Walk to the Hill with Team BBA

Each year hundreds of lawyers Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid, making it one of the biggest lobbying events of the year in Massachusetts. Oftentimes, attorneys will walk with groups of attorneys from their firms and law offices. But what if you are a solo or small firm attorney or recently graduated law school? The BBA’s New Lawyers Section and Solo & Small Firm Section has you covered. The Sections are co-hosting a Walk to the Hill Meet Up Breakfast at the BBA at 10:00AM on 1/30. Get helpful tips for talking to your legislator about legal aid funding from the Equal Justice Coalition here.

We asked the organizers of this year’s group, attorney Michael Sugar and Kate Swartz (Torres, Scammon & Day) for some more info. Here’s what they had to say about why you should attend:


Michael: Legal aid is an important lifeline for many and the Walk to the Hill is a great way to encourage the legislature to increase the budget to make up for the decrease in funding from IOLTA and other sources.  The meet up is also a good way for attorneys who are not part of medium or large firms to participate in the Walk to the Hill and make connections with other lawyers that are interested in legal aid issues.   

Kate: It’s important for attorneys in our community to learn more about the need for funding for legal aid and the important role legal aid plays in our community. Participants will get a chance to hear from various speakers, including the presidents of the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations, the Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick Ireland and a client who has been helped by civil legal aid, about the critical role that civil legal aid plays in ensuring equal access to justice.