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Announcements on MLS

Legal and administrative support position at CPR/Newton 1/2 time

Tue, 12/06/2016 - 2:50pm -- RFleischner

The Center for Public Representation, a public interest law firm advocating on behalf of individuals with disabilities seeks a highly motivated and organized person, working half-time, to provide some administrative and significant legal support in our Newton office.  Responsibilities will include answering phones, client intakes, general administrative duties such as basic correspondence/record requests, filing, ordering supplies, conference room coordination, photocopying/scanning, incoming/outgoing mail management and travel arrangements.  Legal support will ent

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).



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).


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