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Massachusetts Law Reform Institute (MLRI) is a statewide non-profit legal services organization whose mission is to advance economic, racial and social justice through legal action, education and advocacy.   We specialize in large-scale legal initiatives and policy reforms that address the root causes of poverty, remove barriers to opportunity, promote economic stability and create a path to self-sufficiency for low-income individuals and families.

What Makes MLRI Unique?  IMPACT.

MLRI’s unique role in the legal community is that we advance systemic reforms through impact litigation and through administrative and policy advocacy. We address issues on the federal, state and local levels that have far-reaching impact across a wide range of poverty law fields. 

Systemic advocacy solves big, widespread problems and achieves large-scale and long-term reforms.  Systemic change is more efficient and cost-effective way to address the root causes of poverty, and to challenge initiatives or processes that harm vulnerable populations, than alleviating the symptoms of poverty on a case-by-case basis. 

MLRI is: Strategic - Effective - Innovative.

  • MLRI is the only organization of its kind in Massachusetts that is focused almost exclusively on large-scale systemic reforms that address poverty and that also challenge initiatives that harm low-income populations.
  • MLRI is a change-agent, with a staff of nationally recognized experts in poverty law who develop innovative strategies to combat poverty and respond to emerging needs.
  • MLRI staff have highly specialized expertise in substantive areas of law and policy and provide training, education and support to non-profits, advocacy groups and legal services field programs throughout the state.  MLRI advises local, state and national advocacy groups and community organizations on policy matters.
  • MLRI responds to changes in the social and economic environment in a flexible and proactive manner by identifying trends and working with clients, allies and pro-bono law firms to design, develop and implement effective strategies to meet emerging needs, and initiating, supporting and fueling efforts to address critical policy issues as they arise.