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MLAC seeks ARPA funding for Civil Legal Aid

The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation seeks Senate inclusion of $18.2m in American Rescue Plan Act funding for four legal initiatives to remedy problems that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated for low-income people across the Commonwealth. Please ask your senator to co-sponsor Sen. DiDomenico’s MLAC Amendment #257! The Housing and Eviction Representation proposal would continue to use federal COVID relief […]

MLAC Applauds $35M for civil legal aid in Senate Ways & Means Budget

$6M increase recognizes severe Impact of pandemic on low-income people BOSTON, May 11, 2021 – Today, the Senate Ways and Means Committee presented its Fiscal Year 2022 budget, including $35 million to fund civil legal aid through the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, line item 0321-1600. That is a $6 million increase over FY21. “We are […]

MLAC praises $6M increase for civil legal aid in House Ways & Means Budget

Impact of pandemic on low-income people heightens urgency of civil legal aid BOSTON, April 14, 2021 – Today, the House Ways and Means Committee presented its Fiscal Year 2022 budget, including $35 million to fund civil legal aid through the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, line item 0321-1600. That is a $6 million increase over FY21. […]

Civil Legal Aid Needs Rise Due to Pandemic Impacts

Altered Landscape Fuels Push for $6 Mil State Aid Bump The state’s largest funder of civil legal aid services is asking lawmakers to increase state funding by 20 percent in the fiscal 2022 budget to help fund services for low-income residents facing legal issues in areas like housing, employment, education, and government benefits. Lawmakers and […]

MLAC’s response to Governor’s Budget

Urges legislature to provide $35M for civil legal aid in FY22 BOSTON, January 27, 2021 – Today, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker released his FY22 budget with a recommendation to fund civil legal aid at $29 million, the same amount of funding it received in the FY21 budget. “I am grateful to Gov. Baker for his […]

Four law firms and UMass Law win awards for legal aid advocacy

EJC recognizes exceptional participation at Walk to the Hill The Equal Justice coalition has recognized four law firms and UMass Law School for their outstanding participation in the 2020 Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid. The award winners are: Morgan Lewis: Highest Participation Award Liberty Mutual: Exceptional Support Fitch Law Partners: Nancy King […]

Gov. Baker Approves $29M for Civil Legal Aid Funding

$5M increase boosts aid for people harmed in COVID’s wake Governor Charlie Baker has signed the FY21 Budget of the Commonwealth, allocating $29 million for civil legal aid through the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation – a $5 million increase over the prior fiscal year. “I applaud and thank Governor Baker for recognizing the urgent need […]