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Dance for Justice

Come to a great Party and Dance for Justice!

Join me in supporting The Berkshire Center for Justice as they celebrate 11 years of bridging the justice gap for Berkshire residents! Come dance, eat, drink, hear about our good work from our clients, and partake in a great silent auction.

BCJ is one of ONLY 23 nonprofit sliding scale direct legal service providers in the country. It’s the only one that addresses legal, social and community issues together!

Be there: Saturday May 20

Delicious Dinner + Fabulous Silent Auction + Dancing to Great Music

6-10pm at Dewey Hall in Sheffield, MA

Tickets are $50. for a night of food, fun and justice to all!Purchase tickets through our website flcberkshire.wordpress.com by pressing the donation button. Let us know your donation is for the Event.

Or send payment to BCJ at 284 Main St. Suite 7 Great Barrington, MA 01230.

You can also reserve your tickets by calling 413-854-1955 or writing flcberkshire@gmail.com

Please spread the word! See you there!!

A Letter From Our BCJ Board President

bcj-mission-iconBCJ is one of only 23 known nonprofit sliding scale organizations in the United States. Of that elite group, we are the only organization that also addresses social and community issues.

To my knowledge, no local nonprofit gives more for less than we do. Last year our annual income was $15,000. With that small amount, we provided the community with 50 free legal clinics and provided legal representation and education to 125 people! BCJ subsidizes services to free legal clients at an average cost of $500.00 per client.

Entering our 11th year, your donation will be a blessing. It is time for our staff to be paid. Our high school “Know Your Rights” program for graduating seniors began this year and we now focus on serving elders and their caretakers age 60 and above with preference to those who live in rural areas.

We are inspired by Eve’s vision of redressing injustice inflicted on the disenfranchised or anyone who cannot afford the $350 an hour lawyer fees. We are ground breaking, forward thinking and client centered and for her important work and accomplishments, Executive Director and Founder of BCJ, atty. Eve Schatz was selected by Berkshire Magazine as one of 2016’s most influential, creative and dedicated people in Berkshire County.

In celebration of Eve’s long time commitment and the many lives she has touched and in honor of our 10th year of operations, we ask you to give generously to the Berkshire Center for Justice.

Please lend us your support today. Donations can be made by clicking the donation button above.

With warmest regards,
President, David Ornstil
Berkshire Center for Justice

Let’s Dance for Justice!

Fund Raiser

Let’s Dance for Justice!

It’s going to be a great night of music, food, dance for a great cause: The Berkshire Center for Justice.
Be there: Saturday, March 12, 6-10pm 

Dinner + Silent Auction + Dancing to Great 60’s, 70’s & 80’s Music with Wanda Houston & Band
Where: Dewey Hall, Sheffield MA
Call 413-854-1955 to reserve your tickets;
$45.00 for a night of fun and a future of bringing justice to those in need in the Berkshires.

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SAVE THE DATE FOR JUSTICE! March 12, 2016

The Berkshire Center for Justice’s 3rd Annual Dance for Justice will take place on Saturday, March 12.  The dinner dance and Silent Auction will be at the Dewey Hall in Sheffield. Wanda Houston and her Band will be performing dance music hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Stay tuned for further details.

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Pittsfield Free Legal Clinic Rescheduled

The Martin Luther King Day free legal clinic in Pittsfield is being rescheduled for February. We will keep you posted for time and place.

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Free Legal Clinic at The Guthrie Center’s 50th Thanksgiving celebration

Attorney Eve Schatz and George Laye

This is the 9th year that the Free Legal Clinic has joined with The Guthrie Center for their Thanksgiving dinner and celebration.  And this is the 50th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving dinner about which the Alice’s Restaurant song is written. George Laye, Director of The Guthrie Center honored the Berkshire Center for Justice, Inc, and the Free Legal Clinic’s program in collaboration with the free weekly lunch program at the Center. Photo: Attorney Eve Schatz, Founder and Director of the Berkshire Center for Justice, Inc. and the Free Legal Clinic, stands with George Laye, Director of  The Guthrie Center.

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Our 9th Annual Free Legal Clinic and Thanksgiving Dinner!

The Berkshire Center for Justice and Guthrie Center are offering their 9th annual Free Legal Clinic and Thanksgiving Dinner at the Guthrie Center on November 26 at 1 p.m.

. Attorney Schatz will be there to conduct intakes and answer your legal questions. BCJ offers free legal clinics, sliding scale fee based direct legal services, and educational programs. Call 413-854-1955 for legal information.

