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Supporting the Massachusetts legal aid community since 1983

The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation was established by the Commonwealth to ensure that low-income people with critical, non-criminal legal problems would have access to legal information, advice and representation. We are the largest funding source for civil legal aid programs in the Commonwealth.

News and Events

MLAC's Powers: Dual funding of civil legal aid programs in Mass. results in better services to clients

Boston Bar Association recaps FY16 legislative campaign, highlights ways to boost advocacy for civil legal aid

Governor Baker approves $2 million increase for MLAC in FY16 budget

Watch MLAC's video on the impact of investing in civil legal aid

MLAC's FY 2014 Annual Report now available

Civil legal aid needs funding, says MLAC board member Judge Geoffrey Wilson

MLAC Urges State Senate to Increase Investment in Civil Legal Aid

MLAC congratulates Access to Justice Award winners

Majority of House Members Support Increased Investment in Civil Legal Aid

House Ways & Means recommends $17 million for civil legal aid

MLAC statement on Gov. Baker's FY16 budget, which provides level funding for civil legal aid

MLAC Statement on Massachusetts House Leadership Appointments

Civil legal assistance saves money and helps people escape poverty

No way around need for more state funding - A Letter to the Editor from MLAC Director Lonnie Powers

Tread lightly in calling for no-frills civil legal services for poor - A Letter to the Editor from Community Legal Aid Director Jonathan Mannina

Potential cuts to civil legal aid send wrong message as new governor takes office, says Boston Globe.

Boston Globe editorial calls on Legislature to increase funding for civil legal aid.

Civil legal aid is good for business and vital for justice, says MLAC Executive Director Lonnie Powers. Read more at WGBH News.

Pro bono service is crucial, but additional state support is needed to bridge justice gap, says MLAC Executive Director Lonnie Powers

Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation applauds new report calling for additional state funding for civil legal aid services

Report from statewide task force details need for greatly increased funding for civil legal aid in Massachusetts [Download the full report HERE]

MLAC Board of Directors welcomes appointment of two new members, re-appointment of former chair

Civil legal aid is a crucial part of the safety net for Massachusetts children. Read more at Huffington Post.

Get the Latest News on the FY16 Budget Campaign


State House

MLAC has requested a $25 million investment in civil legal aid in the FY 16 state budget.

The Equal Justice Coalition has more details on how civil legal aid funding is decided.