American Bar Association Free Legal Answers Program – Massachusetts (Virtual Advice Clinic)
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Massachusetts Virtual Legal Advice Clinic - Answer Questions from Home
Free Legal Answers is a virtual legal advice clinic. Qualifying users post their civil legal question to their state's website. Users will then be emailed when their question receives a response. Attorney volunteers, who must be authorized to provide pro bono assistance in their state, log in to the website, select questions to answer, and provide legal information and advice. Volunteer attorneys will not answer criminal law questions.
You can register as a volunteer and watch a brief video training before getting started.
Mass Legal Answers Online is managed by the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute with assistance from the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association. They are currently seeking volunteers to join their advice panel.
There is no required time commitment, although they encourage you to answer at least one question a month.
Open to all attorneys in good standing who are licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, or registered for pro bono status with the Board of Bar Overseers, including in house counsel.
Malpractice coverage provided to volunteer attorneys for legal guidance provided through the website.
American Bar Association: Young Lawyers Division - Disaster Legal Services Program
COVID-19 Employment Legal Help Clinic: https://aba.joinpaladin.com/aba-disaster-relief/opportunities/help-bay-staters-with-covid-related-employment-iss/?region=MA
General COVID-19 Legal Help: https://aba.joinpaladin.com/aba-disaster-relief/opportunities/help-massachusetts-residents-in-need-navigate-covi/?region=MA
Help Massachusetts Residents in Need with COVID-19 Related Employment Issues
Employers are taking unprecedented action in the face of COVID-19, affecting employees in critical ways and creating a significant spike in employment-related legal issues like unemployment benefit denials, unlawful terminations, job discrimination, and missing back pay, among others.
Help Massachusetts Residents in Need Navigate General COVID-19 Legal Issues
As a result of conditions related to COVID-19, many Massachusetts residents will be forced to address urgent legal issues involving unemployment insurance, housing, small business claims, domestic violence, bankruptcy, and consumer problems, among others.
American Bar Association: Military Pro Bono Project https://www.militaryprobono.org/probono/item.3210-Pro_Bono_Case_Opportunities_for_Volunteer_Attorneys
Volunteer: Contact the Military Pro Bono Coordinator, Rachael Derham, at email@example.com
The mission of the ABA Military Pro Bono Project—an access-to-justice initiative in collaboration with the U.S. military—is to provide a centralized system for connecting civil legal case referrals from military legal assistance offices with private-sector volunteer lawyers who provide pro bono legal help to service members and their families.
If you are interested in helping with any of the listed cases, please contact the Military Pro Bono Coordinator, Rachael Derham, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will then be provided with conflict check information and, if you have no conflicts, further information about the case. To stay updated about case opportunities in your area, sign up!
A Safe Place, Inc.
A Safe Place, Inc
5B Windy Way
Nantucket, MA 02554
Phone: (508) 228-0561
Works to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault in the Nantucket community while empowering every woman, man and child to live a life free from violence.
Services at A Safe Place are FREE and confidential and are available without regard to race, color, immigration status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability.
Volunteer opportunities include Court Advocacy. Volunteers attend District and Probate Court to provide support and information to people in domestic-abuse situations. Training required.
Ascentria Care Alliance
11 Shattuck Street,
Worcester, MA 01605
The Ascentria Immigration Legal Assistance Program provides free and low-cost legal services to immigrants in Massachusetts. Their team of legal professionals and lawyers offers legal advice and representation to complete immigration applications and petitions.
Ascentria’s ILAP serves a wide range of new Americans and survivors of violent crime, such as:
- Asylum seekers
- Immigrants & refugees
- Unaccompanied minors
- Survivors of violent crime, domestic violence, rape, sexual violence, and human trafficking
Volunteers contribute in many ways including pro bono professional services.
Center for Public Representation
22 Green Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Phone: (413) 586-6024
Center for Public Representation (CPR) is dedicated to enforcing and expanding the rights of people with disabilities and others who are in segregated settings. CPR uses legal strategies, advocacy, and policy to design and implement systemic reform initiatives to promote their integration and full community participation. Working on state, national and international levels, CPR is committed to equality, diversity and social justice in all its activities.
Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts
P.O. Box 710
298 Union St.
Lynn, MA 01903
Phone: (781) 581-1977
Consistent with its mission, the Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts (CLCM) aims to secure equal justice and maximize opportunity for low-income children and youth across the state by providing quality, culturally sensitive advocacy and legal services.
The CLCM provides a comprehensive array of legal representation in the areas of education, child welfare (abuse & neglect), immigration, juvenile justice, and various other matters such as mental health, insurance access, family-law related issues, and support to victims of crime.
Community Legal Aid
Meredith Palmer, Pro Bono Director, Community Legal Aid
One Monarch Place, Suite 400
Springfield, MA 01144
Phone: (413) 686-9010
Community Legal Aid, Inc. (CLA) is the free civil legal aid provider for residents of the five counties of Central and Western Massachusetts (Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire, and Worcester).
CLA supports its volunteers by providing:
- Malpractice Insurance
- Free and reduced-fee trainings
- Substantive toolkits and resources
- Use of offices to meet with clients
- Access to free phone interpreter and translator services
COVID Eviction Legal Help Project
The COVID Eviction Legal Help Project (CELHP) was formed to expand the capacity of legal aid organizations in Massachusetts, as well as the pro bono bar, to provide urgently needed legal assistance in COVID-related eviction cases.
CELHP will provide referrals, legal information, assistance and legal representation in Housing Court, and where capacity allows in District Courts and for tenants at risk of losing their subsidized housing. The goal of representation is to achieve housing stability.
Criminal Record Sealing Pilot Project
Volunteer: Email Chane Vanes at email@example.com
Melissa Gonzalez, Pro Bono Program Officer, Greater Boston Legal Services
197 Friend Street
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: (617) 603-1604
The Boston Bar Association and Greater Boston Legal Services’ CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) Sealing Clinic is now virtual!
This clinic connects low-income clients who have questions about their criminal records with volunteer attorneys who can help.
Volunteer contact: Susan Corcoran, Volunteer and Training Coordinator
De Novo supports legal and counseling programs throughout Greater Boston and, for immigrant and refugee clients, statewide.
- Homelessness Prevention Project assists people at risk of homelessness or involuntary dislocation with legal aid to avoid eviction and obtain/retain safe, affordable housing.
- Domestic Violence Advocacy Project helps survivors and their children secure legal protection from violence and abuse, safe custody and visitation, and financial stability through child/spousal support and health care.
- Immigration Law Project assists asylum seekers, immigrant victims of domestic violence or crime, and children abused, abandoned or neglected by their parents.
- Disability Benefits Project represents people with disabilities who have been wrongly denied SSI/SSDI benefits or had their benefits unfairly reduced or terminated.
- Client Intake Interviews: Volunteers conduct in-person or phone intake interviews with clients, help identify key issues and prepare case summaries for supervising attorneys.
- Immigration Legal Screening Clinic: Volunteer attorneys provide legal consults to clients at De Novo on the third Wednesday evening of each month, 5:30 pm to 8 pm.
- Housing Court ‘Lawyer For the Day’ Clinic: Volunteers for this free walk-in clinic provide legal advice and limited representation to pro se litigants at the Eastern Housing Court session at Cambridge District Court every Friday, between 8 am to 3 pm.
De Novo offers volunteer opportunities for lawyers, interpreters, paralegals, intake workers, law students and non-legal professionals interested in supporting the Legal Program.
Greater Boston Legal Services
For additional information, or to get started, please reach out to the Pro Bono Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or (617) 603-1604.
197 Friend Street
Boston, MA 02114
Every week, Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) provides free legal assistance and representation on civil (noncriminal) matters to hundreds of the neediest residents in the city of Boston and 31 surrounding cities and towns.
Current pro bono projects include:
- Filing immigration petitions on behalf of survivors of trafficking, abuse, or other crimes
- Protecting low-income consumers from unfair debt collection
- Preventing home insecurity and homelessness
- Help prevent homelessness and housing instability through two different projects, one on a short term basis and one through a case-long commitment:
- GBLS Eviction Defense Clinic
- Advocating for low-income workers unfairly denied Unemployment Insurance
- Advocating for children with disabilities
Hampden County Legal Clinic
50 State Street
Springfield, MA 01102
The Hampden County Legal Clinic is a free legal assistance service that advises low income persons on issues relating to family, consumer and housing law. The clinic is sponsored by the Hampden County Bar Association with financial support from the Mass Mutual Life Insurance Company.
