The board of directors of the Massachusetts Legal
Assistance Corporation (MLAC), the largest funding source for civil legal aid in
the Commonwealth, elected Rahsaan D. Hall of Stoughton to a two-year term as
board chair. He has served on the MLAC board since April 2009.
The Supreme Judicial Court also appointed Michael D. Badger of Worcester and
Marijane Benner Browne of Sherborn to each serve a five-year term on the MLAC
Hall has been a staff attorney with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights
since 2008. He previously was with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office
for eight years.
Badger is the founder and owner of Badger Legal Group, a management-side
employment litigation and counseling practice based in Central Massachusetts. He
previously was of counsel at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougie LLP.
Badger serves on the Private Bar Fundraising Committee of Community Legal Aid
(organizations formerly known as Legal Assistance Corporation of Central
Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts Legal Services). He received his juris
doctor from American University’s Washington College of Law.
Benner Browne is the director of lateral partner recruiting at Ropes &
Gray LLP, where she is in charge of strategic growth and expansion of the firm
through the addition of senior lawyers. She previously was director of lateral
partner recruiting and integration at Goodwin Procter LLP and a partner at
Bingham McCutchen LLP. At Bingham, she co-headed the firm’s pro bono
Benner Browne was one of the inaugural co-chairs of the Public Service
Committee of the Boston Bar Association, and she serves on the Grants Committee
of the Boston Bar Foundation and the Executive Committee of the Boston Lawyers
Group. She received her juris doctor from Harvard Law School.
MLAC is governed by an 11 member Board of Directors, 10 of whom are appointed
by the Supreme Judicial Court. The 11th is the Chief Justice for Administration
and Management of the Trial Court or that Justice's designee.
The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation was established
by the state legislature in 1983 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. For more information, visit http://www.mlac.org.