Updates

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  • In April, Massachusetts repealed the "Family Cap" rule that limited assistance to children born to ...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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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – April 2, 2019

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
April 2, 2019
 

 

Highlights from the March 14th 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, March 14th, 2019 at the Adams Courthouse. Highlights and key takeaways from the meeting included:

 

  • Snap Gap Bill Update: Patricia Baker of Mass Law Reform Institute presented on recent efforts to close the SNAP Gap in Massachusetts and move toward a common application for needs-based benefits.  The "SNAP Gap" represents the difference between the number of low-income residents receiving MassHealth who are likely SNAP eligible but are not receiving benefits ...
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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – December 6, 2018

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
December 6, 2018

Upcoming ATJ Commission Meeting: Thursday, December 13 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Social Law Library at the Adams Courthouse in Boston

Overview of Agenda:

  • Update on Trial Court Access to Justice Initiatives by Commissioner Judge Dina Fein and Maura Kelly
  • Spotlight on Consumer Debt, with Presentations/Discussions by Commissioner Tony Owens and Matt Brooks, Commissioner Erika Rickard and Ben Golden, and Commissioner Joel Feldman
  • Technology Innovation Grant (TIG) Award Announcement by Rochelle Hahn

Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Welcomes New Members

The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has issued a press release announcing the appointment of eight new ...
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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – November 1, 2018

Highlights from the October 11th 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, October 11th, 2018 at the Adams Courthouse. Highlights and key takeaways from the meeting included:

  • Introduction and Welcome to New Commissioners: We welcomed new Commissioners Elizabeth Ennen, Judge Richard McMahon, Clerk Magistrate Anthony Owens, Susan Nagl, Sandra Gant, Esme Caramello, Mary Ryan, Richard Johnston, and Jennifer Miller.
  • Update on Housing Court Expansion Project: Annette Duke of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute provided updates on the Massachusetts housing court expansion, which ...
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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – October 9, 2018

Dear friends and colleagues,

The first Access to Justice Commission meeting of the 2018/2019 year is just a few days away.  We hope that many of you will be able to join us for the meeting this Thursday, October 11th, at 3:00 pm in the Social Law Library at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston. In preparation for the meeting and/or in the event that you are not able to attend, below are a few updates that may interest you.

 

In local news,

 

Access to Justice Commission 2018 Annual Report:  In August the Commission published its 2018 Annual Report, a copy of which ...
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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – October 4, 2018

 

Upcoming ATJ Commission Meeting  Thursday, October 11 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Social Law Library at the Adams Courthouse in Boston

 

Overview of Agenda:

  • Introduction and Welcome to New Commissioners by Commissioners Chief Justice Ralph Gants and Susan Finegan, Co-Chairs
  • Update on Housing Court Expansion Project by Chief Justice Sullivan and Annette Duke
  • Administrative Justice Committee Report and Discussion by Commissioner Georgia Katsoulomitis and the Executive Committee
  • Update on Pro Bono Initiatives by Commissioner Elizabeth Ennen and Barbara Siegel
  • Communications Discussion by Commissioners Chief Justice Ralph Gants and Susan Finegan, Co-Chairs

 

Also, please note, we invite you to join us immediately following ...
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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – June 28, 2018

Highlights from the June 14th 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, June 14, 2018 at the Adams Courthouse. Highlights and key takeaways from the meeting included:

 

·         Courthouse cell phone policy: The Commission has formed a committee led by Commissioner Jeff Catalano and co-chaired by Judge Chernoff (ret.) of the Superior Court to investigate the origins and impact of the Trial Court's cell phone policy and explore alternative approaches.  Judge Cohen (ret.) of the Appeals Court will also consult on the project. The work will be informed by Appleseed's ...
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