BCJ will proudly participate in the 2017 Harvest of Hope Festival in Pittsfield, MA on Saturday, September 16. The event will feature music, food and community resources to help and support the multicultural community. The Harvest of Hope was founded last year by the Manos Unidas/Hands Helping Hands Multicultural Educational Cooperative. Manos Unidas is a multicultural consortium of local groups that support the community in a wide variety of endeavors such as housing, health, legal advice and immigration issues.
In celebration of 44 consecutive years of the only African American neighborhood festival in Pittsfield, MA, BCJ is honored to be present at the 2017 Gather-In Festival.
Join us for dinner followed by a talk about the diverse international experiences that led Eve Schatz to found the Berkshire Center for Justice; the local organization recognized as one of only 23 nonprofit, sliding scale law firms in the country.
Listen to her fascinating stories of compassion and consciousness that began with her turning 16 in an Arab hotel in the old city of Jerusalem, West Africa and Egypt.
Please RSVP as seating is limited. Our meal begins at 6pm.
RSVP: Please call Nancy at: 413-644-8999
Where: Elixir, 70 Railroad Street, Great Barrington (next to Triplex Movie Theatre)
When: Thursday, March 2 at 6:00-9:00 pm
Cost: $25 for dinner and event pre-register; $30 at the door.
To learn more about Attorney Schatz visit berkshirecenterforjustice.org
To learn more about ELIXIR visit http://www.elixirgb.comwww.elixirgb.com
The Berkshire Center for Justice (BCJ) is one of 23 known sliding scale nonprofit legal organizations in the country and the only one in that esteemed group with the perspective to offer a resourceful environment for those facing social and community challenges. BCJ’s is Berkshire County’s resource for weekly free legal clinics and we do so in collaboration with the Guthrie Center‘s Free Lunch Program.
The Justice for Seniors Program has been funded in part with an Elder Services grant and BCJ will be addressing the legal needs of elders age 60 and above with verified low income status. Medicaid Planning, construction of end of life documents; consumer protection abuses, elder fraud; consumer disputes including debt and credit card charges; and other legal issues can be addressed.
BCJ is specifically targeting 13 South Berkshire towns because transportation limitations can make it difficult for seniors to access services in Pittsfield. However, clients will be accepted from the whole county on a first come first serve basis.
BCJ will offer two free legal clinics in South County in addition to its weekly free legal clinic at The Guthrie Center; a legal clinic on February 4, 2017 at the First United Methodist Church in Pittsfield, and one legal clinic in Adams. Intakes are free of charge and direct legal services will be charged at the much reduced rate of $50.00 per hour.
We welcome clients of all races; ethnic identifications; disabilities; and sexual orientation. Telephone intakes can be arranged for shut-ins. Call 413-854-1955.
Berkshire Magazine celebrates the most dedicated, most creative, and most influential members of the community. We are thrilled to announce that Eve’s tremendous work with Berkshire Center for Justice is being recognized and honored!
Eve Schatz exemplifies the motto “the pen is mightier than the sword,” wielding her words to redress injustices inflicted on the disenfranchised or anyone who cannot pay full attorney fees. Schatz, who worked on behalf of patients’ rights legislation and brought a polluter into compliance with DEP regulations in Great Barrington, quickly realized that to become an attorney would ready her to understand how the system works thereby rendering her a more effective advocate in the public interest arena. She is founder and director of the Berkshire Center for Justice, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary and is the only law firm in the area offering sliding-scale direct legal services and weekly free legal clinics.