Lawyers e-Journal

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009
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Featured pro bono opportunity: Health Law Advocates Inc.

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.


Health Law AdvocatesMission: Health Law Advocates provides free legal services to low-income people in Massachusetts facing barriers with access to health care.

Volunteer activities: HLA's pro bono program is called the Legal Network. Attorneys and law students receive two e-mails a month that detail cases available for referral. HLA manages the intake and referral process and is available for consultation during cases. Many cases are resolved through advocacy and negotiation; some matters involve litigation. Research projects are also available for law students.

Populations: HLA represents people who live or work in Massachusetts and are at or below 300 percent of the federal poverty level. We have a particular emphasis on lower income consumers, the chronically ill and other vulnerable populations.

Legal areas: Health insurance coverage, billing and collections by health care providers and public health community benefits

Categories: Mental health issues, health care, employment, education, disability law, civil rights and liberties, benefits and prisoners

Requirements: Attorneys must complete a registration form. HLA can provide liability insurance coverage for attorneys who do not have their own insurance.

Short-term opportunities: Short-term research projects on health access law

Contact: Matt Selig, executive director, 30 Winter St., Suite 1004, Boston, 02108; (617) 338-5241/(617) 338-5242 (fax); [e-mail selig]


Click here to view the March 2008 Lawyers Journal profile on Health Law Advocates Inc.

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