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Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid

Thursday, January 29, 2015 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


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Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid

2015 is a very important year for civil legal aid.  Following "Investing in Justice," the report of the BBA Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts, we now know more about the justice gap than every before.  We know that nearly 2/3 of eligible individuals are turned away from legal aid services for essential life necessities such as shelter or protection from an abuser due to lack of providers.  This results in an untold amount of individual hardships and a glut of pro se litigants, straining the courts and hindering access to justice.  In addition, our society must bear the costs of police, shelter, and medical services arising as a result.

"Investing in Justice" demonstrates that funding civil legal aid will result in substantial cost savings for the Commonwealth.  The report calls for a $30 million increase in legal aid funding over the next three years.  This year, the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation will be requestiing $25 million for legal services, a $10 million increase over last year's budget.

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Contact:

Jonathan Schreiber
jschreiber@bostonbar.org

 

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