Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid

Please join the Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, Equal Justice Coalition and more than 500 attorneys on Wednesday, January 30th for one of the largest lobby days at the Massachusetts State House. Our goal is to urge lawmakers to protect state funding for programs that provide civil legal aid to low-income Massachusetts residents.

Here is a schedule of events:

11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Registration (State House - Great Hall)

11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. - Speaking program featuring Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court Roderick L. Ireland, Boston Bar Association President James D. Smeallie, Massachusetts Bar Association President Robert L. Holloway, Jr and Daniele Bien-Aime, a former legal aid client.

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. - Legislative visits and lunch. Attorneys will visit their legislators and ask them to increase funding for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation line item (MLAC, 0321-1600) by $3.5 million to $15.5 million in the FY14 budget. MLAC is the largest funder of civil legal aid in Massachusetts.

Need more info before you walk? For prepared talking points, click here. For an MLAC fact sheet, click here.

If you are tweeting follow @Bostonbar and @equaljusticema and use the hash tag #boostcivillegalaid for the latest updates.

If you’re an attorney and you would like to participate, click here to find your law firm’s team and contact your team captain. For new lawyers and solo & small firm attorneys, the BBA will be hosting a meet up at 16 Beacon Street at 10:15. For more information, click here.

Please allow adequate time to get through security at the State House.