April 22, 2018

In The Media

Compromise will hire more lawyers for the poor

By David Riley | Daily News Correspondent | August 28, 2011

Leaders of the state’s public defender system will soon detail a plan to hire more staff attorneys to represent the poor and contract less of that work to about 3,000 private lawyers across Massachusetts.

The cost of defending low-income people came under the spotlight on Beacon Hill this year when Gov. Deval Patrick proposed hiring about 1,000 new state attorneys and ending the use of private attorneys altogether.

While the administration said the initial plan would save more than $45 million, MetroWest and Milford-based private attorneys argued benefit, pension and overhead costs for an expanded state staff could prove more expensive. They also said the changes could jeopardize the quality of legal counsel for the poor.

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Women’s Success Network Celebrates Strong Women

March 2010 | Published in The Bellingham Bulletin Newspaper

“The real story is what happened next.” So said a longtime member of the Women’s Success Network (WSN) who spoke at their recent event entitled “Strong Women/Safe Women.” The meeting was held on February 3 at the Highland Country Club in Attleboro, and the speaker (name withheld for obvious reasons) was sharing the very personal account of her experiences in an abusive relationship. The story she related, however, was a story that was less about victimization and more about resolve, resilience, and the power of a helping hand.

The turning point for her came, she said, when she confided in a neighbor and was met with concern and support. She successfully left her husband, taking her children with her, and was ultimately able to build a healthy, safe, and successful life for them all.

Her success, not the abuse, was the defining feature of her life.

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