PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Jennifer Donahue/Erika Gully-Santiago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 23, 2020
Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission Announces Seven New Members
BOSTON, MA — The Supreme Judicial Court today announced the appointments of seven new members to the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission.
First established by the Supreme Judicial Court in 2005, the Access to Justice Commission seeks to improve access to justice for people who are unable to afford an attorney for essential civil legal needs, such as cases involving housing, consumer debt, and family law.
"We are delighted to welcome these new members to the Commission," said Susan Finegan, who co-chairs the Commission. "These new members were nominated during the tenure of the late Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants, my long-time co-chair at the Commission, and they are already engaged and contributing to the important work of the Commission. They include judges from the District Court and Housing Court, key administrators managing access to justice initiatives within the courts, an associate general counsel for an internationally renowned hospital, a partner at a leading law firm, and an attorney with a statewide legal advocacy organization. Each of these new members lends an important and unique perspective to the Commission's ongoing efforts to ensure equal access to justice."
The new Access to Justice Commission members are:
Among other activities, the Access to Justice Commission coordinates with civil legal aid organizations to support their activities and develop new initiatives to address unmet needs. The Commission also works to increase the number of attorneys able to provide pro bono or limited assistance civil legal services and coordinates with the court system on initiatives that assist individuals to better understand and navigate civil legal proceedings. The Commission's members include representatives from the court system, legal aid organizations, social service organizations, bar associations, law schools, businesses, and other stakeholders in the access to justice community.