Welcome to the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP) provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys. With your help, VLP makes access to justice possible for people who cannot afford a lawyer. Find out about our volunteer opportunities for attorneys and law students.
Please join us. Your time is precious. Use it to make a difference.
Volunteer Attorneys Lead the Way
Photo: Pro Bono Attorneys Tom Beauvais and Danielle Spang and VLP Staff Attorney Hsindy Chen at Fair Debt Collection Training at Boston Bar Association. Photo courtesy of BBA.
At VLP, pro bono takes many forms. Attorneys volunteer to take cases and staff courthouse clinics such as the Boston Housing Court Lawyer of the Day project. Experienced practicing and retired attorneys who are part of VLP's Senior Partners for Justice project mentor newer attorneys. And lawyers with expertise in VLP priority areas like consumer law and guardianship help teach other volunteers and prepare them for pro bono work.
Here are just a few examples of our volunteer leaders:
In January, volunteer attorneys Danielle Spang and Tom Beauvais presented at a training on Fair Debt Collection cases jointly sponsored by VLP and the Boston Bar Association. Read more. Danielle and Tom also take pro bono cases and volunteer at VLP's Fair Debt Collection Lawyer for the Day Project at the Boston Municipal Court.
Volunteer attorney Joanne Moses, a retired Department of Mental Health counsel, has given Guardianship of Adult trainings, including this one on Rogers Guardianships on VLP's YouTube channel. Joanne, a member of Senior Partners for Justice, is a regular volunteer at the Middlesex Guardianship Clinic and she has taken scores of pro bono guardianship cases and mentored many new volunteers.
Domestic relations attorneys Haskell ("Hackey") Kassler and probate attorney David Schwartz, both members of Senior Partners for Justice, have developed and led a group learning experience called Grand Rounds that takes place at the Probate and Family Court. In Grand Rounds, volunteer attorneys are introduced to the key players at the courthouse and they observe and discuss live cases with Hackey and David. It's a creative yet very practical introduction to family law practice.
We are grateful to these and other volunteer attorneys who have taken on leadership roles and helped build the next generation of pro bono attorneys.
- Bankruptcy/Consumer Mentoring Group and Brown Bag Lunch (2nd Tuesday of the Month), Sep 8
- VLP - Landlord-Tenant Law 101, Sep 8
- Landlord-Tenant Mentoring/Brown Bag Group (3rdTuesday of Month), Sep 15
- VLP - Family Law 101, Sep 16
- VLP Training - Unemployment Insurance Appeals, Sep 22
- VLP - Family Law 102 - POSTPONED. NEW DATE TBA, Sep 23
- VLP - Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Basics, Sep 29
- VLP - Orientation for New Volunteer Attorneys, Oct 5
- View more
You can find pro bono opportunities throughout Massachusetts at massprobono.org.
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