The Lawyers Clearinghouse
7 Winthrop Square, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02110
The Legal Referral Program connects Massachusetts nonprofits with volunteer lawyers. They also host a wide range of expert-led workshops for nonprofits and offer in-depth legal reviews of nonprofit operations through the Legal Assessment Program. Additionally, lawyers may volunteer with the Pro Bono Consultation Series, which offers an opportunity to assist a nonprofit on discrete topics such as policy review in a clinic-style setting
If you are interested in doing pro bono work for nonprofit organizations through the Clearinghouse, please contact the Nonprofit Assistance Program Manager, Russell Paul, by email, or at 617.544.3434 ext. 108.
The Legal Clinic for the Homeless program provides legal assistance to the homeless at eight shelter locations. Lawyers are also invited to join the Legal Clinic Panel, composed of volunteer attorneys that handle pro bono cases with the assistance of the Clearinghouse’s resources and mentoring capacity.
If you are interested in doing pro bono work through the Legal Clinic for the Homeless program or would like to join the Legal Clinic Panel, please contact Legal Clinic Manager, Sean Thekkeparayil, by email, or at 617.544.3434 ext. 110.
The Access to Justice Fellows Program pairs lawyers who are retired or transitioning to retirement with non-profit and legal services organizations to provide critical assistance to underserved individuals and community and public interest groups.
If you are interested in doing pro bono work as an Access to Justice Fellow, please contact the Access to Justice Fellows Program Manager Susan Gedrick by email, or at 617.544.3434 ext. 105.
Lawyers for Civil Rights Boston
61 Batterymarch Street
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 482-1145
Fax: (617) 482-4392
Business Legal Clinics
Pro bono attorneys meet with entrepreneurs for 30-minute one-on-one sessions to respond to questions entrepreneurs have as they start new businesses or grow existing ones.
Pro Bono Legal Representation
Attorneys may agree to represent individual entrepreneurs on discrete business law matters on a pro bono basis. If an attorney accepts the entrepreneur as a client, the attorney and client discuss the client’s particular legal issue(s) and the attorney sets these discrete issues out in an engagement letter. The representation is then limited to the resolution of these discrete legal needs.
Workshops on Business Legal Issues
Pro bono attorneys can work with LCR to develop curricula and conduct legal workshops to classes of entrepreneurs at collaborating community organizations on legal topics relevant to small business owners.
LCR sponsors workshops in languages other than English, as the needs of particular communities demand, and is always looking for attorneys who are comfortable conducting workshops in other languages.
Training Community Organizations
LCR also uses the service of pro bono attorneys to train staff members at collaborating organizations who work with entrepreneurs to educate them on legal issues entrepreneurs confront in the formation and operation of their businesses.
Legal Advocacy & Resource Center (LARC)
Volunteer Contact: Dan Biagiotti
LARC operates a statewide free legal hotline that serves as the primary entry point for low-income callers in the Greater Boston area who believe they are experiencing legal problems. LARC staff provide civil legal information as well as referrals to appropriate legal and social service agencies. LARC has two types of pro bono opportunities for attorneys:
- Attorneys can join the “employment law helpline” panel. LARC hotline staff screen callers and refer low-income clients with employment-related questions to a panel of volunteer attorneys. Panel attorneys agree to provide clients with a brief telephone consultation on a scheduled day and time each month.
- Attorneys can also volunteer to take hotline calls at LARC on a day and time of their choosing.
- LARC provides orientation, training covering hotline legal areas, attorney supervision while staffing hotline, ongoing staff training and case review.
Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC)
(617) 357-8431 ext. 224
Volunteer Contact: Leslie Lockhart,
(617) 357-8431 ext. 3226 email@example.com
MAC is dedicated to being an independent and effective voice for children who face significant barriers to equal educational and life opportunities. MAC’s constituency are those children who face the greatest barriers to educational success, due to disability, race/ethnicity, language and/or poverty.
