Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission

Justice is Everyone’s Business

What is Mass A2J?

We are all entitled to justice.

But poverty, physical disability and language barriers are just some of the obstacles that prevent people from gaining full access to all the remedies and relief – in a word, Justice – that our Courts and Government Agencies can provide. The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission is working to ensure that everyone in Massachusetts has access to the Justice they deserve.

More about A2J Problems and Solutions

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Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Team

 

The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission seeks to achieve equal justice for all persons in the Commonwealth by providing leadership and vision to, and coordination with, the many organizations and interested persons involved in providing and improving access to justice for those unable to afford counsel. Meet our current leadership team and Commissioners:

Commission Leadership

Honorable Serge Georges, Jr., Co-Chair
Honorable Serge Georges, Jr., Co-Chair

Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Marijane Benner Browne, Esq., Co-Chair
Marijane Benner Browne, Esq., Co-Chair

Director of Lateral Partner Recruiting, Ropes & Gray LLP

Carolyn Goodwin, Esq., Director
Carolyn Goodwin, Esq., Director

Access to Justice Commission

Chip Phinney, Esq.
Chip Phinney, Esq.

Deputy Legal Counsel at the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Access to Justice Commissioners

Click here to see a full list of the Access to Justice current Commissioners. 

A2J In The Real World

Access to Lawyers for Crime Victims

Massachusetts has assembled a state-wide Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime (CLAVC) team providing free assistance on civil legal issues arising out of violence.

Read about how CLAVC is changing victims’ lives

Innovative Legal Aid Funding

The voluntary “add-on opt-out” fee to a lawyer’s yearly attorney registration has already generated $7.5 million for civil legal aid for low income people.

Read how this fee has helped thousands of families

Access to Justice Fellows

Attorney Martha Koster, while working as an Access to Justice Fellow, partnered with the Political Asylum/Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project, where she started to represent people seeking asylum.

Read the rest of Attorney Koster’s story

Civil Appellate Pro Bono Program

The weekly program assists low income, self-represented litigants who are looking for both professional advice and an attorney to take on their appeal pro bono.

Read about the Civil Appellate Pro Bono Program