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Walk to the Hill Breakfast at the BBA

Thursday, January 28, 2016 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


Description:

Walk to the Hill with the BBA.  Join up with the New Lawyers, Boston Law School teams, and the Solo & Small Firms Section for a networking breakfast before walking over to the State House as a group.  Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid is one of the largest lobbying events held at the Massachusetts State House.  This annual event is critical to obtaining funding for civil legal services.

2016 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 in October 2014, we now know more about the justice gap than ever 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. 

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Schedule of Events
:
10:00 a.m.—  Meet at Boston Bar Association for Breakfast and Discourse
11 to 11:30 a.m. — Walk over to State House and Register
11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. — Speaking program
12:00 to 1:00 pm —  Legislative visits and lunch

 

Contact:

Katherine D'Angelo Manter
kdangelo@bostonbar.org

 

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