We look forward to seeing you at our March 24 Commission meeting. In addition to meeting information, I am sharing requests from the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services and researchers on an access to justice project.

Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Meeting: Thursday, March 24 from 10-11:30

Please join us Thursday, March 24 at 10 am on zoom. Please RSVP here by March 23 at noon and a zoom link will be sent in advance of the meeting. We are excited that Qudsiya Naqui, Officer with the Pew Charitable Trusts, will join us for a presentation and discussion on Pew’s recent Report: How Courts Embraced Technology, Met the Pandemic Challenge, and Revolutionized Their Operations. Hope you can join us and that you have a chance to review the Report before the meeting.

​Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services

The Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services is currently soliciting applications for new Committee members!

About the Committee:  The Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services works to support and promote volunteer legal work to assist people of limited means who need legal representation. The Committee presents the annual Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards to honor Massachusetts lawyers, law students, law firms, and legal organizations that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to providing pro bono services for the benefit of individuals of limited means. The Committee also administers the Pro Bono Honor Roll; engages with law schools, bar associations, and other community organizations to promote pro bono legal work; and considers rule changes and other initiatives to facilitate pro bono practice by attorneys and law students.

Details:

  • The Committee reviews membership applications and recommends potential new Committee members to the justices of the SJC, who make all appointment decisions.
  • The deadline for applying for Committee membership is Friday, March 25, 2022.
  • The Committee ordinarily meets 5 times a year, and also conducts additional work in subcommittees.
  • For more information, please visit the Notice of Openings on the SJC Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services

How to Apply: Applicants should submit a résumé and a letter describing their experience and interest in serving on the Committee by Friday, March 25, 2022 to Chip Phinney, Deputy Legal Counsel, preferably by email to Chip.Phinney@jud.state.ma.us, or by mail to Chip Phinney, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108.

Request from Researchers to Interview Attorneys/Court Users on Access to Justice Project

Please see the below from researcher, Demetrios Karis, Ph.D.

John Huitema and I are researchers working with the Massachusetts Trial Court and the Court Management Advisory Board on a new Access to Justice Project. We are seeking to interview attorneys and court users who have interacted with the MA court system about how the court can expand its online presence. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trial Court did more online, and in many cases, such as being able to file documents remotely, or have brief administrative hearings, many people agreed that this was practical and more efficient than having to travel to a courthouse. The MA Trial Court is now looking for ways to make it easier for people to deal with Court matters online. We seek your input on what new information and capabilities the Trial Court should consider putting online. Interviews are on zoom and should take approximately 30-40 minutes. For more information or to volunteer for an interview, please email me, Demetrios Karis, Ph.D. at demetrios.karis@gmail.com