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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.

We Mourn the Passing of VLP Founder Esther Lardent

We are sad to report that Esther Lardent, who created the Volunteer Lawyers Project at the Boston Bar Association in 1977 and was its first Executive Director, died on April 4th. She was 68.

Known as the "Queen of Pro Bono," Esther devoted her career to finding innovative ways to meet the legal needs of people with limited means. VLP was one of the first organized pro bono efforts in the country. The Pro Bono Institute, which Esther founded in 1996 and led for 20 years, essentially transformed the pro bono culture in big law firms and corporate in-house departments.

The legal community, and the access to justice community in particular, has lost a giant. VLP has lost its founding mother. We find consolation knowing that thanks to our many dedicated volunteers, Esther's spirit of innovation and service live on at VLP. You are part of her legacy. 

At its 2014 Annual Reception, VLP honored Esther with a Founder's Award. Click here to see a video of Esther's remarks on accepting the award. 


Volunteer Honor Roll

Click here to see the honor roll for March and April. Thank you the attorneys who volunteered to take pro bono cases, assist clients at clinics and lawyer of the day projects, mentor other lawyers, and review guardianship reports. We appreciate you!




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