Updates

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – JANUARY 31, 2019

MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE
January 31, 2019
 

Highlights from the January 24th 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 24th, 2019 at the Adams Courthouse. Highlights and key takeaways from the meeting included:

  • Introduction and Welcome: We celebrated the great enthusiasm for and participation in the annual Walk to the Hill event in support of civil legal aid funding.
  • MassProBono Website Redesign: Barbara Siegel and David Spinosa of Volunteer Lawyers Project demonstrated the new MassProBono website, which has been redesigned with ...
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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – January 22, 2019

Upcoming ATJ Commission Meeting: Thursday, January 24 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the Social Law Library at the Adams Courthouse in Boston

 

Overview of Agenda:

  • Update on MassProBono Website Redesign by Barbara Siegel, Volunteer Lawyers Project
  • Update onEcosystem Working Group / Technology Innovation grant (TIG) Award Announcement by Rochelle Hahn, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute
  • Spotlight on Housing, with Update by Commissioners Esme Caramello and Joel Feldman, and Presentation by Stefanie Balandis, Northeast Legal Aid and Erika Hernandez, Lawrence Community Work
  • Update on Trial Court Access to Justice Initiatives by Maura Kelly, Massachusetts Trial Court

 

Walk to the Hill: Thursday, January 24th, from 11:00am - 1:00pm at the Statehouse

 

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MA ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION UPDATE – December 21, 2018

Highlights from the December 13th 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, December 13th, 2018 at the Adams Courthouse. Highlights and key takeaways from the meeting included:

 

  • Introduction and Welcome: We welcomed new Commissioner Sandra Gant.

 

  • Updates
    • Lynne Parker, new Executive Director of MLAC, provided an update on state funding – the ask in 2019 will be $26 million and the annual Walk to the Hill  is scheduled for January 24, 2019. We hope you will join many of us for this ...
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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

 

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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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