About MA-CLA

Many of the Massachusetts legal services organizations (LSOs) and programs that offer free civil legal aid (MA-CLA) that are in this Directory receive grants from one or more of the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC), the Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF), and the Boston Bar Foundation (BBF). Brief descriptions of the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission (MassA2J) and these grantors appear below.
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Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission (MassA2J)

The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission seeks to achieve equal justice for all persons in the Commonwealth by providing leadership and vision to, and coordination with, the many organizations and interested persons involved in providing and improving access to justice for those unable to afford counsel.
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Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC)

The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) was established by the Legislature in 1983 to ensure that residents with low incomes facing critical, civil (non-criminal) legal problems would have access to legal information, advice and representation. MLAC receives funding from a variety of sources including a state appropriation, the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, private foundations, and government grants. MLAC funds a network of civil legal aid organizations throughout the Commonwealth. MLAC is the largest single source of civil legal aid funding in Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts Bar Foundation

MBF is the philanthropic partner of the Massachusetts Bar Association. The MBF receives a portion of the IOLTA income and donations from law firms and individual attorneys which it uses to fund CLA organizations and entities that expand access to justice throughout the Commonwealth.

Boston Bar Foundation (BBF)

BBF is the charitable arm of the Boston Bar Association. The BBF receives a portion of the IOLTA income and combines that with its own funds and donations from law firms and individual attorneys. Its robust granting program supports projects and organizations that facilitate access to justice in underserved communities throughout Greater Boston which it uses to fund CLA organizations and entities that expand access to justice throughout the Greater Boston area.

The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the Boston Bar Foundation to enable the development of the website hosting this Directory.