Fair Debt Collection Lawyer for the Day

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Boston Municipal Court Central Division

5th Floor, Edward Brooke Courthouse, 24 New Chardon St., Boston, MA 02114
* Civil Session - Wednesdays 9:00 - 11:30 AM
* Small Claims - 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month 2:00 - 4:30 PM

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Quincy District Court Small Claims
2nd Floor, 1 Dennis Ryan Pkwy, Quincy, MA 02169
First Tuesday of the month 1:30 - 3:30 PM

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Cambridge District Court Small Claims
Hearing room B, 4040 Mystic Valley Parkway, Medford, MA 02155
1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month 8:45 AM - 11:00 AM

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Dorchester Municipal Court Small Claims
510 Washington St, Dorchester, MA 02124
2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM

 

This project provides pro bono lawyers to low-income, unrepresented debtors and creditors to assist in their civil debt collection lawsuits.

Volunteer attorneys assist on a Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) basis. The representation begins and ends on the same day. To become familiar and self-certified in LAR, click here.


How It Works
Clients come to the project in a number of ways - most are referred by the judges or court clerks, and some just walk up to our table. Once a client expresses need for legal help:
       • A paralegal or law student screens interested clients for eligibility
       • A VLP attorney or experienced volunteer matches clients with a volunteer. Attorneys with consumer law experience are available for mentoring and guidance.
       • Volunteer attorneys may provide advice, draft pleadings, negotiate a settlement or argue a motion in front of a judge. We have forms, files, reference materials and other necessary items for volunteer attorneys.


Benefits of Volunteering
       • Limited assistance: Limited assistance means you finish with your client on the same day. No drawn-out help with court proceedings or legal advice.
       • Mentorships: Attorneys of all experience volunteer. Learn from a more experienced attorney if you would like more guidance on housing law, or provide mentorship to a younger attorney if you have years of knowledge to share.
       • Networking: Want to meet other attorneys in your area of practice? Clinics are a great way to make connections with other legal professionals.
       • Gain courtroom experience in a supportive environment. If you do not have much courtroom experience, you can go to your client’s hearing, talk to the opposing party’s counsel, and present to the Clerk Magistrate.


The Volunteer Lawyers Project provides primary malpractice insurance for all pro bono work.

If you don't have experience in fair debt collection cases, we strongly suggest that you attend one of VLP's trainings before volunteering. Please check our calendar for upcoming training dates. For more information, contact attorney Tallulah Knopp at tknopp@vlpnet.org or 857-320-6454.