Last spring, Thomas Wolfe ’19 shared his experience working on issues of water contamination in the Mississsippi Delta with the Mississippi Delta Project, an HLS Student Practice Organization that provides policy and legal services to clients in one of the poorest regions in the poorest state in the U.S.
Frantic phone calls from family and friends facing life-altering legal challenges were Felipe Hernandez’ primary motivation for leaving a career in the non-profit world to attend Harvard Law School, and they continue to fuel his involvement in clinics and student practice organizations at HLS, as he hones the skills he needs to keep answering them.
I joined the Prison Legal Assistance Project (PLAP) the fall of my 1L year at a time when I knew very little about the criminal justice system. I knew, however, that PLAP provided important services to prisoners in Massachusetts, including representing them in disciplinary hearings and in their bids for parole.
The notice came in a white envelope, hand-delivered by a staffer at the project-based Section 8 development that my elderly grandparents lived in. From the outside, it looked like it could be a notice that they received on a weekly basis. However, this was a “Notice to Cease.” From what my immigrant Chinese family could tell, it meant eviction.