Senior Partners for Justice
"Senior Partners is about helping others and feeling good about it."
In 2002, Hon. Edward M. Ginsburg, a retired Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Probate and Family Court, established an innovative new pro bono project: Senior Partners for Justice. The idea for this project grew out of Judge Ginsburg's observations, during his many years on the bench, of the struggles of pro se litigants as they tried to represent themselves in divorce, paternity, child support, custody and other family law matters. For many, access to justice was a meaningless concept without access to legal counsel. Senior Partners for Justice asks lawyers from all legal backgrounds to use their talents to serve those who would otherwise go unrepresentated in court.
Seeking to build on existing resources, Senior Partners teamed up with the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP), an organization with over three decades of experience providing pro bono civil legal services to low-income people in greater Boston. VLP provides the case referrals, infrastructure and administrative support that have allowed Senior Partners to thrive.
Now in its 11th year, Senior Partners for Justice has attracted nearly 1000 volunteers, including retired and practicing lawyers, seasoned family law practitioners, specialists from outside family law, new bar admittees, and retired judges. These dedicated volunteers have helped thousands of low-income individuals with legal problems they would have otherwise faced alone. The experienced attorneys at the core of Senior Partners have also mentored hundreds of attorneys in their VLP pro bono cases and at court-based pro bono projects.
For attorneys, new and seasoned alike, Senior Partners for Justice is a unique opportunity to help low-income families and "give back" to the community, and in the process, find comeraderie and great personal reward. Click here to register online for Senior Partners.
Worth a Thousand Words...
In the first ten years of Senior Partners for Justice, a dedicated team of volunteer attorneys and law students helped thousands of low-income individuals preserve their housing, financial security, and family stability. Click here to see more images from the first ten years of Senior Partners for Justice.
Celebrating the First Ten Years of Senior Partners for Justice
In October 2012, we celebrated two important milestones: the 10th anniversary of Senior Partners and Judge Ginsburg's 80th birthday. Read more about the celebration. Click here to see photos from the celebration.