Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation Applauds New Report Calling for Additional State Funding for Civil Legal Aid Services

The need in Massachusetts is great; even with increased funding, demand goes unmet

BOSTON, October 15, 2014―The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) today praised a new report by the Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts finding that most low-income Massachusetts residents who need assistance with civil legal aid matters are unable to obtain it. Read more

Offering No Increase, House Ways & Means Committee Proposes $13 Million in Funding for Civil Legal Aid in Fiscal Year 2015

BOSTON (April 9, 2014) – The House Ways & Means Committee recommended $13 million for civil legal aid funding in their Fiscal Year 2015 budget issued today. Read more

Statement by Lonnie A. Powers, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation on Efforts to Reduce Domestic Violence in Massachusetts

BOSTON, April 3, 2014 — “We are heartened by the efforts of state leaders to strengthen the systems we have in place in Massachusetts to assist victims of domestic violence. Read more

New report Shows Civil Legal Aid Generates Millions in New Revenue and Cost Savings for Massachusetts

BOSTON, January 23, 2014 – Massachusetts civil aid programs generated an estimated $29 million in new revenue and cost savings for the Commonwealth in the fiscal year that ended at the end of June 2013, according to a new report by the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC). Read more

MLAC Lauds Governor Patrick’s Recommendation to Increase Funding for Civil Legal Aid

BOSTON (January 22, 2014) – Governor Deval Patrick recommended an increase in funding of $1 million today for civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Massachusetts. Read more

MLAC Congratulates Recipients of 2013 Top Women of Law Awards

 

BOSTON (October 31, 2013) – The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation is pleased to congratulate five civil legal aid attorneys who received the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly “Top Women of Law” award at a reception held today.

Three attorneys from MLAC-funded civil legal aid organizations were recognized by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly as “Top Women of the Law:” Monica Halas of Greater Boston Legal Services, Linda Landry of Disability Law Center and Barbara Mitchell of Community Legal Services and Counseling Center. Nnena E. J. Odim of Harvard Law School’s Legal Services Center and Veronica Serrato of the Volunteer Lawyers Project were also honored. The lawyers were selected for their inspiring contributions to social justice and advocacy.

The honorees and their civil legal aid colleagues across Massachusetts help low-income clients who come to them with critical problems like eviction, child custody conflicts and domestic violence. There has been increased demand for legal services from the poor in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. More than 970,000 Massachusetts residents now earn less than 125 percent of the federal poverty level and are eligible for free civil legal aid, an increase of almost 170,000 since 2008.

“MLAC applauds Monica, Linda, Barbara, Nnena and Veronica for receiving this well-deserved honor,” said Lonnie Powers, MLAC’s executive director. “Being recognized as top women in law is a testament to their hard work and dedication to ensuring that everyone has equal access to justice at a time when the need has never been greater.”

For a complete list of the 2013 Top Women of Law, visit www.masslawyersweekly.com/top-women-of-law.

ABOUT MLAC

The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation was established by the legislature 30 years ago to ensure that low-income people with critical, non-criminal legal problems would have access to legal information, advice and representation. It is the largest funding source for civil legal aid programs in Massachusetts.