Housing Court Lawyer for the Day
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Wednesdays from 8:30am-12:00pm and Thursdays from 8:30am-2:30pm
in front of Courtroom 10 (5th Floor) of the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse,
24 New Chardon Street in Boston.
Attorneys are needed to advise and represent pro se low-income tenants and landlords at the Eastern Housing Court on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Most cases are eviction related.
How It Works
We are set up on the 5th Floor, outside Courtroom 10. Clients generally come to us on their own by walking 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 the client with a pro bono attorney
• The assigned attorney provides:
o Advice to pro se tenants and landlords
o Assistance in preparing pleadings or motions
o Representation in mediation or negotiation
Benefits of Volunteering
• Limited Assistance: Limited assistance representation means you finish with your client on the same day. No drawn-out help with court proceedings or legal advice.
• Mentorship: Attorneys of all experience volunteer. Learn from a more experienced attorney, or mentor a younger attorney.
• Networking: Want to meet other attorneys in your area of practice? Clinics are a great way to make connections with other legal professionals.
The Volunteer Lawyers Project provides primary malpractice insurance for all pro bono work.
If you don't have experience in housing cases, we strongly suggest that you attend one of VLP's free Housing Law 101 classes before volunteering. Please check our calendar for upcoming training dates. For more information contact paralegal Alec Gubics at firstname.lastname@example.org or 857-320-6455.
This project is a joint effort of VLP and the Real Estate section of the Boston Bar Association.