Berkshire Center for Justice

BJC’s mission is to:

  • provide legal support for persons who otherwise would not have access to representation
  • educate and empower clients to self-advocate within the system where appropriate
  • promote justice and the public interest by building strong community relationships
  • engage in educational and civic programs that build community and empower the disenfranchised and under-represented

BCJ’s Programs:

  • Justice for Elders
  • Weekly Free Legal Clinics
  • Community-Based Free Legal Clinics
  • Sliding Scale Fee for Legal Services (among only 27 nonprofit sliding scale fee providers in the country)
  • Know Your Rights
  • Legal Empowerment – Learn to Self-Advocate Where Appropriate
  • Environmental Justice Initiative
  • Public Health Initiative
  • Free Legal, Social and Community Referrals

Recent Pro Bono Achievements:

  • African American man who was sexually assaulted came to us in desperation because no one took his complaint to heart. BCJ called a meeting with the Police Investigation Department, District Attorney’s Office, and Victim Advocate. The investigation was reopened and sufficient evidence was gathered for the District Attorney to press charges.
  • We represented an elderly widow in the short sale of her home. Multiple agencies and private parties collaborated to find her alternative affordable housing on short notice, negotiate the short sale with her reluctant mortgage company, empty her home of 40 years of personal possessions and move her to her new location.

Recent Reduced Fee Achievements:

  • Negotiated an agreement on behalf of our client who is a cancer patient that prevented his eviction.

 

 


Guthrie CenterWe are proud to partner with The Guthrie Center to offer a Free Legal Clinic every Wednesday from 12-1 pm during Free Community Lunch at 4 Van Deusenville Rd. Great Barrington, MA.

No appointment necessary!  Just drop in!

BCJ has been providing Free Legal Clinics at the Guthrie Center’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner since 2008 and weekly Free Legal Clinics at Community Lunch since 2014.


A Letter From Our Founder

  What would happen if the Berkshire Center for Justice didn’t exist? What would happen to the middle-age cancer patient threatened with eviction in a trailer park? Or to the to the widow whose home was being foreclosed? Or the … Continue reading