Lawyers Journal

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, visit

For your information, the Massachusetts Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1 states that an attorney to qualify for contributing to the Pro Bono service they should provide annually at least 25 hours of pro bono publico legal services for the benefit of persons of limited means. In providing these professional services, the lawyer should:

(a) Provide all or most of the 25 hours of pro bono publico legal services without compensation or expectation of compensation to persons of limited means, or to charitable, religious, civic, community, governmental, and educational organizations in matters that are designed primarily to address the needs of persons of limited means. The lawyer may provide any remaining hours by delivering legal services at substantially reduced compensation to persons of limited means or by participating in activities for improving the law, the legal system, or the legal profession that are primarily intended to benefit persons of limited means; or

(b) Contribute from $250 to 1 percent of the lawyer’s annual taxable, professional income to one or more organizations that provide or support legal services to persons of limited means.

Be sure to check back throughout the year to stay aware of seasonal opportunities or late additions to the guide.

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