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Boston VLP

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association was established in 1977 to provide legal representation in civil matters to the indigent of Boston primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys and paralegals. It is among the oldest organized pro bono efforts in the country.  In 1996 we became the grantee of the federal Legal Services Corporation for the Greater Boston area. In October 2016, VLP began operating its ERLI (Eastern Region Legal Intake) Helpline. Learn more about our history.


VLP Provides:

  • Intake, advice and referrals at ERLI.
  • Direct representation to clients from staff and pro-bono attorneys.
    • Pro bono services are provided through VLP's panel of approximately 2,000 attorneys, paralegals and law students.Our volunteers are solo practitioners, members of small, medium and large firms, government attorneys, retired attorneys and judges, corporate counsel, and law students certified under SJC Rule 3:03.

  • Attorneys of the Day assistance and volunteer opportunities at the Boston Housing Court, the Boston Municipal Court, and at the Suffolk, Middlesex and Norfolk County Probate and Family Courts, and the Quincy and Cambridge Small claim courts.
  • Community legal education programs for low-income homeowners.
  • Provide telephone advice on probate and estate related issues; and serve as counsel to a variety of community groups.
  • Training and support to busy attorneys to make pro bono work.

Over the last thirty years, VLP has honed its intake and referral systems to meet the needs of pro bono attorneys. Find out more about the benefits of being a VLP panel attorney and about VLP's case referral system.

Volunteer's Lawyers Project receives support from the federal Legal Services Corporation (LSC).

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association is a 501(c)(3) organization, and all financial contributions are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. 

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