|2012 News Coverage
2012 Press Releases
Brain-Injured in Nursing Homes Without Care Giffords Had (Bloomberg)
12/28/2012 - Brian Schwartz, an attorney with the Center for Public Representation, is quoted.
Boston schools asking parents for a leap of faith (Boston Globe)
11/18/2012 - Columnist Yvonne Abraham highlights the efforts to reform Boston's chool assignment system. Kim Janey, senior project director at Massachusetts Advocates for Children, is quoted.
Big lenders adjust few delinquent mortgage loans in Massachusetts, despite agreeing to huge national settlement (Boston Business Journal)
11/05/2012 - Most foreclosures happening this year in Massachusetts are the result of the poor economy. Todd Kaplan, senior attorney at Greater Boston Legal Services is quoted.
Mitt Romney Massachusetts Budget Targeted Programs For Poor, Disabled (Huffington Post)
11/01/2012 - Mitt Romney's attempts to cut the legal services budget in Massachusetts are highlighted. MLAC Executive Director Lonnie Powers and others in the legal aid community are quoted.
State's Housing Market Appears To Be Regaining Equliibrium (WBZ NewsRadio)
9/17/2012 - MLAC and the National Consumer Law center receive a grant from the Massachusetts Attorney General's office to assist borrowers facing foreclosure. MLAC Deputy Director Janne Hellgren is quoted.
Clinic guides immigrants hoping for reprieves (Boston Globe)
9/02/2012 - Greater Boston Legal Services Attorneys help immigrants with their paperwork at the El Salvador consulate in East Boston.
Melrose attorney elected secretay of Mass. Bar Association (Melrose Free Press)
9/01/2012 - Martha Rush O'Mara, currently serving on MLAC's board of directors, has been elected secretary of the Massachusetts Bar Association for 2012-2013.
Op-ed: Law service deserves state support (Cape Cod Times)
6/28/2012 - Three attorneys argue that MLAC should recieve a$12 million state appropriation for fiscal year 2013.
Landmark foreclosure ruling not retroactive (Boston Herald)
6/23/2012 - Nadine Cohen, who heads the consumer rights unit at Greater Boston Legal Services, said a recent Supreme Judicial Court ruling on foreclosures should apply retroactively.
Little guy has little chance against debt collectors (Patriot Ledger)
6/11/2012 - We have to do more to protect low-income people who are just being hounded by the creditors,” said Nadine Cohen, who heads the consumer rights unit at Greater Boston Legal Services.
'Three-strikes' law in Mass., fair or foul? (State House News Service)
5/28/2012 - James Pingeon, a lawyer with Prisoners' Legal Services, cites a state study that found 300 defendants could fall under the law's maximum sentence requirement each year.
Prisons and jails south of Boston face overcrowding (Boston Globe)
5/17/2012 - Leslie Walker, executive director of Prisoners' Legal Services, comments on prison overcrowding.
Feds Taking Steps To Improve Secure Communities Program
5/15/2012 - Megan Christopher, an attorney at MetroWest Legal Services, spoke about how if enacted the new federal program could break the trust between the community and the police.
Massachusetts Activists Protest Secure Communities Program (Fox News)
5/14/2012 - Nancy Kelly, managing attorney of the immigration unit of Greater Boston Legal Services, says that Secure Communities will undermine years of relationships and drive immigrants underground.
Marijane Benner Browne '83 to Receive 2012 Alumni Service Award
5/2/2012 - Marijane Benner Browne, a member of the MLAC Board of Directors, has been named the recipient of the 2012 Alumni Service Award by the Bowdoin Alumni Council.
Homeless advocate rips shelter time limit plan (State House News)
4/25/2012 - Ruth Bourquin of the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and other advocates for the homeless speak out against a proposed 9-month time limit for families to remain in homeless shelters.
MetroWest Health Foundation announces Ashland, Northborough residents as Blumer award recipients (Boston Globe)
4/3/2012 - The MetroWest Health Foundation announced that Fran Bakstran of MetroWest Legal Services has been awarded the 2012 Blumer Community Health Leadership Award.
