"Every lawyer has a professional responsibility to provide legal services to those unable to pay" - The American Bar Association



The BBA joins the American Bar Association and Governor Charlie Baker in promoting service and access to justice during Pro Bono Month. We hope you can explore one of these opportunities to connect with a new organization in the month ahead and serve the community in the year beyond.

Pro Bono Month Events:

Highlighting Recent Tax Law Changes and Remedies in Delivering Legal Services

October 23, 2017, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

This presentation will provide practitioners with an overview of the new federal law, Protection Against Tax Hikes (PATH), as it affects low income clients, and will demystify the Innocent Spouse defense in tax collection. This remedy may be overlooked or missed in the context of a Probate Court case (divorce, custody) or when handling a restraining order. The event is a preview to more in-depth trainings on the topics on October 24th and November 6th.

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Pro Bono Recruitment Fair & Open House

October 23, 2017, 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Suffolk Law School, 120 Tremont Street, 1st Floor Function Room, Boston, MA 02108

This event is offered to attorneys of all levels, as well as law students. Attendees are encouraged to drop in and meet representatives from local legal services organizations and to learn more about the pro bono opportunities in our community.

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Pro Bono Training:
Identifying and Pursuing an Innocent Spouse Claim in Tax Cases

October 24, 2017, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

This program will help practitioners identify cases in which the innocent spouse defense can be claimed to relieve the client from joint tax liability. This defense is available to taxpayers under the Tax Code and Massachusetts law. Attorneys handling restraining orders and/or divorce cases, as well as advocates of survivors of domestic violence are most likely to encounter these issues and will benefit from knowing how to identify them.

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Pro Bono Training:
Why Immigration Advocates Should Care About PATH

November 6, 2017, 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
Boston Bar Association, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

This training will create alert advocates who will know how to spot tax issues and related tax benefits for their immigrant clients, and may be able to prevent clients from missing deadlines for those benefits.

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