Equal Justice Coalition appoints new chairman, leadership

Issue September 2010

The Equal Justice Coalition appointed Samuel "Sandy" B. Moskowitz, a shareholder at Davis, Malm & D'Agostine PC, to a two-year term as its chair.

He replaces outgoing chair Julia Huston, a partner at Foley Hoag LLP. He previously served as co-chair of EJC's Private Bar Advisory Committee (PBAC), which is responsible for engaging the private bar in EJC's legislative work on behalf of civil legal aid.

"I am extremely proud of my appointment and honored to follow up on the successful work of Julia Huston," said Moskowitz. "EJC is coming off a very successful year, where we were able to maintain level state funding for the civil legal aid line item. I look forward to facing the challenges involved in securing continued legislative, bar and financial support for legal aid in the commonwealth during these difficult economic and budgetary times."

The new PBAC co-chairs are Juan A. Concepcion, an associate at Nixon Peabody LLP, and Anthony M. Doniger, a partner at Sugarman, Rogers, Barshak & Cohen PC.

Concepcion has served as captain of Nixon Peabody's Walk to the Hill team for the past eight years and is very active in his firm's pro bono activities. Doniger is a member of the Boston Bar Foundation's Board of Trustees and the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission. He formerly served as president of the Boston Bar Association and chair of the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee.

"This is a fabulous trio and I am delighted that Sandy, Tony and Juan will be leading our work for the next two years," said Pattye Comfort, EJC's director. "Each of them has a long-standing commitment to ensuring access to justice for low-income residents of the commonwealth. Their dedication and leadership will be a tremendous asset to all in the civil legal aid community."

The Equal Justice Coalition, a collaboration of the Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association and Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corp., works to increase the state appropriation for MLAC's line item funding. For more information, visit