On March 29, 2012, the Board of Directors adopted a new Strategic Plan, which can be found here. The three-phase plan contains 11 goals in the categories of Financial Planning and Resource Development, Service Delivery Quality and Impact, Staff Leadership Transitions and Development, and Board Leadership Development. It was developed over the course of two years by a Strategic Planning Committee chaired by Board member Martha Koster.
The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) was established by the Commonwealth in 1983 to ensure that low-income people with critical non-criminal legal problems would have access to legal information, advice and representation.
MLAC is the largest funding source for civil legal aid programs in Massachusetts. MLAC also provides leadership and support for the continued improvement of legal aid to low-income people statewide through its Initiatives.
View a timeline of MLAC accomplishments from 1983-2008.
Here is a video MLAC produced for the 2009 Annual Meeting that provides an overview of the delivery of civil legal aid in Massachusetts.
About Civil Legal Aid
Unlike criminal defendants, low-income people with civil legal problems, involving issues such as child custody, domestic violence, housing, health care, employment, government benefits and elder issues, are not eligible for court-appointed attorneys. They rely on the availability of limited legal aid programs; this is often the only way in which basic human needs for health, safety and housing can be met.
If you are a lawyer or advocate on behalf of low-income Massachusetts residents, visit MassLegalServices.org for legal information on benefits, employment, family law, immigration, CORI, and more.
If you are a resident looking for civil legal services in your area or practical information about your legal rights, please visit MassLegalHelp.org.