MLAC Elects New Board Chair, Names New Members

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 board.

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 program.

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