Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission

Justice is Everyone’s Business

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

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

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

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

What is 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

The Commissioners & Team at Massachusetts Access to Justice


Access to Justice Commission Co-Chairs

Access to Justice Commission Co-Chairs

Honorable Serge Georges, Jr., Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court

Marijane Benner Browne, Esq., Director of Lateral Partner Recruiting, Ropes & Gray LLP

Laura Gal, Esq., Managing Attorney, Family Law Unit, Greater Boston Legal Services

Access to Justice Commissioners

Access to Justice Commissioners

Current Members

The goal of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission is to achieve equal justice for all persons in the Commonwealth.  It strives to accomplish this goal 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.

It takes many resources and the hands of so many amazing people to make the kind of progress we seek.

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

Carolyn Goodwin, Esq.

Carolyn Goodwin, Esq.

Director, Access to Justice Commission

Carolyn serves as the Director with the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission. Prior to this role she served as the Director of Public Service and Pro Bono at Boston University School of Law. She has served as a co-chair of the Boston Bar Association’s Delivery of Legal Services Steering Committee, formerly chaired the Public Service and Pro Bono Section of the American Association of Law Schools, and was a member of the National Advisory Committee for Equal Justice Works. Carolyn has also held positions as an assistant attorney general for the State of New York; as an attorney in private practice representing plaintiffs in employment discrimination and civil rights litigation, and tenants in landlord-tenant matters; and as a pro se staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.