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UMass, CLA land $195K for medical-legal partnership



Worcester-based Community Legal Aid has been awarded a two-year $195,000 grant to help continue a medical-legal partnership with UMass Memorial Health Care.

Washington, D.C.-based Legal Services Corporation provided the grant.

As part of the ongoing partnership, UMass will match the funding with a two-year grant of approximately $90,000, UMass said in a press release Thursday.

CLA joins in walk, raises money for Elizabeth Freeman Center


By Amanda Drane

PITTSFIELD — Sometimes being macho means taking a stand against domestic violence, and walking a mile in heels. 

And that's exactly what Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn did on Thursday during the 7th annual Walk a Mile fundraiser for the Elizabeth Freeman Center. For his part, Wynn wore 3.5-inch, pointed-toe leopard print heels. Ankle strap and all.

Worcester Magazine: Two minutes with… Ramon Borges-Mendez


Dr. Ramon Borges-Mendez is a professor at Clark University. Earlier this week, he served as the moderator of a discussion about graffiti’s relationship to public art at the Pow! Wow! Worcester festival. He specializes in the economic and urban revitalization of small and midsize deindustrialized cities of New England.

To read the rest of the article by Worcester Magazine's Bill Shaner, and to see how it connects to Community Legal Aid, please click here.

Legal aid attorneys train social service providers in SNAP benefits


WORCESTER, Mass.—Do you qualify for SNAP benefits (known as “food stamps”)? What if you’re a student living with your parents? What if you have a roommate you split grocery bills with? Or maybe you buy your own groceries, but cook together? What information do you need to prove who you are?

Questions like this can be vexing, and not only for individuals who are experiencing financial hardship and applying for benefits. Sometimes these questions confuse even the people whose job it is to help you fill out your application.

Private attorneys trained to assist needy clients as "Lawyer for the Day"


WORCESTER, Mass. – Eager attorneys filled the Worcester Law Library on June 7, 2017, to learn skills necessary for pro bono work in a training sponsored by the “Lawyer for the Day” program, a collaboration involving Community Legal Aid (CLA)’s Volunteer Lawyers Service (VLS), the Massachusetts Trial Court, and the Worcester County Bar Association.  

Mass. Transitional Assistance commissioner meets with local providers


Special to Community Legal Aid

WORCESTER, Mass.—Massachusetts Department of Transitional Services (DTA) Commissioner Jeff McCue met June 1 with the SNAP Coalition, in a collaborative effort to reduce food insecurity across central Massachusetts.

McCue took the opportunity to announce that the DTA’s new unit specializing in the needs of the elderly would soon open in Chelsea, Mass.

Former Central Mass. legal aid lawyer gets nod for judgeship


Arose Nielsen, who was involved with the court system in her youth, was confirmed as a Juvenile Court judge, and Dalila Argaez Wendlandt, a 47-year-old partner at Ropes & Gray who specializes in intellectual property, will join the Appeals Court. Nielsen is a former Community Legal Aid (CLA) staff attorney, and currently serves on our board.

To read the full article, published in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, please click here.