Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012
2011 Walk to the Hill.
MBA President Campbell, SJC Justice Gants to speak at Jan. 26 Walk to the Hill
Hundreds of attorneys to gather at State House to ask for increased civil legal aid funding
Massachusetts Bar Association President Richard P. Campbell and
Supreme Judicial Court Associate Justice Ralph D. Gants will join
hundreds of private attorneys from more than 50 Boston-area law
firms at the State House on Thursday, Jan. 26 for the Walk to the
Hill for Civil Legal Aid. The goal of this annual lobby day, one of
the best attended in the state, is to ask for increased state
funding for programs that provide civil legal aid to low-income
Gants will kick off the speaking program at 11:30 a.m. in the
Great Hall of Flags. Following the speaking program, attorneys will
visit their legislators and ask them to increase funding for the
Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation line item (MLAC,
0321-1600) by $5 million to $14.5 million in the FY13 budget.
Increased funding is critical to restore service levels and prevent
further cuts to legal aid programs, as they have been struggling to
meet demand due to a 78 percent decrease in revenue since FY08 from
the Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, the other
major funding source for civil legal aid.
Walk to the Hill is sponsored by the Equal Justice Coalition,
Boston Bar Association and MBA, and it is co-sponsored by 30 county
and specialty bar associations.
The speaking program will be held from 11:30 a.m. to noon
- Justice Ralph D. Gants of the Supreme Judicial Court;
- Massachusetts Bar Association President Richard P.
- Boston Bar Association President Lisa C. Goodheart; and
- Remon Jourdan of Randolph -- former client, Greater Boston
Sandy Moskowitz, chair of the Equal Justice Coalition, will
serve as the program's emcee, and Jacquelynne Bowman, executive
director of Greater Boston Legal Services, will provide lobbying
instructions to the participants.