Veterans of service, with a belief in the law

Veterans of service, with a belief in the law 1

Each year, as we honor military veterans nationwide for their service, Harvard Law Today profiles students in the incoming class who have held positions in the Armed Forces. The Class of 2020 includes the largest number of former or current service members in Harvard Law’s recent history.

Steven Kerns ’20: “Leading people toward a better world required me to trade in my rifle for books”

Steven Kerns ’20: “Leading people toward a better world required me to trade in my rifle for books”

Steven Kerns ’20 was a high school dropout, a self-described ‘rebel without a cause’ from Long Beach, Calif., when he joined the U.S. Army as a teenager looking for adventure, with vague notions of changing the world.

Helping low-income clients navigate the IRS

Helping low-income clients navigate the IRS 1

Tenacious legal research and petition-filing by Harvard Law School students working in the Tax Clinic of the Legal Services Center at HLS helps low-income clients fight for their legal rights – rights that are meaningless if clients lack access to a lawyer to stand up for them.

Clinic files class action suit on behalf of veterans denied Welcome Home Bonuses

Jeffrey Machado

In June, the Harvard Law School’s Veterans Legal Clinic filed a class action lawsuit in Massachusetts Superior Court on behalf of Army combat veteran Jeffrey Machado and an estimated 4,000 veterans from Massachusetts who have served abroad since 9/11, but deemed ineligible to receive the state’s $1000 Welcome Home Bonus for honorably discharged servicemembers.

A Disarming Leader: Docherty recognized for contributions to human rights

Bonnie Docherty ’01

Over the course of her career, as Bonnie Docherty ’01 has emerged as an international expert on civilian protection in armed conflict, she has also mentored scores of clinical students, from field researchers in conflict zones to advocates inside the halls of the U.N. in Geneva.