March 25, 2019
Mass. Appleseed Center for Law and Justice Raises $385K

April 7, 2018 —The Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice, a Boston-based nonprofit that promotes equal rights and opportunities for Massachusetts residents by developing and advocating for systemic solutions to social justice issues, announced that it recently raised $385,000 at its annual signature fundraising event, setting a record.

The Massachusetts Appleseed Center for Law and Justice sought to raise $350,000 at this year's 11th annual Good Apple Reception, held March 29 at the Boston Harbor Hotel, the amount it raised last year.

Funds raised, which account for most of the organization’s total annual fundraising effort, will support projects that advance access to justice, education, and support for homeless youth and other at-risk and marginalized populations in the state.

The event attracted over 350 attendees, and funds were raised through ticket sales, sponsorship, and personal donations.

Helping to set the record fundraising pace was the presence of former United States senator William “Mo” Cowan, now vice president of litigation and legal policy for General Electric (GE), who was honored with the organization's Good Apple Award, given to a member of the legal community who exemplifies Massachusetts Appleseed's mission.

Executive Director Deborah Silva said, “The support, enthusiasm, and hard work of our fantastic Host Committee and Senator Cowan himself is what turned this year’s Good Apple Reception into the record-breaking event that it is."

Sponsors of the event included GE, Goodwin Procter LLP, Hogan Lovells, Latham & Watkins LLP, Mintz Levin, Ropes & Gray LLP, Suffolk Construction, Fidelity Investments, AlixPartners, Arnold & Porter, Crowell & Moring LLP, Eastern Bank, Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP and Affiliates, Converse Inc., Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, and Nutter McClennen & Fish.

Martha Mazzone, chair of Massachusetts Appleseed's board of directors, said, “Mo’s commitment to inclusion, justice, and civic engagement...mirrors the Appleseed mission perfectly. Add in his dedication to the Boston legal community, his huge circle of friends and family and colleagues and mentees, and he’s the perfect Good Apple recipient. Everyone wants a chance to say thank you to Mo.”

Massachusetts Appleseed, which traces its origin to 1993 when its founders sought to develop a new approach to pro bono legal organizations focused on broad systemic social initiatives rather than on the traditional provision of legal services to individuals, today is part of a nonprofit network of 18 public interest justice centers in the U.S., one of one of the nation’s largest legal pro bono networks.

Appleseed centers identify and address issues particular to their communities and then connect with private practice lawyers, corporate counsel, law schools, civic leaders, and other professionals to tackle these difficult social problems at their root causes

Massachusetts Appleseed said it plans to develop an online Court Service Center for litigants representing themselves and advocating on behalf of students in areas of school discipline, lunch shaming, and support services for homeless youth.

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