Pizza & Pro Bono: Mass Legal Answers Online Blitz at the BBA
- 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
- Eastern Time (US & Canada)
- By: Boston Bar Association, Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association
Boston Bar Association
- Source: Massachusetts > MassProBono
- Family Law
- Social Security/SSI
Join us for a pro bono pizza party while we work with volunteer attorneys from Mass Legal Answers Online (MLAO) and the Volunteer Lawyers Project to answer legal questions for low-income Massachusetts residents through Mass Legal Answers Online. You can make an immediate difference to someone struggling to resolve their legal problem.
Both law students and lawyers are invited to participate.
What is MLAO? MLAO is a secure and confidential website (www.masslao.org) where low income Massachusetts residents can ask a lawyer for help with a legal issue. Qualified users post questions about civil legal problems. When a volunteer lawyer logs in to the site, there is a list of questions that the volunteer can pick from to answer. It’s like a virtual walk-in legal clinic! MLAO is a limited scope service -- all help is provided through the website, and there is no expectation of long-term representation. There is no fee for the use of the system or for the advice and information provided by the attorney.
What's a Q and A Blitz? It is an in-person session where attorneys and law students gather to research and brainstorm answers to questions that have been posted to MLAO. Experienced attorneys and MLAO staff will be on hand to guide you in answering questions. It's a great way to get started using MLAO, an opportunity to provide pro bono service from your desk! The most common question topics are family law, housing, and consumer law, but help with all civil issue areas is needed.
Both attorneys and law students are invited to participate in this Blitz - those who are not yet licensed will work with an attorney volunteer who is registered with Mass Legal Answers Online.
Please bring a laptop if you have one! Attorneys who have not yet registered with MLAO are encouraged to do so in advance of this event; register at this link: https://mass.freelegalanswers.org/Attorneys/Account/Agreement It only takes a minute.
This event is sponsored by the Delivery of Legal Services Section of the Boston Bar Association. You do not need to be a BBA member to participate but you do need to register on the BBA website.
Cassandra ShavneyBoston Bar Association