Showcase: In the Spirit

In the Spirit

At HLS in the Community, hundreds gather to share ideas and work toward solutions for the common good

Credit: Heratch Photography Clinical Professor Dehlia Umunna leading a discussion on injustices in the criminal justice system

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“To join the legal profession is to enter a kind of trust—to ensure that the power and privilege that we hold are applied in a way that benefits the world.” —Daniel Nagin

In April, Harvard Law School’s bicentennial programming came to a close with HLS in the Community, a day of hackathons and workshops. The spirit of the clinics infused the event. Daniel Nagin, clinical professor and vice dean for experiential and clinical education, in introducing the hackathons, touched on HLS’s commitment to serve the common good: “To join the legal profession is to enter a kind of trust—to ensure that the power and privilege that we hold are applied in a way that benefits the world.”

That spirit was on display throughout the day in the discussions and problem-solving. And in the evening, as the alumni, student, faculty, and staff participants gathered for the closing clinical showcase on Jarvis Field, photographs and interactive displays (such as the Tenant Advocacy Project’s Wheel of Misfortune) put the work of the clinics and Student Practice Organizations at the center of the celebration.