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Announcements on MLS
Today the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute is releasing Evicted for Life - a new report that highlights how publicly available eviction court record information is harming tenants and exacerbating the housing crisis.
At least 1 million eviction cases have been filed in Massachusetts since 1998 and records of these eviction cases remain online forever, regardless of the outcome of the case.
Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. (MCLE) present a series of trainings every year for legal, social, health services, and community advocates who assist low- and moderate-income individuals and families. Each session includes substantive materials and is led by expert advocates from legal services programs throughout the state.
The 2019-2020 series covers 13 different topics (see below).
MCLE, 10 Winter Place, Boston (Downtown Crossing)
The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service has recognized four Massachusetts attorneys and one corporate law department as ABA Free Legal Answers 2018 Pro Bono Leaders for their extraordinary pro bono service through Mass Legal Answers Online.
Interactive training will prepare pro bono attorneys to assist landlords and tenants in Housing Court
The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) and the Massachusetts Legal Aid Websites Project have launched a new free online training for Lawyer for the Day Volunteers in Housing Court. The free one-hour course provides attorneys with an interactive overview of the eviction process.
Volunteer lawyers have answered 1,200 legal questions posed by low-income residents
Massachsuetts Attorney General Maura Healy has established a new hotline for Massachusetts residents to report incidents of bias-motivated threats, harassment and violence.
On December 11, 2014, the Governor and the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission announced the adoption of an innovation that will enhance access to justice in state administrative agencies.
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Executive Department
Office of Governor Deval L. Patrick
Contact: Heather Nichols, Bonnie McGilpin – 617-725-4025; Erika Gully-Santiago (SJC) – 617- 557 – 1114
Check out the "Difference Between Two Futures" a powerful video from Legal Aid Cleveland, about the impact that providing -- or not providing -- civil legal aid can have.