Attorney Eve Schatz Join us for dinner followed by a two-part talk about the diverse international experiences that led Eve to found the Berkshire Center for Justice; the local organization recognized as one of only 23 nonprofit, sliding scale law firms in the country. After which she will speak to the sense of comfort one achieves after writing Will, Power of Attorney and Medical Proxy documents, and what every parent should know who has a child who just turned 18. Please RSVP as seating is limited. Our meal begins at 6pm. To 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: flcberkshire.wordpress.com To learn more about ELIXIR go to: www.elixirgb.com

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A Letter From Our BJC Board President

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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

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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!

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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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JAZZ FOR JUSTICE – 10th Year Anniversary Celebration!

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Sunday, August 14, 3:30 – 6:30PM we celebrated The Berkshire Center For Justice’s 10th Year Anniversary.  Live Jazz, Poetry,Wine and Hors D’oeuvres in Alford, MA Featuring Darren Todd and Friends Jazz Band;
Ted Thomas, original poetry.

 

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SAVE THE DATE!

Free Legal Clinic Gratitude Party

We are hosting a party on Wednesday, August 14th, from 5:00PM-7:00PM.  Join us as we honor and celebrate the lawyers, volunteers, and donors who have given to the Free Legal Clinic in time, energy or financially.  The party will be held in Diana’s nationally recognized garden, with wine, good eats, and a dance band. Learn about FLC’s mission and hear from clients about the impact FLC has had on their lives. FLC is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We do hope you can make it.  Party Location: 258 Great Barrington Road (Route 41) in Housatonic, MA. Donations appreciated.  For more information call 413-854-1955.

Diana Felber & Eve Schatz

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The FLC wholeheartedly  gives thanks and a shout out to Berkshire Bank, the Berkshire Foundation and their Recycle, Renew and Reuse Program for donating office equipment that helps us meet the needs of our clientele. Berkshire Bank is making a difference in our community!

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In Memorium

It is with gratitude in our hearts of the fond memories we have of his enthusiasm and many contributions to the Free Legal Clinic that we sadly say good by to George T. O’Brien who passed away March 29, 2013. He leaves his wife of almost 45 years, Janet O’Brien, former Board of Director of FLC, two beloved daughters, and a granddaughter, brothers, sisters and nieces and nephews. Our condolences go out to his family and all those whom he touched with his wit and humor and volunteerism including the Lee Land Trust where he served as Board of Director and Treasurer, The Mahaiwe Theater and Great Barrington Stage Theater .
George volunteered at every FLC event with a smile and two willing hands to make things operate smoothly. Most recently he helped us move into our Main Street Great Barrington office arranging and assembling furniture and files. We will miss you, George.
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New Program!

The Guthrie Center and the Free Legal Clinic are collaborating on a new program. Every Wednesday at 12 noon the Guthrie Center provides free community lunches, and now, lunch participants will have access to the Free Legal Clinic’s Director, and attorney, Eve Schatz, Esq. for legal intakes! EVERYONE IS WELCOME… (really!).  The Church is located on the corner of Division and VanDeusenville Road in Great Barrington. FLC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. For more information, call 413-854-1955.

FLC always needs large and small three ring binders, and stamps. We also depend on our community to support us as we keep up with demand for our essential legal and referral services.

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New office opens for Free Legal Clinic

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The Free Legal Clinic is proud to announce our first public office at 284 Main Street #7 in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. We are fortunate to have Terrence Cooney a retired attorney to staff hours Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9am-12pm. Call 413-854-1955 to schedule an intake with Mr. Cooney or Founder, Eve Schatz.  This location brings us more visibility on Main Street so that those in need of our essential services can find us.

We are grateful for and want to thank artist Mark Buchman for making and installing our fabulous sign.

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