Thanks to a proclamation from Governor Deval Patrick, October is officially Pro Bono Month. At the BBA, we've got a series of training to help prepare lawyers to take cases, programs being put on by our Boston Bar Foundation Grantees, and public service events to participate in. See our Pro Bono Month calendar here.
The BBA recognizes the importance of serving the larger community and providing legal services to those in need. We offer a number of service opportunities to allow our members to give back to the community while developing their skills in different areas of law.
Our programming involves
- Pro bono opportunities
- Working with youth
- One time community volunteer activities
The Lawyer Referral Service is the BBA’s largest public service program and has a specific commitment to reaching historically underserved populations. The LRS Program connects callers in need of legal assistance with qualified help from private attorneys, legal services agencies, government offices, and community programs.
The Boston Bar Foundation supports the pro bono and public service projects through a number of grants. Our programs are made possible by our dedicated volunteers.
Please view our available public service opportunities below:
- Law Day in the Schools
Teach a class and help educate Boston Public School students about the legal process.
- Housing Court Lawyer for the Day
Assist unrepresented tenants and landlords on summary process (i.e. eviction) day at Boston Housing Court.
- Summer Jobs
Support Mayor Walsh’s Summer Jobs Initiative by hiring a Boston high school student for an eight week internship in your legal office.
- Veterans' Initiative
Give legal advice to military personnel, veterans and their families.
- M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy
This program, a collaboration with the United States Bankruptcy Court, teaches high school students about the importance of making informed decisions regarding their finances.
- BBA Lawyer Referral Service
The Boston Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service has been helping people find the right lawyer for over 50 years. The LRS Program connects callers in need of legal assistance with qualified help from private attorneys, legal services agencies, government offices, and community programs. .
- Boston Debate League
Be a Judge or Mentor for the Boston Debate League, an urban debate league in the Boston Public Schools.
- Practice Area Pro Bono Projects
Find an opportunity that interests you. The BBA has pro bono projects for attorneys at all levels of experience and expertise.
Looking to participate? Click here to fill out the BBA’s Public Service Volunteer form. After completion, a member of the BBA Staff will contact you directly to discuss which of our opportunities will best suit your interests and background.
Beyond the Billable, the BBA’s public service blog, keeps you in the know about the most recent developments in the BBA’s pro bono opportunities, public service initiatives, and training programs. If you are a lawyer interested in giving back, Beyond the Billable is your one stop shop for everything public service.
The BBA's 2013 Public Service Report, Expanding Our Reach, provides a snapshot of the BBA’s involvement in the community and our efforts to promote public service within the legal field, as well as a way to acknowledge our dedicated volunteers and committee members who make the programs possible. To read Expanding Our Reach, click here.
To read the BBA's 2012 Public Service Report, Building Stronger Communities, here.
The Parents’ How-to Guide to Children’s Mental Health Services in Massachusetts
was created by the Boston Bar Association with support from Children’s Hospital Boston. It is an informational resource and easy reference tool to make navigating the system simpler for families with children in need of mental health services. Each chapter of the Guide covers a specific topic and offers useful tips for parents and advocates.
The Public Service Oversight Committee provides recommendations on proposed and existing public service projects to the BBA Council. As the BBA's public service initiatives continue to expand, the Committee focuses on their continued improvement.