Among the many public service endeavors of Harvard Law School graduates, one lasting institution stands out: Appleseed. Recent Harvard Law School students may have seen the Appleseed conference room, on the fourth floor of Wasserstein Hall and wondered, what’s the Appleseed Foundation?
Appleseed is a network of 17 public interest justice centers in the United States and Mexico, with a national headquarters in Washington, DC. At the 35th reunion for the Class of 1958, Ralph Nader, Ed Levin, Ralph Petersberger, Bert Pogrebin and other distinguished lawyers asked how they could make a lasting difference. They didn’t do a day of service or make a huge reunion donation to the law school; rather, they decided to create a foundation whose mission would be to create other local institutions that would address systematic injustices…in short, to spread the seeds of justice, much as Johnny Appleseed planted apple orchards throughout the Ohio River Valley, Midwest and Canada. Continue reading “What Every Harvard Law School Student Should Know About Appleseed”