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Mary Ryan Appointed as a Member of the SJC’s Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission

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Mary Ryan, a partner in Nutter’s Litigation Department and member of the firm’s Development, Land Use and Permitting practice group, was appointed as a member of the Supreme Judicial Court’s (SJC) Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission.

First established by the SJC in 2005, the Commission seeks to improve access to justice for people who are unable to afford an attorney for essential civil legal needs, such as cases involving housing, consumer debt, and family law. Among other activities, the Commission coordinates with civil legal aid organizations to support their activities and develop new initiatives to address unmet needs. The Commission also works to increase the number of attorneys able to provide pro bono or limited assistance civil legal services and coordinates with the court system on initiatives that assist individuals to better understand and navigate civil legal proceedings.

A longtime leader in the legal industry, Mary is a former president of the Boston Bar Association, former chair of the SJC’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, and former chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service.

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