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2011 News Archive

Boston Globe: Opinion - Provide Legal Support to Those Most Vulnerable
10/29/2011 - Margaret H. Marshall, retired Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, underscores the urgent need for more resources for legal aid lawyers to represent poor residents in civil matters.

WWLP: Free Legal Tips
10/24/2011 - Community Legal Aid Managing Attorney Hisham Liel explains how legal services helps low-income people and where they can go for help in Western Mass.

Boston Globe: Abuses Alleged in Retooled Loans
10/17/2011 - Even after signing agreements with lenders, some property owners are still under threat of foreclosure. Nadine Cohen, managing attorney for the consumer rights unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, is quoted. She explains how these complicated cases have added to the workload of legal services attorneys.

Herald News: AG Orders Owners of Raynham and Somerset Buffets to Pay $185,000 for ‘Egregious Wage and Child Labor Violations’
10/11/2011 - The owners of Chinese food restaurants in Raynham and Somerset have been fined more than $180,000 in restitution and penalties for labor violations. Greater Boston Legal Services joined the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health and the non-profit Justice at Work in reporting the violations to the attorney general.

Associated Press: Obama Seeks Debt Collector Proposal
10/4/2011 - Consumer groups are uneasy about President Barack Obama's proposal to make it easier for private debt collectors to call the cellphones of consumers delinquent on student loans and other billions owed the federal government. Lauren Saunders, a managing attorney at the National Consumer Law Center, is quoted.

The Sun Chronicle: A Place of Her Own
9/24/2011 - Fifteen years after a devastating stroke left her mute and a paraplegic, Cathy Hutchinson of Attleboro is one of 87 individuals who have been approved to move from a nursing facility into the community as the result of a 2008 class action lawsuit filed by the Center for Public Representation. Stephen J. Schwartz, the Center's litigation director, is quoted.

Towns Go After Lunch Money
9/14/2011 - As unpaid school lunch bills mount, schools are taking on an uncomfortable job: debt collector. These changes worry lawyers at MetroWest Legal Services like Laura Edwards, supervising attorney, who is quoted in this article.

Springfield Republican: Legal Agencies for Low-Income, Elderly Combine Forces
7/23/2011 - This article explores the merger between Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts Legal Services into Community Legal Aid, which provides free civil legal assistance to low-income and elderly residents of Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire, Franklin and Berkshire counties.

WBUR: Legal Aid Leader Retiring After 20 Years Of Service
7/18/2011 - WBUR’s All Things Considered host Sacha Pfeiffer asks Bob Sable to reflect on his legal aid career as he prepares to step down as executive director of Greater Boston Legal Services.

Springfield Republican: Massachusetts Legislators Seek New Regulations for Temporary Staffing Agencies
07/11/11 - Monica Halas of Greater Boston Legal Services testified at a hearing on June 30 in front of the Joint Committee on Labor and Workforce Development on a bill that would re-write the laws that govern employment agencies. She is quoted in the article as stating, "The bill streamlines and simplifies an arcane statute, leveling the playing field for all employment agencies."

Worcester Business Journal: Low-Income Legal Services Team Up
07/08/11 - Legal Assistance Corp. of Central Massachusetts and Western Massachusetts Legal Services have combined to become Community Legal Aid.

Lowell Sun: State Honors Advocate for Disabled
6/27/2011 - This article profiles the late Denice Lawrence, who worked as a housing advocate for 21 years at Merrimack Valley North Shore Legal Services, and her 10-year battle to make the Lawrence Superior Court accessible to those with physical disabilties.

Massnonprofit.org: Bowman Promoted to Exec. Dir. of Greater Boston Legal Services
6/24/2011 - Jacqui Bowman has been promoted to executive director of Greater Boston Legal Services, where she has served as deputy director for more than a decade. Bowman replaces long-time executive director Bob Sable, who will retire in July after 20 years.

Boston Globe: New Focus on Inmate Jobs, Health Care
6/23/2011 - Leslie Walker, executive director of Prisoners' Legal Services, was quoted in this article on Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian. "He understands and respects the law and civil rights and the big picture, which is that he’s got men for a relatively short period of time and he wants them to leave prison better than when they came in,’’ Walker said.

