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Gov. Baker Approves $24M for Civil Legal Aid Funding

$3M increase boosts aid for people with housing, employment, family and immigration disputes BOSTON, July 31, 2019— Governor Charlie Baker has signed the FY20 Budget of the Commonwealth, which includes $24 million for civil legal aid through the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation—a $3 million increase over FY19. Lynne Parker, executive director of MLAC, praised the […]

MLAC Backs Senate Amendment to Increase Civil Legal Aid Funding

Media contact: Michelle Deakin 617-391-5627 mdeakin@mlac.org   UPDATE: On May 22, the Senate adopted the amendment by a vote of 39-0. That increases the MLAC appropriation in the Senate budget to $24 million. Sens. Creem and Eldridge file amendment to Senate budget for $2M funding increase BOSTON, May 9, 2019—Massachusetts Senate Majority Leader Cynthia Creem […]

House approves additional $1 million for Civil Legal Aid

With amendment, total appropriation for MLAC rises to $23.5M BOSTON, April 25, 2019—The Massachusetts House of Representatives yesterday approved an amendment to its fiscal 2020 budget to add an additional $1 million to fund civil legal aid. That increases the funding for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation in the House budget to $23.5 million. “On […]

Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corp. Backs Amendment to Increase Funding for Civil Legal Aid

Media contact: Michelle Deakin 617-391-5627 mdeakin@mlac.org Rep. Ruth Balser files amendment to House Ways & Means budget for $1.5M funding increase BOSTON, April 12, 2019—Massachusetts Rep. Ruth Balser has filed an amendment to increase civil legal aid funding by $1.5 million, for total funding of $24 million in the House budget. The House Ways and […]

New MLAC Leader Talks the Legal Aid ‘Walk’

For attorney Lynne Parker, the 20th Annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid on Jan. 24 at the Massachusetts State House will be her first as the new executive director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC). But Parker is no stranger to the world of legal aid, having worked more than three […]

Civil legal aid saves money and is right thing to do

By Justine A. Dunlap Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) is seeking $26 million in fiscal year 2020 to provide legal services. Fully funding the MLAC request is more than an issue of justice—it is also a very cost-effective expenditure. Read more…

Chief Justice Margaret Marshall headlines Captains’ Breakfast kick-off event for Walk to the Hill 2019

Leaders from Massachusetts law firms and law schools gathered at the offices of Ropes & Gray this morning for the Equal Justice Coalition’s “Captains’ Breakfast”– an annual event in the EJC’s legislative budget campaign that sparks the legal community’s advocacy for civil legal aid. Participants celebrated past successes, heard from legal aid advocates, and discussed […]