The Boston Bar Association is pleased to announce it will present the John G. Brooks Legal Services Award to Harvard Law School’s Professor Daniel Nagin during its annual Law Day Dinner on Thursday, May 12.
Prof. Nagin is the Vice Dean for Experiential and Clinical Education and serves as the Faculty Director of the WilmerHale Legal Services Center & Veterans Legal Clinic at Harvard Law School.
The John G. Brooks Legal Services Award was established to recognize professional legal services attorneys for their outstanding work on behalf of indigent clients in greater Boston, and Prof. Nagin’s work has embodied the spirit of the award, on both the local and national level.
In 2012, Prof. Nagin founded the Veterans Legal Clinic, where students gain hands-on experience while representing veterans and the families of veterans who would not have access to legal representation otherwise. Prof. Nagin has also written articles and sat on panels discussing legal issues of particular concern to veterans, including access to benefits. Most recently, Prof. Nagin started the Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC) at the Legal Services Center, supported in part by the Boston Bar Foundation.
Prof. Nagin has been an active member and currently co-chairs the BBA’s Active Duty Military, Family Members & Veterans Committee. He has also planned a number of pro bono trainings to assist veterans with discharge appeals and to support the pro bono panel of the new LITC.
Prior to his work in Massachusetts, Prof. Nagin founded and directed a public benefits clinic at the University of Virginia School of Law and taught in the clinical program at the Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. Prof. Nagin has also directed a social service and legal advocacy program for homeless New Yorkers living with HIV and AIDS.
“I am deeply honored to receive the John G. Brooks Legal Services Award. I have the good fortune to work every day with so many wonderful people in the legal services community,” Prof. Nagin said. “I am continually inspired by these incredible colleagues—and by the clients on whose behalf we advocate. I share this award with everyone who seeks justice for the indigent.”