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Health Law and Policy Clinic of the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (WilmerHale Legal Services Center)

  • six clinical students recognized for outstanding work.

    Office of Clinical and Pro Bono programs recognizes six students for outstanding work

    June 3, 2020

    This year, the Harvard Law School Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs has recognized six students from the Class of 2020 for their outstanding clinical and pro bono work.

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    Harvard Law School clinician testifies in support of Massachusetts food and health pilot program

    January 22, 2020

    A team of attorneys from Harvard Law School's Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation testified at a hearing in support of legislation to establish a food and health pilot program in the state of Massachusetts.

  • Portrait of Robert Greenwald seated in an armchair

    A Q&A with Robert Greenwald on ‘getting to zero’ and the success of PEPFAR, 15 years later

    October 22, 2019

    Clinical Professor Robert Greenwald discusses PEPFAR’s impact at home in the United States, policy barriers to "getting to zero," and ways to address the epidemic head-on.

  • Dalia Deak ’19, winner of the David Grossman Clinical Exemplary Student Award (Individual).

    Dalia Deak receives the David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Student Award

    May 21, 2019

    Dalia Deak ’19 is this year’s winner of the individual David Grossman Exemplary Clinical Award, given each year to the student who embodies the pro bono spirit of the late professor and exemplifies putting theory into practice through clinical work.

  • Putting compassion into action

    Putting compassion into action

    April 12, 2019

    On April 5, Harvard Law School's Legal Services Center celebrated its 40th Anniversary of training more than 4,000 attorneys and law students and providing pro bono civil legal services to thousands of Greater Boston’s most vulnerable residents.

  • Photo of building during construction

    Designed for Learning

    January 29, 2019

    Harvard Law School’s newest building opened this fall at 1607 Massachusetts Avenue. Inside, the LEED Gold certified structure continues the school’s commitment to experiential learning, with space suited for clinics and collaborative learning as well as research programs.

  • Experiential and Impactful

    June 28, 2018

    In May 2018, a federal magistrate issued a temporary injunction to prevent the U.S. Department of Education from forcing former students of for-profit Corinthian Colleges

  • Evolving and Adapting: The HLS Clinical Landscape 3

    Evolving and Adapting: The HLS Clinical Landscape

    June 26, 2018

    More than 100 years after students started the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, there are now 40 clinics and Student Practice Organizations at HLS, focused on everything from cyberlaw to veterans’ rights.

  • Health Law and Policy Center launches advocacy campaign for people living with HIV

    September 6, 2016

    The Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School (CHLPI) is undertaking a new advocacy campaign to enforce the health care rights guaranteed by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for people living with HIV and other chronic conditions.

  • Hepatitis Illustration Price of Life

    The Price of Life

    May 4, 2016

    There is now a cure for Hepatitis C. But in some states, Medicaid won’t pay for it until patients become seriously and irrevocably ill. Harvard Law’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation is trying to change that—through research, advocacy and litigation.

  • Harvard Law clinic files amicus brief defending employees’ access to no cost preventive health care

    February 18, 2016

    Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) filed an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Zubik v. Burwell, an Affordable Care Act (ACA) challenge set for argument on March 26. The brief asks the Court to affirm Court of Appeals’ decisions upholding the federal policy of maintaining access to free preventive care, including contraceptive services, in employer-sponsored health plans.

  • Salad Days: Professor Jacob Gersen on the rise of food law

    September 29, 2015

    Harvard Law School Professor Jacob Gersen believes the ever-growing interest in food law is here to stay—and that it, like environmental law and administrative law before it, will eventually go from course-catalog novelty to staple.

  • CHLPI study finds life-threatening barriers in access to breakthrough Hepatitis C drugs

    June 30, 2015

    A team of researchers from Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Brown University's Department of Medicine, Rhode Island’s Miriam Hospital, Treatment Action Group, and Kirby Institute of Australia, has released findings from a nationwide study of Medicaid policies for the treatment of hepatitis C virus (HCV), which affects over 3 million Americans.

  • CHLPI launches campaign to promote federal law and policy reforms for type 2 diabetes

    June 4, 2015

    On May 19, the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) launched a campaign to promote federal law and policy reforms for type 2 diabetes prevention and management as part of CHLPI’s broader, multi-phase Providing Access to Healthy Solutions (PATHS) initiative that first worked to strengthen local and state policy to address diet-related health conditions.

  • Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation wins health insurance pricing changes

    March 20, 2015

    While the health care rights of low-income individuals living with chronic illnesses are under attack by interests seeking to undermine the Affordable Care Act, advocacy by Harvard Law School’s Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) has directly led to one health insurance provider making a significant change to protect its patients.

  • PATHS Clinical Fellows

    HLS report illustrates pervasiveness of Type 2 diabetes epidemic in NJ

    April 17, 2014

    The Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation (CHLPI) recently released an insightful and action-oriented report on the landscape of type 2 diabetes in New Jersey. The report serves as a resource for diabetes advocates and offers detailed policy recommendations for the prevention and management of the disease.

  • Clinic students develop workbook to help navigate Affordable Care Act

    October 24, 2013

    For people living with HIV/AIDS and other chronic health conditions, finding the optimal healthcare plan for their needs is a lot easier, thanks to a new assessment tool created by Clinical Professor Robert Greenwald and others at the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation.

