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MLAC Statement on Local Impact of Proposed Cuts to Federal Legal Aid Funding

BOSTON, February 13, 2018—On Monday, President Donald Trump released his budget for Fiscal Year 2019, which calls for elimination of 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. LSC provides funding to civil legal aid programs […]

Northeast Legal Aid Finds New Ways to Serve Low-Income Clients

By John Carroll In the early days of President Johnson’s War on Poverty in the 1960s, lawyers in the Office of Economic Opportunity, which oversaw much of the initiative, funded programs that filed lawsuits seeking to address systemic economic problems. For example, a 1970 class action lawsuit (Goldberg v. Kelly) made the practice of terminating […]

Ministering To Puerto Rico’s Pain: Civil Legal Aid Lawyers Assisting Those Seeking Mass. Refuge

This post first appeared on WGBH News. By Lonnie Powers and Jacquelynne Bowman Five months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the situation on the island remains dire, and states throughout the nation have welcomed Puerto Rican refugees—who are U.S. citizens—to the mainland. Here in Massachusetts, several thousand Puerto Ricans have sought refuge with friends and relatives, mostly in Springfield, New Bedford, Worcester, and Boston. Massachusetts public schools have already enrolled approximately 2,000 […]

Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation Statement on Gov. Baker’s Budget Recommendation

BOSTON, January 24, 2018―Today, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker released his FY2019 budget with a recommendation to fund civil legal aid at $18.18 million, an increase of $180,000 over FY2018. Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation Executive Director Lonnie Powers released the following statement: “We are pleased with Gov. Baker’s recognition of the role civil legal aid funding […]

MetroWest Legal Services: Fighting for Equal Justice for Over 40 Years

By John Carroll The service area of MetroWest Legal Services (MWLS) encompasses the soon-to-be-city of Framingham (town residents voted to transition to city status as of Jan. 1, 2018) and 44 surrounding towns west of Boston. Despite a staff of just 22—including 15 full-time attorneys, the organization assists over 2,500 low-income people a year in […]

How civil legal aid assists older adults

This post was first published on Huffington Post. By Lonnie Powers The president of the United States is a 71-year-old reality TV star. One of his fiercest critics is the acid-tongued Rep. Maxine Waters, age 79. At age 81, public radio host Diane Rehm married a 78-year-old. At a relatively youthful 68, rock god Bruce Springsteen’s […]