2019 Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid
On Thursday January 24, 2019, hundreds of lawyers and law students took part in the annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid. The lobbying day aims to increase in the money budgeted for legal aid for civil cases in Massachusetts.
Over 70 UMass Law students traveled to the state house in Boston to participate alongside these influential attorneys. The right to counsel is not guaranteed in civil cases, so it is fundamental that there is money available to help those in need navigate our complex legal system.
In 2018, the Governor’s budget included a $3 million increase to civil legal aid. In 2019, that meant we needed to lobby for a total of $25 million to cover the costs of this essential program. About two-thirds of all eligible applications of the civil legal aid funding must be turned away just because there simply is not enough money available to take their cases on.