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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.

What's New at VLP


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

Meet VLP's New Family Law Attorneys: D'Andre Fernandez and Cindy Palmquist


A former trial attorney with the Public Defender Division of the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Quincy, D'Andre brings substantial courtroom experience to his position at VLP. He was born and raised in the Dorchester section of Boston and is a very active member of  the Prince Hall Freemason community. D'Andre is a graduate of Boston College Law School and received his B.A. in Legal Communications, magna cum laude, from Howard University.

Cindy comes to VLP from a busy private family law practice in Boston. In addition to her private practice, Cindy handled many pro bono cases for victims of domestic violence. She was recently honored for her pro bono work by the Women's Bar Foundation of Massachusetts where she also mentors newer attorneys. Originally from Chicago, Cindy is a summa cum laude graduate of Pine Manor College and received her Juris Doctor from New England School of Law.




Pro Bono and legal aid attorney resources - Pro Bono Net

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