In December 2012 the American Bar Association Fund for Justice and Education awarded $20,000 to the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission ("Commission") under its Access to Justice Commission Expansion Project. The purpose of the grant was to determine whether it was feasible to raise significant contributions to support the provision of civil legal services to low-income individuals and families from businesses, business leaders and nonlawyers.

This preliminary report has been prepared to make available to others the benefit of our experience so far. The term of the grant has been extended to February 28, 2014, and this preliminary report will be replaced with a final report that is now due by March 15, 2014.