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Janet Donovan Plays Crucial Role in Growing Fellows Program

Janet Donovan didn’t always want to be a lawyer. She had started her career in social work and later transitioned to advocacy work at a domestic violence agency. It was there that she saw firsthand the crucial efforts of the volunteer

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Access to Justice Fellows Program Kicks Off Sixth Year

Over 100 members of Boston’s nonprofit and legal communities gathered at the Adams Courthouse on October 12 to help Lawyers Clearinghouse and the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission kick off another year of the Access to Justice Fellows Program. Created

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Susan Gedrick to Lead Fellows Program

On October 12, the Clearinghouse’s Access to Justice Fellows Program will kick off its sixth year with a reception at the Adams Courthouse in Boston. There, representatives from area law firms, nonprofits, and the courts will gather to welcome the

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Access to Justice Fellows Program End-of-Year Reception

The Lawyers Clearinghouse and the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission invite you to the Access to Justice Fellows Program End-of-Year Reception. Join us as we celebrate the outstanding dedication and commitment of the 2016-2017 Access to Justice Fellows. This event will feature remarks

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Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless Expands

A $100,000 grant from Cummings Foundation has enabled Lawyers Clearinghouse to expand and improve its Legal Clinic for the Homeless Program. While Massachusetts has made strides to reduce homelessness among individuals, veterans, and families, there are still many living on

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Access to Justice Fellows Program Kicks off Fifth Year

On September 22, more than a hundred members of the pro bono legal community gathered at the John Adams Courthouse to help Lawyers Clearinghouse kick off another year of the Access to Justice Fellows Program. Seventy-four lawyers and retired judges

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Legal Clinic for the Homeless (St. Francis House)

The Lawyers Clearinghouse operates free legal clinics throughout the year at a number of area shelters. In order to qualify, clients must be homeless, using shelter services, or otherwise income eligible for free legal services. This week’s clinic will match pro

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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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Local attorney got his start volunteering with the Clearinghouse

Ryan Johnstone’s interest in law started at a young age, sparked by frequent conversations with the attorney who owned the building where his father rented office space. In college, Johnstone pursued a philosophy degree and found that he most enjoyed

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The 2016 Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid

Nearly two-thirds of eligible people seeking civil legal aid in Massachusetts are turned away due to a lack of resources. Without representation, many of them lose their homes, are unable to receive benefits, struggle through child custody or domestic violence cases, or

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