Greetings:

We hope you are all well. We write to share a reminder of our March 26, 2021 meeting and information related to access to justice.

Save the Date: Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Meeting, March 26 2021

Please join us for our next Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission meeting on Friday, March 26 from 3-5 pm. RSVP here by March 25 at noon. A zoom link will be sent in advance of the meeting.

Access to Justice Related Information

 Conference of Chief Justices (“CCJ”)/Conference of State Court Administrators (“COSCA”) Resolution 2, In Support of Continuing Efforts to Meet Civil Legal Needs

The CCJ/COSCA recently passed a Resolution recognizing that courts are under enormous budgetary pressures, but that a continuum of meaningful services includes self-help resources, the adoption of effective technology to ensure litigant access to information and participation in court proceeds, and court-based non-lawyer navigators. And that each of these strategies play an important role in serving people with unmet legal needs.   You can read the full text here.

Commissioner Awards and Appointments

The Massachusetts Bar Association will host a virtual Access to Justice Awards Celebration on Tuesday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m.  We congratulate all of the awardees and particularly highlight Commissioner Joel Feldman, recipient of the Access to Justice Pro Bono Publico Award. Information and rsvp here. Congratulations Joel!

We also are pleased to recognize Commissioner Mary Ryan who has assumed the position of the District 2 representative to the American Bar Association Board of Governors. The 43-member Board of Governors has the authority to act and speak for the ABA, consistent with previous action of the House of Delegates, when the House is not in session. The Board oversees the general operation of the ABA and develops specific plans of action. Congratulations Mary!

 Resolution of the Conference of Chief Justices (“CCJ”)/Conference of State Court Administrators (“COSCA”)

As we continue to mourn the loss of our former Commission Co-Chair, Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants, we share “CCJ/COSCA Resolution 1, Condolences” a Resolution of the Conference of Chief Justices Conference of State Court Administrators expressing condolences on his passing.  At the time of his passing, Chief Justice Gants, among other responsibilities, was serving as the Co-Chair of the Access and Fairness Committee of the Conference of Chief Justices and the Conference of State Court Administrators and the Co-Chair of the National Justice for All Initiative.