BU Law Pro Bono Partners

BU LAW has partnerships with a number of organizations through which students may find individual or group pro bono projects.

2014-2015 Pro Bono Partners

2013-2014 Pro Bono Partners

2012-2013 Pro Bono Partners

2011-2012 Pro Bono Partners

2010-2011 Pro Bono Partners

2009 - 2010 Pro Bono Partners

Former Pro Bono Partners

2014-2015 Pro Bono Partners

Bet Tzedek

Bet Tzedek, which means “House of Justice”, is a legal assistance program housed within Jewish Family & Children’s Service. Steve Weil, a BU Law alum ('86), is on the Bet Tzedek board and an active pro bono attorney. Working with low-income clients, Bet Tzedek provides free advocacy, legal information and referrals to other agencies or private attorneys for pro bono legal services. Bet Tzedek assists in a range of civil issues including housing, consumer law, immigration, government benefits, probate and family law. Clients who need additional social services are referred internally to other programs within the organization, thereby providing the client with a comprehensive approach to addressing a range of problems.

For over 140 years, Jewish Family & Children's Service has provided the people of Greater Boston with vital support at critical stages of their lives -- from newborns and their parents, to individuals with disabilities, to the elderly and families in crisis. JF&CS is dedicated to meeting the needs of the community with programs that are effective, innovative, and built on a tradition of compassion and caring. No matter how difficult the problem and regardless of a person's background or ability to pay, JF&CS is ready and available to respond.

Contact:
Diego Cartagena
3250 Wilshire Blvd., 13th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90010
dcartagena@bettzedek.org
http://www.bettzedek.org/

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Casa Myrna

Casa Myrna was founded in the mid 1970s by neighborhood activists and street workers in Boston’s South End. Day after day, they found themselves listening with outrage and frustration as neighborhood women confided of beatings and abuse at the hands of their husbands or partners. Children talked about the abuse of their mothers. As the campaign to help them began to take form, activists from the Villa Victoria housing development, United South End Settlements, Casa del Sol, St. Stephen’s Parish, the Church of the Covenant in the Back Bay and the South End Community Health Center joined to organize and seek support throughout the South End.

The agency’s founding coalition was a lively, passionate and diverse group, reflecting the vibrant patchwork of people living in the community. Latina women were a significant presence, one of whom was Myrna Vazquez, a renowned actress in her native Puerto Rico. Her vivacity and unwavering belief in the restorative power of the arts and culture was an ongoing source of inspiration to a community beset by many of the problems plaguing inner cities at that time, from crack cocaine and speculative redevelopment to violence in all its forms. When Myrna died suddenly in 1976, the group decided to name their first shelter – and the organization – in her honor. The first shelter, an eight bedroom brownstone in Boston’s South End, was staffed entirely by volunteers. It has remained in continuous operation since opening and is now Casa Myrna’s emergency shelter program.

Over the years, Casa Myrna added to its shelter capacity by acquiring other buildings in the city’s South End and Dorchester neighborhoods and converting them for use as shelters. Today, the agency is New England’s leading provider of shelter and comprehensive services to victims and survivors of domestic violence.

Contact:
Christopher Logue
clogue@casamyrna.org
https://www.casamyrna.org/

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Center for Law and Education

The Center for Law and Education (CLE) strives to make the right of all students to quality education a reality and to help enable communities to address their own education problems effectively, with an emphasis on assistance to low-income students.

As a national support center, CLE developed enormous expertise about the legal rights and responsibilities of students and school personnel as well as about key education programs and initiatives, including Title I, vocational education programs and school to work systems, and special education for students with disabilities.

Contact:
Kathleen Boundy
99 Chauncy Street, Suite 700
Boston, MA 02111
kboundy@cleweb.org

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Fair Employment Project

Fair Employment Project is a tax-exempt, non-profit organization. Their mission is to reduce violations of employment civil rights by providing assistance and information to workers and their advocates.

http://www.fairemploymentproject.org/

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Finex House

Finex House is shelter for battered women and their children; especially those who have disabilities and/or women who are trafficked.  We are an equal opportunity service provider and therefore any woman who has been abused is strongly encouraged to call for services.

Three formerly abused women incorporated Finex House in 1983. Our motto is, “I Belong to No One.” Our mission is to provide shelter and services for all battered women, especially those who have dropped through the cracks of existing service providers. Accordingly, Finex House provides emergency shelter and a comprehensive array of services for the most vulnerable of battered women.

Contact:
Malana Gleason
Attorney
Finex House
P.O. Box 1154
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
617-436-2002
617-905-7088
http://finexhouse.org/

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Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)

Founded in 1978, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) is New England’s leading legal rights organization dedicated to ending discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.

