Walk to the Hill Jan. 26

Issue December 2011

The 13th Annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid will take place on Jan. 26 at the Statehouse's Great Hall, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The rally, which is held each year to bring attention to civil legal aid programs, is more desperate this year than ever before, event organizers say, because of the combination of a 78 percent decline in income generated from the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program and other cuts to programs because of ongoing economic pressures.

To avoid further cuts and help restore service levels, organizers are requesting $14.5 million, a $5 million increase, for the civil legal aid line item in next year's state budget.

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