VLP offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, from case handling to short-term projects. There are opportunities for attorneys with all levels and types of experience. We provide the training and support attorneys need to make pro bono work. Find out more about the resources and benefits available to VLP pro bono attorneys.
The Volunteer Lawyers Project handles cases in the following areas:
- Homeownership, including cases for first-time home buyers in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Boston
- Foreclosure Prevention
- Family Law, with a focus on cases helping custodial parents achieve economic independence
- Guardianship of Minors
- Guardianship of Incapacitated Adults
- Wills & Estates
- Bankruptcy, including cases for people with HIV and AIDS in partnership with the AIDS Action Committee
- Unemployment Insurance
- Tax Assistance
- Assistance to Non-Profit Organizations
VLP staff attorneys and paralegals carefully screen cases prior to referral to pro bono panel members. With each case referred, panel attorneys receive a detailed memo summarizing the case and identifying the presenting issues. VLP also assesses the complexity of cases of case so that simpler cases are referred to less experienced attorneys and more challenging cases go to more seasoned practitioners.
If you are not yet a VLP panel member, browse our sample cases to see common types of cases we handle. For more information about available cases, please contact our Referral Coordinator Russell Rennie at email@example.com or by phone (617) 423-0648 x129.
Find out more about VLP's case referral process. Ready to take a case? Take a look at them here.
If taking an ongoing case does not fit into your schedule, VLP offers many short-term pro bono opportunities for busy lawyers. With our Limited Assistance Representation court projects and advice hotlines, you can volunteer for a discrete block of time on a particular day. Your commitment does not extend beyond that day. Many volunteers like the predictability of these projects and volunteer for them on a regular basis.
The usual conflict of interest rules do not apply to these projects. Please see Rule 6.5 of the MA Code of Professional Conduct about Nonprofit and Court-Annexed Limited Legal Services Programs.
You can now sign up for VLP/SPJ court projects online at vlp.volunteerhub.com.