Job Opening for a Fellow Position in the Federal Tax Clinic at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School

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The tax clinic where I am working as a visiting professor has announced a job opening for a fellow. A fellow is generally someone who has graduated from law school within the past three years.  The fellow would work with me to represent the clients of the clinic, to work with the students, and to assist in clinic administration.  Resumes and cover letters need to go through the Harvard web site indicated in this link.

I do not have anything else of note to say about the position that is not covered in the announcement but would like to take this opportunity to talk a little bit about the Legal Services Center or LSC.  It began in 1979 as the brainchild of Gary Bellow and Jeanne Charn, see here and here.  I knew little about it before I came as a visitor, but find it to be an impressive collection of lawyers and students seeking to assist the community.  LSC is located in the Jamaica Plain section of Boston about five miles from the law school.  While Jamaica Plain is gentrifying rapidly, nearby communities are not.  In eight years working at Villanova in a neighborhood of incredible wealth, I had one client come as an unannounced walk in.  At LSC it happens almost every week.  The casual neighborhood feel to the law practice provides a great environment for a practice aimed at assisting the community.

There are five clinics that make up LSC – a veterans and benefits clinic; a housing clinic; a domestic violence clinic; a consumer law clinic (which recently received a huge grant to expand its practice regarding predatory student loans); and now a tax clinic.  On Friday, we had a staff retreat at the conclusion of which we had a kickball game.  Not having played kickball for over 50 years, I am spending the weekend nursing my sore muscles and wondering why I thought someone eligible for social security should be playing kickball.  But I loved it and love the welcome I have received from the LSC community.

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