Law Enforcement Officials Meet to Discuss Human Trafficking
6/22/2011 - Melissa Hartford, an attorney with MetroWest Legal Services, is cited in this story on promotion of the T visa program, which allows human trafficking victims to stay in the U.S. legally and work toward full citizenship.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Uniting to Help the Neediest (As I See It)
6/17/2011 - Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham, director of training & professional development at the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts (LACCM), co-authored this opinion piece highlighting the importance of Family Advocates of Central Massachusetts, LACCM's Medical Legal Partnership program, which provides legal help to Worcester's most vulnerable patients.

Boston Globe: He Always Came to Their Aid
6/10/2011 - The Boston Globe interviews Bob Sable, who is retiring at the end of June after 20 years as executive director of Greater Boston Legal Services.

Patriot Ledger: Most Vulnerable among Us Are Too Often Left Without Legal Help (Commentary)
6/8/2011 - Thomas G. Gunning, senior vice president and general counsel of EMD Serono Inc., and a director of Greater Boston Legal Services, writes an opinion piece in support of level funding for civil legal aid. "The most vulnerable among us are too often left without legal help," he says.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Rug Pulled out from Under the Homeless
6/10/11 - Jonathan Manina, executive director of the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts, offers advice to those facing eviction. “The important message is that people are not just required to leave when they get a notice like this," he says. "They have a right to go to court and raise any defense they may have from an eviction situation."

MBA Lawyers E-Journal: MBA Honors Leaders in Public Service, Legal Aid, at Access to Justice Awards Luncheon
5/26/2011 - Linda Landry of the Disability Law Center and Daniel Manning of Greater Boston Legal Services were honored with the Legal Services Award at the Massachusetts Bar Association's Access to Justice Awards Luncheon on May 18 at the Boston Sheraton Hotel.

MyFallRiver.org: Volunteers Lent Time and Talent to Beautify Fall River Office of South Coastal Counties Legal Services
5/16/2011 - A larger-than-life depiction of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. now welcomes clients and visitors to the South Coastal Counties Legal Services’ (SCCLS) Bedford St. office in Fall River, designed and painted by volunteers organized through the University of Massachusetts Office of Civic Engagement.

Boston Globe: Companies Accused of Targeting Troubled Homeowners
5/2/2011 - Attorneys Nadine Cohen and Todd Kaplan of Greater Boston Legal Services are cited in this story on law firms accused of scamming vulnerable homeowners.

Brennan Center for Justice: The Economy and Civil Legal Services
4/22/2011 - This article summarizes a new report from the Brennan Center, "Cut Off & Cut Out: Funding Shortfalls Force More Low-Income Families to Face Critical Legal Needs Alone." MLAC is cited for cutting grants 55 percent since as demand has increased.

BusinessWest: Making a Strong Case
4/12/2011 - BusinessWest profiles Western Mass. Legal Services as it embarks on its second annual fundraising campaign, 4 Counties 4 Justice.

Mass. Lawyers Weekly: Sable Steps Down as Executive Director of GBLS
4/7/2011 - Bob Sable will be retiring this summer after 20 years as executive director of Greater Boston Legal Services. “It’s time for new blood to head the GBLS,” he says. “Frankly, it’s time for me to do something different, though I’m not sure what that is just yet.”

Harvard Crimson: Disability, Race Discussed
4/1/2011 - Rick Glassman of Disability Law Center participated in a panel discussion at Harvard Law School on the intersection of disability and race.

Herald News: Dismantling Federal Community Service Programs Will Harm Many in Fall River
3/27/2011 - This is an opinion piece by Emily Haber, chief executive officer of the Massachusetts Service Alliance, and Kathy Marx, AmeriCorps program director of the Legal Assistance for Self-Sufficiency Program, South Coastal Counties Legal Services.

Mass. Lawyers Weekly: Bar Leaders Walk to Support Civil Legal Aid
3/27/2011 - People in the Law featured Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid 2011.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Health Care Rationed Behind Bars
3/27/2011 - Prisoners' Legal Services (PLS) was cited in this article investigating the quality of health care for prisoners in the Massachusetts prison system. “Like so much of public health, it's pay now or pay later, and you'll pay more later,” said Joel Thompson, co-chairman of the Heath Care Project at PLS.

