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Boston VLP

VLP's History

VLP was established in 1977 to provide legal services in civil matters to eligible residents of Greater Boston, primarily through pro bono attorneys.  VLP was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) in 1983. 


In 1996, VLP 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. Intake, advice and referral services previously provided by LARC are now provided by VLP's ERLI helpline. 


VLP maintains a panel of about 2,000 volunteer attorneys, paralegals and law students representing all segments of the legal community.  VLP parners with MetroWest legal services to provide pro bono assistance in the MetroWest area.  


VLP is home to Senior Partners for Justice (SPJ) and operates several court based projects.  VLP is a core provider of pro bono representation in the state and has served as a model for pro bono representation in Massachusetts and across the country.


VLP and ERLI volunteers and staff provide a variety of civil legal services to clients, from brief advice to full representation in multi-day trials, in a broad range of substantive areas.  VLP coordinates the provision of legal services in the eastern region with its legal services partners.  VLP also collaborates on projects with other legal services organizations, community organizations, law firms, corporations, and bar associations.

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