Davis Malm shareholder Sandy Moskowitz recently completed a three-year term as Chair of the Massachusetts Equal Justice Coalition (EJC). The EJC is a collaboration organized by the Massachusetts and Boston Bar Associations and the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) to promote and protect state funding for legal aid for low-income residents confronting serious civil (non-criminal) problems such as domestic violence, eviction, child custody disputes, consumer fraud, and denial of assistance benefits.

Since 2010, Sandy has led the EJC in its efforts to increase state funding for legal aid programs facing increased demand and the loss of other funding due to the recession. During his term, Sandy worked tirelessly to bring awareness to the need for increased legislative funding for these programs and to explore ways the courts and the legal aid community could better work together to improve equal access to justice for all litigants. During this time, the EJC helped secure annual increases in state funding for legal aid, all at a time when many state-funded programs were seeing their appropriations cut. As Chair of the EJC, Sandy led 700-800 private attorneys in their annual Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid. At this year’s Walk, both Governor Deval Patrick and Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick Ireland, who led a contingent made up of Supreme Judicial Court justices, spoke and asked attorneys to urge their legislators to support an increase in the state appropriation for MLAC.

“It was a pleasure and a privilege to have served as Chair of the EJC and to have worked with so many dedicated people committed to increasing equal access to justice for all of the Commonwealth’s residents,” Sandy said. Succeeding Sandy as Chair of the EJC is John J. Carroll, Jr., an attorney at Meehan, Boyle, Black & Bogdanow, P.C.

Sandy serves on the Board of Directors of Greater Boston Legal Services, where he continues to serve on the Executive Committee. Throughout his three-decade legal career, Sandy has dedicated himself to supporting civil legal aid. He began as an attorney for Birmingham Area Legal Services in Alabama. As a private attorney, for over ten years he led a committee that created and operated the Boston Bar Association Lawyer for a Day Program at the Boston Housing Court. In 2006, Sandy was awarded the Adams Pro Bono Publico Award by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for his work on this program, which has been a model both in assisting low income litigants and in relieving the great burden pro se litigants have on the court.

For more information contact: Joanne Thorud; (617) 589-3894; jthorud@davismalm.com

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