SUPREME JUDICIAL COURT REAPPOINTS MEMBERS
TO ACCESS TO JUSTICE COMMISSION
Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court recently announced
the reappointment of six members to the Massachusetts Access
to Justice Commission for three-year terms, expiring on
July 1, 2009. They previously served one-year terms.
as chair is former Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice
Herbert P. Wilkins. The other reappointments are Housing
Court Judge Dina E. Fein and Attorneys Young Soo Jo, Robert
W. Lavoie, Paula J. Toland, and Toni G. Wolfman.
by the Court in 2005, the Commission provides leadership,
vision, coordination, and continuity to the many organizations
and interests involved in assuring access to civil justice
for low-income families and individuals in the state. It
is the successor organization to the Massachusetts State
Planning Board for Civil Legal Services. Members represent
the judiciary, bar associations, legal services programs
and clients, and social service agencies.
Justice Wilkins, who was chair of the Massachusetts State
Planning Board for Civil Legal Services, is a Visiting
Professor at Boston College Law School. He served as Chief
Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court from 1996 to 1999,
and as an Associate Justice for twenty-four years.
to the bench in 1999, Judge Dina E. Fein is an Associate
Justice in the Western Division of the Housing Court in
Springfield. She was a member of the Massachusetts State
Planning Board for Civil Legal Services.
Soo Jo, of Westborough, is a staff attorney for the Legal
Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts, and specializes
in disability issues and government benefits.
W. Lavoie is a real estate attorney with the Andover law
firm of Devine, Millimet & Branch, P.A. He also serves
as chair of the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission.
J. Toland, of Swansea, is a clinical consultant for the
Families Together Program of the Providence Children’s
G. Wolfman, of Cambridge, is Executive in Residence at
Bentley College’s Women’s Leadership Institute.
She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Lawyers’ Committee
for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association.