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Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009
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Featured pro bono opportunity: Victim Rights Law Center

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.


Victim Rights Law CenterMission: One victim, one lawyer ― this recipe can alter the course of a rape victim's life forever. Rape and sexual assault often devastate a life, shattering a victim's social, economic and emotional well-being for years, even decades, to come. The mission of the Victim Rights Law Center (VRLC) is to provide individual legal representation to prevent such harm and help victims stabilize their lives in the aftermath of an assault, thereby promoting healing and long-term social and economic security. Our vision is to build a national cadre of pro bono and legal services attorneys committed to seeking such justice for every sexual assault victim in the United States.

Volunteer activities: Pro bono attorneys advise victims of their civil and criminal options and represent victims as needed.

Populations: Male and female survivors of sexual assault.

Legal areas: The Rape Survivors Law Project (RSLP) is the pro bono initiative of the VRLC. To date, the RSLP has engaged over 270 attorney and paraprofessional volunteers. Through the RSLP, pro bono attorneys and paraprofessionals assist sexual assault victims with a variety of civil legal needs including privacy rights, restraining orders, housing, university judicial proceedings, immigration, and negotiations with employers and school administrators. In addition to representing victims with these legal needs, our volunteers assist VRLC staff with research projects, as well as drafting amicus briefs and legislation regarding the rights of sexual assault survivors.

Categories: Mental health issues, immigration, housing and homelessness, employment, education, criminal law, crime victims, confidentiality, benefits

Requirements: Participate in two-hour training conducted by VRLC.

Support: In addition to our training, VRLC will provide supervision and support for pro-bono volunteers and a practice manual.

Contact: Lindy Aldrich, staff attorney, (617) 399-6720 x10, 115 Broad St., Third Floor, Boston, 02110, [e-mail laldrich]


Click here to view the May 2008 Lawyers Journal profile on Victim Rights Law Center.

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