  • HLS Food Law and Policy Clinic co-authors groundbreaking report on food date labeling and food waste

    September 20, 2013

    According to a new report co-authored by Harvard Law School’s Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Natural Resources Defense Council, U.S. consumers and businesses throw out billions of pounds of food every year due to confusion caused by America’s food expiration date labeling practices.

  • Students address critical access to care issues at conference on AIDS

    December 8, 2011

    Students working in the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation launched a new training series at the United States Conference on AIDS in Chicago last month.

  • Daniel Nagin appointed Clinical Professor of Law

    December 5, 2011

    Daniel Nagin, a tireless advocate for low-income communities, will join the Harvard Law School faculty as a Clinical Professor of Law this summer. He will direct community-based lawyering at HLS’s WilmerHale Legal Services Center.

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    Food is the great connector

    November 23, 2011

    On Nov. 14, the Harvard Food Law Society, Environmental Law Society, and the Environmental Law Review hosted the Boston premiere of the PBS special “Heirloom Meals’ Thanksgiving.” The documentary, which aired on PBS stations around the country this week, celebrates how different cultures in America give the holidays their own special flavor.

  • Emily Savner ’13

    Student testifies on health care reform provisions before the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    November 18, 2011

    On November 8, Emily Savner ‘13 of the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation testified at a regional listening session convened by the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The session was convened to elicit comments from individuals and groups about the health services that should be included in the soon-to-be created Essential Health Benefits package mandated through health care reform. Once finalized and implemented by HHS, the Essential Health Benefits package will provide a federally mandated set of health services to millions of currently uninsured Americans through both Medicaid and newly-created subsidized private health insurance plans. 

  • The Delta Force: A collaboration between HLS and local organizations seeks to transform a region

    July 1, 2011

    Where others see entrenched problems, the HLS Mississippi Delta Project—an interdisciplinary effort in the HLS Clinical and Pro Bono Programs—sees opportunity for transformation. Since launching less than three years ago, the project has made strides in improving public health, promoting economic development and assisting children in the Delta.

  • Exit Interviews: A look at seven new graduates and where they’re headed

    June 10, 2011

    In her commencement address to the Class of 2011 on May 26, Dean Martha Minow praised students’ accomplishments at HLS and their vast array of skills and achievements. As they prepared to receive their diplomas, she urged them to cherish their talent for asking good questions: “Indeed, the questions asked by Harvard Law School’s Class of 2011, now and in the future, will define law and leadership in the years to come. Your influence reflects what Harvard Law School is and who you are and who you will become. I simply ask you to use your influence to better your communities and the world,” she said. Here, seven members of the class reflect on influences during their educational journey and how they intend to use their education to influence others.

  • Greenwald receives leadership award from the National Association of People with AIDS (video)

    February 22, 2011

    For the third year in a row, Robert Greenwald, director of Harvard Law School’s Health Law and Policy Clinic, was awarded a Positive Leadership Award from the National Association of People with AIDS.

  • Enforcing Domestic Human Rights

    July 1, 2010

    From filing an emergency guardianship petition in probate court ensuring that the children of a dying mother are raised by the person she chooses, to appealing the denial of a disability claim in federal court for a critically ill client, the Harvard Law School Health Law and Policy Clinic prides itself on taking the toughest cases and working to shape policy to protect some of society’s most vulnerable people.

  • Dorothée Alsentzer ’05 and Robert Greenwald

    Greenwald and Alsentzer recognized for their work helping people living with HIV/AIDS

    June 9, 2010

    In April, Dorothée Alsentzer ‘05, senior clinical fellow at the Health Law and Policy Clinic at Harvard Law School’s WilmerHale Legal Services Center, and Lecturer on law Robert Greenwald, founding director of the clinic, received the Positive Leadership Award from the National Association of People with AIDS, during AIDS Watch, a federal grassroots HIV/AIDS advocacy event held in Washington, D.C.

  • Robert Greenwald and other distinguished members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) meet at the White House.

    Director of Health Law and Policy Clinic Named to White House HIV/AIDS Council

    February 17, 2010

    Robert Greenwald, Managing Director of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center at HLS, was appointed on Feb. 1 to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). PACHA provides advice, information, and recommendations to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the President regarding programs and policies intended to promote effective care, treatment, and prevention of HIV disease, and to advance research on HIV disease and AIDS.

  • Greenwald appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS

    February 3, 2010

    Robert Greenwald, lecturer on law and director of the health law clinic and the LGBT family law clinic at the WilmerHale Legal Services Center, was appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).

  • Jeff Crowley

    National Director of AIDS Policy Speaks on Health Care, Other Issues

    October 13, 2009

    Far more is at risk in the health care reform debates than the well-being of the 47 million Americans who are currently uninsured, according to Jeff Crowley, the White House director of the Office of National AIDS Policy and senior adviser on Disability Policy, who spoke to an engaged crowd of about 60 students and others at HLS Wednesday night.

  • Doctor's Outfit

    Clinical students, staff take part in U.S. Conference on AIDS

    October 2, 2008

    Staff and students from the WilmerHale Legal Services Center’s Health Law Clinic attended this year’s United States Conference on AIDS last month, where they introduced and described their new program to educate the public about the current state of health care law.