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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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Congratulations Judge Ginsburg!

2014 ABA Pro Bono Publico Award Recipient


The American Bar Association Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service has chosen Judge Edward M. Ginsburg (Retired) as a recipient of its 2014 Pro Bono Publico Award. Judge Ginsburg is being honored for his work with Senior Partners for Justice (SPJ), a pro bono program he founded at the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association in 2002, upon his retirement from the Probate and Family Court. Click here to see a video about Judge Ginsburg and his work with Senior Parters for Justice.

With a corps of nearly 1000 volunteers, including many experienced practicing and retired lawyers and retired judges, Senior Partners for Justice has provided free legal assistance to several thousand low-income litigants, primarily in family law, guardianship, and consumer cases. That translates to more than eight million dollars in donated legal services. For the clients helped, the services are invaluable.

Describing Judge Ginsburg’s extraordinary contributions, VLP Executive Director Sheila Hubbard states: “Judge Ginsburg’s energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to improving and delivering volunteer legal services to low-income clients is unparalleled in our state.  The work he has done here has been the model for several other efforts across the state and country.”  The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission and Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services, in their letter of support, echo this thought and add that Judge Ginsburg “has transformed what it means to be a retired lawyer and judge in Massachusetts by creating, inspiring, and leading Senior Partners for Justice.

Each year, the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service presents five Pro Bono Publico Awards to individual lawyers and institutions in the legal community that enhance the human dignity of others by improving or delivering volunteer legal services to the poor or disadvantaged. The awards were presented at a luncheon on August 9th at the ABA's Annual Meeting which was held in Boston this year. Read more and see videos about all the award winners here. Their stories are truly inspiring. 

Congratulations to Judge Ginsburg on a well-deserved award. And thank you to all the lawyers, law students, and others who have taken pro bono cases, volunteered for court clinics, mentored new lawyers, and contributed in countless other ways. This is your award too!

Check Out MassProBono

MassProBono has launched! Described by some as "" for pro bono, MassProBono is an online space where lawyers and law students throughout Massachusetts can find pro bono opportunities that fit their interests, location, and schedules. MassProBono features a statewide Pro Bono Opportunities Guide, listings of pro bono cases and projects, a resource library, email groups, a training calendar, and other tools to support pro bono work.VLP developed MassProBono with funding from a Legal Services Corporation Technology Initiative Grant, in partnership with Pro Bono Net, the Massachusetts Legal Aid Websites Project housed at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, and the Massachusetts Bar Association. By creating a comprehensive pro bono “marketplace” for would-be volunteers across Massachusetts, MassProBono allows lawyers to focus their energy on doing pro bono work rather than looking for it. Check it out at


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