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Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid

Thursday, January 26, 2017 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


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You're Invited to Join Us as We Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid

Each year, hundreds of private attorneys and civil legal aid advocates converge on the Massachusetts State House to demonstrate their support for state funding of civil legal aid.

Walk to the Hill, one of the largest lobby days at the State House, brings legal aid and the private bar together for the cause of equal access to justice for all.

2017 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.  Join us for this important event.

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Contact:

Kristen White
kwhite@bostonbar.org

 

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