Those of us who try to focus attention on the “access” side of access to justice are often criticized for not planning enough for impact advocacy side. Two recent developments highlight the importance and potential results of having institutions that focus on legal change and also raise the question why we can not have such institutions in every state.
The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI), where I worked during law school and briefly afterwards, is with very good reason regarded as one of the best so-called “state back-up centers” funded, till the Gingrich era, by LSC.
A few weeks ago Ernest (Tony) Winsor, the Deputy Director at MLRI for 30 years, died. An article (not an obituary) in the Boston Globe highlights his career and contributions. Tony was one of my supervisors as a law student, and I learned so much from him. As the Globe put it:
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