In wake of COVID, demand for legal aid surges Today the Senate Ways and Means Committee presented its Fiscal Year 2021 budget, including $29 million to fund civil legal aid through the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation 0321-1600 – a $5 million increase over FY 20. “This funding increase is vital, and we thank Senate President […]
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 5, 2020 Contact: Michelle Deakin firstname.lastname@example.org MLAC applauds $29M for Civil Legal Aid in House Ways and Means Budget In COVID’s wake, grateful for funding needed more than ever, says Lynne Parker BOSTON, November 5, 2020 — Today the House Ways and Means Committee presented its Fiscal Year 2021 budget, including […]
This piece was published by Commonwealth Magazine on September 10, 2020 Susan Finegan and Lynne Parker THE COVID-19 CRISIS has come at Massachusetts in waves: a public health emergency, an economic collapse, a widening of racial disparities, and now, an overwhelming need for legal help. In response, the Commonwealth must fully support the essential work […]
Right to counsel should be guaranteed in non-criminal cases involving basic human needs like food, shelter, employment, health care and physical safety. In the throes of the Great Recession a decade ago, I stood in a cramped courtroom at Boston Housing Court next to my client, a single mom of two from Dorchester, Massachusetts. For […]
Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants joined hundreds of attorneys, law students and others last week in calling for increased state funding for civil legal aid to vulnerable low income Massachusetts residents in need at the annual Walk to the Hill at the Massachusetts State House. “The good news is that the legislature […]
Advocates request $29 million to expand access to representation in FY21 Kenda Cluff, a client of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, speaks at Walk to the Hill. Photo Credit: Elbert John Tenants are fighting evictions in the midst of a housing crisis. Veterans are battling war-time injuries and legal issues. And a growing senior population […]
At 21st annual Walk to the Hill, hundreds of attorneys to advocate for $29M for Civil Legal Aid BOSTON (January 23, 2020) – Chief Justice Ralph Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, bar association leaders, and law students will join hundreds of private attorneys from more than 36 law firms at the Massachusetts State […]
BOSTON, January 22, 2020 – Today, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker released his FY2021 budget with a recommendation to fund civil legal aid at $24 million, the same amount of funding it received in FY20. “We are pleased Gov. Baker recognizes the vital role civil legal aid plays in promoting equal access to justice for low-income […]
Awards recognize exceptional participation in Walk to the Hill BOSTON, January 9, 2020 – The Equal Justice Coalition has recognized four law firms and UMass Law School for their outstanding participation in the 2019 Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid. The award winners are: – Morgan Lewis: Highest Participation Award – Ropes & […]
Nobody wants to think about lawyers amid their New Year’s revelry and resolutions, but odds are good you’ll need legal help at some point during 2020. If you get arrested and hauled into court, you have the right to a lawyer even if you cannot pay for one. Clarence Earl Gideon’s handwritten appeal to the […]