Access to Justice Newsletter
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.