State Income Tax Clinic & Youth Justice Education Clinic
Jacob Hade has demonstrated great commitment to public interest legal work through his hard work in multiple clinics and causes. He participated in not one, but two of the LSJLC clinics this year, the State Income Tax Clinic and the Youth Justice Education Clinic (YJEC). In YJEC, Jacob’s fierce advocacy to ensure school stability for one of his clients—filing complaints to assert the client’s right to remain in his school of origin and for the school to respect his gender identity—will soon culminate in the client’s high school graduation. For another client, Jacob filed a due process complaint against the school district for violating the student’s rights. After negotiating with the school district to ensure that the client received compensatory education, Jacob then filed further complaints to ensure that she was receiving proper learning materials during Covid-19 distance learning. Jacob is also participating in YJEC’s Education Policy Practicum, where he is actively engaged with the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Equity Coalition, a statewide coalition advocating for equity in school funding in California.
Jacob is in his second semester with the State Income Tax Clinic where, in addition to being a great advocate, he also volunteers for difficult cases at the last minute. At the beginning of this semester, for example, he took over a case from a departing student and filed a well-researched brief in a couple of weeks’ time. He also presented a last-minute oral argument before the Office of Tax Appeals that required him to master 60 exhibits and complicated tax issues, and argued so well that even his opposing counsel commended him for a great job. Always rising above and beyond the call of duty, Jacob excels in all his advocacy work and demonstrates an exceptionally caring attitude toward his clients while doing it.