The Equal Justice Coalition will honor current and former Massachusetts lawmakers with awards at a reception at the Massachusetts State House on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
The honorees will be recognized for their outstanding support of funding for organizations that provide access to justice for low-income Massachusetts residents with critical civil legal problems such as domestic violence and eviction due to foreclosure.
House Speaker Rep. Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop) and House Ways & Means Chair Brian S. Dempsey (D-Haverhill) will receive Beacon of Justice awards for their leadership in support of funding for civil legal aid in 2013.
Senate President Therese Murray (D-Plymouth), Senate Ways & Means Chair Stephen M. Brewer (D-Barre), U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark, and former Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty will receive Champion of Justice awards for their exceptional support of civil legal aid throughout their legislative careers.
More than sixty state Senators and Representatives who co-sponsored amendments increasing MLAC’s appropriation in the Massachusetts state budget for fiscal year 2014 will also be recognized.
The awards will be presented by John Carroll, Chair of the Equal Justice Coalition.
Wednesday, February 26
12pm to 1pm
Lunch will be served
Massachusetts State House
…but this recognition feels a little bit like buttering up the leadership rather than those doing the real legwork, unless of course in this case they are one in the same and I would be happy to be told that.
Hero Opportunities abound for Legislators who support Civil Legal Aid. First they have a place to refer low income constituents with civil legal problems, they they get thanked for it twice.