Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013
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Images from the 2012 Walk to the Hill. Photos by Jeff Thiebauth.

Join the MBA at next week's 14th Annual Walk to the Hill on Jan. 30

The 14th Annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid is scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 30 beginning at 11 a.m. at the Statehouse's Great Hall.

Join fellow Massachusetts Bar Association members at this annual event and advocate for increased funding for legal services throughout the commonwealth. Following the speaking program, attorneys will visit their legislators and ask them to increase funding for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation line item (MLAC, 0321-1600) by $3.5 million to $15.5 million in the FY14 budget. MLAC is the largest funder of civil legal aid in Massachusetts.

Increased funding is critical to restore service levels and prevent further cuts to civil legal aid programs, which have been struggling to meet demand due to a 78 percent decrease in revenue since FY08 from the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, the other major funding source for civil legal aid.

The event is sponsored by the Equal Justice Coalition, Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar Association.

The event schedule includes:

  • 11 to 11:30 a.m.: Registration
  • 11:30 a.m. to noon: Speaking program featuring Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court Roderick L. Ireland, Boston Bar Association President James D. Smeallie, MBA President Robert L. Holloway Jr. and Daniele Bien-Aime of Brockton, a former client, South Coastal Counties Legal Services
  • Noon to 1 p.m.: Legislative visits and lunch

For more information, visit www.equaljusticecoalition.org.

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