MBA’s 2012 Law Day outreach targets students and seniors

Issue May 2012

Students at 14 high schools in Chelsea, Fall River, Lawrence, Springfield, Southbridge and Worcester will participate in the Massachusetts Bar Association's Law Day Initiative focused on the American Bar Association's 2012 Law Day theme -- "No Courts, No Justice, No Freedom" -- throughout May (see logo top, right).

Volunteer attorney/judge teams from the MBA will visit each of the participating high school classrooms to present the theme in a lesson plan/debate called "Lee Richardson vs. Lincoln State." The issue is whether the Lincoln law restricting when an attorney will be appointed for a criminal defendant violates the 6th and 14th Amendments.

In addition, keeping with tradition since 1988, the MBA's Elder Law Education Program, timed with the observance of Law Day in May, will again match attorneys with senior citizens' service agencies throughout the commonwealth to make free presentations about the law.

This year, nearly 100 MBA member volunteers will make presentations in about 140 participating senior centers, councils on aging and other elder law related organizations. Due to the generosity of the Massachusetts Bar Association's Insurance Agency, the MBA is able to provide complimentary copies of "Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup," a legal resource guide for seniors.

The MBA thanks the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and attorneys Alex L. Moschella and Michael Couture for their generous contribution to the program and the elder law guide.