National Center for Access to Justice

Amount a key source of funding for civil legal aid in MA fell since 2008: 78%; Increase in families eligible for civil legal aid during that period: 13%

According to, “Hundreds of lawyers, judges and advocates packed the State House on Wednesday, asking lawmakers to match Governor Deval Patrick’s proposal to fund legal aid by $15.5 million in the 2014 state budget.  Advocates say income from a key legal aid funding source, the Interest on Lawyers’ Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program, has dropped by 78% since 2008.  Meanwhile, families eligible for civil legal aid [have] increased by 13% in the past two years.”

Access to Justice Fact of the Week (Feb. 8, 2013)