Announcements on MLS
See a discussion of this recent study, performed by the Agriculture Department, as reported in the New York Times. https://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/10/us/food-stamp-program-helping-reduce-poverty.html?_r=2
The Supreme Judicial Court's Rules Committee has published a proposed new rule establishing a Pro Hac Vice fee for Massachusetts. Comments are due by March 9, 2012.
The new rule would charge out-of-state lawyers a $300 per case registration fee for each case, unless the lawyer is providing pro bono publico services to an indigent client. The fees will be given to the IOLTA Committee and distributed along with other IOLTA revenue.
On November 7, 2011, SSA rolled out the Spanish Internet Benefit
Application (S-iClaim). iClaim now allows users to
complete Retirement, Medicare, and Disability applications online.
You can access online applications in Spanish at
The SJC has issued its decision in Finch, the case brought by Health Law Advocates contesting the denial of full Commonwealth Care benefits to legal immigrants who did not qualify for federal Medicaid reimbursement. See Healh Care for All's blog for further discussion fo the case, as well as a link to the decision. https://www.hcfama.org/blog/sjc-rules-equal-health-rights-all-legal-immigrants
The American Bar Foundation has issued a reprot, Access Across America, which reviews the access-to-justice infrastructure in each state and Puerto Rico. The report is summarized and posted on ABF's website. As stated in the Executive Summary:
The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute submitted a letter and Briefing Paper (available below), to Senator John Kerry, a member of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction ("the Super Committee"), urging the Senator and his fellow Committee members to protect safety net programs from cuts during the deficit reduction deliberations.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court has established a Pro Bono Recognition program to honor each year those law firms, solo practitioners, in-house corporate counsel offices, government attorneys offices, non-profit organizations and law school faculties which certify that, in the relevant time period, they have devoted at least 50 hours per year to pro bono work (individual attorneys) or more than 75% of Massachusetts attorneys at a law firm have provided at least 25 hours of pro bono services. For more information, see the SJC website,
August 2011 report by Michael Goodman and Robert Nakosteen for the Journal of the Massachusetts Economy, discussing how the state's overall economic recovery masks widening inequality in education innovation and incomes, as well as growing regional imbalances. www.massbenchmarks.org/publications/bulletin/09_bulletin_071411/