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Community Legal Services and Counseling Center: A Hub for Justice and Healing

By John Carroll In the words of Executive Director Mojdeh Rohani, the aim of Community Legal Services and Counseling Center (CLSACC) is simply “to respect and uphold human dignity.” It does this by providing free civil legal aid and affordable psychological counseling to low-income people so that they may meet their most basic needs for […]

MLAC Praises Senate for Including Additional Funding for Civil Legal Aid in FY18 Budget

MLAC Praises Senate for Including Additional Funding for Civil Legal Aid in FY18 Budget BOSTON, May 25, 2017 – The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) expresses its gratitude to the State Senate for approving $20 million in funding for civil legal aid in its FY18 Budget passed today. This additional funding was possible thanks to […]

Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corp. Will Request Additional Funding From Senate

BOSTON, May 16, 2017―Today, the Senate Ways & Means Committee recommended funding civil legal aid in the Commonwealth at the same level as last year—$18 million. Given the depth of unmet need for civil legal aid services among people living in poverty, the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) will continue to advocate for an additional […]

Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corp. Thanks House Ways & Means Committee for Budget Recommendation for Civil Legal Aid

BOSTON, April 12, 2017―On Monday, the House Ways & Means Committee recommended $19.5 million for civil legal aid funding in its Fiscal Year 2018 budget. This is a $1.5 million increase over FY17. “We’re incredibly pleased that the House Ways & Means Committee recognizes the role that civil legal aid funding plays in promoting equal […]

The Law, Lawyers, And The Courts: The First Line Of Defense Against Donald Trump

(This post was first published on WGBH News.) by Lonnie Powers There has seldom been a time when the wisdom of John Adams’s separation of powers among the three branches of government has been more obvious. The doctrine was a crucial innovation of the Massachusetts Constitution and was incorporated into the United States Constitution. The […]

Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation Statement on Proposed Cuts to Federal Legal Aid Funding

BOSTON, March 16, 2017—The proposed budget by President Donald Trump, released this morning by the White House Office of Management and Budget, would eliminate funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) and several other federal programs that provide vital safety net services to low-income people here in Massachusetts and across the United States. Lonnie Powers, […]

Prepare To Dig In To Preserve Civil Legal Aid

By Lonnie Powers We don’t quite know what to expect from the federal government in the weeks and months ahead in terms of support for civil legal aid. For decades, support for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), the nonprofit that administers federal funding to legal aid programs across the country, has been seen as a […]

Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation Board of Directors Welcomes Two New Members

McIntyre, Vitale Appointed by Supreme Judicial Court BOSTON, December 22, 2016 – The board of directors of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC), the Commonwealth’s primary funding source for civil legal aid, is pleased to welcome two new members, Edward W. McIntyre and Richard L. Vitali, who were recently appointed by the Supreme Judicial Court. Edward […]