MAC seeks attorney volunteers for its helpline and to provide pro bono or low cost services to low-income families. Intake, mentoring and case handling volunteer opportunities available. Mentoring by MAC staff and private attorneys, training manuals and videos are offered.
Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston (MLP | Boston)
Volunteer Contact: JoHanna Flacks, Legal Director
(617) 366-7500 ext. 454
MLP | Boston improves the health and well-being of vulnerable populations by supporting the screening, diagnosis, and treatment of social needs with legal solutions. With the support of a network of pro bono partners and legal aid agency peers, MLP | Boston’s team of lawyers and paralegals provides direct legal assistance to eligible patients treated at participating health care institutions.
Contributions by these volunteers include: accepting individual case referrals; “adopting” a health clinic and staffing a weekly legal clinic there; conducting research on ethics and confidentiality issues arising in the MLP model; and engaging in systemic advocacy in partnership with clinicians.
MetroWest Legal Services
MetroWest Legal Services
63 Fountain Street, Suite 304
Framingham, MA 01702
Phone: (508) 620-1830
MetroWest Legal Services provides free civil legal aid to low-income people and victims of crime. Their priority practice areas include: Family Law, Housing, Homeless Advocacy, Government Benefits (including Social Security), Education, Elder Law & Immigration.
Northeast Legal Aid https://www.northeastlegalaid.org/
50 Island Street
Lawrence, MA 01840
Northeast Legal Aid (NLA)—through its board, management, and staff—helps low-income and elderly people of Northeast Massachusetts obtain justice and empowerment through skillful, creative, and persistent advocacy for systemic change and high-quality individual representation.
NLA offers free civil legal services to low income and elderly individuals and families in northeast Massachusetts. NLA has full-service offices in Lynn, Lowell and Lawrence, Massachusetts. NLA has an outreach office in Haverhill, Massachusetts with limited hours.
Contact: Elena Noureddine, Legal Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
98 North Washington Street, Suite 106
Boston MA 02114
Phone: (617) 742-9296
PAIR takes a holistic, client-centered approach to client services, from intake to asylum relief, and continuing on with family reunification and assistance with asylee green cards.
Community "Know Your Rights"
Since December 2016, PAIR has conducted more than 716 “Know Your Rights” workshops in schools, community centers, health care facilities, places of worship, and other settings, reaching more than 16,400 immigrants, allies and service providers across Massachusetts.
PAIR is the only nonprofit in Massachusetts with negotiated access to provide legal orientation at all detention facilities where immigrants are detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Justice for Immigrant Families
In December 2018, PAIR launched a new initiative across it programs, generously supported by the Rowland Foundation, aimed at providing specialized care for immigrant women and children in need of legal help, adding the coordination of essential wrap-around social services for this population who will be served through community partners.
Volunteer: Contact Gloria Donati at email@example.com
4 Faneuil South Market Building 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: (617) 694-5949
Ways to get involved as a pro bono attorney:
1) Volunteer at a citizenship workshop for a few hours: help applicants review their N-400 citizenship applications for quality and accuracy. To register for a workshop, contact the Pro Bono Manager at your law firm.
2) Represent an applicant at their naturalization interview who is seeking a disability waiver of the English and civics requirements.
3) Review and revise a Disability Waiver for applicants seeking a waiver of the English and civics requirements due to a mental or physical disability.
Rian Immigrant Center
One State Street
Boston, MA 02109
The Rian Immigrant Center’s expert legal staff and pro bono attorneys offer free legal consultations at weekly legal clinics to over 2,000 immigrants, refugees, and asylees, and provide full case representation before U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for over 600 families. They help low-income and under-served immigrants to gain legal status, work authorization, and to reunite their families so they can become empowered, reach stability, and move out of poverty.
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc.
Contact: Victoria Gautney, Esq., PAI Coordinator
1-800-244-9023 ext. 3008
South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. and its subsidiary, Justice Center of Southeast Massachusetts gives free civil (non-criminal) legal help to low-income and elderly people, and victims of crime in Barnstable, Bristol, Dukes, Nantucket and Plymouth Counties and the towns of Avon and Stoughton in Norfolk County. Issue areas include housing, family law, unemployment, SNAP, government benefits, SSI, elder law, bankruptcy, education law and more. SCCLS also provides group representation and community education.
