Updates

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – January 16, 2020

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
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 ...
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MA Access to Justice Commission Update – December 12, 2019

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
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: http://www.massa2j.org/a2j/?page_id=9. Commissioner Benjamin Golden and Ariel ...
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MA Access to Justice Commission Update – November 25, 2019

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
November 25, 2019
 

Upcoming ATJ Commission Meeting Tuesday, December 3 from 3-5 pm in the Social Law Library at the Adams Courthouse in Boston

Agenda items include:

  • Justice For All Consumer Debt Pilot Project and Lessons Learned
  • Justice For All Housing Pilot and Lessons Learned
  • Consumer Debt Working Group Updates
  • Housing Working Group Updates
  • Access to Attorneys and Fee Shifting Discussion

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Where a Lawyer Makes All the Difference – And Only One Side Has One: Adjartey and the Urgent Need for Court Reform and a Right to Counsel in Eviction Cases

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MA Access to Justice Commission Update – November 1, 2019

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
November 1, 2019
 

Highlights from the October 22nd 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, October 22, 2019 at the Adams Courthouse. Highlights and key takeaways from the meeting included:

  • Cellphone Policy Update: Judge Cynthia Cohen, Judge Paul Chernoff, Commissioner Jeff Catalano, and Jeff Morrow (Massachusetts Trial Court Director of Security) provided a positive update on the Cell Phone Policy Committee’s progress in implementing the recommendations included in the report issued by the Committee in May 2019. The ...
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MA Access to Justice Commission Update – October 16, 2019

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
October 16, 2019
 
Upcoming ATJ Commission Meeting Tuesday, October 22 from 3-5 pm in the Social Law Library at the Adams Courthouse in Boston
Agenda items include:

  • Cell Phone Policy Update
  • Presentation and Discussion of the Right to Counsel Principles
  • Virtual Court Service Center Presentation
  • Justice For All Consumer Debt Pilot Updates and Lessons Learned

We look forward to seeing you there ...
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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – September 24, 2019

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATES
September 24, 2019
 

The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission is pleased to announce two new appointments and share our 2018-2019 Annual Report.

 

The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission is pleased to announce two new appointments:

Attorneys Laura Gal and Benjamin Golden join as new members of the Commission. Attorney Gal is the Supervisory Attorney for Family Law at Northeast Legal Aid and served as the Commission's consultant from September 2017 through June 2019. She has also worked as a staff attorney in the Family Law Unit and the Benefits Unit at Community Legal Aid, and in the Family ...
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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – August 12, 2019

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
August 12, 2019
The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission announces the following three appointments.

Superior Court Judge Valerie Yarashus and Attorney J. D. Smeallie join as new members of the Commission. Before her appointment to the bench in October 2018, Judge Yarashus was a principal at Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C. She has also served as a president of both the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. Attorney J.D. Smeallie is a litigation partner at Holland & Knight. He is a former President of the Boston Bar Association and will serve ...
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MA Access to Justice Commission Update – May 29, 2019

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
May 29, 2019
 

 

Highlights from the May 23rd 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, May 23rd, 2019 at the Adams Courthouse. Highlights and key takeaways from the meeting included:

 

  • Updates
  • RTC Housing: On May 16, 2019 Mass Lawyers Weekly published an editorial endorsing a right to counsel  in eviction cases.
  • SNAP Gap: The Senate has included a $1 million line item in its budget to pilot  coordinated dual MassHealth/SNAP enrollment.
  • In April, Massachusetts repealed the "Family Cap" rule that limited assistance to children born to ...
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MA Access to Justice Commission Update – May 16, 2019

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
May 16, 2019
 
Upcoming ATJ Commission Meeting Thursday, May 23 from 3-5pm in the Social Law Library at the Adams Courthouse in Boston
Some items on the agenda include:
· Courthouse Cell Phone Policy Working Group Presentation and Discussion
· Probate and Family Court Reform Update and Discussion
· Small Claims Rules Reform Update
· Commission Goals for Next Year Discussion and Closing Remarks
 
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MA Access to Justice Commission Hiring Full-Time Director

The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission is hiring a full-time Director.  The position is funded by the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC).  The Director will be a salaried employee of MLAC working closely with the Commission Co-Chairs on a range of activities from strategic planning to day-to-day management of the Commission’s activities.   Please see the job description linked here for more information.  This is an exciting opportunity for the Commission and for attorneys interested in systemic change with the goal of improving access to justice for all ...
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