Lonnie Powers elected to American Law Institute

Issue January 2011

Lonnie Powers, executive director of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corp. (MLAC), was recently elected to the American Law Institute (ALI), an independent organization that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize and improve the law.

Powers is one of 64 newly elected members, raising ALI's total membership to 4,302.

"I am honored to have been elected to ALI and excited about the opportunity to work with leading legal scholars, judges and practitioners to influence the development of the law," he said.

Powers has served as executive director of MLAC since it was established in 1983 by the Legislature to ensure that low-income people with critical, non-criminal legal problems would have access to legal information, advice and representation. It is the largest funding source for civil legal aid programs in Massachusetts.

Powers has more than 40 years of policy and legal experience at the state and national levels, having devoted more than 30 years to establishing, building, sustaining and revitalizing legal aid organizations. He serves on the Boston Bar Association Task Force on Access to Civil Justice, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Committee on Pro Bono and is active in the American, Massachusetts and Boston bar associations.