MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – February 13, 2020

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE

February 13, 2020

 

Highlights from the January 30th 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 Thursday, January 30, 2020 at the Adams Courthouse. Highlights and key takeaways from the meeting included:

Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) Background and Discussion: Suzanne Schlossberg, Law Clerk to Chief Justice Ralph Gants, provided a framework for court based ODR. April Kuehnhoff, staff attorney from the National Consumer Law Center, presented on court-sponsored ODR in connection with debt collection law suits and her research at the National Consumer Law Center.

Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Housing Committee Update and Plans: Commissioner Esme Caramello provided an update and overview of the Housing Committee. Laura Camara (Southeast Justice Center) presented her preliminary findings from her research into tenant defaults in Housing Court eviction cases, highlighting an area on which the Committee is focused.

Self-Represented Litigants in Land Court Presentation and Discussion: Honorable Robert Foster, Recorder Deborah Patterson, Title Examiner John Harrington, and Sessions Clerk Lia Marino from Land Court presented on issues that self-represented litigant homeowners face in the tax foreclosure session in the Land Court.  A discussion followed the presentation.

The next Access to Justice Commission Meeting is on March 12th, 2020 from 3-5 in the Social Law Library at the Adams Courthouse. We hope to see you there.

Upcoming Boston Bar Association (BBA) Panels

The BBA is hosting a panel, Advocating for Legal Aid Clients Involved in the Criminal Justice System as Defendants, on Monday, February 24, 2020 from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM at the Boston Bar Association (16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA). The Access to Justice Commission is co-sponsoring the event. Event details and registration information can be found here: https://bostonbar.org/membership/events/event-details?ID=30963.

The BBA is hosting another panel discussion, Right to Counsel in Eviction Cases: Fairness, Justice, and Housing Stability on Wednesday, February 26, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM at the Boston Bar Association (16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA). Event details and registration information can be found here: https://bostonbar.org/membership/events/event-details?ID=33829.