanne Charn ’70, a senior lecturer at Harvard Law School, is the winner of the 2014 William Pincus Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to Clinical Legal Education from the Association of American Law Schools (AALS). The Pincus Award is the AALS’s highest award bestowed in the area of clinical legal education. The award recognizes […]

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau at 100

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A lifeline to the poor: For a century, Harvard Law students have toiled to ensure legal rights for all Inside an unassuming yellow house on Everett Street in Cambridge, a warren of offices makes up a law firm run by Harvard Law School students who serve the poor. This year, it turns 100.The Harvard Legal Aid […]

Harvard Law students help argue appeal over benefits before U.S. court

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The average week for a typical law school student involves poring over a list of daunting cases and deconstructing complicated arguments. But on Oct. 30, the work of three Harvard Law School students included something else: an appearance in federal court. The students, who are part of the School’s Veterans Legal Clinic, stood before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims last Wednesday to argue for the rights of their client, a decorated U.S. Army veteran.