Massachusetts (MA) Civil Legal Aid

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Civil Legal Aid Providers Related to This Geographic Area

Casa Myrna (MA) -- Casa Myrna was founded in 1977 by a group of volunteers in Boston’s South End to provide a safe haven for women who were being abused by their husbands and partners.

Catholic Social Services of Fall River (MA) -- Largest provider of social and human services to immigrants in our area. the largest provider of Basic Needs services and the largest provider of residential transitional service beds (scattered) outside of Greater Boston. Founded in 1924.

Committee for Public Counsel Services (Massachusetts) -- Committee overseeing the provision of legal representation to indigent persons in criminal and civil cases and administrative proceedings in which there is a right to counsel.

Community Legal Aid (CLA) (Central and Western Massachusetts) -- Provides free civil legal services to low-income and elderly residents of central and western Massachusetts. Headquartered in Worcester.

Family Advocacy Program (Boston) -- Medical legal partnership with Boston Medical Center.

Organizations (not Providers) Related to This Geographic Area

Selected, incomplete list of organizations that have done something relating to civil legal aid. Listing below does not imply endorsement.

Associated Grant Makers (AGM) (Boston) -- Based in Boston and founded in 1969, AGM is a membership association of philanthropic organizations and individuals with interests in Massachusetts and surrounding areas.

Equal Justice Coalition (EJC) (MA) -- Collaboration created by the Massachusetts Bar Association, Boston Bar Association and the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation committed to ensuring that low-income people have access to the courts when they have a civil legal problem.

Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission (MASSA2J) -- The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission was originally created by an Order of the Supreme Judicial Court in February 2005.

Other Information Sources

Access to Justice Initiative: Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission (MASSA2J)

LSC state grantee profile: LSC-Funded Programs in Massachusetts

National Coalition for a Civil Right to Counsel: Massachusetts

American Bar Association: Resources for people without a lawyer in Massachusetts

Press Clips Covering This Geographic Area

Our view: Equal justice — for those who can afford it
January 28, 2018 | Gloucester Daily Times (MA) | Editorial

How civil legal aid assists older adults
November 29, 2017 | Huffington Post | Lonnie A. Powers | Blog Post

Civil legal aid getting no increase in budget
July 10, 2017 | State House News Service (MA) | News Story

Contrary to editorial, Legal Aid needs additional funds
June 22, 2017 | Telegram & Gazette (Worchester, MA) | John Shea | Letter to Editor

Federal leaders need to know how costly it would be to cut legal aid
June 13, 2017 | Boston Globe | Carol A. Starkey | Letter to Editor

Justice system hangs in the balance
April 4, 2017 | Boston Herald | Rep. Joe Kennedy III | Op-Ed, Speech

Off-the-Books Suspensions May Enable Some Schools to Skirt State Law
February 20, 2017 | NBC Boston | Ally Donnelly | News Story, Video

Massachusetts advocates see more need for legal aid cash under Trump
January 28, 2017 | State House News Service (MA) | Katie Lannan | News Story

Baker administration accused of denying shelter to homeless mothers
December 15, 2016 | Boston Globe | Joshua Miller | News Story

Mass. wins $100K grant to improve access to legal services
November 15, 2016 | Herald News (MA) | Brian Fraga | News Story