Make a Difference as a "Lawyer for the Day" at the Housing Court

Since in the "Lawyer for the Day" program was created at the Boston Housing Court in May 1999, 1,200 volunteer lawyers from the BBA have assisted more than 14,500 individuals.. In response to this need for legal services, volunteers are needed for Wednesday and Thursday of each week. Volunteers who offer their assistance to unrepresented tenants and landlords on Eviction Day play an important role in providing access to justice at the Court. 

The Lawyer for a Day Program has expanded to include a litigation component where lawyers provide full representation to pro se individuals involved in eviction trials. A number of the volunteers have become Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) certified and as a result, many clients have an attorney available to accompany them and represent them before the court.

The Lawyer for the Day Program at Boston Housing Court is a joint effort of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, the Boston Housing Court and the BBA's  Real Estate Section.  If you are interested in participating in the Program, the BBA Real Estate Section and Volunteer Lawyers Project have developed a training session for volunteers interested in taking on full representation in an eviction trial. For more information about the training session, please click here .