Lawyers Journal

Freshmen legislators welcomed, urged to support legal service

The Massachusetts Bar Association co-sponsored the New Legislators' Reception on Jan. 11 at the John Adams Courthouse. The event was held to welcome new members of the Massachusetts Legislature and to emphasize the importance of their support in ensuring funding for legal services.

"State funding for legal services is one cog in the machine that is legal services … Despite the best efforts of the bar, including much pro bono activity, we are still falling short in providing civil legal aid to our most vulnerable citizens," said MBA President Denise Squillante, a featured speaker.

Squillante was joined at the event by MBA President-elect Richard P. Campbell; Chief Operating Officer and Chief Legal Counsel Martin W. Healy; and Legislative Activities Manager Lee Ann Constantine.

As a result of the November election, 39 new faces will join the House of Representatives and eight will join the Senate.
The event was hosted by the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation and co-sponsored by the Boston Bar Association.

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