Nutter Attorneys to Participate in the 20th Annual Walk to the HillPrint PDF
On January 24, 2019, Nutter attorneys will participate in the 20th annual Walk to the Hill to urge lawmakers to protect state funding for programs that provide civil legal aid to low-income Massachusetts residents. Associates Nehal Khorraminejad and Valerie Moore served as the firm’s co-captains this year. Nutter has supported Walk to the Hill since its inaugural year.
As they prepared for this year’s event, Nutter attorneys discussed the impact of Walk to the Hill and the reasons why they are calling on state lawmakers to ensure equal access to justice:
Q: Why do you walk?
Deb Manus (Managing Partner): I walk because in a free society access to justice shouldn’t be conditioned on income. I participate in Walk to the Hill every year because it’s important to remind our legislators that funding legal aid is a smart investment.
Nehal Khorraminejad (Associate, Litigation): I walk because income should not be determinative of someone’s access to their rights.
Valerie Moore (Associate, Real Estate): I walk because so many litigants in the trial court are still pro se. In Housing Court, as many as 93% of tenants are unrepresented. In Probate and Family Court, it’s an estimated 50 to 75% of all litigants.
Ritika Bhakhri (Associate, Litigation): I walk because it is our shared responsibility to ensure equal justice for all.
Guru Laxmikanthan (Technical Specialist, Intellectual Property): I participate in Walk to the Hill because it’s important to enable equal justice and equal access to law for all people regardless of income.
Patrick Maher (Associate, Litigation): I walk because no one should be walled off from access to justice.
Q: How does Walk to the Hill create such an impact in the Commonwealth?
Kate Henry (Associate, Corporate and Transactions): Walk to the Hill is successful because the sheer impact of having so many lawyers asking for assistance is crucial – strength in numbers!
Sa’adiyah Masoud (Associate, Litigation): Walk to the Hill is so successful because a large portion of the legal community comes together to help the community in a very important way.
Q: As the Nutter co-captains, what are your goals for this year’s event?
Khorraminejad: We are inspired! At the very least, we will gain exposure to all the opportunities and ways we can further serve those who do not have access to representation.
Moore: I’m hopeful it will be an afternoon of great conversations about an important cause with enthusiastic legislators about the critical need for more funding for civil legal aid.
BBA Week posted an article about Nutter's participation in Walk to the Hill.