Harvest of Hope Festival (Past Event)

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.

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Gather-In 2017 (Past Event)

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.

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Eve Schatz and BCJ – Dinner and a Talk (Past Event)

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

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A Letter From Our BJC Board President


BCJ 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

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Justice for Seniors Program offered by the Berkshire Center for Justice


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.

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Eve Schatz Chosen as on of the Berkshire 25 of 2016!


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.

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