The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau commemorated 100 years of service and debated possible avenues for the organization’s future at a conference at Harvard Law School this weekend.
Alums of the HLAB convened in the Law School’s Wasserstein Hall for most of the conference, which encompassed events spanning from a gala dinner and a cocktail party to panels discussing some of the issues within public interest law.
The Bureau is the oldest student-run, non-profit legal aid firm in the nation and provides welfare, family, wage, and housing services in order to combat economic disadvantage and poverty, according to the group’s mission statement. Lerae Kroon, the communications director at the Bureau, said that throughout its history the organization has served as a learning and service institution.
“It was really remarkable at the time that this group of law students from this very privileged school wanted to work on this particular issue,” Kroon said. “I think that’s sort of shaped how we’ve gone forward as an organization, and married the educational aspect…and serving the community itself.”