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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.