Greetings. Please see below for information about our Commission meetings and upcoming events and articles related to access to justice.

Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Meeting, January 20, 2022

We look forward to seeing you at our January 20, 2022 Commission meeting, held from 10:00 – 11:30 am via zoom. During the meeting we will have a discussion around technology and data as it relates to our Commission priorities. We hope you will join the conversation. Please RSVP here by January 19 at noon and a Zoom link will be sent in advance of the meeting.

Thank you to all who joined us at the December 20 Commission meeting. We had a robust discussion about pandemic related changes, including innovations, and their impact on access to justice. We look forward to an ongoing conversation on these matters.

​Talk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid, ​ January 27, 2022

Join the 2022 Talk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid on January 27 at 11 am online. Hundreds of attorneys and advocates will gather to ask legislators to provide $41 million in fiscal year 2023 to the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation to fund organizations that provide legal advice and representation at no cost to low-income Massachusetts residents. Register here.

Before the event, you can also join the #IWalkforJustice social media campaign and share why you walk for justice. It’s easy! Just print out a placard and write on it why you Talk to the Hill. Take a photo with your placard and share it on social media. Tag MLAC if on Twitter (@CivilLegalAid) or LinkedIn. EJC also has a new Instagram, as well as Twitter and Facebook. You can also email it to Marlena Idrobo at and she will share it for you.


Symposium: Essays in Honor of Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants

The latest BC Law Review commemorates the Gants Symposium hosted by BC Law in April 2021, which honored the life, memory, and legal career of Ralph D. Gants, the late Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and former Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Co-Chair. We highlight several excellent articles that focus on access to justice, authored and co-authored by our Commissioners: Sheriece Perry; Judge Dina Fein; Russell Engler; and Esme Caramello.

“Diversity, Equity and Inclusion”—Catchy Slogans and Buzzwords with Little Proof That They Matter to the Legal Profession in Massachusetts! by Sheriece M. Perry

Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants and the Pursuit of Justice for All in the Massachusetts Courts by Dina Fein and Chip Phinney

Chief Justice Gants and Access to Justice: A Case Study in Leadership, Compassion, Brilliance, and Strategy by Russell Engler

Remembering Chief Justice Gants as a Champion for Housing Justice by Larisa Bowman, Esme Caramello, and Nicole Summers


We hope you are all staying safe and well and we look forward to seeing you at the January 20 MA ATJ Commission meeting.