Through the Boston Bar Foundation, we directly supported 21 legal services organizations throughout the year. With the help of BBF partners, we’ve collectively granted $1,000,000 to local legal services organizations. These grantees, in turn, administered legal aid to the most vulnerable and underprivileged members in our communities, such as homeless individuals & families, domestic violence survivors, at-risk youth, and military veterans.
In addition to partnering with legal services organizations in support of the greater community, the Boston Bar Association also supplies direct legal assistance in Boston Housing Courts. Throughout 2016, the BBA connected 995 pro se litigants with effective attorneys. As a result, the litigants not only received the legal advice they needed but the courts were not burdened with the unique challenges of unrepresented litigants.
In 2017, the BBA will continue to be a voice and mobilizing force, advocating for legislation that would protect civil legal aid resources and organizations from efforts to defund or dismantle their programs. The Boston Bar Foundation will be holding fundraising events throughout the year to support the civil legal aid organizations who provide access to justice for individuals and families with limited means.