In the Harvard LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic (HLAC), students work on cutting-edge issues involving LGBTQ+ rights, with a particular emphasis on issues affecting underrepresented communities within the LGBTQ+ community. Clinic offerings include local and national projects covering the spectrum of LGBTQ+ issues. Students will have the opportunity to engage in a range of work encompassing various strategies for advancing LGBTQ+ rights, including impact litigation and amicus work, policy and legislative advocacy, and direct legal services for LGBTQ+ clients.
Students work under the direct supervision of the Clinic Director, Alexander Chen.
Past projects have included:
- Developing legal arguments for a First Amendment amicus brief in a federal case involving a professor challenging his termination by a state university for refusing to use a transgender student’s pronouns.
- Researching Supreme Court Eighth Amendment jurisprudence in support of an opposition to a petition for certiorari in a federal case involving access to gender confirmation surgery for a transgender inmate.
- Analyzing the impact of health law precedents upon potential constitutional challenges to state bills seeking to criminalize or penalize providing gender-affirming care to transgender minors.
- Assisting national transgender organizations in drafting public comments regarding University of California medical school partnerships with hospitals that operate under religious restrictions.
- Providing assistance to community members who have reached out to a LGBTQ+ legal information helpline.
This clinic is housed within the WilmerHale Legal Services Center (LSC), a general practice community law office in Jamaica Plain. LSC’s diverse clinics provide clinical instruction to second- and third-year law students and serve as a laboratory for the innovative delivery of legal services. Students are taught and mentored under the supervision and guidance of a clinical instructor in one of LSC’s clinical practices.
How To Register
How To Register
The LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic is offered in the Fall and Spring semesters. You can learn about the required clinical course component, additional requirements and prerequisites, as well as the clinical registration process, by reading the course catalog description and exploring the links in this sections.
LGBTQ+ Advocacy Clinic
WilmerHale Legal Services Center
122 Boylston Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
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