The MBA allows for easily accessible and organized opportunities for attorneys to get involved in their communities. Professionals appreciate these outlets to get involved in their own and other communities across the commonwealth.
For more information about any of these programs, fill out our Volunteer Opportunities Menu, or contact the MBA Community Services Department directly at (617) 338-0695 or via e-mail.
In addition to its regular community service programs, the MBA frequently offers discussions that are initiated at the request of the association’s president and officers.
On the first Wednesday of each month, attorneys volunteer at the
MBA Boston headquarters by providing free basic legal information
by phone to callers between the hours of 5:30-7:30 p.m. Questions
cover a wide range of legal topics. Additionally, twice a year the
program is offered specifically to the general public in Western
- Elder Law Education Program
During May, in celebration of Law Day, many MBA members throughout the state volunteer to speak at their local senior center or council on aging on various elder-law subjects. Topics range from basic elder legal issues to more substantive areas. ELEP is co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys.
- Job Shadow
Would you like to help students broaden their understanding of the law, introduce them to the variety of careers available in the legal field and foster their respect for the legal system? If so, please consider participating in Job Shadow Day by volunteering to have a young person “shadow” you for one day as you work in the office, go to court, talk with colleagues and more. Job Shadow Day is a fun way to shed light on the legal world.
- Mock Trial
Every year, members of the MBA serve as coaches and judges for
the Mock Trial Program, while thousands of high school students
across Massachusetts participate. Students prepare a hypothetical
case and then test their skills as lawyers and witnesses in a
simulated courtroom competition.
- Pro Bono Opportunities
Visit MassProBono.org, a new website that allows
lawyers to focus their energy on doing pro bono work rather than
looking for it. The site was launched by the Volunteer Lawyers
Project, in partnership with Pro Bono Net, the Massachusetts Legal
Aid Websites Project and the Massachusetts Bar Association. The
centerpiece of the site is a Pro Bono Opportunities Guide,
developed in partnership with the MBA, which has built an extensive
statewide listing of pro bono opportunities. MassProBono.org builds
on the MBA's pro bono catalogue and incorporates the interactive
functions of the Pro Bono Net platform to create a robust new tool
to promote pro bono engagement.
- Speakers' Bureau
The MBA’s Speakers Bureau is a great opportunity to share your expertise with local, civic, business, educational and social organizations. Presentations are provided free to the public. All areas of practice are in demand.
- Volunteer Opportunities Menu
The MBA offers a wide array of projects with varying time
commitments. The list includes more than a dozen ways that you
can volunteer your time, with opportunities ranging from
serving on a committee or joining a
practice group, to judging a mock trial
competition or teaching a CLE seminar.
Your involvement provides a chance for you to give back to the
legal community while working with fellow MBA members.