Media Coverage

January 2017 Access to Justice Fellows: Bats Wheeler
“During a distinguished career at several Boston law firms, [Bats Wheeler] specialized in trusts and estates for wealthy people while also handling numerous pro bono cases in the Probate and Family Court. But, after retiring a few years ago, he chanced upon an opportunity to continue his service to others. At an event, he met Betsy Soule, Executive Director of MetroWest Legal Services, who told him about the many low-income clients at MetroWest who were desperately in need of wills, trusts and related end-of-life documents. She encouraged Bats to work with MetroWest as an ‘Access to Justice Fellow,’ which enables senior attorneys and judges to apply their skills and experience in support of increasing access to justice at a legal service organization, nonprofit, or the courts.”

October 24, 2016 How Long-Time Charter Funders Are Upping the Ante in Their Bid to Blow the Bay State’s Charter School Cap
“This post highlights the work of Peggy Wiesenberg, an attorney and Access to Justice Fellow working with Quality Education for Every Student (QUEST), a grassroots organization of Boston Public School parents dedicated to promoting quality, equity and transparency in public education. The Access to Justice Fellows Program is a collaboration of the Lawyers Clearinghouse and the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission.”

March 31, 2016 Retired, Esq: Access to Justice Fellows Offer Vital Pro Bono Expertise
“Legal Services organizations need attorneys. Attorneys looking for pro bono work need the time and resources to complete it. One way to bridge that gap is to recruit retired lawyers into partnering with legal services organizations on important projects related to improving access to justice. That’s how the Access to Justice Fellows Program was born.”

November 3, 2015 Senior Lawyers Serving Justice
By Steven Scudder, Counsel to the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.
“During my over three decades of working on the promotion and expansion of pro bono I have attended dozens of ceremonies, award programs, receptions, luncheons and more where pro bono lawyers are recognized for their volunteer legal services commitment. The programs I enjoy the most are those where the room is buzzing with electricity. A deep sense of pride pervades. The sense of spirit and heart is profound. I recently had one of those experiences as an attendee at the 2015 Massachusetts Access to Justice Fellows Program.”

October 30, 2015 Former judge named to gaming commission
Former Access to Justice Fellow Hon. D. Lloyd Macdonald has been appointed to the Gaming Commission. Attorney General Maura Healy cited Macdonald’s “vast experience in law enforcement and criminal investigations, passion for the law, and integrity,” as reasons for his appointment.

November 1, 2014 Teenagers Stand Up to Backpage
A piece following the ongoing child sex trafficking case involving Backpage.com. The victims are being represented pro bono by attorneys from Ropes & Gray, including Access to Justice Fellow John Montgomery, who is volunteering with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as part of his Fellowship.

October 21, 2014 Supreme Judicial Court Presents Awards to Retired Judge, Attorneys, Recent Law School Graduate for Pro Bono Work
Former Fellow, Hon. Pat Fox, was honored for pro bono work done through his Fellowship, during which he helped create a lawyer-for-the-day program in Worcester, represented young immigrants seeking permanent residence, and worked to reduce recidivism rates among ex-offenders.

October 17, 2014 Alleged child sex trafficking victims suing Backpage.com
Access to Justice Fellow John Montgomery has joined his former colleagues at Ropes & Gray to represent victims of underage sex trafficking as part of his work with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

October 14, 2014 Retired judge mentors next generation of lawyers
Access to Justice Fellow Hon. D. Lloyd Macdonald talks about mentoring young lawyers as part of his Fellowship.

June 12, 2014 Pro Bono in Your Second Act
This piece, from the Pro Bono Institute, examines the unique opportunities for retired and transitioning lawyers to engage in meaningful pro bono work within a productive and structured environment.  The Access to Justice Fellows Program is noted as an inspiring example of this type of innovative project.

Press Releases

September 23, 2016 Supreme Judicial Court Justice Geraldine S. Hines Speaks at Event Announcing Pro Bono Fellows

September 24, 2015 Twenty Access to Justice Fellows, Including Retired Judges, to Work on Pro Bono Projects

September 29, 2014 Access to Justice Commission Announces 2014-2015 Pro Bono Fellows

September 24, 2013 Access to Justice Commission Announces 2013 Pro Bono Fellows

September 26, 2012 Access to Justice Commission Launches New Pro Bono Fellows Program