The Equal Justice Coalition is managed by its Legislative Committee, comprised of staff and attorney representatives from the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Boston Bar Association, and Massachusetts legal services programs, as well as other attorneys in private practice.
John J. Carroll, Jr., Chair
Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow
John Carroll has led the Equal Justice Coalition since July 2013. John Carroll is a partner at Meehan, Boyle, Black and Bogdanow. He is a graduate of Boston College (1968) and Boston University Law School (1974). Between college and law school, John served on active duty as a Naval officer. From 1976-1977, he worked for South Dakota Legal Services, providing legal assistance to the Pine Ridge and Rosebud Sioux Reservations. He has been a member of the Massachusetts Bar since 1974, and became a member of the South Dakota bar in 1976 while living there. In the late 1970’s, Mr. Carroll spent two more years in Legal Services (Merrimack Valley Legal Services) and then two years as an in-house counsel for an insurance company. In 1980, he joined Parker, Coulter, Daley and White, an insurance defense firm. In 1985, he left to join the firm then known as Meehan, Boyle and Cohen. He has been there ever since. While practicing law and raising a family consumed much of his time, Mr. Carroll continued to be active in associations which provide legal representation to those most in need. Over the years he handled pro bono cases for the Boston Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project and volunteered for the Catholic Lawyer’s Guild at the St. Francis House. He has been on the Board of Directors of Greater Boston Legal Services since 1996. He has been actively involved in the Massachusetts Bar Association since that time. Mr. Carroll has served on the Judicial Administrative Council (Chair 1997-1998), Individual Rights and Responsibility Council (Chair 1989-1999), and the Massachusetts Bar Association Superior Court Case Flow Management Task Force (Chair 2001-2002). In addition, Mr. Carroll has been involved in the Massachusetts Bar Association Bench Bar Committee (Chair 2003) and the Massachusetts Bar Association House of Delegates from 2003-2008. From 2001-2007, Mr. Carroll served as a Hearings Officer at the Board of Bar Overseers and from 2002-2008 served on the Board of Governors of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. In 2008, Mr. Carroll received the Massachusetts Bar Foundation’s President’s Award. In 2010, he became the MBA’s representative on the Equal Justice Coalition and has been the Chair of the EJC since 2013. In 2012, he was appointed to a six year term as a lawyer member of the Commission of Judicial Conduct. He has been named a “Super Lawyer” for several consecutive years by Boston Magazine.
Deb Silva, Director
Deb Silva joined the EJC as the Director in December 2012. Before coming to the EJC, she served as the legislative director of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and the director of public policy at the AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, providing her with broad familiarity with the field of civil legal services and with underserved populations in Massachusetts. She brings extensive experience with legislative and budget advocacy to her work as the Director of the Equal Justice Coalition.