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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.

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In Memoriam: John K. Garrity, Esq.

John Garrity

We are saddened to report the passing of Attorney John K. Garrity, a beloved volunteer and dedicated member of Senior Partners for Justice.

John described himself as a "born-again lawyer" because he began to practice law in earnest nearly three decades after his admission to the bar. Following his graduation from Boston College Law School in 1978 and a bit of legal work, John embarked on a 30 year career in business and international consulting. He was fluent in several languages. Then he retired. Briefly.

In 2007, John dusted off his law degree, changed his bar status to Pro Bono Retired, and joined Senior Partners for Justice at VLP. He spent the next six years handling scores of pro bono family law, housing, bankruptcy and consumer cases, and became a frequent volunteer at the Fair Debt Collection Lawyer for the Day project at the Boston Municipal Court.

In 2010, John was honored with the Senior Partners for Justice Gideon's Trumpet Award in recognition of the extraordinary quantity and quality of his pro bono work. John was a vigorous and effective advocate for his clients, and he cared deeply about them. He was also a role model to attorneys who wanted to spend their retirement years giving back.

We are grateful for John's life and work, and we will miss him dearly. Our hearts go out to his family, friends and others whose lives he touched.

You can find the obituary here.

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