Updates

Access to Justice Update, July 12, 2017

MA ATJ Commission Seeking Part-Time Consultant

Following the departure of valued consultant Gerry Singsen, the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission is seeking a new part-time consultant to oversee the activities of the Commission. Working closely with the Commission’s Co-Chairs, the consultant will ensure that the Commission will continue to have a meaningful impact on the administration of justice in the state, and beyond. Specifically, the consultant will provide strategic guidance on access to justice issues, manage the Commission’s day-to-day activities, and provide insights into the civil legal aid aspect of the Commission’s work. A detailed position description and application instructions are available Read More

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The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission (Commission) is seeking a part-time consultant to oversee the activities of the Commission, working closely with the Commission’s Co-Chairs. The 30-member Commission, appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, is charged with providing leadership, vision and coordination in the search for “equal justice for all persons in the Commonwealth.” In its twelve-year history, the Commission has often been at the forefront of developing and nurturing innovative access to justice projects. The consultant will ensure that the Commission will continue to have a meaningful impact on the administration of justice in the state, and beyond.

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Gerry Singsen Retirement

Farewell Presentation to Gerry Singsen

At the May 23, 2017 meeting of the Access to Justice Commission, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants, Associate Justice and Commission Co-Chair Geraldine Hines, and Commission Co-Chair Susan M. Finegan, Esq. presented Antone G. "Gerry" Singsen with a special Access to Justice Award in recognition of Gerry's longtime service as a consultant to the Access to Justice Commission and his many years of leadership in improving access to justice in Massachusetts.

Antone "Gerry" Singsen (seated), surrounded by Chief Justice Gants, Sue Finegan, former Access to Justice Commission Co-Chair David Rosenberg, Justice Hines, and former ...
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Access to Justice Update, June 21,2017

 

Access to Justice Fellows Program End of Year Reception on Thursday, June 29

Please join us for the end-of-the-year reception for the Access to Justice Fellows Program at Mintz Levin, 1 Financial Center, Boston, MA next Thursday, June 29th at 5:00-6:30 p.m. (see details below).  The keynote speaker will be Chief Justice Ralph Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

The Access to Justice Fellows program is an initiative of the Access to Justice Commission and the Lawyers Clearinghouse, pairing retired lawyers and judges with a nonprofit, court, or legal services agency for 10-20 volunteer hours/week for an academic year.  Five years ...
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Access to Justice Update, June 5, 2017

ACCESS TO JUSTICE UPDATE, JUNE 5, 2017

 

Last Commission Meeting of the 2016-2017 Year on June 13, 2017 at 3:00PM

The last meeting of the Access to Justice Commission will take place in the Social Law Library on the fourth floor of the Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Plaza, Boston. The meeting begins at 3:00PM and is open to the public. The meeting will consist of a discussion on the civil right to counsel, an update on the Justice For All project, and several other updates and announcements.  Please note that this is the last Commission meeting for Co-Chair Justice Hines and is ...
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Access To Justice Update: April 13, 2017 — Special Survey Edition

THE 2017 MASSACHUSETTS JUSTICE FOR ALL PROJECT ISSUES A SURVEY
This Update seeks your ideas and participation in the Access to Justice Commission's Justice for All Project. The Project is funded by a special grant which seeks nothing less than to develop a plan that ultimately provides 100 percent access to effective assistance for essential civil legal needs. The survey is found at https://goo.gl/forms/NSTnFdULFQSCAf3P2  You can go there right now and offer your thoughts.
Or you can read more about the Project here, including opportunities to join in meetings to discuss housing law and family law in Springfield on April 28, ...
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Access to Justice Update – February 24, 2017

Next Commission Meeting March 23, 2017
The next meeting of the Access to Justice Commission will take place in the Social Law Library at the Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Plaza, Boston. The meeting begins at 3:00 and is open to the public.
 
Civil Appeals Pro Bono Clinic: Training and Reception March 2:
The Civil Appeals Pro Bono Clinic, a state-wide pro bono program located at the Massachusetts Appeals Court that provides legal assistance to low income self-represented litigants with appeals, is holding a training and reception on Thursday, March 2nd at the Supreme Judicial Court Second Floor Conference Suite.  The Clinic is operated ...
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Access to Justice Update – January 20, 2017

MAURA KELLY HIRED AS TRIAL COURT SENIOR MANAGER FOR ACCESS TO JUSTICE    
Hon. Dina Fein, long the Special Advisor to the Trial Court on Access to Justice initiatives, announced at yesterday's meeting of the Access to Justice Commission that The Trial Court has hired Maura Kelly for the position of Senior Manager for Access to Justice. Kelly comes to the Court from a position as Assistant Dean for Northeastern's Co-op Program. She will start in February. I

ACCESS TO JUSTICE HAS A FULL AGENDA
   If the projects discussed at the Commission meeting all come to fruition, Maura will be extremely busy.
    Judge Fein described to ...
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Late Breaking Access to Justice News – January 18, 2017

BOSTON MAYOR PROPOSES RIGHT TO COUNSEL IN  EVICTIONS.
Nearly a decade after a task force produced "Gideon's New Trumpet" calling for a right to counsel in eviction cases, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has taken the idea to heart and proposed a right to counsel as part of a package of legislation he will submit to the legislature  next week.  The Mayor announced on Friday that he was proposing a package of measures to improve tenants' ability to retain possession of affordable housing units. The details of the bills are yet to be made available, but the Committee for Public Counsel Services ...
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Access to Justice Update – January 9, 2017

COMMISSION'S NEXT MEETING JANUARY 19, 2017.
The next meeting of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission will convene at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January19, 2017, in the Social Law Library on the fourth floor of the John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Plaza, Boston.  Other meetings are scheduled for March 23, May 23 and June 13. All meetings are open to the public.
The agenda for the meeting is still being prepared. Among the topics likely to be considered are the first steps that have been taken under the $l00,000 Justice for All planning grant, continuation of the legislative campaign to extend housing ...
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