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Announcements on MLS

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute Issues Recommendations for Helping Low Income Communities During COVID19 Outbreak

Fri, 03/20/2020 - 2:10pm -- RHahn

Boston, Mass. – The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), a nonprofit statewide poverty law and policy center that advances laws and policies to secure economic, racial and social justice for low-income communities, today released policy recommendations to help low income people, the working poor and marginalized communities during the COVID19 pandemic crisis.

RFP issued for an e-learning developer for an online training course

Mon, 10/07/2019 - 4:51am -- RHahn

MLRI has issued a Request for Proposals to develop 2 modules in an online training course for attorneys representing domestic violence survivors in restraining order procedures in Massachusetts.  We are looking for someone to build the course, preferably in Articulate Storyline - we will provide the substantive law experts.

Responses are due October 25, 2019.

Evicted for Life - how eviction court record information is exacerbating the housing crisis

Thu, 06/13/2019 - 12:21pm -- RHahn

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.

Basic Public Benefits Advocacy Training Series: 2019-2020 Dates Announced

Mon, 04/29/2019 - 4:31pm -- 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 2019-2020 series covers 13 different topics (see below).


MCLE, 10 Winter Place, Boston (Downtown Crossing)



Wed, 11/07/2018 - 9:32am -- brianreichart

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.

Best Practice Guide for Administrative Justice in Massachusetts State Government

Fri, 12/12/2014 - 11:33am -- RHahn

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
Press Release
Contact: Heather Nichols, Bonnie McGilpin – 617-725-4025; Erika Gully-Santiago (SJC) – 617- 557 – 1114


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