Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC)


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Organization website

Primary geographic focus: Massachusetts
Organization type(s): Funder, Provider
Acronym or short name: MLAC


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Blog Post

Employing Civil Legal Aid in Closing the Wage Gap

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
August 11, 2015
Policies to change gender discrimination in pay matter. They won't be as effective though without strong enforcement. Civil legal aid provides just that.

Op-Ed

A Secret Weapon In Fighting Domestic Violence

Lonnie A. Powers
WGBH News (MA)
October 8, 2015
If we are serious about ending the scourge of domestic violence in this country, as we should be, we must use every tool at our disposal. And the numbers speak for themselves: it’s hard to find a more effective tool than civil legal aid.

Blog Post

Criminal Justice Reform Must Include Civil Legal Aid

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
December 2, 2015
As our country moves toward reversing decades of overly harsh sentences for non-violent crimes and mandatory "three strikes" life sentences, criminal justice reform packages must also incorporate civil legal aid for those newly released from prison.

Blog Post

Want Justice? Don’t Be Shy—Grab the Spotlight

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
September 23, 2016
Funding woes stem in large part from a lack of public knowledge about civil legal aid, despite broad support for the ideals of fairness and justice.

Blog Post

Civil legal aid can help veterans struggling with homelessness

Lonnie A. Powers
November 9, 2016
Civil legal aid-free legal assistance or representation for low-income individuals facing non-criminal legal issues-has been an integral part of ensuring our veterans have safe, stable housing.

News Story

Massachusetts advocates see more need for legal aid cash under Trump

Katie Lannan
State House News Service (MA)
January 28, 2017
The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation is requesting a $5 million increase state funding, which would bring the annual total up to $23 million.

News Story

Civil legal aid getting no increase in budget

State House News Service (MA)
July 10, 2017
Civil legal aid supporters say 57,000 low-income people who are eligible for assistance are turned away each year and are calling on Gov. Charlie Baker not to veto funding from an annual state budget plan that offers no new money to address the problem.

Blog Post

How civil legal aid assists older adults

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
November 29, 2017
Civil legal aidis a potent tool to assist vulnerable seniors in securing proper health care and housing, to protect them from physical abuse and financial exploitation, and to get access to other benefits and services to help keep them solvent.

Editorial

Our view: Equal justice — for those who can afford it

Gloucester Daily Times (MA)
January 28, 2018
We have two legal systems in our country — one for people who can afford lawyers, the other for those who can’t. We all may live under the same laws, but this dichotomy casts a pall over any pretense of equal justice.

Letter to Editor

Support civil legal aid program

Marijane Benner Browne
WickedLocal.com (Eastern Massachusetts)
April 19, 2018
When these people encounter noncriminal legal problems like elder abuse or scams, home foreclosure, or the denial of veterans health care benefits, civil legal aid lawyers can help.

Editorial

Patrick Sends the Wrong Message With Civil Legal Aid Cuts

Editorial Board of Boston Globe
Boston Globe
December 26, 2014
Proposed cuts for civil legal aid would have devastating effects. The Boston Globe says Governor Deval Patrick sends the wrong message by doing so.

Blog Post

Make a Difference by Reaching Out

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
August 5, 2014
Fewer people are reaching out to people different from themselves. Lonnie Powers makes the case for learning from people with different backgrounds and experiences.

Blog Post

Closing the ‘Justice Gap’

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
July 11, 2014
This blog post details the way technology and self-help centers are helping expand access to justice.

Blog Post

Language Access Projects Crucial to Making Legal Services Accessible

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
May 22, 2014
Language access is crucial explains Lonnie Powers, as many people with limited English skills struggle to navigate the justice system.

Blog Post

When Talking About Civil Legal Aid, Don’t Forget Its ROI

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
January 28, 2014
Investing in civil legal aid is not only instrumental in providing equal access to justice, it's also makes economic sense.

Blog Post

Civil legal assistance saves money and helps people escape poverty

Lonnie A. Powers
TalkPoverty.org
January 27, 2015
In this TalkPoverty.org post, Lonnie Powers of Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation makes a powerful case for how ‪#‎LegalAid‬ makes economic sense while at the same time reducing ‪#‎poverty‬. The piece includes some excellent links and important historical references.

Letter to Editor

No way around need for more state funding

Lonnie A. Powers
Boston Globe
January 26, 2015
Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation Executive Director Lonnie Powers writes letter to the editor responding to a recent Boston Globe editorial.

Communication Matters

Lonnie A. Powers
Associated Grant Makers (AGM) (Boston)
December 16, 2014
Strategic communications for social change for the civil legal aid community in Massachusetts.

Op-Ed

We must ensure everyone has access to equal justice

Martha Minow
Boston Globe
October 23, 2014
Oped by member of Boston Bar Association’s Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts. Recommends additional funding and innovative approaches such as those tried in New York and Tennessee.



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