Shelter Legal Services Seeking Law Student Volunteers

SLSF runs four weekly walk-in clinics in Boston and Cambridge. Through these clinics, SLSF takes a variety of cases, including veterans, family law, housing, disability, bankruptcy, immigration and sealing criminal records. Students can attend individual clinics and take cases under attorney supervision. We accept 1Ls, but assign more complex cases to 2Ls and 3Ls. We also need students from time to time who can research questions and write memos on specific topics. Participation will be determined by availability and interest. We will try to accommodate students but cannot guarantee placement.

Clinic dates and times:
Cambridge Multi-Service Center for the Homeless
19 Brookline Street, Central Square, Cambridge, MA
Tuesdays, 8:30-12:00pm; arrive 8:25am
(Homeless individuals)

Chelsea Soldiers Home
91 Crest Avenue, Chelsea, MA
Every other Monday, 10:30-1:30pm (arrive 10:25am)
(Homeless and low-income veterans)

New England Center for Homeless Veterans
17 Court Street, Government Center, Boston, MA
Wednesdays, 6:00-9:00pm; arrive 5:45pm
(Homeless and low-income veterans)

Rosie’s Place
47 Thorndike Street, Roxbury, MA (near Boston Medical Center)
Mondays and Thursdays, 9:30-5:00pm, select 3-hour minimum block
(Homeless and low-income women)

REQUIRED ORIENTATION
Monday, September 26, 2011, 6:00pm 8:00pm

AT BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, ROOM 1420*

Space is limited. RSVP by 5:00pm on Thursday September 22nd to  info at shelterlegalservices.org.

FOOD AND MATERIALS WILL BE PROVIDED
PLEASE BRING A PAD AND PEN

***All law schools, class years, and divisions welcome***

Eligible for HLS pro bono credit

HLS Consumer Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project

Want to help low-income debtors through the bankruptcy process and learn a practitioners view of bankruptcy? Want to help low-income people get out form under crushing debts? After this training you can assist with screening local, individual cases and help prepare bankruptcy petitions.
You will be able to meet with your clients and help guide them through the bankruptcy process.

Work will be done through the Legal Services Center of HLS, either in Jamaica Plain or on campus. All students who attend the training MUST commit to take on 3 cases to be completed within the school year (approx 40-50 hours total). Training and supervision provided by Roger Bertling, Director of the Predatory Lending, Bankruptcy and Consumer Protection Unit of the Legal Services Center of HLS.

Students can earn pro bono credit and PSI points.

Training will be held at HLS in early October at best available time and date for chosen participants.

Only several students will be selected – open to all JD and LLM students. To apply, send a resume and an email expressing interest to Lee Branson at  lbranson at law.harvard.edu by Thursday, September 22.  Also note how much time you have available to commit to the project this year.