MA Access to Justice Commission Update – December 12, 2019


December 12, 2019


Highlights from the December 3rd Meeting of the ATJ Commission

Thank you to the Commissioners and guests who joined us for the most recent meeting of the MA ATJ Commission on Tuesday, December 3, 2019 at the Adams Courthouse. Highlights and key takeaways from the meeting included:

Justice For All Consumer Debt Pilot Project and Ongoing Work: Matthew Brooks (Greater Boston Legal Services) presented on the outcomes and lessons learned from the Justice For All Consumer Debt Pilot Project. A Consumer Debt Pilot Summary Report can be found here: Commissioner Benjamin Golden and Ariel Clemmer (Hampden County Bar Association), co-chairs of the Consumer Debt Working Group, updated the Commission on the Working Group’s first meeting and its plans for the future.

Access to Attorneys and Fee Shifting Discussion: Commissioners Jonathan Mannina and Joel Feldman discussed the role of fee shifting practices, particularly in the housing context, on increasing access to legal services.

Justice For All Housing Pilot Project: Stefanie Balandis (Northeast Legal Aid), Julia Mason (Northeast Legal Aid), and Erika Hernandez (Lawrence Community Works) presented on outcomes and lessons learned from the Justice For All Housing Pilot Project. A Housing Pilot Summary Report is forthcoming.


The next Access to Justice Commission Meeting is on January 30th, 2020 from 3-5 in the Social Law Library at the Adams Courthouse. We hope to see you there.