Pro bono opportunities guide now available online:
For many years, the MBA has offered to its membership an opportunity to access statewide and local organizations that are in need of pro bono services from attorneys, law students and paralegals. These services can range from actual client representation to the training of staff. The MBA and Massachusetts Bar Foundation support attorneys in the commonwealth in their efforts to provide pro bono services to those of limited means. Listed online are more than 100 agencies with a wide range of legal needs.
To identify a volunteer opportunity that meets your needs, you may search by keyword, category and/or county. To access this information, please visit: http://www.massbar.org/publications/pbog/.
Please be sure to check back throughout the year to stay aware of seasonal opportunities or updates to the guide.
Other ways to Get Involved
Over the course of the fall, the Community Services Department will be recruiting volunteers for the Mock Trial Program and Job Shadow Day 2007:
In preparation for the 22nd Annual Statewide Mock Trial Program, the MBA invites you to volunteer as an attorney coach or judge.
Open to all public and private high school students in Massachusetts, Mock Trial is a rich curriculum that promotes the development of fundamental knowledge, sound judgment and critical thinking skills. In Mock Trial, students are placed in a simulated courtroom where they assume the roles of lawyers and witnesses in a hypothetical case.
Members are needed to coach a team in their community or to serve as judges in the trials that take place throughout the state. To volunteer, call (617) 338-0570 or e-mail [e-mail mocktrial].
On Friday, Feb. 2, 2007, the MBA's annual Job Shadow Day will provide students with an opportunity to "shadow" an attorney for the day. The purpose of Job Shadow Day is to broaden the students' understanding of the law, introduce them to the variety of careers available in the legal field and foster their respect for the legal system.
Attorneys from all areas of law are welcome to participate. We are especially seeking attorneys who are located (or can spend the day) in the cities of Boston, Worcester or Springfield. During Job Shadow Day, attorneys are encouraged to visit their local courthouse and introduce the young people to other legal professionals in and outside of their offices.
To volunteer, call (617) 338-0695 or e-mail [e-mail communityservices].
As the year progresses, please keep an eye out for more info. Or, to find out more about how to get involved in programs like these, contact the Community Services Department at (617) 338-0695 or [e-mail communityservices].