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Access to Justice Fellow advocates for an end to mass incarceration

When John Bowman read The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander’s sobering New York Times bestseller about America’s criminal justice system, for his book club, he was shocked. He was semi-retired after working as an

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Access to Justice Fellows Program kicks off fourth year

The Lawyers Clearinghouse and the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission welcomed over 100 guests from area law firms, nonprofit organizations, and the Court to a kick-off event at the Adams Courthouse to mark the start of the fourth year of the

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Fellow Myra Green helps struggling family facing health crisis

Myra Green was working as an associate at a large New York City law firm when a partner asked her if she would be interested in assisting him with a healthcare case. It was her first foray into healthcare law

The 2015 Access to Justice Fellows graduation ceremony

The Lawyers Clearinghouse hosted a graduation ceremony for the 2014-2015 class of Access to Justice Fellows on Thursday, June 11, at Boston law firm Mintz Levin. Graduating Fellows were joined by representatives from their partner organizations, as well as a number of

Access to Justice Fellow provides vital assistance to low-income taxpayers

“When I reached retirement age I didn’t really want to retire,” says Access to Justice Fellow Hardin Matthews, who retired in 2013 after a 39-year legal career in the Tax & Benefits Department at Ropes & Gray. Matthews found the

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The Road Next Travelled

Access to Justice Fellow Mike Haroz, a semi-retired Director at Boston law firm Goulston & Storrs, spent his Fellowship year volunteering with Suffolk University’s Accelerator-to-Practice Program. The program, which just finished its first year, is designed to prepare prospective lawyers

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Access to Justice Fellow challenges website enabling sex trafficking

John Montgomery, who served as managing partner at Ropes & Gray for nine years before retiring as an active partner in January 2013, had recently signed on to become an Access to Justice Fellow when he participated in a series

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Access to Justice Fellows making legal aid more accessible to veterans

On any given night, there are 1250 homeless veterans sleeping on the streets of Massachusetts. Many of them are grappling with mental illness and substance abuse issues due to post-traumatic-stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and other invisible wounds

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Access to Justice Fellows Program Enters Third Year

The Lawyers Clearinghouse and the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission cohosted a Kick-Off Event for the Access to Justice Fellows Program on the evening of Thursday, October 2 at the John Adams Courthouse in Boston. Members of Boston’s legal and nonprofit

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Meet an Access to Justice Fellow: Dick Allen

There were no persuasive phone calls or networking events involved in Dick Allen’s decision to volunteer as an Access to Justice Fellow after his retirement. Instead, the experiences of his wife Rosemary, a Fellow with the 2013-14 class, convinced him to

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Welcoming Mia Friedman, the new Access to Justice Fellows Program Director

Posted on August 13, 2014Hilary Vaught

Mia Friedman was working as a lawyer in private practice when she decided it was time to follow her true passion. She had gone to law school seeking the skills to help people in need change their lives for the

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Meet an Access to Justice Fellow: Paula Mackin

Posted on June 19, 2014 by Hilary Vaught

Paula Mackin retired from her solo practice in 2010, after over 35 years of work focused on children’s civil rights and adoption law. When she heard about the Access to Justice Fellows Program, she thought it sounded like a good…

Introducing the Access to Justice Fellows Program

Posted on June 19, 2014 by Hilary Vaught

We are excited to announce that the Clearinghouse will be taking on the administration of the Access to Justice Fellows program for the 2014 session. The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission launched the Access to Justice Fellows Program in the…