Providing South Asian Families Greater Access to Legal Systems

Author: Gouri Banerjee

Categories: Legal Clinics

The 2018-2019 Access to Justice (ATJ) Fellows Program welcomed Saheli, Inc. as a partner organization for the first time this summer.  The Program is a collaboration of the Lawyers Clearinghouse and the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission. ATJ Fellow, Attorney Jerry Tutor, chose to work with Saheli, lead consultations with Saheli clients twice every month, and provides training to Saheli staff in ways to work within the Massachusetts court systems.  Jerry has empowered Saheli staff to bring life changing services to survivors of domestic violence in the South Asian community. Thank you.

Introducing ATJ Fellow Jerry Tutor

A graduate of Boston College Law School, Jerry has worked with Cambridge Somerville Legal Services as a Staff Attorney, has been with Parker, Coulter, Daley & White as an Associate/Junior Partner for eight years, and a partner at Corrigan, Johnson & Tutor for 28 years. Jerry has been an Adjunct Faculty member at Harvard Law School, is a member of the Massachusetts Bar, and was admitted to United States District Court (District of Massachusetts) and First Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and concentrates upon civil litigation in all state courts and the federal court in the Eastern District of Massachusetts, with emphasis on personal injury and family law.

Already, a steady stream of South Asian women has come to consult with Jerry at the Saheli offices in Burlington through the months of July and August although, Jerry’s official start date is September, 2018. Saheli staff and domestic violence prevention advocates have been very busy consulting with Jerry and providing services, referrals and accompaniment to court. Saheli board members and staff have also attended meetings and training provided by the ATJ Fellows Program in Boston and met with distinguished judges and attorneys.

If you are interested in the Saheli legal program please join us as an intern or as a volunteer. Talk to savitha@saheliboston about opportunities to attend training with us, represent us at meetings and gatherings, accompany our clients to court, and give rides to women and children. Saheli welcomes volunteers who can commit to a few hours of work each month.

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