BY THE RECORD
HL Central, Inc., the student-run corporation founded in 2000, has assumed the management of the Lincoln’s Inn Society and the property located at 44 Follen Street, known to the law school student body as Lincoln’s Inn.
The Lincoln’s Inn Society was founded in 1907 and has called the property at 44 Follen Street its home since 1947. In recent years the Lincoln’s Inn Society has had limited membership and the student-run Board of Governors has been challenged with maintaining the property, which dates to the 1860’s. The Inn closed its doors for the 2006-2007 school year while the Governors evaluated the future of the Lincoln’s Inn Society.
“Our priority was keeping the Inn alive, and ensuring that it remains a functional student activities space for Harvard Law School students. As the other major student-run independent corporation at Harvard Law, HL Central is perfectly situated to take over management of the Inn,” said Brandon Douglass, the outgoing president of the Lincoln’s Inn Society. “We are confident that under HL Central’s corporate structure and management team the Inn will remain a student fixture for the next hundred years.”
“The Lincoln’s Inn is one of oldest and most well-known student-run institutions at Harvard Law School and we are thrilled that HL Central is going to be able to keep its memory and traditions alive” said T.J. Duane ’02, HL Central’s Founder and President.
HL Central plans to begin substantial renovations of 44 Follen Street this summer, with a goal of re-opening the new space during the next school year. Duane suggested major improvements are in the works: “We plan to modernize the Inn and provide meeting and activity space for all students and student organizations.”
In addition, the Inn will provide a permanent home for HL Central. “HL Central has grown substantially in the last seven years and with a 23 member executive board and over 50 active student members, it is important that the organization has a permanent home near the Harvard Law School,” noted incoming HL Central Executive Director Elizabeth Russo. “We are pleased that we will be able to utilize the new space for this purpose.”