Lawyers Journal

Pro bono program presented to Senior Partners for Justice

Senior Partners for Justice-West promoted the MBA Pro Bono Prescription program at its Sept. 27 luncheon. Members heard a panel discussion and signed up to participate in the program, which brings together volunteer attorneys and medical professionals to promote the health and well-being of low-income patients through legal advocacy.

The pioneering initiative was jointly created by the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Medical-Legal Partnership Massachusetts network.

"The least we can do is use our skills to help fix what is making people sick in the first place," said J. Michael Scully, vice chair of the MBA's Health Law Section and a partner at Bulkley, Richardson and Gelinas LLP in Springfield.

The panel of speakers included Scully and Oonagh C. Doherty, the Massachusetts Justice Project's medical legal partnership supervising attorney; JoHanna Flacks, pro bono director at the Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston; the Hon. Edward M. Ginsburg (ret.), founder of Senior Partners for Justice; Dr. Jacqueline Spain, medical director of the Holyoke Health Center, and Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham, managing attorney at the Legal Assistance Corp. of Central Massachusetts in Worcester.

To find out more about the program, visit www.MassBar.org/ProBonoRX.

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