Attorneys: Mass. lawmakers must increase legal aid
BOSTON (AP) — Hundreds of attorneys led by state Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick Ireland are planning to converge on the Statehouse to press lawmakers to increase funding for programs that provide civil legal aid to low-income Massachusetts residents.
The attorneys from more than 50 law firms will participate in a speaking program Thursday and then visit with their local legislators to press for more funding for the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation.
The agency is the largest funder of civil legal aid in Massachusetts.
Attorneys attending the rally would like to see spending on the agency increase by $4 million to $17 million in the state budget for the 2015 fiscal year.
Rally participants say the increased funding is critical to restore service levels and prevent further cuts to civil legal aid programs.