 

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DANCE FOR JUSTICE A GREAT SUCCESS

Eve Schatz, Founder & Executive Director with Susan Solovay, BCJ's graphic designer

The fund raiser, Dance for Justice, for the Berkshire Center for Justice, Inc. was a huge success. It was a fun time for all with delicious food from The Marketplace, dance music with Wanda Houston & Band, and a successful silent auction! The new venue at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Housatonic was filled to capacity. Thank you all for your help in making this event such a tremendous success for such an important and worthwhile mission in the heart of the Berkshires.

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Spring Fundraiser: Saturday, May 2, 6-10PM

SAVE THE DATE SATURDAY, MAY 2,  6-10 pm

Dance for Justice 2015

The Berkshire Center for Justice/ Free Legal Clinic is bringing back its popular Spring Dinner Dance Silent Auction Fundraiser event that will be held on May 2nd featuring the Wanda Houston Band performing hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The event will be catered by the Marketplace, and is held at a new location this year –  the Universalist Unitarian Church, 1089 Main Street in Housatonic. Tickets $45.  Call to reserve: 413-854-1955.  Or email:  flcberkshire@gmail.com.

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cause: The Berkshire Center for Justice.
Be there: Saturday, March 12, 6-10pm 

Dinner + Silent Auction + Dancing to Great 60’s, 70’s & 80’s Music with Wanda Houston & Band
Where: Dewey Hall, Sheffield MA
Call 413-854-1955 to reserve your tickets;
$45.00 for a night of fun and a future of bringing justice to those in need in the Berkshires.

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SAVE THE DATE FOR JUSTICE! March 12, 2016

The Berkshire Center for Justice’s 3rd Annual Dance for Justice will take place on Saturday, March 12.  The dinner dance and Silent Auction will be at the Dewey Hall in Sheffield. Wanda Houston and her Band will be performing dance music hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Stay tuned for further details.

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Pittsfield Free Legal Clinic Rescheduled

The Martin Luther King Day free legal clinic in Pittsfield is being rescheduled for February. We will keep you posted for time and place.

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Free Legal Clinic at The Guthrie Center’s 50th Thanksgiving celebration

Attorney Eve Schatz and George Laye

This is the 9th year that the Free Legal Clinic has joined with The Guthrie Center for their Thanksgiving dinner and celebration.  And this is the 50th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving dinner about which the Alice’s Restaurant song is written. George Laye, Director of The Guthrie Center honored the Berkshire Center for Justice, Inc, and the Free Legal Clinic’s program in collaboration with the free weekly lunch program at the Center. Photo: Attorney Eve Schatz, Founder and Director of the Berkshire Center for Justice, Inc. and the Free Legal Clinic, stands with George Laye, Director of  The Guthrie Center.

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Our 9th Annual Free Legal Clinic and Thanksgiving Dinner!

The Berkshire Center for Justice and Guthrie Center are offering their 9th annual Free Legal Clinic and Thanksgiving Dinner at the Guthrie Center on November 26 at 1 p.m.

. Attorney Schatz will be there to conduct intakes and answer your legal questions. BCJ offers free legal clinics, sliding scale fee based direct legal services, and educational programs. Call 413-854-1955 for legal information.

 

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DANCE FOR JUSTICE A GREAT SUCCESS

Eve Schatz, Founder & Executive Director with Susan Solovay, BCJ's graphic designer

The fund raiser, Dance for Justice, for the Berkshire Center for Justice, Inc. was a huge success. It was a fun time for all with delicious food from The Marketplace, dance music with Wanda Houston & Band, and a successful silent auction! The new venue at the Universalist Unitarian Church in Housatonic was filled to capacity. Thank you all for your help in making this event such a tremendous success for such an important and worthwhile mission in the heart of the Berkshires.

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Spring Fundraiser: Saturday, May 2, 6-10PM

SAVE THE DATE SATURDAY, MAY 2,  6-10 pm

Dance for Justice 2015

The Berkshire Center for Justice/ Free Legal Clinic is bringing back its popular Spring Dinner Dance Silent Auction Fundraiser event that will be held on May 2nd featuring the Wanda Houston Band performing hits from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The event will be catered by the Marketplace, and is held at a new location this year –  the Universalist Unitarian Church, 1089 Main Street in Housatonic. Tickets $45.  Call to reserve: 413-854-1955.  Or email:  flcberkshire@gmail.com.

