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Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization

The Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization (LSO) provides legal representation to individuals and organizations in need of legal services but unable to afford private attorneys. Students, supervised by Law School faculty members and participating attorneys, interview clients, write briefs, prepare witnesses, try cases, negotiate settlements, draft documents, participate in commercial transactions, draft legislation and regulatory proposals, and argue appeals in state and federal courts, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and the Connecticut Supreme Court.

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LSO News:

September 22, 2015

Veterans Legal Services Clinic to Receive Organization Award from Hispanic-American Veterans of Connecticut

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic of Yale Law School will receive the 2015 Organization Award from the Hispanic-American Veterans of Connecticut. 
August 19, 2015

Professor Jean Koh Peters and Susan Bryant to Be Honored by Society of American Law Teachers

The award recognizes Peters and Bryant for their teaching and scholarship on clinical pedagogy. 
July 9, 2015

YLS Clinical Students Represent Immigrant Women and Children Detained in Texas

After traveling to the South Texas immigration detention center earlier this year, Yale Law School clinical students have continued to represent women and children who are seeking asylum while incarcerated in the nation’s largest immigration detention facility. 
June 22, 2015

Vets Clinic Wins Case over Bad Discharges for Vietnam Veterans with PTSD

Vietnam combat veterans who brought a class action lawsuit in federal court have won: the Pentagon has agreed to upgrade each man’s “other-than-honorable” discharge status. 
June 16, 2015

The Eugene and Carol Ludwig Center for Community & Economic Development Provides Aid in New Haven and Beyond

The Ludwig Center continued its advocacy and legal advising for community banks, community organizations, food advocates, and other entities in 2014–2015. 
May 21, 2015

YLS Clinical Students Seek to Reunite Family Following Deportation

Students from the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization at the Yale Law School filed a petition for a writ of habeas corpus in an attempt to return a Connecticut woman back to her home following her deportation to Sicily. 
May 12, 2015

Stop Assaults on Military Campuses—A Commentary by Ashley Anderson ’16 and Elizabeth Deutsch ’16

Ashley Anderson ’16 and Elizabeth Deutsch ’16 are interns with the Veterans Legal Services Clinic. 
May 4, 2015

Clinic Files Lawsuit for Records About Discharge of Veterans with PTSD

Vietnam Veterans of America and the National Veterans Council for Legal Redress filed suit against the Department of Defense and the Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force to compel the release of records regarding their discharge of veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). 
May 1, 2015

WIRAC Clinic Files Lawsuit Against Goodfellas Restaurant in New Haven

Former workers from Goodfellas Restaurant in New Haven filed a federal lawsuit against the restaurant alleging, wage theft, harassment, and racketeering offenses. The lawsuit was filed by the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School.
April 27, 2015

Veterans Clinic, SWAN Deliver Proposed Executive Order Demanding Sex Discrimination Protections at Military Academies

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School representing the Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) delivered a proposed executive order to the White House to demand that the President establish protections against gender discrimination for cadets and midshipmen at West Point, the U.S. Naval Academy, and the U.S. Air Force Academy.  
April 6, 2015

Veterans Clinic Files Nation-Wide Class Action, Challenging Delays in VA Benefits Processing

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of a Marine Corps veteran and thousands of other veterans seeking to compel the Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs to decide initial disability compensation appeals that have been pending more than one year. 
March 23, 2015

Yale Law Clinic Seeks Relief for Homeowners Burdened with Underwater Second Mortgages

The Mortgage Foreclosure Litigation Clinic at Yale Law School, along with the Connecticut Fair Housing Center (CFHC), has filed an Amicus Brief with the Supreme Court of the United States in a case that presents the question of whether wholly underwater second mortgages can be voided in bankruptcy as unsecured liens. 
February 4, 2015

Veterans Clinic Files Suit Against DoD for Failing to Release Records

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School filed a lawsuit on February 3, 2015, with the Service Women’s Action Network, American Civil Liberties Union, and ACLU of Connecticut against the U.S. Department of Defense for violating the Freedom of Information Act.
January 27, 2015

Yale Law School Veterans Clinic Advocates for Marginalized Veteran Populations—A Commentary by Michael Wishnie ’93

Michael J. Wishnie ’93 is the Deputy Dean for Experiential Education and the William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School. This information or any portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or downloaded or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association. 
January 20, 2015

Judge Expands Immigration Bond Hearing Ruling in WIRAC Lawsuit

The Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC) at Yale Law School recently secured another victory when Judge Michael A. Ponsor ‘74 ruled that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) must provide bond hearings to detained immigrants while their deportation hearings are being appealed.
November 19, 2014

