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Announcements on MLS

ABA Issues Report on the Future of Legal Services in the United States

Tue, 08/23/2016 - 2:29pm -- RHahn

The American Bar Association Commission on the Future of Legal Services in the United States has released a report finding, among other conclusions, that "most people living in poverty, and the majority of moderate-income individuals, do not receive the legal help they need".The report also includes recommendations for various measures to improve how legal services are delivered and accessed.

Find the report at the ABA's website.

Basic Public Benefits Advocacy Training Series: 2016-2017 Dates Announced

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 9:23am -- RHahn

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 2016-2017 series covers 11 different topics (see below).

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NEW APPROACHES TO TREATMENT AND SERVICES FOR PERSONS WITH CO-OCCURRING SUBSTANCE USE AND MENTAL HEALTH DISORDERS

Mon, 09/14/2015 - 12:24pm -- abigailselter

Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee is hosting a full day seminar Monday, November 9th 2015 at MCLE, in Boston where clinicians, attorneys, advocates, family members, peers and others will come together to discuss and learn about dual diagnosis, substance abuse recovery, and tools to access care, including how to appeal insurance denials.

Second Circuit Affirms that SNAP Applicants Can Sue Under Section 1983 to Enforce Statutory Time Limits

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 5:30pm -- RHahn

See Briggs v. Bremy, which challenged Connecticut’s widespread delays in processing SNAP applications and issuing benefits. On July 6, 2015, the second Circuit helds that SNAP applicants can can sue under section 1983 to enforce federal statutory time limits.  TheSecond Circuit is the first Circuit to address this issue in light of the Supreme Court's decision in Gonzaga Univ. v. Doe, 536 U.S. 273 (2002).

Basic Public Benefits Advocacy Training Series: 2015-2016 Dates Announced

Wed, 06/24/2015 - 1:45pm -- RHahn

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 2015-2016 series covers 11 different topics (see below).

Location: 

MCLE, 10 Winter Place, Boston (Downtown Crossing)

Supreme Judicial Court Announces Newly Reconstituted Access to Justice Commission

Tue, 06/09/2015 - 5:20pm -- RHahn

The Supreme Judicial Court has appointed 24 members to the third Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission, co-chaired by Supreme Judicial Court Justice Geraldine S. Hines and Susan M. Finegan, Esq., of Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo, PC. The first meeting of the new five-year commission was on May 21.

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