Promoting innovative partnerships between lawyers and community organizations

In honor of Harvard Law School Professor David Grossman’s memory as a mentor, teacher, and advocate for the poor, the David Abraham Grossman Fund for Social Justice works to promote social justice by fostering innovative partnerships between lawyers and community organizations. The Fund supports fellowships and grants that enable law students and young lawyers to engage in and to develop law and organizing partnerships and new approaches to fighting poverty.

The fund is managed as a dedicated fund at Harvard Law School that is set aside to create new fellowships and grants that enable lawyers to work with community organizations toward positive social change. Every $55,000 raised by the David Abraham Grossman Fund will be able to support an additional fellowship.  The Fund’s goal is to raise $1 million in order to permanently endow a fellowship.

The DAG Fund supports work in the following areas:

  • Fellowships for lawyers and community organizers to work at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau toward community organization-lawyer partnerships

  • Fellowships for Harvard Law School graduates to work in community organization-lawyer partnerships

  • Grants for Harvard Law School students to create partnerships between law students, lawyers, and community organizations

Alex Milvae awarded DAG Fund Fellowship


We are thrilled to announce that Alex Milvae, HLS ’19, has been named the DAG Fund fellow for 2019-2020. Alex will work in the Asian Outreach Unit at Greater Boston Legal Services. As a Fellow, Alex will seek to expand AOU’s innovative, community based model of lawyering to the growing Chinese immigrant communities in Malden and Quincy. Prior to law school, Alex spent four years teaching and studying in mainland China and Taiwan, where he gained fluency in Mandarin Chinese. With his fellowship, Alex will be able to support community partners and grassroots organizations in the fight to ensure that Boston’s exurbs are welcoming, supportive and thriving places for immigrant communities.

Alex has spent his time in law school focused on community lawyering and direct client representation. During his two years at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Alex represented low-income tenants and homeowners facing eviction and foreclosure with a particular emphasis on collaboration with community based organizations. Congratulations Alex!

Joey Michalakes '16 awarded inaugural DAG Fund Fellowship

Joseph (Joey) Michalakes will spend his fellowship term in the housing and employment units in Greater Boston Legal Services, where he will work in tandem with other staff attorneys as well as community organizations to develop strategies for combating displacement in gentrifying neighborhoods in Greater Boston, both through direct representation in eviction defense and affirmative employment litigation and community legal education.  At HLS, Joey served for two years as a student attorney at the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB), where he worked primarily in the Housing and Wage & Hour practice groups.  His casework chiefly involved representing tenants in no-fault and for-cause eviction proceedings in Boston Housing Court and low-wage workers who had been unlawfully deprived of regular wages or overtime in affirmative lawsuits.  Joey also served for a year on the HLAB Board as its Outreach Director, in which capacity he helped expand HLAB’s longtime partnership with housing justice organization City Life/Vida Urbana (CLVU) to its emergent East Boston site and also developed community partnerships with area immigration legal services organizations so that HLAB’s Family Practice could begin working on cases involving Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) adjudications in Probate and Family Court.  During law school, Joey also served as a student attorney and Immigration Services director with the Harvard Immigration Project (HIP), where he worked on green card and derivative asylum applications on behalf of immigrants recently granted asylum in the United States.  He also worked at the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinic (HIRC) his 1L Summer as the Cleary Gottlieb Fellow, and the American Civil Liberties Union Immigrants’ Rights Project (IRP) as an intern during his 2L summer.  Joey holds an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard College and an M.A. in Teaching from Cardinal Strich University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Between college and law school, Joey worked as a bilingual third grade teacher in Milwaukee through Teach for America.