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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.

Lawyers honor Nelson-Davies as rising star


The Massachusetts Bar Association presented Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies with an Access to Justice Rising Star Award.

The award recognizes the efforts of lawyers and law firms for strides in enhancing access to justice. Seven lawyers and one law firm received the award at the association’s annual dinner.

For the rest of the story, published in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, please click here.

Bar Association honors Legal Aid Director Mannina


Attorney Jonathan Mannina, executive director of Worcester-based Community Legal Aid, was presented the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Community Service Award at the Worcester County Bar Association’s May 1 Law Day breakfast. The award is given to a local lawyer who has performed acts of outstanding public service. Mr. Mannina was honored for his commitment to the community throughout his career.

Lawyers trained to offer free help to struggling low-income students


“How can we work together to make sure a student is in an environment that allows them to learn effectively?”

The question was asked, and then answered, by CLA staff attorney Nicole Cardamone, pictured above. She was leading a training in special education law for attorneys interested in offering pro bono representation to low-income families struggling to ensure that their child’s special needs don’t present a barrier to receiving a quality education.