January 16, 2020

Upcoming MA ATJ Commission Meeting Thursday, January 30 from 3-5 pm

in the Social Law Library at the Adams Courthouse in Boston


Agenda items include:

  • Online Dispute Resolution Background and Discussion
  • Self-Represented Litigants in Land Court Presentation and Discussion
  • Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Housing Committee Update and Plans

We look forward to seeing you there.


Upcoming Programs of Interest


Access to Justice Fellows Program Information Session

Monday, January 27th, 2020

12:30-1:30 pm at the Boston Bar Association

Calling Massachusetts-based attorneys who are retiring or thinking about winding down their practice! Do you want to take on a meaningful pro bono project in retirement, partnering with one of many amazing area nonprofits or legal services organizations? You may be interested in becoming an Access to Justice Fellow! Learn more about the Fellows Program at a free information session on Monday, January 27, at the Boston Bar Association. A panel of five Fellows will speak about their first-hand experiences in the program and prospective Fellows will have the opportunity to chat with current Fellows and staff.  You can view the invitation and rsvp here:


Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries

Webinar: February 11, 2020

WebJunction will hold a free webinar on February 11, 2020, entitled Civil Legal Justice: The Crucial Role of Libraries, where participants will learn about the status of civil legal justice in our system, the vital role public libraries can play in reducing the justice gap, and about the live, multi-week course to be offered in April, which takes a deeper look at supporting people to navigate the complexities of the legal system. Register now so you don’t miss it!


This webinar is part of Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice through Public Libraries, a national training initiative for public library staff  offered by OCLC’s WebJunction and the nonprofit organization Legal Services Corporation (LSC) to help strengthen access to civil legal justice.


Barriers to civil legal justice disproportionately affect low-income people in the U.S., creating the justice gap—the divide between the civil legal needs of low-income people and the resources to meet those needs. Though legal issues can be intimidating for library staff, public libraries are well positioned to help reduce this justice gap by providing more access points to legal information and services.