See this article by Yvonne Abraham in the October 7, 2012 Boston Globe discussing the serious hardship homeless families are experiencing as a result of being denied emergency shelter under DHCD's revised Emergency Assistance rules.
Announcements on MLS
The Disability Law Center has released its investigative report on the Community Based Flexible Support (CBFS) system , the new system for delivering community mental health services. It is DLC's attempt to help give voice to over 200 people they interviewed who receive CBFS services. The report also contains the perspectives of other stakeholders, reviewed data and findings, and makes recommendations for strengthening the system, especially around human rights issues.
As part of a settlement entered into with Ally/GMAC, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo, the nation's five largest mortgage servicers, certain Massachusetts borrowers who lost their homes to foreclsoure between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2011 may be eligible for a papyment of $840. A one page form must be completed and sumbitted by January 18, 2013.
The Library of Congress unveiled https://www.congress.gov/ today. It's a new website that will eventually replace THOMAS.gov as the government's site for accessing free, fact-based legislative information.
The site includes bill status and summary, bill text, House and Senate member profiles, and a number of new features, including effective display on mobile devices.
The Massachsuetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA) will be offering FREE DACA (Defered Action for Childood Arrivals) APPLICATION ASSISTANCE on a limited basis. For more information and resources on DACA, visit MIRA's website, http://www.miracoalition.org The first two clinics are filling up quickly, please RSVP to reserve your spot and leave your most frequently used e-mail address so that MIRA can send you more information
According to a press release issued by the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, MLRI today filed a lawsuit "to stop implementation of harsh new restrictions to emergency shelter access that are to take effect Thursday, August 2. , , , The proposed new regulations to this program [Emergency Assistance] are so restrictive that more than half of the homeless families who are now in EA shelter would be ineligible under the new rules."
The Massachusetts Bar Association's Task Force on Law, the Economy and Underemployment has issued a report entitled "Beginning the Conversation." As the Report explains, the Task Force "came together to explore the growing problem of underemployment among many of today’s law school graduates in Massachusetts.
The Center for Public Representation seeks a senior litigation attorney with 10-15 years experience to be a part of a highly-experienced litigation team. Candidates should have an understanding of disability laws, including constitutional, federal statutory (
The Supreme Judicial Court's Rules Committee invites comments on proposed interim electronic filing (e-filing) guidelines and protocols for electronic filing pilot projects in the trial and appellate courts. See the Notice and Draft Protocols on the SJC's website.
Comments must be submitted by May 18, 2012.