Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010
10th Annual Walk to the Hill
Join the MBA at the 11th Annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid Wednesday
The 11th Annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid
will kick off at 11 a.m. next Wednesday, Jan. 27 in the Great Hall
of the Statehouse, where attorneys and legal advocates will
highlight the importance of these programs. The need to maintain
funding is just as great for fiscal year 2011 as it was last
"Our message to legislators will again be twofold:
maintain funding for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation
(MLAC) line item at $9.5 million and include this issue as a
personal legislative priority," said Pattye Comfort,
director of the Equal Justice Coalition.
Massachusetts Bar Association President-Elect Denise Squillante
will speak about the urgency for more funding. Squillante will be
joined by Boston Bar Association President John J. Regan. A legal
aid client will also share how the program has helped their family
resolve a legal issue.
The past year's economic troubles have taken a toll on civil
legal aid in Massachusetts, according to Comfort. Income from the
Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program has plummeted
63 percent since fiscal year 2008 and is not expected to increase
in fiscal year 2010. Compounding this loss is the decrease in the
civil legal aid line item ― from $11 million in fiscal year
2009 to $9.5 million in fiscal year 2010.
Walk to the Hill is one of the largest lobbying events at the
Statehouse, and last year drew a crowd of more than 750 ― the
highest turnout in the event's history.
Details of the event include:
- Registration: 11-11:30 a.m.
- Speaking Program: 11:30 a.m.-noon.
- Legislative visits: Noon-1 p.m.
Lunch will be served.
For more information, click
here. To view a funding fact sheet, click here.