SERV (Settlement and Early Resolution Volunteers) in Suffolk Probate and Family Court
SERV (Settlement and Early Resolution Volunteers) is a court-certified pro bono program that provides conciliation to low-income unrepresented parties in family law cases. It began as a collaboration between the firm Verrill Dana and Senior Partners for Justice at the Volunteer Lawyers Project. SERV has successfully resolved 95% of the cases conciliated. In 2013, the program was honored with a John Adams Pro Bono Publico Award from the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono.
SERV needs more volunteers for its Suffolk program every Monday and Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. located on the 4th Floor of the Suffolk Probate and Family Court, outside courtroom 3.
To volunteer for the program you need to have completed an 8-hour conciliation training or a certified mediation training and have at least 3 years of family law practice experience.
SERV is an ideal pro bono opportunity for lawyers who may have limited time to volunteer. It is a commitment of 3 or 4 hours on the day of the conciliation, period! It is fast-paced and located in the courthouse, so the results are immediate. There is no ongoing involvement or commitment with any case that is conciliated. Although the time commitment is small, the results for litigants and for the court are huge.
If you are interested in volunteering, please email legal advocate David Spinosa.