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New Managing Attorney in Worcester


At the beginning of April 2018 Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies became the Managing Attorney of CLA’s Worcester office. Weayonnoh has been a staff attorney at CLA for several years, specializing in public benefits advocacy and spearheading CLA’s medical-legal partnership with UMass Memorial Healthcare. Before joining our staff she worked as a Bart Gordon Fellow and staff attorney at South Coastal Counties Legal Services. Weayonnoh was born and raised in Liberia before immigrating to the U.S. during Liberia’s civil war.

Letter: Civil legal aid funding is a bargain in its rescued lives

Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 5, 2018 | Posted at 6:00 AM             

With uncertainty about how federal tax reform will impact Massachusetts, state lawmakers writing next year’s budget have an almost impossible task. They must align public spending with programs that not only improve lives, but yield a substantial return on investment, as well.

Celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy


On the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s death, we celebrate his life and legacy. His work as a pastor, activist, and leader of the civil rights movement is as relevant today as it was 50 years ago.

Dr. King earned his doctoral degree and an honorary degree from Boston University. We are proud to honor his memory and the role Boston played in his growth and emergence as an unparalleled champion for our vulnerable and disenfranchised neighbors and as a compelling voice for equity, justice, and peace. 

Amid deportations, SJC’s chief justice pleads for $5m hike in funding for civil legal aid


By Travis Andersen GLOBE STAFF  JANUARY 25, 2018

The chief justice of the state’s highest court made an impassioned plea Thursday for a $5 million increase in public funding for civil legal aid for poor Massachusetts residents, including undocumented immigrants facing possible deportation and the severing of their families.