Celebrating 65 Years of Legal Aid in Worcester
Community Legal Aid celebrated 65 years of legal aid services in Worcester on Oct. 27 at Tuckerman Hall in the city.
Our guest host, Congressman Jim McGovern, 2nd District of Massachusetts, spoke about the vital need for civil legal aid services in Worcester and surrounding communities. He noted that many more residents would face terrible injustices without the services CLA attorneys and advocates provide.
At the hall, a slideshow and exhibits were set up showing some of the history of CLA, which is the result of the merger of several forerunner organizations, including the Legal Aid Society of Worcester. One of the exhibits, culled from a 1959 issue of The Evening Gazette, showed a picture of Samuel Seder, then president of LASW, and Paris Fletcher, then president of the Greater Worcester Community Chest. The photo, which also included LASW counsel Ralph I. Sigel, showed the men celebrating as LASW was accepted into the Community Chest, which later became the United Way.
John Shea, president of Community Legal Aid, presented awards to the United Way of Central Massachusetts, represented by Tim Garvin, as well as to Robert Lian and Robert Seder. The awards celebrated the honorees' decades of service to Worcester residents through support for legal aid.
Our wonderful sponsors helped us to make this event a success - Thank You again to everyone who contributed.
Champions of Justice
Pillars of Justice
Coghlin Electrical Contractors
Seder & Chandler
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care
Charles and Carol Casartello
Advocate of Justice
Hassett & Donnelly