Records of the Community Legal Assistance Office
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2.5 linear feet (in 6 boxes)
A significant group of records relates to CLAO's handling of both criminal and civil cases, the latter involving primarily housing, governments benefits, and domestic relations. The records in this collection refer also to a diverse range of topics relating to: antipoverty programs, law reform, legal education for the poor, housing and building projects, and community-based municipal government. Particularly, the records focusing on the Cambridge Model Cities project (1967-1968) shed light on the role that the office played in the application process for the Model Cities program fir urban aid planning which was promoted by the Johnson's administration, and its ensuing implementation. There are also records documenting CLAO's contribution to the housing "modernization" program in the cities of Cambridge and Somerville, Massachusetts (1968).
Another significant group of records refer to various issues relating to scholarly debates, course planning, and curriculum development in the areas of poverty law and clinical legal services, especially with reference to the Harvard Conference on Law and Poverty (1967), and the course focusing on "The Provision of Legal Services", based almost entirely on CLAO's cases and experiences, which was presented by John Ferren at the Harvard Law School during the academic year 1969-1970.
The collection also includes several scholarly essays and newspaper articles which trace the history of CLAO and discuss its significance. Writings include essays by Robert H. Adkins, John Ferren, Steven M. Fleischer, A. Van C. Lackton, and an unpublished manuscript by Meldon E. Levine. TEST
- The Harvard Law School grant application for a neighborhood law office in Cambridge, Massachusetts was approved by the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO)
- John M. Ferren, (HLS '62), was appointed Director of the Harvard Law School Neighborhood Law Office Program and Teaching Fellow
- A Proposal by Harvard Law School for a Neighborhood Law Office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, was submitted
- The Community Legal Assistance Office opened in East Cambridge, Massachusetts, with John Ferren serving as Director, and Paul G. Garrity as Chief Staff Attorney
- The City of Cambridge received nearly one-million dollars in Federal grant funds for the Model Cities program
- Conference on Law and Poverty hosted by Harvard Law School
- A. Van C. Lanckton and John C. Cratsley were appointed CLAO's co-Directors
- Governor of Massachusetts John A. Volpe signed two housing bills submitted by CLAO to be enacted into law
- CLAO successfully defeated in Federal Court the one-year residence eligibility requirement of the Massachusetts Public Welfare Department
- CLAO obtained the release of a marine from the Federal Court on a petition for writ of habeas corpus that established a new precedent by enlarging the scope of Marine Corps decisions
- CLAO conducted a legal education teaching program in the high schools of Cambridge, Massachusetts
- A new course titled "Provision of Legal Services", based almost entirely on CLAO's cases and experiences, was presented at the Harvard Law School by John M. Ferren
- CLAO merged with Cambridge Legal Services, founded in 1967, to form the Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services (CASLS)
- Series I. Administrative, 1966-1970 This series contains proposals, memos, correspondence, and reports relating to the creation and operation of CLAO and isarranged in chronological order.
- ___ Subseries A. General 1966-1970
- ___Subseries B. Cambridge Model Cities, 1967-1968
- Series II. Teaching,1969-1970
This is a discrete group of records referring to the course titled "The Provision of Legal Services", based on CLAO'scases and experiences, which was presented at the Harvard Law School during the academic year 1969-1970. It includes case studies, notes, and readings.
- Series III. Writings, 1967-1992
This series include several scholarly essays andnewspaper articles that focused on the history of CLAO, discuss its social and cultural impact, and delve into the concepts of poverty law, and clinical legal services and education.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Records of the Community Legal Assistance Office
- Harvard Law School Library, Cambridge, MA 02138
- EAD ID
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