Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009
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Featured pro bono opportunity: Neighborhood Legal Services

October is Pro Bono Month. The MBA urges members to expand their pro bono efforts to help those who need legal services. Click here to view a list of companies and MBA programs in need of volunteers. To view MBA President Valerie A. Yarashus' letter to membership about Pro Bono Month, click here.


Neighborhood Legal ServicesMission: To provide free civil legal services to low income and elderly clients in Essex and Northern Middlesex Counties

Volunteer activities:

  • Conduct Pro Se clinics (divorce, housing, bankruptcy/debtor, foreclosure prevention);
  • Provide advice (unemployment, immigration or family law matters);
  • Conduct attorney trainings (basic family law or bankruptcy);
  • Provide direct representation (family law, disability, bankruptcy, foreclosure prevention, student loans);
  • Be a mentor for other volunteer/pro bono attorneys; and
  • Write/review legal materials.

Populations: Low income residents who meet income guidelines and elderly residents (no income requirements)

Service area: Essex and Northern Middlesex Counties

Legal areas:
Elder, employment, family, housing, immigration, consumer, public benefits and community development

Requirements: Must be in good standing with the Board of Bar Overseers

Support: Reference materials, training, professional liability insurance, mentoring, supervision and co-counseling

Contact: Henriette Perkins, pro bono coordinator, 37 Friend St., Third Floor, Lynn, MA 01902, [e-mail hperkins]


Click here to view the April 2009 Lawyers Journal profile on Neighborhood Legal Services.

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