Class of 2000 Grad, Jeremy Millard Gives Back

From the Fall 2004 issue of Nexus.

Jeremy Millard '00As a new associate just starting his career at Goodwin Procter LLP in Boston, alumnus Jeremy Millard recalls the rewarding summer he spent working at the Faculty's Downtown Legal Services Clinic (DLS). So Millard decided to give back to the clinic. With his generous donation of $10,000, next summer, one extra student will be able to experience the same sense of satisfaction while making a difference in the lives of those less fortunate.

After graduating in 2000, Millard knocked on the door of DLS Acting Director, Mary Misener. "He told me that he wanted to donate part of his salary to help clients whose cases don't qualify for Legal Aid." He also wanted to share with a current law student the professional and personal growth he acquired while working at DLS. Through his donation, that student will gain invaluable exposure to the realities of legal practice and social policy issues. "It is an amazing gesture of goodwill," says Misener. "I just wanted to hug him."

Each year, DLS is swamped with applications for summer jobs. But there's always a glut of qualified applicants who must be turned away. "It becomes a question of which talented candidates we have to let go," Misener explains. "Jeremy's gift means that this year, one more student will be told yes."

It's Millard's hope that his gift will inspire other alumni to follow suit. "Poverty clinics are vitally important in our society but they are few and far between. Hopefully, through lawyers' generosity, their availability will be increased."