We look forward to seeing you at the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission’s March 26 meeting (rsvp).  In addition, please see below information on access to justice related federal and state legislation.

Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Meeting, March 26, 2021 – RSVP

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 (zoom link sent in advance of the meeting). In addition to hearing updates from a few of our Commission Committees, we will consider the impact of remote court proceedings from a variety of perspectives. 

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute Releases Statement on the American Rescue Plan

On behalf of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Executive Director Georgia Katsoulomitis issued a statement commenting on the recently passed federal American Rescue Plan.

On behalf of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, we applaud President Biden, Vice President Harris, and the United States Congress for passing the American Rescue Plan Act. This $1.9 Trillion law not only provides much-needed support to the American people as we all continue to manage hardships related to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will also lead to a substantial reduction in poverty in this country.”  Read the full statement here.

The Language Access for All Coalition

The Language Access for All Coalition is a state-wide legislative campaign in support of SD.2251 (Sen. DiDomenico)/ HD.3674 (Rep. Madaro), An Act Relative to Language Access and Inclusion.

“An Act Relative to Language Access and Inclusion: HD.3674 (Rep. Madaro) and SD.2251 (Sen. DiDomenico) would standardize and enforce language access protocols and practices at public-facing state agencies. In Massachusetts, nearly 1 in 10 residents speak a primary language other than English, and this statute would ensure that they have fair and equitable access to unemployment benefits, education, housing assistance, and healthcare – including getting a COVID-19 vaccine.”  See the fact sheet and summary for more information and fill out the Coalition’s survey if you would like to get involved and stay informed.

We hope you are staying safe and well and look forward to seeing you next week.