Panel Discusses Successes and Failures of International Response in Haiti

Panelists discussed the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and what lessons could be learned from those experiences for future global crisis response at an event at Yale Law School.
November 4, 2014

Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic Receives Award from South Asian Bar Association

The South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut presented its 2014 Community Service Award to the Yale Law School Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic on October 28 in Hartford.
October 2, 2014

YLS Veterans Clinic Wins Major Victory in Adjustment Disorder, Denial of Benefits Case

The Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic won a major victory in the case of a U.S. Veteran wrongly diagnosed with an adjustment disorder and denied benefits.
September 15, 2014

Christopher Sallon QC to Present Seminar Series on The Art & Ethics of Advocacy

Christopher Sallon QC, noted British barrister, will deliver a four-part lecture series at Yale Law School titled "The Art & Ethics of Advocacy."
July 29, 2014

Veterans Legal Services Clinic Files Lawsuit Seeking to End Discrimination Against Military Sex Assault Survivors

 Yale Law School's Veterans Legal Services Clinic files suit against the Department of Veterans Affairs in order to obtain judicial review of the VA's refusal to revise rules that discriminate against survivors of military sexual trauma.
June 9, 2014

Connecticut Enacts Landmark Veterans Employment Law

Yale Law School’s Veterans Legal Services Clinic drafted and advocated for H.B. 5299 on behalf of the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center. 
June 9, 2014

Civil Rights Plaintiffs Settle With East Haven, Secure Groundbreaking Immigration Policy

Civil rights plaintiffs in Chacón v. East Haven Police Department today announced a groundbreaking settlement with the Town of East Haven. 
June 4, 2014

Deported U.S. Veteran Seeks Return to Home and Family

Arnold Giammarco, a U.S. Army veteran deported to Italy nearly two years ago, continues his legal battle to reunite with his wife, five-year-old daughter, and elderly parents in Connecticut. With representation from the Veterans Legal Services Clinic (VLSC) and the Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic (WIRAC) at Yale Law School, Giammarco has submitted a pardon application to the Connecticut Board of Pardons and Paroles (BOPP) and an application for humanitarian parole to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
May 28, 2014

Long-Detained Immigrants in Massachusetts Win Class Action Suit As Judge Orders Bond Hearings

On May 27, 2014, a federal judge ordered that Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) must provide bond hearings to immigrants who have been mandatorily detained for longer than six months in Massachusetts, a population that includes many residents of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.
April 30, 2014

YLS Clinic Represents Veterans Organizations in Discrimination Suit Against VA

The Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN) and Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) jointly filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Wednesday, April 30, 2014, for ignoring a petition on behalf of the thousands of veterans suffering from PTSD related to Military Sexual Trauma (MST) caused by military rape, harassment and/or assault.
March 3, 2014

YLS Clinic Files Nationwide Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Vietnam Veterans with PTSD

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School has filed a nationwide class action lawsuit on behalf of Vietnam Veterans who developed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) during their military service and received an other than honorable discharge.
February 26, 2014

ICE Drops Deportation Cases for Two Connecticut Residents Represented by WIRAC Clinic

Two Connecticut residents represented by clinical students at YLS recently withdrew a lawsuit filed under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) in U.S. District Court as part of a settlement negotiated with Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE).
February 7, 2014

Veterans Legal Services Clinic Assists Purple Heart Recipient Seeking Discharge Upgrade

Earlier this week, a federal judge denied the Army’s effort to have the case of William Dolphin, a disabled Vietnam combat veteran and Purple Heart recipient, thrown out of court. 
January 23, 2014

YLS Clinical Students Featured in Daily Show Segment on Veterans and PTSD

YLS Clinical students are featured on a segment of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart discussing a lawsuit involving Vietnam veterans with PTSD seeking benefits from the VA.
December 30, 2013

New Study Analyzes Military Job Training of Connecticut Veterans

A new report co-authored by the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center and the Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic is believed to be the first in the nation to examine data vital to state veteran employment initiatives. 
November 21, 2013

Veterans Clinic Client Sues Army Over False “Adjustment Disorder” Diagnosis, Denial of Retirement Benefits

In what is believed to be a first-of-its-kind lawsuit, U.S. Army National Guard veteran William Cowles is challenging the illegal denial of his application for medical retirement and asserts that the Army hastily discharged him based on an erroneous diagnosis of adjustment disorder when he should have been medically retired for post-traumatic stress disorder. 
November 12, 2013

Veterans Legal Services Clinic Files Federal Lawsuit on Behalf of Deported U.S. Veteran

Students from the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School filed a lawsuit on behalf of a recently deported U.S. Army veteran battling to return home to his family.

