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Expanding Access to Justice by Engaging Senior Fellows

Monday, February 26, 2018 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


The Access to Justice Fellows Program, a project of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the Lawyers Clearinghouse, enables senior lawyers and retired judges to partner with nonprofit organizations, courts, and other public interest entities to increase equal justice for all.  By matching lawyers who are retired or transitioning toward retirement with groups that need their help, the Fellows Program allows these lawyers to use their specialized skills and experience to do engaging pro bono work, remain active members of the legal community, and help people and groups in need.

Those interested in participating as a Fellow are invited to attend this discussion of the program’s benefits and what to expect during the fellowship year.  Former Fellows will be speaking about their first-hand experiences with the Program and there will be a networking portion for prospective Fellows to chat with current Fellows about the program.

Fellows devote 10-20 hours per week to their projects with their partner organizations, and commit to work for one academic year, from September through June. Volunteers also attend monthly meetings and events for Access to Justice Fellows, held in Boston.

We ask prospective partner organizations to submit project proposals that are aligned with the mission and strategies of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission (core strategies) and/or the Lawyers Clearinghouse (mission). Additionally, we will consider any project that is focused on increasing access to justice for persons in the Commonwealth or that increases a non-profit organization’s capacity to accomplish a social justice mission. Projects may entail litigation, be transactional in nature, involve public policy or advocacy work, or relate to other types of legal tasks. To review past fellowship projects, take a look at the Fellow profiles on our website.



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Cassandra Shavney


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