Stephanie Goldenhersh joined the office in August 2007 as a full-time clinical instructor, mentoring students in the office`s family relations practice and is now a senior clinical instructor. Since September 2016, she has been the Assistant Director of Family Practice. Prior to joining the firm, Stephanie practiced at Community Legal Aid-Worcester for six years, handling all types of family relationship litigation and abuse prevention litigation 209A. Stephanie also served as Project Manager for the U.S. Department of Justice Unit Grant under the Violence Against Women Act, which worked with local domestic violence service providers to ensure continuity of legal services for survivors of domestic violence. Prior to entering the practice of law, Stephanie worked at the law firm of Foley Hoag, LLP, where she participated in environmental litigation and pro bono advocacy for survivors of domestic violence. Stephanie holds a bachelor`s degree in sociology, politics and women`s studies from Brandeis University and a juris doctorate from the University of Michigan School of Law. During law school, Stephanie was a project coordinator for the Family Law Project, a provider of student advocacy for survivors of domestic violence seeking protection orders. Stephanie has also served as editor-in-chief of the Michigan Journal of Gender & Law and taught the undergraduate course « Women in the Law. » The Legal Services Centre was founded in 1979 with the aim of combining training and service in law studies. Veterans Issues: Veterans benefits (VA service disability, pensions and other programs), veterans` services benefits (from Massachusetts cities and towns), other non-profit programs, termination upgrades and designated civil matters Because the office is a student-run legal services program, Members and their elected student councils are responsible for the management of the organization.
The Legal Services Center has a long history of providing exemplary legal services to address the unmet needs of low-income individuals and families in the Greater Boston Area. Esme Caramello is the office`s faculty director and clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School, where her research, teaching and advocacy focuses on affordable housing, access to justice, public interest advocates and legal ethics. After graduating from HLS, Esme spent a year in San Francisco as a litigator at Baker & McKenzie and a year in her hometown of Chicago as a law clerk to the incomparable U.S. District Judge Charles P. Kocoras. She then spent five years as a Chesterfield Smith Community Service Fellow and Litigation Partner in Holland & Knight`s Boston office, where her work ranges from challenging death row conditions to drafting consumer protection legislation, representing refugees seeking political asylum and tenants fighting eviction and disability discrimination. Given. She was dependent on housing, teaching in the housing unit at HLS`s WilmerHale Legal Services Centre and Suffolk Law School`s Housing and Consumer Protection Clinic before joining the Bureau in 2009. Esme is a member of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission, co-chair of the Housing Working Group, and a member of the Access to Attorneys Committee.
She is also a trustee of the Boston Bar Foundation and a long-time member of the grants committee. She is a graduate of Harvard College (Social Anthropology `94) and Harvard Law School (`99). Federal Tax Unit: The Federal Tax Unit provides clients with free legal representation in tax disputes with the IRS. The unit covers a wide range of topics, including family tax issues (e.g., income tax credit, child tax credit, and exemption from long-term care benefit claims), tax debt and recovery cases (offers in settlement and installment agreements), injured and innocent spouses` claims, and audit reviews. Her work on behalf of taxpayers includes, but is not limited to, requesting a review review, representing clients at IRS appeal conferences, drafting and filing advocacy letters with IRS Appeals, preparing and filing innocent and injured spouse claims and offers as compromises, and representing clients before the U.S. Tax Court. The office consists of approximately 50 second- and third-year student members who are dedicated to the Office of Clinical Education and Community Legal Services program for two years. HLAB student membership includes two-year integrated academic and clinical training in skills and ethics of legal practice. HLAB members are expected to devote at least 20 hours per week to clinical practice and related activities. Estate planning: estate and estate planning, guardianship, debt advice and private claims for low- and middle-income individuals.
This service is available to veterans only. The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB) is unique among HLS clinical legal education programs in that its legal services program is student-led. HLAB was founded in 1913 and has a long history of serving the legal needs of low-income people in the greater Boston area. Eloise Lawrence is Associate Director of the Faculty and Assistant Clinical Professor of Law at HLS. She is also faculty supervisor for the HLS student practice organization « Project No One Leaves ». In her role as a clinical instructor, she oversees student lawyers representing tenants and landlords who are in the eviction process.