Lonnie A. Powers

Legal Aid Advocate (Arkansas, Massachusetts)
Executive Director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) since it was established in 1983. Began his legal career in his native Arkansas.

Links: HuffPo bio | MLAC bio | (Current as of: October 13, 2014)

Lonnie A. Powers has served as Executive Director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) since it was established in 1983. He has more than 41 years of policy and legal experience at the state and national levels, having devoted the majority of his career to establishing, building, sustaining and revitalizing legal aid organizations. Lonnie began his legal career in his native Arkansas, first with the Attorney General’s Office and later with Legal Services of Arkansas, where he served as Executive Director.



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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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Civil Legal Aid Is a Potential Tool in Helping Victims of Partner Violence

Lonnie A. Powers
Huffington Post
April 17, 2014
When it comes to domestic violence victims who are living in poverty, access to legal services is proven to prevent further violence and save lives argues Lonnie Powers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.



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