Civil legal aid funding is a bargain in its rescued lives

Simply put, equal justice under law should not be a privilege based on how much money you make. We hope that lawmakers continue to support civil legal aid.

Letter to Editor (Massachusetts)

John Shea, Douglas Brown
Telegram & Gazette (Worchester, MA)
April 5, 2018

Tags: Funding: State & Local

Organizations mentioned/involved: Community Legal Aid (CLA) (Central and Western Massachusetts)


Civil legal aid does just this by providing legal representation or advice to people with low incomes facing life-changing noncriminal legal issues, such as divorce, home foreclosure, or improperly denied public benefits such as unemployment or health insurance. Free legal representation can stabilize lives of individuals and families in crisis – such as a frail elder needing protection from an abusive family member or caregiver; a military veteran denied health care benefits; or a family facing eviction because of a job layoff. This work is provided by 14 civil legal aid programs around the state, including Community Legal Aid in Worcester.