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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 […]

Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation Announces Retirement of Executive Director Lonnie Powers

Media Contact: Catherine Rizos 617-391-5627 crizos@mlac.org BOSTON (October 27, 2017) – The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) announces that its executive director, Lonnie A. Powers, who has led the organization since its founding, will retire in August 2018. MLAC, created by the state legislature in 1983, is the largest funding source for civil legal aid […]

Free Civil Legal Services Available for Massachusetts Crime Victims

BOSTON (October 11, 2017)—The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) announces today that it has received a two-year, $8 million grant from the Office for Victim Assistance (MOVA) to increase access to civil legal services for victims of violent and economic crimes in Massachusetts. Victims of crime are often left with significant legal needs beyond those […]