Suffolk Family Law Clinic

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Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the

Court Service Center of the Edward Brooke Courthouse - 24 New Chardon St. in Boston.


Volunteer attorneys are needed to give legal advice and assist with drafting pleadings on a variety of family law topics including divorce, custody, paternity, contempt and modification actions.

Volunteers only provide Limited Assistance Representation (LAR). Your commitment to the client does not extend past the clinic. To learn more about LAR, click here.
How It Works

  • A paralegal or law student screens interested clients for eligibility
  • A VLP attorney or experienced volunteer coordinates the project and matches clients with a volunteer
  • The assigned attorney aids the client by providing legal advice and/or drafting pleadings and/or modifications

Benefits of Volunteering

  • Limited assistance means you finish with your client on the same day. No drawn-out help with court proceedings or legal advice.
  • 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.

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

If you don't have experience in family law cases, we strongly suggest that you attend one of VLP's free Family Law trainings before volunteering. Please check our calendar  for upcoming training dates. Contact paralegal Victoria DeLaney at or 857-320-6441 with any questions..

VLP/Senior Partners for Justice, partnering with the Women’s Bar Foundation and Community Legal Services And Counseling Center run the clinic.