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Background is part of the Massachusetts Legal Aid Websites Project. See our Facebook page. The project is a collaborative effort of the civil legal aid community of Massachusetts. We are based at Massachusetts Law Reform Institute and get our funding from the  Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation.'s mission is to use the Web in new and creative ways to improve access to justice for low income and disadvantaged people. We are working to connect, support, and educate advocates and the general public. The content of the website is written by people within the legal services community.

The web team

A Steering Committee

The Steering Committee guides the work of the whole website project, including MassLegalHelp. The Committee advises us of the best way to spend our time, how to spend our limited resources and helps make difficult decisions. It is made up of representatives from legal services programs across the state.

An Editorial Board

Jeff Wolf - Children and Families and Domestic Violence
Retired.  Access to Justice Fellow. Former staff attorney at Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Annette Duke - Housing
Senior Attorney, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Susan Fendell - Mental Health
Senior attorney at the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee

Mariah Jennings-Rampsi - Consumer and Foreclosures
Attorney, Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts LLC (Subsidiary of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.)

Donna Southwell
Director of Policy Analysis at Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation

A Website Coordinator

Caroline Robinson
Co-director Massachusetts Legal Aid Websites Project, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute


Massachusetts residents just getting by or trying to. You are a very important member of our team. Your suggestions and comments play a big part in the decisions we make. Although we can not provide legal advice, we do our best to publish the kind of information that people who live in Massachusetts and contact us say they need.


Produced by Caroline Robinson Websites Project Co-director - MassLegalHelp
Last Updated July 2016

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