Mass. wins $100K grant to improve access to legal services

The grant will help various legal entities in Massachusetts — including the courts, bar associations, law schools and social service organizations — to determine the resources now available for state residents who cannot afford a lawyer.
News Story (Massachusetts)

Brian Fraga
Herald News (MA)
November 15, 2016

Tags: Justice for All

Organizations mentioned/involved: Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission (MASSA2J)


“So many Massachusetts residents cannot afford a lawyer and must wrestle with complex legal issues involving their families, their housing, and their finances without adequate guidance and support,” Supreme Judicial Court Justice Geraldine Hines, co-chair of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission, said in a prepared statement.

Said Hines, “This collaborative strategic planning process will help us identify the gaps in services and design programs and processes to address residents’ unmet legal needs.”

In a visit to Fall River on Monday, Judge Ralph D. Gants, the chief justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, told The Herald News that the grant-funded project is not only intended to focus on poor people who cannot afford a lawyer, but also for anyone who needs any type of legal assistance, such as challenging the sudden loss of unemployment benefits.