For Immediate Release                                         
May 19, 2014

Contact:  Jonathan Schreiber
Legislative & Public Policy Manager 
(617) 778-1922

A Legislative Action Alert from the Boston Bar Association

Dear BBA Member:

We are asking for your help in urging your Senator to sponsor an amendment that would increase the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) fiscal year 2015 budget line item (0321-1600) from $13 million to $17 million. MLAC is the primary funding source for many of the civil legal aid organizations in the state.

The Senate Ways & Means Committee has allocated only $13 million for MLAC -- $4 million less than MLAC's fiscal year 2015 request. Senators William Brownsberger and Cynthia Creem will be filing an amendment (#107) this week to increase this line item to $17 million in the final Senate budget.

Please call or email your state senator TODAY and ask him or her to do two things:

  1. Co-sponsor Senator Brownsberger's and Senator Creem's amendment to increase MLAC funding levels to $17 million.
  2. Contact Senate President Therese Murray and Senate Ways & Means Chair Brewer and specifically convey his or her support for this amendment.

Look up your state senator here. For some additional helpful information about MLAC, click here.

Thank you for all that you do to support access to justice for all in the Commonwealth.

The Boston Bar Association is a non-profit, voluntary membership organization of 11,000 attorneys drawn from private practice, corporations, government agencies, legal aid organizations, the courts, and law schools. It traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, the lawyer who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the second president of the United States.