Access to Justice Newsletter

November 2011
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Technology grant will create statewide pro bono website

MBA gave “unqualified support” to Volunteer Lawyers Project

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association will create a statewide pro bono website with a $68,000 grant from the Washington, D.C.-based Legal Services Corp. The Massachusetts Bar Association strongly endorsed the group's grant application.

The Volunteer Lawyers Project will use the Technology Initiative Grant, which will run from January 2012 through June 2013, to expand the availability of quality pro bono representation for low-income Massachusetts residents by creating a website that increases the efficiency and productivity of pro bono programs and helps match up clients with volunteer attorneys.

"Busy attorneys want and will appreciate this one-stop, coordinated approach to pro bono," Denise Squillante wrote to LSC when she was MBA president in 2010. She noted the MBA's "unqualified support" for the project, saying that the online resource would help connect lawyers with clients badly in need of help. The grant application had been endorsed by the MBA's House of Delegates in 2009 and 2010.

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