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Expanding Access to Justice by Engaging Senior Fellows

Monday, March 11, 2013 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


Last fall, the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission launched an innovative program pairing senior attorneys with non-profit and legal service organizations.  Seven distinguished lawyers who have retired or are transitioning into retirement were selected by the Commission to serve as Access to Justice Fellows in a statewide pilot project providing critical legal assistance to underserved populations.  The Commission is currently recruiting for next year's Fellowship class.

In this session, Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice and Co-Chair of the Access to Justice Commission, Hon. Ralph D. Gants, will talk about the program's purpose.  We will also hear first-hand experiences from some of the inaugural Fellows and one of the legal aid agencies that is hosting an Access to Justice Fellow.

Hon. Ralph D. Gants, Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice and Co-Chair of the Access to Justice Commission
• Bill Patton, Ropes and Gray, Fellow with Volunteer Lawyers Project
• Martha Koster, Mintz Levin, Fellow with The Political Asylum/Immigration Representation Project (PAIR)
• Hon. Patrick Fox, District Court Judge (retired), Fellow with Dismas House, Lutheran Social Services of New England, and groups seeking to establish a lawyer for the day program in Worcester District Court
Richard Soden, Goodwin Procter, Fellow with the Lawyers Clearinghouse
Sarah Ignatius, Executive Director of PAIR



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