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 Need You for New Pro Bono Projects!
Fresh Start Debt Relief Clinics
Over the past year, VLP has been developing Fresh Start clinics to inform people in debt about their options and assist them with bankruptcy where appropriate. These clinics need volunteers: lawyers to give a short presentation about debt relief and advise clients in one-on-one sessions; and law students and paralegals to help clients complete a bankruptcy questionnaire and get credit reports and other documents. You can provide invaluable help to people in need by volunteering a few hours of your time once a month at a clinic. Clinics are held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month, with the location alternating monthly between DotHouse Health Clinic in Dorchester and the VLP office in Boston. For more information, contact clinic coordinator Brandon German or VLP staff attorney Emily Jarrell.
VLP Helpline and Legal Advice Panels to Start October 1st
Starting October 1st, VLP will operate a Helpline to provide callers with information and referrals, screen clients for legal aid eligibility, and conduct intakes in legal aid priority cases. Where appropriate, callers will be scheduled for 30 minute telephone legal advice sessions with experienced pro bono attorneys. Clients will be referred for advice only and will be told that full representation is not available for their cases. If you are an attorney with experience in family law, housing, employment, or probate, we need your expertise for our advice panels. Advice sessions can be scheduled at a time that's convenient for you. For more information, contact VLP's Director of Intake, Advice and Referral, Attorney Stephen Russo.
Volunteer Honor Roll
Click here to see the honor roll for May and June. 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!
- Bankruptcy Roundtable for Pro Bono Lawyers in Massachusetts, Sep 13
- VLP - Landlord-Tenant Law 101, Sep 13
- Bankruptcy Law: MCLE BasicsPlus!® Chapter 7 and 13 debtor and creditor essentials, Sep 21 - Sep 22
- At Suffolk Law School - Wage and Hour Training, Sep 26
- VLP - Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Basics, Sep 26
- VLP Training - Unemployment Insurance Appeals, Sep 27
- VLP - Family Law 101, Sep 28
- VLP - Orientation for New Volunteer Attorneys, Oct 3
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You can find pro bono opportunities throughout Massachusetts at massprobono.org.