UMass Law was recognized by the Equal Justice Coalition for their outstanding participation in the 2019 Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid. Four law firms were also recognized: Morgan Lewis; Ropes & Gray; Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow; and WilmerHale. Eighty students at the Dartmouth-based school traveled to Boston for the 2019 Walk to the Hill.
The Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid is the annual lobby day for supporters of increased state appropriation for legal assistance organizations funded by the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation. Last January, nearly 700 attorneys and law students convened at the Massachusetts State House to ask legislators to increase the state appropriation for civil legal aid.
The Equal Justice Coalition is a collaboration of the Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation working to increase state funding for civil legal aid.
The 2020 Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid will be on January 30 where Chief Justice Ralph Gants of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, bar association leaders, and law students will join hundreds of private attorneys at the State House.