Civil legal aid saves money and is right thing to do

Several hundred lawyers and law students participated in the 20th Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid on Jan. 24. This tradition, sponsored by the Equal Justice Coalition, provides information on the importance of adequately funding civil legal aid.

Op-Ed (Massachusetts)

Justine A. Dunlap
Standard-Times (New Bedford, MA)
January 29, 2019

Tags: Funding: State & Local

Organizations mentioned/involved: Equal Justice Coalition (EJC) (MA), Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC), South Coastal Counties Legal Services (MA) (SCCLS)


Law students and pro bono lawyers help — a lot. So do reforms to assist the self-represented litigant. But they are and cannot be a substitute for adequately funding civil legal aid. Choosing to fund civil legal aid is both the right thing to do and an expenditure that delivers significant bang for the budgetary buck. It is a situation where justice, dignity, and economic common-sense go hand-in-hand. That’s a worthy combination deserving legislative support.