Updates

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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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE May 30, 2018

ts from the May 17th 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 17, 2018 at the Adams Courthouse. Highlights and key takeaways from the meeting included:

  • Recap of the 2018 Access to Justice Commission Co-chairs Conference: This year's conference took place on May 12th in San Diego, immediately following the ABA's Equal Justice Conference in the same city.  Chief Justice Gants sat on two panels, one addressing civil legal needs of criminal defendants and the other discussing Justice for All efforts ...
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MA Access to Justice Commission Update – April 18, 2018

Highlights from March 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 Thursday, March 22, 2018 at the Adams Courthouse. Highlights and key takeaways from the meeting included:

  • Legal Services Corporation Funding Update: the recent $1.3 trillion spending bill passed by Congress and signed by the White House included $410 million for LSC, most of which will go to field grants
  • Trial Court Cell Phone Policy presentation: Representatives from the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law provided an overview of the cell phone restrictions ...
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MA Access to Justice Commission Update, March 21, 2017

Upcoming ATJ Commission Meeting Thursday, March 22 from 3-5pm in the Social Law Library at the Adams Courthouse in Boston

Overview of Agenda:

  • Trial Court Access to Justice initiative update on court forms;
  • Justice For All update on proposed pilot projects;
  • Trial Court Cell Phone Policy presentation by the Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law, with discussion to follow;  and
  • Administrative Justice Committee update.

For reference, we attached the JFA Implementation Grant Proposal Summary which will be discussed at the meeting. Also attached is the most recent Legal Resources Finder Report, which includes an analysis of the site's impact through December 2017.

The remaining schedule of ATJ Commission meetings for 2017-2018 is as follows:

 

 

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