November 7, 2013

Report Prepared by Law School Veterans Clinic Finds VA Discriminates Against Military Sexual Assault Survivors

Report finds that VA Offices Vary Widely in Treatment of Veterans Disability Claims, Male Survivors Face Additional Hurdles. 
November 4, 2013

Veterans Clinic Settles Federal Lawsuit on Behalf of Vietnam Veteran

Disabled Vietnam Veteran and Bronze Star recipient represented by YLS Veterans Clinic wins recognition of Honorable Service
August 28, 2013

Professors Stephen Wizner, Carroll Lucht to Receive Community Advocate Award

JUNTA for Progressive Action, a New Haven-based non-profit serving the Latino and immigrant communities, will honor Professors Stephen Wizner and Carroll Lucht at their 44th Anniversary gala. Wizner and Lucht have served the community through legal work for decades.
August 16, 2013

Veterans Legal Services Clinic, Sen. Richard Blumenthal ’73 call on VA to Grant Equal Rights to Same-Sex Veteran Couples

Students from the Veterans Legal Services Clinic and Senator Richard Blumenthal '73 hold a press conference to call on Veterans Affairs to grant equal rights to same-sex veterans couples.
July 3, 2013

Yale Law School Clinic Represents Veterans in Petition to VA

Yale Law School's Veterans Legal Services Clinic has petitioned the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to create new regulations governing the adjudication of disability claims for veterans who were raped or sexually assaulted in the military.
February 9, 2013

Michael J. Wishnie ’93 to Discuss Resistance and Regeneration in William O. Douglas Inaugural Lecture

Michael J. Wishnie's ’93, will present his inaugural lecture as the William O. Douglas Clinicial Professor of Law Monday, April 8, 2013.
December 3, 2012

Veterans Clinic Files Class Action Lawsuit on Behalf of Vietnam Vets with PTSD Denied Honorable Discharges

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School has filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court on behalf of Vietnam veterans who were denied honorable discharges due to undiagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
November 12, 2012

Bill Written by Veterans Clinic Students Among Those Signed by CT Gov. Malloy in Veterans Day Ceremony at Yale Law School - VIDEO

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy held a ceremonial bill signing at Yale Law School on Veterans Day Monday, Nov. 12, signing among several veterans’ bills one in which Yale Law School students played a major role.
September 27, 2012

New Haven Bar Association Honors Clinical Visiting Lecturer David Rosen ’69 with Lifetime Achievement Award

The New Haven County Bar Association has selected Clinical Visiting Lecturer David Rosen ’69 to receive its 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.
September 13, 2012

U. S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims to Hear Oral Argument at Yale Law School Oct. 2

The U. S. Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims will be sitting at Yale Law School on Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012.
August 20, 2012

Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic Double Award Recipient for Work on Behalf of Latino Community

The Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic at Yale Law School has been honored with awards from LatinoJustice PRLDEF and the Connecticut Hispanic Bar Association for its work on behalf of the Latino community.
May 24, 2012

Fiona Doherty ’99 to Join Law School Faculty in July as Clinical Associate Professor of Law

Fiona Doherty ’99 will join the Yale Law faculty in July 2012 as a Clinical Associate Professor of Law.
May 23, 2012

JUNTA and Yale Law School Release Report on Remittance Practices in New Haven’s Immigrant Community

Junta for Progressive Action and Yale Law School’s Transnational Development Clinic have released a first-of-its kind study of remittance and banking practices among immigrants in New Haven.
View the report
May 11, 2012

Connecticut General Assembly Passes Bill Written by Vets Clinic Students; Troubled Connecticut Veterans Will Receive Treatment Instead of Jail Time

A bill to help state veterans charged with low-level criminal offenses avoid incarceration and get back on the right track has been approved by the Connecticut House and Senate, thanks to the efforts of four members of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic.
April 30, 2012

Haiti, cholera and the U.N.—A Commentary by Jane Chong ’13 and Muneer I. Ahmad

Muneer I. Ahmad is a Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School and Jane Chong ’13 is a J.D. candidate at Yale Law School.
March 28, 2012

Veterans Clinic Assists Vietnam Veterans of America in Obtaining Records That Reveal Hundreds of Illegal Personality Disorder Discharges

The YLS Veterans Legal Services Clinic represented the Vietnam Veterans of America in federal Freedom of Information litigation to obtain records that reveal the military has executed hundreds of illegal Personality Disorder discharges.
February 15, 2012

