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Harvard Law SchoolHow We Help

We provide multifaceted representation to domestic violence survivors in an effort to increase their personal safety through abuse prevention orders and other safety planning tools.  We also try to improve the financial security of individuals and families affected by domestic violence, by maximizing the financial resources of a custodial parent and his or her family.

Apply for Assistance

Clients are referred to the Clinic through its referral partners. There is no formal application process.

Eligibility

To be eligible for legal assistance from the Clinic, you must be referred by one of our partners.  Our client population is prioritized by domestic violence victims and survivors.

Commonly Asked Questions

Questions coming soon… stay tuned!

Team Overview

Nnena E. J. Odim is the Associate Director of the Family/DV Law Practice Unit at the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School.  In addition, Ms. Odim manages the legal end of the Passageway Health-Law Collaborative (PHLC), an innovative health-law collaboration with the Brigham and Women’s Hospital which provides comprehensive direct legal services to low-to moderate-income victims and survivors of domestic violence in the areas of family law, estate and permanency planning, and benefits. Ms. Odim is a 1997 graduate of the Northeastern School of Law and a former clinical student at the Legal Services Center.

Marianna Yang joined the Legal Services Center in December 2019. Since 2002, Marianna has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in various fields including MassTorts (MDL) Litigation, litigation involving Class A railroad companies, and most recently, in Child Welfare and Domestic Relations litigation. She serves as a panel member in the CPCS Child and Family Law Division Trial Panel and the Appellate Panel. She is also a trained mediator and a member of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council.

Legal Disclaimer

This website is neither a solicitation nor an offer to represent you concerning any legal problem. The information conveyed on this website is not legal advice and is not intended to and does not create an attorney-client relationship between you and our law firm or any attorney with our firm.  Please be s aware that unsolicited letters,  emails, and faxes do not create an attorney-client relationship, and you should not send any confidential information to us unless and until you and our firm enter into a formal agreement establishing an attorney-client relationship.

Contact Information

If you are part of the population that we serve and have questions about how to receive a referral from one of our referral partners, please call Nnena Odim at 617-390-2586 or email nodim@law.harvard.edu.

Additional Resources

  • Domestic Violence SafeLink          1-877-785-2020 (24-hour hotline)
  • Jane Doe, Inc.                                   www.janedoe.org
  • Futures Without Violence              www.futureswithoutviolence.org
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