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The FLC is holding its fundraiser on March 8, 6-10PM at Dewey Hall in Sheffield. Dinner and dancing to the Wanda Huston Band. (60′, 70’s and 8’s music) plus comedian Thomas Atilla Lewis. Tickets are $45. To reserve tickets call 413-854-1955 or purchase online . For more information read our post here.

The FLC will exhibit at “Through Her Eyes,” a Free Health Fair & Discussion on Domestic Violence, presented by Danielle Shumway of the Elizabeth Freeman Center. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 29th, from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at The Comfort Inn & Suites in Gt. Barrington, MA. Space is limited to 75 persons; please RSVP by 4 pm on the day of the event. For questions, call: 413-358-5296. All ages are welcome.

Coming up — FLC is scheduling a series of community education programs that will be offered for free to the public. Our first event (below) is a collaboration with CHP. Call us at 413-854-1955 and let us know what area of law you would like to know more about.

The Free Legal Clinic presents: Legal Sense Workshop Thursday, February 3rd 7-8pm– The FLC is offering this free workshop to educate Berkshire residents who can’t afford an attorney on how to file for their own divorce and what they can do if they are being sued by their credit company for not paying their bills. Eve Schatz will be presenting about credit card debt resolution and Gail Garrett will lead the discussion about divorce. FREE ADMISSION to be held at the Community Health Program Main Offices 444 Stockbridge Road Great Barrington, MA.

Guthrie Center’s Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner November 25, 2010 —The Free Legal Clinic collaborated with the Guthrie Center for its Fourth Annual Thanksgiving Day Dinner and Free Legal Clinic. Board Member Tanya Hills and Eve Schatz, Esq. served dinner, served dinner, conducted free intakes and made referrals to local attorneys, social and community organizations. Thank you to George Lay, director of the Guthrie Center, for your gracious welcome and good words about how FLC benefits your constituents.

Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, November 10, 2010 —Jan O’Brien, (Board Member), and Eve Schatz, Esq. attended a Community Heath Programs, Inc. (CHP) outreach event at Kripalu. The event was open to all employees and workshop attendees at no cost. This is our fourth annual Kripalu outreach event where the Free Legal Clinic provided clients with access to legal advice and social and community referrals to clients in need. If you would like to bring a Free Legal Clinic to your employment campus as a benefit or service to your employees, call FLC at 413-854-1955. Kripalu is always so welcoming to us, and CHP does a fantastic job organizing outreach events.

Disabilities Resource Fair, November 3, 2010Dozens of local organizations gathered to make known their unique resources to the community of disabled persons. Eve and Lindy answered questions about how the Free Legal Clinic and its knowledge of community resources can help support disabled persons and their families to create a trust, delay eviction, get access to educational tutoring, and more. FLC is always willing to connect with local school programs to better serve the community.

Life Coach Program, Summer — The Free Legal Clinic has noticed that many of our clients are women in transition because of illness, divorce, unemployment, and abuse. In collaboration with Maia Conte, certified life coach, we have designed a fabulous program to be offerred to our clients at no charge. Please help us support this program by making you donation to CHP/FLC, 4 Pleasant Ct., Great Barrington, MA 01230.

Civil Rights and Social Justice Lecture, June 14th, 2010, 7:30 pm. — At Monument Mountain High School, on Route 7 in Great Barrington, MA 01230. Attorney Eisenberg, who sued President Bush and the United States of America for habeas and civil rights violations against Guantanamo detainees and WON, has agreed to lecture as  a fundraiser for the Free Legal Clinic. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $5 for students. For reservations call (413)854-1955.

Spring Antique and Tag Sale, May 29, 2010, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. — Back by popular demand, the Free Legal Clinic will have a second antique and tag sale. At the VFW on Route 7, South Main St., Great Barrington, MA 01230. Antiques, collectibles, music, art, tag sale items, community organizations. Call (413)854-1955 to rent an exhibitor space, or for more information.

Free Legal Clinic held at Kripalu, April 28, 2010 — Route 128, Lenox, MA, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Our third year of collaboration with Kripalu is a popular campus event, a part of Community Health Programs, Inc.  Health Fair.

Valentine’s Day Wine Tasting Event, 2010 — Specifics to be announced.

FLC Thanksgiving Day Event, 2009 –– Third Annual Free Legal Clinic and Dinner, in collaboration with the Guthrie Center, at: 4 Van Deusenville Rd, Great Barrington, MA 01230. Please make your free dinner reservations by calling the Guthrie Center at 413-528-1955. Event begins at 1:00 pm.

October 24-25, 2009 –– Antique and Tag Sale Fund Raiser, in the barn behind the library in Great Barrington, MA