Harnais hosts legislators’ tour of Housing Court

Thursday, May. 12, 2016


Massachusetts Bar Association President Bob Harnais met with Representatives Paul Brodeur (D-Melrose) and Christine Barber (D-Somerville) at the Boston Housing Court today, following up on his offer to take any legislator willing to visit a local courthouse to see firsthand the need for civil legal aid.

John Carroll, Chair of the Equal Justice Coalition; Lonnie Powers, Executive Director of Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation; and Barbara Zimbel from Greater Boston Legal Services also took part in the tour, which helped put faces to the statistics that show 64 percent of eligible clients are turned away from legal aid programs due to a lack of resources.

The group visited the Housing Court session and met with Housing Court Chief Justice Timothy Sullivan, Judge Jeffrey Winik and Judge MaryLou Muirhead.