Each of my initiatives - Working Families, Consumer Law and
Justice for All - has a strong public component. That's
intentional. While we can accomplish a great deal as lawyers, and
especially as a bar association, our message only gets stronger
when we bring in others to stand with us.
Four years ago a medical school graduate in Louisiana embarked
on the trip of a lifetime with her brother. As a graduation
present, their father took them to the World Cup in South Africa,
the global soccer championship which takes place every four years.
But what started as the trip of a lifetime suddenly turned
The two siblings were unfortunately the victims of a terrible
hit-and-run accident. The med school student was killed in the
crash and her brother slipped into a coma. Estimates put the cost
of bringing the deceased sister and her brother home at
Gov. Deval L. Patrick filed his budget recommendations for the
fiscal year 2015 on Jan. 22. Patrick recommends funding the Trial
Court at $617.5 million, which is slightly more than the Trial
Court's maintenance request of $615.1. The additional funding would
cover the costs of expanding specialty courts and the judicial
compensation increase that was enacted last year.
More than 500 lawyers participated in the 15th annual Walk to
the Hill for Civil Legal Aid in the Great Hall of the State House
on Jan. 30. The Massachusetts Bar Association, the Equal Justice
Coalition (EJC) and the Boston Bar Association asked participants
to urge their legislators to support increased state funding for
civil legal aid.