Greetings. Please see below for highlights from the recent Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission meeting and upcoming events.
Highlights from the January 28 Meeting of the MA ATJ Commission
Thank you to the Commissioners and guests who joined us for the most recent meeting of the MA ATJ Commission on Thursday, January 28, 2021. Highlights and key takeaways from the meeting include:
· Hon. John D. Casey, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court; Domenic DiCenso, Acting Deputy Court Administrator, Probate and Family Court; and Probate and Family Court Field Coordinators, Keith Nalbandian, Emily Deines, Matthew Abraham, and Danielle Rado showcased technological innovations in the Probate and Family Court, including its virtual court registries.
· Quinten Steenhuis, Clinical fellow and Adjunct Professor, Legal Innovation and Technology (LIT) Lab; David Colarusso, Practitioner in Residence and Director of the LIT Lab; and Aubrie Souza, Suffolk Law Student, highlighted the LIT Lab’s MassAccess project, designed to create mobile-friendly accessible versions of online court forms and self-help materials in multiple-languages for key areas of urgent legal need.
· Commissioner Rochelle Hahn, Co-Director, Massachusetts Legal Aid Websites Project and Co-Managing Attorney, Civil Legal Aid for Victims of Crime Initiative, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute; and Gordon Shaw, Director of Client Access, Community Legal Aid presented the legal help portal, Massachusetts Legal Resource Finder, demonstrating its new and enhanced features.
· Brian Reichart, Staff Attorney, Massachusetts Legal Aid Websites Project, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, provided an update on the increase in number of clients being served on the remote pro bono portal, MassLegalAnswersOnline.
The next Access to Justice Commission Meeting is on March 26 from 3-5 via zoom. We hope you can join us.
Access to Justice Fellows Program Information Session, Tuesday, February 16 (12-1)
The Access to Justice Fellows Program, a project of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the Lawyers Clearinghouse, enables senior lawyers and retired judges to partner with nonprofit organizations, courts, and other public interest entities to increase equal justice for all. By matching lawyers who are retired or transitioning toward retirement with groups that need their help, the A2J Fellows program allows these lawyers to use their specialized skills and experience to do engaging pro bono work, remain active members of the legal community, and help people and groups in need.
Register here for the February 16 information session.
Massachusetts Historical Society and Northeastern University School of Law Criminal Justice Task Force: Confronting Racial Injustice Series
Developed by the Northeastern University School of Law Criminal Justice Task Force, Confronting Racial Injustice is a free, five-part series hosted by the Massachusetts Historical Society and sponsored by a number of Boston-area organizations. Detailed information on each session of the series and registration information is here.