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.  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

We are thrilled to announce that Rebecca Donaldson, HLS ’16, has been named the DAG Fund fellow for 2017-2018. Rebecca, who just completed a clerkship with the Hon. Virginia M. Kendall in the Northern District of Illinois, already has impressive experience as a women's rights advocate, having worked with both the National Women's Law Center and the ACLU on issues including sex discrimination, unfair labor practices, housing, and domestic violence


featuring Congressman Joe Kennedy

The David Abraham Grossman Fund for Social Justice hosted its second annual fundraiser on Saturday, November 20, 2017 at Harvard Law School featuring a keynote speech by Congressman Joe Kennedy.