MA Access to Justice Commission Update

Greetings:

Sharing information on the next Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission convening and updates from the Massachusetts Bar Association.

Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission December 15th Topical Convening

Please join us for a MA ATJ Commission convening on December 15th from 1-2:30, held via Zoom. The convening will focus on the landscape of self-help resources today, within the context of the Commission’s 2017 Justice For All Strategic Action Plan (SAP). In 2017 the Commission, along with many stakeholders, underwent a lengthy strategic planning process and developed the SAP, which has since framed much of the Commission’s work. We welcome Commissioners and the public to engage in conversation about what has been accomplished since 2017 and what to prioritize going forward. RSVP here by December 13th (zoom link to follow).

News from the Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA)

Nominations open for the 2023-24 MBA Access to Justice Awards

The MBA annually recognizes the efforts of attorneys and law firms that have made significant strides in enhancing access to justice. Nominate a colleague by 5 p.m., on Friday, December 15. More information here.

Seeking MBA Volunteers for New Superior Court Lawyer For The Day Program

The MBA is seeking attorney volunteers for its new statewide Lawyer for the Day Program in the Massachusetts Superior Court. The program, which the MBA will help staff with its volunteers once a week for 52 weeks, is designed to reduce the justice gap by assisting self-represented litigants (SRLs) virtually in civil matters before the Superior Court. It was developed in conjunction with the Superior Court, spearheaded by Judge Valerie Yarashus and with the support and insight of Superior Court Chief Justice Heidi Brieger. Learn more and volunteer hereMany thanks to Commissioners Judge Valerie Yarashus and Victoria Santoro, MBA President-elect, for their leadership!

Wishing you all a joyful Thanksgiving.

Best,Carolyn