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Massachusetts Pro Bono Legal Information, Resources and Assistance

In Massachusetts, a lawyer should provide annually at least 25 hours of pro bono publico legal services for the benefit of persons of limited means.

Massachusetts Pro Bono Summary: The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation was established by the state legislature in 1983 to ensure that low-income people with critical, non-criminal legal problems would have access to legal information, advice and representation.

Legal Services programs help with non-criminal legal problems such as:

  • claims for government benefits such as SSI and welfare
  • housing/homelessness issues such as evictions, tenant/landlord disputes, and housing discrimination
  • family law, including divorces, child custody, and domestic violence
  • consumer issues
  • employee rights
  • elder law, such as rights of nursing home residents
  • mental health and disability issues, especially where benefits are denied
  • immigration law
  • other non-criminal legal problems

Massachusetts Pro bono Contacts:

Martha Rush O’Mara,Chair, Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation
7 Winthrop Square, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02110-1245, Ph: 617-367-8544

Pro bono Awards:

Legal Services Award – An attorney employed by a public or nonprofit agency to provide civil legal services to low-income clients, and who has made a particularly significant or meaningful contribution to the provision of low-income legal services, above and beyond the requirements or his or her position. Pro Bono Award for Law Firms – A law firm of two or more attorneys, with one or more offices in the commonwealth, whose pro bono activities are particularly noteworthy in relation to the firm’s size and which has performed significant or meaningful pro bono activity or which has been particularly instrumental in developing, implementing and/or supporting a pro bono program or pro bono services within Massachusetts. Pro Bono Publico Award – An individual who has been instrumental in developing, implementing and supporting pro bono programs for the Massachusetts Bar Association or for a local county bar association, or a pro bono program of a law firm, or has developed a pro bono program sponsored or organized through an agency in the commonwealth, or has performed significant or meaningful pro bono activity. Defender Award – An attorney who is employed or retained by a public or nonprofit agency to provide criminal legal services to low-income clients, and who has made a particularly significant or meaningful contribution to the provision of low-income legal services above and beyond the requirements of his or her position.

Additional information Links:

http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/directory/massachusetts.html



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