Property Law Newsletter

February 2012
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MBA leverages billboards, YouTube videos to raise awareness on court funding

As Massachusetts nears its state budget process for FY 2013, the Massachusetts Bar Association has launched a high profile awareness campaign on the effects of underfunded courts. The statewide effort is geared toward the commonwealth's general public.

Through a billboard campaign (which began Monday, Jan. 16) the association aims to grab the average citizen's attention to reinforce that court funding does impact him or her. The MBA's message is showcased on billboards in Greater Boston, along I-93 in Dorchester and Medford; in Worcester along I-290 and in Fall River along Rt. 24.

The billboard message directs passersby to the MBA Web site -- www.massbar.org. Included on the MBA's site is informational materials on court funding as well as resources citizens and members of the legal community can reference when reaching out to their respective legislators on this important issue.

As part of the informational on-line package, public service announcement-style videos can be viewed. The videos highlight the negative impact of inadequate court funding through the perspective of judicial leadership, attorneys, academic leaders and court staff.

Gov. Deval L. Patrick is expected to release his version of the FYI 13 budget later this month, while both the House and Senate will begin their budget debates in April and May respectively.

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