Clinical Professor of Law
Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education
Faculty Director, WilmerHale Legal Services Center & Veterans Legal Clinic
Daniel Nagin is Clinical Professor of Law, Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education, and Faculty Director of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center, a community-based public interest law firm home to five Harvard Law School civil practice clinics. He is also Faculty Director of the Legal Service Center’s Veterans Legal Clinic, which he founded in 2012. His teaching and research interests focus on clinical education, social welfare law and policy, veterans law, and delivery of legal services.
Nagin’s current activities include serving as court-appointed member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Judicial Advisory Committee; as a member of the Massachusetts VA Community Engagement Board; the Executive Committee of the Section on Poverty Law of the AALS; and the Planning Committee for the 2018 AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education.
Previously, Nagin was on the faculty of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he founded and directed a public benefits clinic and taught anti-poverty law courses. Nagin has also taught in the clinical program at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law, directed a social service and legal advocacy program for homeless New Yorkers living with HIV/AIDS, and worked as a staff attorney in the Queens office of Legal Services NYC.
Among his recognitions, Nagin has received the John G. Brooks Legal Services Award from the Boston Bar Association, the Goldberg v. Kelly Lives Award from the Virginia Statewide Legal Aid Conference, and the Access to Equal Justice Award from the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.
Nagin holds a B.A. in History and Government, Phi Beta Kappa and with distinction in all subjects, from Cornell University, an M.A. from Stanford University, and a J.D. with honors from the University of Chicago Law School, where he received the Edwin F. Mandel Award for excellence as a clinical law student.