The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation supports the initatives below to help legal aid programs expand funding, develop best practices and more effectively serve low-income people.
• The Equal Justice Coalition was created by the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association and MLAC to protect the state appropriation for civil legal aid.
• The Diversity Coalition improves services to low-income clients by building cultural competence among legal aid staff and addressing other diversity-related issues within Massachusetts legal aid community
• The Bart Gordon Fellowship helps legal aid programs overcome barriers to service by providing funding to hire recent law school graduates equipped to reach out to underserved communities.
• The Racial Justice Fellowship addresses pervasive problems of racial injustice through systemic advocacy and other strategies.
• The Central Technology Project seeks to standardize technology for MLAC- and Legal Services Corporation-funded legal aid programs in Massachusetts.
• The Greater Boston Immigrant Defense Fund, a partnership between the City of Boston, the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and MLAC, supports legal aid and community programs that provide legal representation and education to immigrants facing deportation.