Elizabeth (Betsy) Gwin

Lecturer on Law

2019-2020

Veterans Legal Clinic,
Legal Services Center
122 Boylston St

617-390-2734

Biography

Betsy Gwin joined the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School as Attorney and DAV Charitable Service Trust Fellow for the Veterans Legal Clinic in 2014. She became a Clinical Instructor in 2015 and Associate Director of the Veterans Legal Clinic in 2017. Appointed as a Lecturer on Law in 2018, Betsy co-teaches and supervises students enrolled in the Veterans Law and Disability Benefits Clinic.

Betsy’s clinic work focuses on representing veterans in appeals to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and she also represents veterans in discharge upgrade petitions, appeals for state veterans’ benefits, and in estate planning matters.

Prior to joining the Legal Services Center in 2014, Betsy represented parents and children in child welfare proceedings as a Staff Attorney in the Child and Family Law Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services. Betsy holds a B.A. in Anthropology, summa cum laude, from Syracuse University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. While in law school, Betsy was Editor-in-Chief of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy.

Areas of Interest

Elizabeth Thornton & Betsy Gwin, High-Quality Legal Representation for Parents in Child Welfare Cases Results in Improved Outcomes for Families and Potential Cost Savings, 46 Fam. L.Q. 139 (2012).
Categories:
Family Law
,
Legal Profession
Sub-Categories:
Children's Law & Welfare
,
Legal Services
Type: Article
Abstract
This article outlines the improved outcomes for children and families associated with high-quality legal representation for parents in child welfare cases. It documents the cost savings demonstrated by three regional high-quality parent-representation programs (in New York City, Detroit, and Washington State) and explores their potential for tremendous savings. Section II describes these three programs and the effects they have had on child welfare outcomes in each region. Section III discusses the human and financial costs associated with placing children in foster care and the improved outcomes achieved by these programs. Section IV provides recommendations for expanding and evaluating parent-representation programs and their impact on child welfare outcomes and budgets.
Betsy Gwin, Housing Resources for Families at Risk of Separation, 30 Child L. Prac. 1 (2011).
Categories:
Discrimination & Civil Rights
,
Family Law
Sub-Categories:
Housing Law
,
Poverty Law
,
Children's Law & Welfare
Type: Article
Betsy Gwin, Lessons for Anti-Poverty Advocates From the Workplace Flexibility Movement: Improving Flexibility in Low-Wage Work and Access to Work Supports, 18 Geo. J. on Poverty L. & Pol’y 265 (2011).
Categories:
Discrimination & Civil Rights
,
Labor & Employment
Sub-Categories:
Poverty Law
,
Public Interest Law
,
Employee Benefits
,
Employment Practice
Type: Article

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Veterans Legal Clinic,
Legal Services Center
122 Boylston St

617-390-2734