PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE
SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
Jennifer Donahue/Erika Gully-Santiago
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 6, 2017
Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants to Speak at Event Announcing Pro Bono Fellows
WHAT: On Thursday, October 12, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph D. Gants will speak at the sixth annual Access to Justice Fellows event at the John Adams Courthouse, hosted by the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the Lawyers Clearinghouse. Chief Justice Gants is co-chair of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission.
The Access to Justice Fellows Program, a project of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and the Lawyers Clearinghouse, provides senior lawyers and retired judges the opportunity to work on year-long pro bono legal projects. This year's Fellows will work on a range of projects involving environmental, bankruptcy and consumer protection law, legal guardianship aid for Boston Public School students with special needs, accessibility of court forms increasing access to justice in the trial courts for pro se litigants, corporate and strategic planning assistance to nonprofits, work to reduce recidivism of young men on the South Shore, and representation of indigent asylum-seekers and detained immigrants, among others.
Access to Justice Fellow Vickie Rothbaum will also speak at the event to give her perspective on the program as a continuing Fellow from the class of 2014-2015. As part of her fellowship she works with Senior Partners for Justice to expand the Settlement and Early Resolution Volunteers (SERV) project.
Since the start of the program in 2012, 95 Access to Justice Fellows have provided over 70,000 hours of pro bono service to 60 partner organizations. The program continues to support all Access to Justice Fellows as they perform important pro bono work, remain active members of the legal community, and help people and groups in need.
The 2017-2018 Access to Justice Fellows are:
Thursday, October 12, 2017
WHERE: Seven Justice Courtroom
John Adams Courthouse Boston, MA 02108