Report to the Governor and the General Court – Fiscal Year 2021
FY21 Report to the Governor and the General Court [PDF]
After each fiscal year, MLAC provides a report to the Governor and the Massachusetts Legislature that describes MLAC and the work of the organizations that it funds.
Voices of MLAC
Voices of MLAC
In his Access to Justice Fellowship with the Equal Justice Coalition, former EJC Chair John Carroll interviewed leadership, staff, and other stakeholders in the Massachusetts legal services community. From these interviews, and using other historical resources, John authored a collection of narratives, tracing the origins of civil legal aid in Massachusetts and detailing the vital services provided by the 14 programs funded by the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (a co-founding member of the EJC).
Boston Bar Association Report
In 2014, the Boston Bar Association’s Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal aid in Massachusetts produced the report Investing in Justice: A Roadmap to Cost-Effective Funding of Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts. This study, the result of comprehensive analysis of civil legal aid’s impact on the state, found that every dollar invested in civil legal aid returns between two and five dollars to the state and its residents. Read the full report to learn more about how lack of access to civil legal aid affects low-income people, the courts, and the state’s economy. Economic analysis performed by independent and nationally known economic consulting firms The Analysis Group, Alvarez & Marsal, and NERA.
Information Booklets on Class Action Residuals
The Massachusetts IOLTA Committee published these three information booklets in spring 2011 to raise awareness of a Supreme Judicial Court amendment that identifies the IOLTA Committee and legal services programs as appropriate beneficiaries of class action residual funds. For more information, please contact Jayne Tyrrell, Executive Director of the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee 617-723-9093 or jtyrrell@MAIOLTA.org.
Documenting the Justice Gap in America
In 2017, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) released The Justice Gap: Measuring the Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-Income Americans, a report that concludes that 86 percent of the civil legal needs problems reported by low-income Americans receive inadequate or no legal help. The report revises and updates the 2005 and 2009 reports. It documents the extent to which current civil legal needs of low-income Americans are not being met, taking into account changes in the civil justice system, including both LSC-funded services and non-federal resources.