UMass Law Justice Bridge program gets boost from bank

Aug 19, 2021

The UMass Law Justice Bridge program received a $120,000 grant July 21 from Bristol County Savings Bank, through its Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation, to bolster the program’s mission of providing quality legal representation to economically disadvantaged clients. 

Justice Bridge bridges the gap between recent law school graduates seeking to develop law practices and individuals who need access to legal representation yet do not qualify for, or are turned away from, free legal aid. 

The grant, which will be paid out over the next three years, will allow Justice Bridge and UMass Law students and graduates to serve unmet legal needs in the Southeastern Massachusetts region.

 “Founded 175 years ago as a community bank, our core principle is to support the neighborhoods where our customers live and work,” said Patrick Murray, president of the Bristol County Savings Charitable Foundation and president and CEO of Bristol County Savings Bank. “We’re also celebrating the 25th year since our foundation was formed and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate than to see firsthand the positive impact UMass Law’s Justice Bridge Program will continue to make throughout the local area thanks in part to this three-year grant.” 

Since the foundation was formed, more than $25 million has been committed to hundreds of different non-profit organizations in the communities the Bank serves, Murray said.

 “UMass Law and Justice Bridge are grateful for the incredibly generous continued support of Bristol County Savings Bank and its Foundation in our combined effort to address unmet legal needs for individuals within our region,” said Eric Mitnick, Dean of UMass Law. “With the support of the bank, Justice Bridge has served as a critical lifeline for thousands of people right here in our community, and the program cultivates a new generation of lawyers who will continue to impact our local communities for years to come.”

Justice Bridge maintains offices in Boston and New Bedford.