Committees of the Third Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission*
Access to Lawyers Committee | Chair: Joel Feldman
The Access to Lawyers committee is tasked with expanding the number of attorneys in the private bar who provide civil legal services to low- and moderate-income individuals. As such, the committee has spearheaded three initiatives: limited assistance representation (LAR), fee-shifting models, and law school incubators and curriculum.
Administrative Justice Committee | Chair: Georgia Katsoulomitis
The Administrative Justice committee addresses access to justice issues within administrative agencies. To address these issues, the committee is divided into three subcommittees: language access, technology, and information/integration sharing between administrative agencies.
Delivery of Legal Services Committee | Co-Chairs: Russell Engler and Sue Finegan
The Delivery of Legal Services committee is involved with strengthening the civil legal services community.
Executive Committee | Co-Chairs: Honorable Geraldine Hines and Sue Finegan
The Executive Committee oversees the work of the other seven committees as well as the Commission itself.
Non-lawyer Roles Committee | Co-Chairs: Honorable Geraldine Hines and Sheila Hubbard
The Non-lawyer Roles committee finds ways to enlarge the number of non-lawyers who provide appropriate assistance to individuals who cannot afford lawyers.
Self-Represented Litigants Committee | Co-Chairs: Jonathan Mannina and Honorable Maureen Monks
The Self-Represented Litigants committee focuses on improving access to justice for individuals involved in litigation who cannot afford lawyers.
Social Service Committee | Co-Chairs: Jacqui Bowman and Sue Marsh
The Social Service committee seeks to understand better how social service workers serve as legal advocates for their clients.
Revenue Enhancement Committee | Chair: Marijane Benner-Browne
The Revenue Enhancement committee finds ways to increase the funding of civil legal aid through innovative projects.
*The Commission developed these eight committees to further its five important strategies:
- Increasing justice by improving the effectiveness of, and the funding for, civil legal services organizations;
- Increasing services provided by private attorneys;
- Improving assistance to unrepresented litigants;
- Improving access to justice beyond the courts, such as in administrative agencies; and
- Exploring the role of non-lawyers in the provision of appropriate civil legal assistance.