BBA Marathon Monday Project: Update & Call for More Pro Bono Lawyers

The Boston Bar Association wishes to extend its sincere thanks for the outpouring of support following its call for pro bono attorneys to assist small businesses directly impacted by explosions on Boylston Street last week. Since issuing a request for volunteers on Thursday, April 18th, over 120 attorneys, 20 entire laws firms, and both Boston University and Northeastern Law Schools have offered their services.

As a result, the BBA was prepared Monday when it began to receive requests for assistance -- from small business owners seeking help with issues related to insurance and loss of income and has been able to connect these callers to pro bono attorneys with relevant experience. Such calls will likely increase with the gradual reopening of Boylston Street and the return of its residents.

Here’s what pro bono lawyers should know about the process:

  1. Small businesses and individuals seeking legal assistance contact the Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) and LRS staff conducts an intake interview. 
  2. A brief case summary is emailed to volunteers with appropriate experience.
  3. The case is then assigned to the first lawyer who responds to the public service programs coordinator and agrees to take the case.

While the BBA’s original statement anticipated needing lawyers with specific experience in insurance, labor and employment, and relocation issues, many of the relevant calls do not fall into these neat categories. Prospective volunteer lawyers in all practice areas should contact Katie D'Angelo at Kdangelo@bostonbar.org with their contact information and area(s) of expertise.