Boston Globe: Drop in Mass. Foreclosures Tied to Fewer Seizures
3/4/2011 - Nadine Cohen, housing attorney with Greater Boston Legal Services, was quoted in this article on the drop of foreclosures from January 2010 to January 2011. “My hope is that banks are seeing that foreclosing and having these vacant properties on their books is not helping them or the economy," said Cohen.

Taunton Gazette: 'Know Your Rights Workshop’ for Fhose Living in Manufactured Homes in Taunton
2/23/2011 - South Coastal Counties Legal Services presented and co-sponsored a free legal informational workshop for those living in manufactured homes.

Nonprofit Quarterly: Tied to the Railroad Track Once Again: The Perils of Legal Aid Funding
2/23/2011 - MLAC Executive Director Lonnie Powers contributes an article outlining the funding crisis facing civil legal aid nationwide, at both the federal and state levels.

Lowell Sun: Lawyers Rally to Fund Legal Aid for Poor
2/23/2011 - This article covers the Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid, which brought hundreds of attorneys to the State House on February 22 in support of civil legal aid funding. One attendee was Andrea Peraner-Sweet, an attorney with Sally & Fitch in Boston. "I'm here as a citizen of the commonwealth, as an attorney and as someone who believes that all people are entitled to legal access and all people are entitled to justice," Peraner-Sweet said.

Worcester Telegram: Uxbridge Veteran's Family Beat Foreclosure
2/11/2011 - This story profiles the Damon family, who spoke at Walk to the Hill 2009. Andrea Park, an attorney at Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts, helped save their home.

Boston Globe: Mass. Law Boosts Debt Collection Protections
1/8/2011
- "This new law will protect thousands of struggling Massachusetts residents, and allow them to house, feed, and support their families and continue to work as they struggle to pay debts and get back on their feet after an economic setback,'' said Robert J. Hobbs, deputy director of the National Consumer Law Center.

2011 Press Releases

MLAC Elects New Board Chair, Names New Members
10/17/2011- MLAC's board of directors elected Rahsaan D. Hall to a two-year term as board chair. The Supreme Judicial Court also appointed Michael D. Badger of Worcester and Marijane Benner Browne of Sherborn to each serve a five-year term on the MLAC board.

Governor Patrick Signs FY12 Budget, Includes Level Funding for Civil Legal Aid Line Item
7/11/2011 - Governor Patrick signed the FY12 budget, which included level funding of $9.5 million for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC, line item 0321-1600), as well as language continuing the legislatively created Battered Women's Legal Assistance Project, Medicare Advocacy Project and Disability Benefits Project.

Senate Approves Budget with Level Funding, Special Project Language for Civil Legal Aid Line Item
5/27/2011 - The Senate adopted its FY12 budget, which included level funding of $9.5 million for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC, line item 0321-1600), as well as language on the legislatively created Battered Women's Legal Assistance Project, Medicare Advocacy Project and Disability Benefits Project.

Senate Ways & Means Committee Recommends $750,000 Cut in Funding for Civil Legal Aid Line Item
5/18/2011 -The Senate Ways & Means Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Stephen Brewer, recommended $8.75 million for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation line item (MLAC, 0321-1600) in the FY12 budget, a cut of $750,000 from FY11.

House Ways & Means Committee Recommends Level Funding for Civil Legal Aid Line Item
4/13/2011 - The House Ways & Means Committee, under the leadership of Chairman Brian Dempsey, recommended level funding of $9.5 million for MLAC in the FY12 budget.

Governor Patrick Recommends Level Funding for Civil Legal Aid Line Item
1/26/2011 - Gov. Patrick recommended level funding of $9.5 million for MLAC in the FY12 budget.

MLAC, MBA and BBA Hold New Legislators' Reception
1/12/2011 - On January 11, MLAC, along with the Massachusetts Bar Association and Boston Bar Association, held a reception for new Massachusetts legislators at the Adams Courthouse. Legislators and staff from 12 offices attended the event to learn more about the statewide civil legal aid system and the types of services legal aid programs offer communities.

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