Senior Lawyers Get the Scoop on How They Can Increase Access to Justice

The Access to Justice Fellows program seeks to reduce the impact of funding cutbacks that impact legal services by engaging retired lawyers who wish to remain active.

The Access to Justice Fellows program seeks to reduce the impact funding cutbacks have had on legal services by engaging retired lawyers who wish to remain active through pro bono work.

Last Friday, a group of senior lawyers got together with a panel of current and former Access to Justice Fellows (ATJF), as well as a representative from one of the host organizations, to discuss their experiences with the program.  The ATJF program pairs lawyers who are retired or transitioning to retirement with non-profit and legal services organizations to provide critical assistance to underserved individuals. The panelists Samantha Morton (Medical Legal Partnership), Martha Koster (Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.), William Patton, and Jordan P. Krasnow (Goulston & Storrs PC) shared some advice about how to get involved with the program.

Here’s what panelist Bill Patton had to say about why he believes it is important to get involved:

“The Access to Justice Fellows program is an opportunity for lawyers in retirement or in transition to continue to use their skills and experience in helping people or non-profit organizations that would otherwise have no access to legal advice or representation. One of the best things about the program is the monthly lunches with other fellows to learn about what others are doing and to share ideas.”

If you are looking to get involved in the Access to Justice Program, please contact Mia Friedman at [email protected].

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