December 9, 2018
 
Mass. Legal Assistance Corp. Appoints Lynne Parker as ED

Lynne Parker
August 9, 2018 — The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, a Boston-based nonprofit that helps low-income people with critical non-criminal legal problems get access to legal advice and representation, yesterday announced it has appointed Lynne M. Parker as its new executive director.

Parker succeeds Lonnie Powers, who retired after serving with Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC), which he founded 35 years ago.

“We are delighted to welcome Lynne Parker as the next leader of MLAC,” said Marijane Benner Browne, board chair. “Her wealth of experience, deep commitment to social justice, and impressive track record of forging alliances in support of civil legal aid will enable MLAC to build on the dedicated efforts of MLAC’s board and staff, particularly outgoing Executive Director Lonnie Powers, to ensure access to justice for Massachusetts’ most vulnerable residents.”

Parker will assume her new role on Sept. 17.

Parker currently serves as executive director of New Hampshire Legal Assistance, a post she has held since 2014. She joined the organization in 1999 as a staff attorney before becoming deputy director.

She began her legal aid career representing migrant farmworkers as an attorney at Pine Tree Legal Assistance in Bangor, Maine, and later worked at Southeastern Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (now South Coastal Counties Legal Services), an MLAC-funded organization.

“I am extremely honored to have been selected as MLAC’s next executive director,” said Parker. “I look forward to partnering with MLAC’s board of directors, staff, and stakeholders, collaborating closely with legal aid organizations throughout Massachusetts, and continuing MLAC’s longstanding commitment to building broad support for civil legal aid.”

Parker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Mount Holyoke College, and a JD degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. As a law student, she interned at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, another MLAC-funded organization.

Early in her career, Parker served with the Peace Corps in Guatemala, assisting women and girls in local communities develop the skills necessary to start their own businesses. She also worked as an AmeriCorps Site Director and as a housing advocate—,which has been a focus of her time as a legal aid attorney.

In his role as executive director, Powers increased funding for civil legal aid, enhanced partnerships with the bar, the legislature, the judiciary, and the public; and strengthened legal aid programs across Massachusetts.

Established by the state legislature in 1983 to ensure that low-income people with critical, non-criminal legal problems would have access to legal information, advice and representation, MLAC today is the largest funding source for civil legal aid in Massachusetts, supporting 14 local and statewide civil legal aid programs.

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