Veterans Legal Services (formerly Shelter Legal Services)
Phone: (857) 317-4474
Volunteer Contact: Lynn Girton,
VLS’s Pro Bono Director
Veterans Legal Services' mission is to promote self-sufficiency, stability, and financial security of homeless and low-income veterans through free and accessible legal services.
VLS welcomes attorney volunteers who are able to accept pro bono case referrals or mentor less experienced attorneys in their areas of specialization. Your volunteer work is covered by Veterans Legal Services’ malpractice insurance. Some ways to volunteer include:
- Accept pro bono case referrals
- Counsel veterans at Stand Down, Yellow Ribbon events, and other periodic events
- Conduct outreach presentations at shelters and social service agencies
- Mentor less experienced attorneys
Victim Rights Law Center
115 Broad Street, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Phone: (617) 399-6720
Volunteer attorneys and legal paraprofessionals gain personal and professional satisfaction by providing survivors with the legal support necessary to re-establish their lives. Volunteering with the VRLC is an opportunity for personal growth through connecting with and helping those in need, as well as forging a relationship with the VRLC, a nationally recognized leader in the victim rights movement. In addition, through training with and guidance from VRLC staff attorneys, volunteers expand and enrich their fluency in a variety of practice areas, such as privacy rights, sexual assault protection orders, housing, immigration, employment and education.
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
Volunteer Contact: Luke Blackadar, Director of Legal Services firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts of Massachusetts (VLA_ provides legal services, advice, and educational programming to artists and cultural organizations in Massachusetts. The VLA accomplishes its mission through the work of a panel of more than 500 attorneys who volunteer their time and services to provide legal counsel, education, and organizational support to the Massachusetts arts community. The program serves individual artists, musical groups, and cultural organizations. The VLA accepts applications from artists and arts organizations for all non-criminal matters; most issues relate to contracts, copyright, and/or nonprofit incorporation and governance.
Volunteers must be licensed attorneys in good standing. While almost all applicants are in Massachusetts, VLA receives some requests from neighboring states that do not have a VLA program. VLA carries malpractice insurance that covers volunteers taking the pro bono cases.
VLA is also recruiting attorneys to join the panel for the Patent Pro Bono Program of New England, a new program launched in partnership with the USPTO and the Boston Patent Law Association.
To join either or both lists, please email email@example.com with your name and address, firm (if any), phone number, email address, dates and states of bar admission, and areas of legal interest or expertise. It is also helpful to know if you have an interest in any particular area of art (a preference for literary cases, photography, or music, for example) or speak any additional languages.
Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association (VLP)
Volunteer Contact: Pro Bono Manager Miranda Black
Interested volunteers should fill out the form.
VLP provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Greater Boston, primarily through the pro bono services of private attorneys. VLP offers a variety of volunteer opportunities, from case handling to short-term projects (including Limited Assistance Representation court projects, clinics, and advice hotlines, so that volunteers can sign up for a discrete block of time on a particular day and the commitment does not extend beyond that day). There are opportunities for attorneys with all levels and types of experience, including:
VLP's Case Referral Process
Guardianship Report Review Project (aka Judicial Designee Project)
Trusts & Estates Hotline
Fair Debt Collection Lawyer for the Day
Lawyer for the Day in Boston Housing Court
Family Law Clinic at the Suffolk Probate and Family Court
VLP provides insurance, training, and support to volunteers.
VLP recently launched the COVID-19 Eviction Legal Help Project (CELHP)!
Western Mass Legal Services
One Monarch Place, Suite 400 Springfield, MA 01144
Phone: (413) 781-7814
WMLS provides free legal help in non-criminal cases for low-income people and elders who live in western Massachusetts. The number of people eligible for help is far greater than existing resources. Current case acceptance priorities are housing, government benefits, family law and domestic violence, employment, disability, health care and problems uniquely affecting elders. The assistance ranges from legal advice to full representation.