(Boston, Revised 03/08/10) New England Law | Boston: On February 19, 2010, the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts announced the appointment of the director of the CLSR’s Public Service Project, Professor Russell Engler, to the Access to Justice Commission. Professor Engler is the only law professor among the commission's 22 members.
In the words of Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall, "The Access to Justice Commission will provide leadership, vision and coordination to all entities involved in providing and expanding access to justice, especially to those unable to afford counsel. Both the legal community and the community at large have a responsibility to achieve equal justice for all persons in the Commonwealth. The membership on the Commission is therefore being expanded to include members of the business, medical and technological communities, and the Executive Branch. Other members will represent the judiciary, law schools, bar associations and bar foundations, and legal services and clients."
Professor Engler, who also directs the law school's clinical programs, has long been involved in the movement to expand the civil right to counsel and is frequently asked to speak on the subject. On February 3, 2010, Professor Engler spoke at New England Law on the topic at the CLSR LawMatters event, Civil Gideon: Expanding the Right to Counsel. Other panelists included CLSR Professors Dina Haynes and David Siegel, and Sarah Westra '11, and was moderated by CLSR Fellow Adonia R. Simpson ’09. On February 19, 2010, Professor Engler took part in a symposium in Seattle, WA, entitled Civil Legal Representation and Access to Justice: Breaking Point or Opportunity for Change.