Read this shocking article in the Globe (text below) about psychological and physical abuse of emotionally disabled children in a Holyoke public school program. As a preface, we wanted to share with you the role of Community Legal Aid in discovering this situation and referring the case to the Disability Law Center.
Community Legal Aid would like to congratulate Safe Passage for raising $485,000 this past weekend during their 12th annual Hot Chocolate Run! Community Legal Aid has worked with Safe Passage for many years, and we are so happy we can join forces to help survivors of domestic violence. In fact, CLA Attorney Jennifer Dieringer who works out of Northampton was one of the founders of the Hot Chocolate Run back in 2004.
Celebrate Legal Aid - Fun, Free - Join Us!
Please join us to celebrate and honor all those that make civil legal aid possible throughout central and western Mass.
This is an opportunity to mingle with supporters of justice - legal professionals, judiciary, community partners, volunteers - and to celebrate and honor all those that make civil legal aid possible throughout central and western Mass.
Charles R. Casartello, Legal Aid Champion
The Avidia Charitable Foundation recently donated $2,000 to Community Legal Aid Inc. Presenting the check from left to right: Todd Wood, Leominster Branch Manager of Avidia Bank; Jonathan Mannina, Esq. Executive Director of Community Legal Aid, Inc.; Mark R. O’Connell, President & CEO of Avidia Bank. This donation will be used for interpretation and translations costs.
Avidia Bank is a $1.2 billion mutual community bank, headquartered in Hudson, with branches in Hudson, Westborough, Clinton, Leominster, Marlborough, Northborough and Shrewsbury.
National Pro Bono Week (October 25-October 31)
National Pro Bono Week is October 25-October 31. At Community Legal Aid, we are so thankful for all of the private attorneys that volunteer their time and expertise to CLA every year. This past year at CLA, there were 519 pro bono cases closed with a total of 2,527 pro bono hours donated. We hope to increase our pro bono reach even more and are excited about some of the new initiatives we are undertaking.
Legal Services Corporation Grant
DCF chooses UMass pediatrician as first medical director
By Telegram & Gazette Staff
BOSTON - A University of Massachusetts Medical School pediatrician noted for her work with children in foster care has been named by the state Department of Children and Families as its first full-time medical director.