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Programs intended to provide assistance in times of crisis are becoming harder and harder to access, resulting in hardship, impoverishment and homelessness for folks unable to find or keep work due a wide range of issues including injury, illness, discrimination and/or family circumstances. Over 75% of unrepresented disabled applicants are denied Social Security benefits.  Over 1.4 million veterans are at risk of homelessness due to poverty. Less than half of low-income Boston residents eligible for SNAP nutritional benefits receive them. Through direct legal representation, litigation, community legal education and policy reform, the Safety Net Project makes a difference. Work with community activists to deliver information and tools for clients to learn about and qualify for vital income support and health insurance. Use your experiences to inform policy change at both state and federal levels. Represent your clients at administrative hearings and beyond in winning their cases. And in closing the representation gap, you will have multiple opportunities to learn and practice: interviewing and counseling clients; building evidentiary records; collaborating with medical and other experts; drafting hearing briefs; presenting oral argument; and working on appeals (including oral argument) in state and federal court.

Join us to learn more about this project and the Estate Planning Project through which you can represent clients in matters involving estate planning and probate, guardianship, conservatorship, debt counseling, and private insurance.

If you or an event participant requires disability-related accommodations, please contact HLS Accessibility Services in the Dean of Students Office at accessibility@law.harvard.edu, or (617) 495-1880 in advance of the event.  

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Details

Date:
February 28
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:
Tags:
Clinical, Pro Bono

Venue

WCC 3018 Classroom

Organizer

Ina Spaho
Email:
Clinic:
Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic (WilmerHale Legal Services Center)
Department:
Clinical and Pro Bono Programs