Expanding Access to Justice
A core piece of the Boston Bar Foundation's mission is to expand access to justice.
Access to justice means ensuring adequate funding for civil legal services for the poor and projects that directly improve the courts' effectiveness, address systemic problems in the court system or provide information to low-income, underserved or special-needs populations. We believe every individual should know his or her legal rights and have accessibility to the courts — and that those who need to turn to the justice system to protect their rights or resolve their disputes will find sufficient staff and resources for assistance.
The BBF promotes access to justice through:
- Grants to legal services programs: Every year, the BBF grants out a combination of IOLTA funds and BBF dollars to Greater Boston legal services organizations. In 2013, the BBF made $900,000 in grants to 28 community organizations providing legal services in areas such as immigration, domestic violence and homelessness.
- Lawyer for a Day in the Boston Housing Court: Since 1999, thousands of low-income people facing the threat of homelessness have found relief through this BBA program.
Support Our Efforts
By making a contribution today, you can help the BBF to continue enhancing access to justice. If you have any questions about making a donation, please contact Jennifer Merrill at email@example.com or 617-778-1938.