Landmark Settlement in New Haven Immigration Raid Case a Victory for YLS Worker & Immigrant Rights Clinic Students

Eleven New Haven residents represented by YLS’s Worker & Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic have achieved a landmark settlement in their civil rights lawsuit against the government.
January 10, 2012

Michael Wishnie ’93 Named William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law

Michael Wishnie ’93, a clinical professor of law at Yale Law School and director of the Jerome N. Frank Legal Services Organization, has been named the William O. Douglas Clinical Professor of Law at Yale Law School.
October 13, 2011

Veterans Clinic Representing Navy Veteran Suing for Benefits, Same-Sex Marriage Recognition

The Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School is representing a navy veteran suing for veterans’ benefits she claims were denied because of her same-sex marriage.
April 1, 2011

Transnational Development Clinic to Host Panel Discussion on Street Vendor Rights

On April 7, 2011, the Transnational Development Clinic at Yale Law School will host a panel discussion on the conditions and legal challenges faced by street vendors around the world.
December 17, 2010

Professor Jean Koh Peters to Discuss Dignity, Voice, Story in Jan. 24 Inaugural Lecture

Jean Koh Peters will present her inaugural lecture as the Sol Goldman Clinical Professor of Law on January 24, 2011.
December 14, 2010

CED Clinic Goes to Washington, Uses Local Experience to Find Solutions to the National Foreclosure Crisis

Yale Law School can add the mortgage foreclosure crisis to the long list of critical issues its students have had the opportunity to get involved in.
December 3, 2010

New Report Part of CED Clinic Efforts to Reform the Food System

Students in the Law School’s Community and Economic Development Clinic have drafted a report aimed at helping to reform the United States Farm Bill.
November 24, 2010

YLS Clinic Students Help With Promise to New Haven College Hopefuls

Students in Yale Law School’s Community and Economic Development Clinic played a key role in the development and launch of New Haven Promise, which offers free college tuition to eligible New Haven students.
November 12, 2010

Morris Tyler Moot Court to Hear YLS Clinic Case, Ashcroft v. Al-Kidd, at Finals December 6

The finals of the Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals will be held December 6 in the Yale Law School Auditorium.
October 4, 2010

New YLS Clinic Offers Legal Assistance to Connecticut Veterans

Yale Law School has launched a new clinic to train students to address the needs of Connecticut’s military veterans.
June 30, 2010

Students in Complex Federal Litigation Clinic Win Religious Freedom Case

Students in Yale Law School’s Complex Federal Litigation Clinic claimed victory June 25 in the case, Forde v. Baird.
April 1, 2010

Yale Law Students, Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center, Team Up To Help Haitian Earthquake Refugees

Students from Yale Law School’s clinical programs and attorneys from the Florida Immigrant Advocacy Center recently teamed up to assist more than a dozen Haitian refugees being held indefinitely at a detention center in South Florida.
June 4, 2009

Muneer I. Ahmad Appointed Clinical Professor of Law

Muneer I. Ahmad, professor of law at American University’s Washington College of Law and a specialist in immigration law and international human rights, will join the Yale Law School faculty on July 1, 2009, as a clinical professor of law.
April 28, 2009

YLS students secure $11.5 Million Refinancing for Shaw’s Supermarket Plaza

Yale Law School clinic students played a major role in the revitalization of New Haven's Greater Dwight neighborhood by overseeing the $11.5 million refinancing of the Shaw’s Shopping Center.
January 22, 2009

A Retrospective of Forty Years of Clinical Education at Yale: Liman Colloquium March 5-6

On March 5-6, 2009, the 12th annual Liman Colloquium will celebrate forty years of clinical education at Yale Law School.
April 25, 2008

Clinic Students Argue For Adequate Education To Connecticut Supreme Court

On April 22, Yale Law School’s Education Adequacy Clinic argued before the Connecticut Supreme Court that all Connecticut students have the constitutional right to an adequate education.
March 27, 2007

CED Clinic Provides Website, Other Services to Local Home for Elderly

Yale Law School’s Community and Economic Development Clinic has helped The Hannah Gray Residential Care Home launch a new website and has provided a number of other services to the Home.
December 1, 2006

Professor J. L. Pottenger Honored by Connecticut Voices for Children

Nathan Baker Clinical Professor of Law and Supervising Attorney J. L. Pottenger Jr. ’75 has been honored by Connecticut Voices for Children for his work in developing a partnership between Connecticut Voices and Yale Legislative Services.