Begging for representation (Boston Globe)
2/21/2012 - In an editorial, The Boston Globe highlites the funding challenges facing Massachusetts legal aid programs and supports former Chief Justice Marshall's call to support legal aid.
State Budget Spotlight: Civil Legal Aid (WGBH)
1/26/2012 - Emily Rooney, host of the Emily Rooney Show, spoke with MLAC Executive Director Lonnie Powers about how legal aid programs help low-income Massachusetts residents, and how they are struggling to overcome critical funding shortages.
Lawyers Call on Beacon Hill to Increase Legal Aid (WBUR)
1/26/2012 - Hundreds of Massachusetts lawyers, including one Supreme Judicial Court justice, rallied at the State House on Jan. 26, urging legislators to increase legal aid funding.
Civic Legal Aid is a Sound Investment for All of Us (Boston Globe)
1/26/2012 - A column by Yvonne Abrahams highlights the funding crisis facing Massachusetts legal aid programs, who have lost a third of their staff in the last three years. Lonnie Powers, MLAC executive director, is quoted, along with Remon Jourdan, a former client of Greater Boston Legal Services
Disabled Patients' Wishes Ignored (Boston Globe)
1/23/2012 - This article quotes attorneys from the Center for Public Representation and Disability Law Center of Massachusetts following the recent family court ruling that a woman diagnosed with schizophrenia should undergo an abortion and be sterilized.
SJC: Watered Down Health Program for Legal Immigrants Violates Equal Protection (Boston Herald)
1/5/2012 - The Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a move by the state Legislature to strip 30,000 legal immigrants from a taxpayer-subsidized state-run insurance program in 2009 violated their constitutional rights. The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute in filing a friend-of-the-court brief in the case.
Advocates for Disabled: Criteria for Aid Need to be More Flexible (Sentinel & Enterprise)
1/3/2012 - This article discusses how Mass. determines elgibility for youth with developmental disabilities to receive adult services from the Department of Disability Services. The Disability Law Center is backing a bill that would change the way Disability Services determines eligibility. "We're not proposing that we don't draw lines -- we have scarce resources in state government," Rick Glassman told the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities in November.
Special-ed Advocates Sue Schools over Placement (Boston Globe)
1/3/2012 - Boston Public Schools is facing a class-action lawsuit in federal court asserting that the district routinely violates state and federal law by delaying evaluations and classroom placements for preschoolers with special needs. The lawsuit was brought by Massachusetts Advocates for Children on behalf of two families.
Brain-Injured Plaintiffs Living Fuller Lives after Class Action Lawsuit (Springfield Republican)
1/1/2012 - This article profiles Raymond Puchalski, who has been living with a brain injury since 2003. The Center for Public Representation successfully settled a lawsuit in 2008 on behalf of Puchalski and three others with brain injuries for community-based, individual care. In the settlement, the state agreed to place 100 brain-injured residents in less restrictive environments each year for three years: 300 total.
Legal Aid Organizations Begin Effort to Help Homeowners Facing Foreclosure
9/14/2012 - The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) and the National Consumer Law Center (NCLC) today announced the start of a two-year effort to provide legal representation for homeowners facing foreclosure or eviction.
House and Senate Conference Budget Includes $12 Million for Civil Legal Aid
6/28/2012 - The Massachusetts House and Senate voted to provide $12 million for civil legal aid in their combined budget for fiscal year 2013.
House Budget Includes $12 Million for Civil Legal Aid
4/26/2012 - The Massachusetts House of Representatives voted to provide $12 million for civil legal aid in fiscal year 2013.
MLAC Lauds Gov. Patrick’s Increased Funding for Civil Legal Aid
1/25/2012 - Gov. Patrick recommended increased funding of $12 million for MLAC in his FY13 budget.
New Report Shows Civil Legal Aid Generates Millions in New Revenue, Cost Savings for Mass.
1/17/2012 - A new report issued by MLAC shows Massachusetts civil aid programs generated an estimated $53.2 million in new revenue and cost savings to the Commonwealth last year.
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