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John A. Perkins Fund

This fund was established by former BBA President John A. Perkins, to aid the publication of significant books, articles and speeches relating to the institution of law and the legal profession.

In 2009, the Perkins Fund funded the printing of a BBA Task Force report entitled Getting it Right: Improving the Accuracy and Reliability of the Criminal Justice System, which recommended best practices for law enforcement professionals to cut down on wrongful convictions and called for legislation to allow for DNA testing in cases where the defendant claims factual innocence.

In 2014, the BBA Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts issued a report titled Investing in Justice: A Roadmap to Cost-Effective Funding of Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts. The results of the study, showed that an annual $30 million in new state funding is urgently required to help bridge the gap between existing resources and what is needed to provide appropriate civil legal aid to all who are eligible. This report was printed through support from the Perkins Fund.