HLAB 95th Anniversary Celebration


For ninety-five years the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau has demonstrated a dedication to its original mission of "rendering legal aid and assistance, gratuitously, to all persons or associations who by reason of financial embarrassment or social position, or for any other reason, appear worthy thereof." As the nation's oldest student legal services organization, the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau has created a den for gifted and passionate minds on a quest for social justice - producing exceptional civil servants and shedding light on the inequities in America's legal system. In recognition of both of these, it is with pride and enthusiasm that the Bureau invites you to its 95th Anniversary Celebration to be held on this October 25th in Austin Hall on the campus of Harvard Law School.

The event will commence at 4:30 pm with a panel on Civil Gideon moderated by Michael Greco, Partner at K&L Gates in Boston and former President of the American Bar Association. The panelists will be Anthony Doniger, President of the Boston Bar Association and chair of the Business Litigation department at the Boston law firm of Sugarman, Rogers, Barshk & Cohen; Lonnie Powers, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) since it was established in 1983; and Professor Charles Ogletree, Jesse Climenko Professor of law, Vice Dean of Clinical Programs and Founding and Executive Director of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. 

Following the panel we will honor and celebrate the accomplishments of two unyielding citizen lawyers, Mr. Jerome Shestack and Governor Deval Patrick, as we present each of them with the Bureau's Distinguished Alumni Award. 

Among his many accomplishments, Jerome Shestack has served as President of the American Bar Association (1997-98), Chair of ABA's Standing Committee on Legal Aid, founder of the ABA's Pro Bono Center, President of the International League for Human Rights for 20 years, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, founder of Human Rights First, and a founding member of The Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights. Mr. Shestack is also a nationally renowned trial lawyer who is cited by the National Law Journal as one of the "100 Most Influential Lawyers" in the United States. He is currently of counsel at WolfBlock. 

Deval Patrick became Governor in November of 2006. His life has traced a trajectory from the South Side of Chicago to the U.S. Justice Department, Fortune 500 boardrooms, and now the Massachusetts Statehouse. As the Commonwealth's first African-American Governor, Deval Patrick has governed with a grassroots message of hope, community and hard work. By focusing on transparency and inclusion, he has increased accessibility to government and encouraged the civic engagement so crucial to shared progress in education, health care, economic development and other issues.

Join the Celebration

Saturday, October 25, 2008
4:30pm - 6:30pm
Harvard Law School, Austin Hall
RSVP: Dave Haller dhaller@law.harvard.edu

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