Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS)


Represents low-income individuals and families in Boston and 31 additional cities and towns in the Greater Boston area.
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Primary geographic focus: Massachusetts
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: GBLS

GBLS represents low-income individuals and families in Boston and 31 additional cities and towns in the Greater Boston area, assisting individual clients to secure some of the most basic necessities of life as well as addressing systemic problems that adversely impact their lives. We also represent community groups in advancing the interests of their low-income constituents and provide community legal education. We give advice and represent people in court, before agencies, and before city councils and the state legislature. In 2013, GBLS provided critical legal assistance to more than 12,600 low-income people for whom we handled 13,946 matters.



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News Story

Why Boston Students Created A ‘Know Your Rights’ App

Peter Balonon-Rosen
WBUR-FM (local NPR, Boston)
June 16, 2015
How a group of Boston Public School students have turned to the power and popularity of technology to empower peers to be aware of their rights while in school.

News Story

No reason to limit Synergy, state says

Kay Lazar
Boston Globe
July 11, 2015
Problems start mounting at Massachusetts nursing home. Advocates question the state's decision not to intervene.

News Story

For some domestic workers, a life of isolated servitude

Megan Woolhouse, Beth Healy
Boston Globe
September 6, 2015
Toiling behind closed doors, domestic workers are vulnerable to wage theft, abuse, and in the worst cases, virtual slavery.

Op-Ed

Providing equal access to justice for all

Rep. Joe Kennedy III
Taunton Daily Gazette (MA)
September 11, 2015
It’s time for Congress to stand firmly behind increased funding for legal aid and ensure every American is afforded the protections our justice system promises, says Joe Kennedy III in this op-ed.

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.

Feature

Lydia Edwards: The lawyer with the heart of an activist

Beth Healy
Boston Globe
December 19, 2015
On behalf of immigrant workers, Lydia Edwards has taken on bankers, traffickers, and foreign officials who flout US labor laws.

News Story

State officials move to tighten oversight of nursing homes

Kay Lazar
Boston Globe
February 11, 2016
Massachusetts health regulators moved to significantly strengthen oversight of nursing homes, creating a unit that will conduct unannounced inspections and promising to impose fines on problem-plagued facilities.

News Story

The untold cost of the opiate epidemic: elder abuse

Kay Lazar
Boston Globe
May 14, 2016
Reports of suspected elder abuse in Massachusetts have surged — a troubling increase that law enforcement and elder advocates say is fueled in part by the opioid crisis and addicted adult children exploiting parents and other relatives.

News Story

This is how we fight back: Race, big banks and a secret weapon for justice

Daniel Denvir
Salon
May 19, 2016
There's a way to surprise the system and battle for your job, home and rights -- more people need to know about it

Blog Post

When Legal Assistance Can Improve Health

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
June 1, 2016
Civil legal aid organizations have long demonstrated expertise in identifying and rectifying the environmental factors that adversely impact the health and safety of vulnerable and underserved communities.

News Story

Advocates: Schools sending kids — many with special needs – home without hearings

Kathleen McKiernan
Boston Herald
October 5, 2016
Massachusetts schools are skirting a state law meant to curb suspensions by quietly sending students — many of them with special needs — home early without properly recording the absences.

News Story

Baker administration accused of denying shelter to homeless mothers

Joshua Miller
Boston Globe
December 15, 2016
A longstanding push to end the practice of putting homeless families in motels at state expense has resulted in Massachusetts illegally denying shelter to the Commonwealth’s most vulnerable, a lawsuit from five mothers struggling with homelessness alleges.

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Off-the-Books Suspensions May Enable Some Schools to Skirt State Law

Ally Donnelly
NBC Boston
February 20, 2017
Compounding the problem, kids of color are suspended at disproportionate rates.

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.

News Story

This overlooked aspect of opioid recovery has become a focus for health centers

Amanda Michelle Gomez
ThinkProgress
April 11, 2018
Medical-legal partnerships are an alternative to Trump's rigid law and order approach.

Investigative

As rents soar in Boston, low-income tenants try to stave off eviction

Jenifer McKim
Boston Globe
February 19, 2019
With an estimated 43 evictions a day in Massachusetts, should the state guarantee legal help to renters who can’t afford an attorney?

News Story

New Web Tool Aims To Help Mass. Eviction Defendants Without Lawyers

Simón Rios
WBUR-FM (local NPR, Boston)
July 31, 2019
The nonprofit Greater Boston Legal Services says it's now trying to “level the playing field” with the release of a web tool to help give legal guidance to people facing eviction.

News Story

New Web Tool Aims To Help Mass. Eviction Defendants Without Lawyers

Simón Rios
WBUR-FM (local NPR, Boston)
July 31, 2019
The nonprofit Greater Boston Legal Services says it's now trying to “level the playing field” with the release of a web tool to help give legal guidance to people facing eviction.

Feature , News Story

3 Ways Automation Can Enhance Access To Justice

Aebra Coe
Law360
March 8, 2020

News Story

Online Unemployment Benefits Systems Are Buckling Under a Wave of Applications

Colin Lecher
The Markup
March 31, 2020

News Story

Virus Sparks Calls To Pump The Brakes On Debt Suits

Kevin Penton, RJ Vogt
Law360
April 26, 2020

News Story

With funding low, many legal cases going undefended

Megan Woolhouse
Boston Globe
October 15, 2014
Statewide task force finds Massachusetts legal aid groups turned away nearly 2/3 of people qualifying for civil legal aid over the last year due to a lack of funding.

News Story

‘Condo Takeover Schemes’ Can Pose New Foreclosure Threat

Seth Freed Wessler
NBC News
October 6, 2014
Greater Boston Legal Services helps defend against condo takeover scam in this investigation by the NBC News "In Plain Sight" project on poverty and inequality in America.

Op-Ed

Refuge-seeking kids face deportation hearings alone

Martha Bergmark
CNN
September 4, 2014
Voices' ED Bergmark spotlights the work of civil legal aid attorneys, and calls for more resources so thousands of unaccompanied migrant children do not face complicated, high-stakes legal proceedings alone.



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