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Access to Justice Fellows Program Kick-Off
October 12 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Speaking Program, Seven Justice Courtroom
Hon. Ralph D. Gants, Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission
Vickie Rothbaum, 2014-2015 Access to Justice Fellow Class
5:45 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Reception, Second Floor Conference Suite
Our 2017-2018 Fellows:
Arlene Bernstein – Volunteer Lawyers Project
Hon. Patricia Bernstein – Justice Bridge Legal Center
Stephanie Biggs – Volunteer Lawyers Project
Margaret Brill – Citizen Schools
Hon. Cynthia Cohen – Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission
Nina Crimm – Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice
Mike Elefante – SouthCoast Chamber of Commerce
Irene Freidel – PAIR (Political Asylum/Immigration Representation) Project, Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission, Massachusetts Rivers Alliance
Hon. Rudolph Kass – Greater Boston Legal Services
Lisa Lopez – KIND (Kids in Need of Defense)
Paul Newman – Volunteer Lawyers Project/SERV (Settlement and Early Resolution Volunteers) Project
Kathleen Parker – Justice Bridge Legal Center
Steve Parker – Veterans Legal Services
Diane F. Paulson – Jewish Family & Children’s Service
Win Quayle – Conservation Law Foundation
Sarah Reynolds – Greater Boston Legal Services
Stephen Richmond – MetroWest Legal Services
Tom Shapiro – Justice Bridge Legal Center
Paul Stanzler – Justice At Work
Evelynne Swagerty – Boston CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children)
The Access to Justice Fellows Program, a project of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the Lawyers Clearinghouse, enables senior lawyers and retired judges to partner with nonprofit organizations, courts, and other public interest entities to increase equal justice for all. Our 20 new Fellows, drawing on their years of legal experience, will work on a range of projects involving environmental, bankruptcy and consumer protection law, legal guardianship aid for Boston Public School students with special needs, providing services to reduce recidivism in young men on the South Coast, strategic planning assistance to nonprofits, increasing access to justice in the trial courts for pro se litigants, representing indigent asylum-seekers and detained immigrants, and much more.
Now in its sixth year, there are 94 Access to Justice Fellows who have provided over 70,000 hours of pro bono service to 58 partner organizations. The program continues to support all Access to Justice Fellows as they do engaging pro bono work, remain active members of the legal community, and help people and groups in need.