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Contact: Michael Avitzur
Director of Government Relations

Lawyers Will Walk to the Hill to Make Case for Civil Legal Aid Funding

Lawyers Will Walk to the Hill to Make Case for Civil Legal Aid Funding

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Great Hall, Massachusetts State House

Why: Civil legal aid for children and adults living in poverty is essential to their survival but has been woefully underfunded. Victims of domestic violence, people facing wrongful evictions, people with disabilities trying to secure health and other benefits to which they are entitled, and military families in financial crisis are examples of the types of clients helped by civil legal aid.

So we need your help in explaining to our legislators (and yours in particular) why it is critically important that they increase state funding for civil legal aid via the line item for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation to $15.5 million in the FY 14 budget.

Sponsors: Walk to the Hill is sponsored by the Equal Justice Coalition, the Boston Bar Association, the Massachusetts Bar Association, and is co-sponsored by several county and specialty bar associations throughout Massachusetts.

Agenda: From 11:30 a.m. to 12 Noon, we will hear from Chief Justice Roderick Ireland, BBA President J.D. Smeallie, MBA President Robert L. Holloway, Jr., and a former legal aid client.

At 12 Noon, we will visit legislators serving our home districts, and make the ask for legal aid, one on one.

Are you a Solo & Small Firm Lawyer or a New Lawyer looking for a group to Walk to the Hill with? Click here .

Will you be live tweeting the speaking portion of the program? Please use #boostcivillegalaid

The Boston Bar Association traces its origins to meetings convened by John Adams, who provided pro bono representation to the British soldiers prosecuted for the Boston Massacre and went on to become the nation’s second president. Its mission is to advance the highest standards of excellence for the legal profession, facilitate access to justice, serve the community at large and promote diversity and inclusion.