GLAD’s bold and effective advocacy has achieved scores of precedent-setting legal victories to end discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression, benefiting individuals, couples and families across New England and throughout the United States.

Each time GLAD argues a case or tackles an issue, we tear down more of the outdated laws and stereotypes that have denied LGBT people and people with HIV basic protections and opportunities in every area of daily life – family, school, employment, housing, government, health care, and beyond.

GLAD provides opportunities for law students to participate in this important work:

Each semester, GLAD takes on two or three law students as interns.  The interns work directly with GLAD’s attorneys and provide assistance on current impact litigation cases, do legal research and attend legal meetings.  For more information go to http://www.glad.org/help/internships#legal-internship.  

Also, GLAD has a free, confidential public information service, called GLAD Answers, which is staffed by volunteers.  This is a great opportunity for law students to learn about LGBTQ/HIV legal issues and to get practice doing a client intake.  For more information go to http://www.glad.org/rights/infoline/volunteer.

Contact:

Bruce Bell
Public Engagement and Information Manager
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
30 Winter Street, STE 800
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 426-1350
Email: bbell@glad.org

http://www.glad.org/

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Greater Boston Citizenship Initiative

GBCI’s mission is to educate immigrants about the benefits of citizenship, and to help eligible, legal permanent residents overcome barriers to naturalization. GBCI is a collaborative created by the Fish Family Foundation. It is in partnership with several immigrant, community-based, and direct service organizations in the Greater Boston area. These organizations are well-established and respected pillars in their communities. GBCI harnesses the established networks, trust, and resources that these organizations have built over decades of direct service.

GBCI and its partner organizations help clients overcome some of the barriers they may face in becoming fuller and more integrated New Americans. We connect applicants to an array of services including: application assistance, civics test and interview preparation, legal services, and ESOL classes.

In addition to direct services at partner organization sites, GBCI coordinates ongoing “Citizenship Workshops” in the greater Boston area. Our programs provide FREE citizenship application assistance and legal referrals. Agency staff and volunteers – including immigration lawyers, BIA accredited representatives, law students, and interpreters – screen applicants for eligibility and guide them through the entire application process.

Contact:
Veronica Serrato
75 State Street
Floor 21, Suite 2105
Boston, MA 02109
info@gbcinitiative.org

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Health Law Advocates (HLA)

Health Law Advocates (HLA) is a public interest law firm whose mission is to provide pro bono legal representation to low-income residents experiencing difficulty accessing or paying for needed medical services. HLA is committed to ensuring universal access to quality health care in Massachusetts, particularly for those who are most at risk due to such factors as race, gender, disability, age, or geographic location. With its parent organization, Health Care For All, HLA combines legal expertise with grassroots organizing and policy reform to advance the statewide movement for universal health care access.

Contact:

Matt Selig
Health Law Advocates, Inc.
30 Winter Street, Suite 1004
Boston, MA 02108

Ph: 617-338-5241
Fax: 617-338-5242

http://www.healthlawadvocates.org/

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Lawyers Clearinghouse

The Lawyers Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homelessness was founded in 1988 by the Boston Bar Association and Massachusetts Bar Association. It grew out of a common belief that through an organized broad based program, the pro bono resources of the private bar could be used to fight homelessness. The creation of the Clearinghouse also reflected the enormous economic pressures placed on low and moderate income families in Massachusetts, and on the limited capabilities of the nonprofit groups assisting them with their housing needs.

The Clearinghouse has served as the model used by bar sponsored pro bono groups throughout the country in establishing similar programs, including the District of Columbia, Rhode Island, and Maryland. In 1991, the Clearinghouse received the American Bar Association’s Pro Bono Partnership Award.

Our Mission is to promote the development of affordable housing, reduce homelessness, and strengthen communities by providing pro bono legal services to nonprofit organizations and to individuals who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.

The Clearinghouse offers free legal services to nonprofit organizations or those seeking nonprofit status to further their goals. We also provide legal representation to guests of the Pine Street Inn, St. Francis House, Cardinal Medeiros Center (a program of Kit Clark Senior Services) and hopeFound (formerly Friends of the Shattuck Shelter).

Low income individuals seeking free legal services should contact their local legal services office. Individuals who can afford to pay for legal services or are seeking reduced fee legal services, should contact a lawyer referral service.

Contact:
www.lawyersclearinghouse.org

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Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice

The Lawyers’ Committee is a private,nonprofit,nonpartisan legal organization that provides pro bono legal representation to victims of discrimination based on race or national origin. The Committee’s mission is to provide a safeguard for the civil,social,and economic liberties of residents in Greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts. We handle major law reform cases as well as legal actions on behalf of individuals. We also engage in public policy advocacy,community legal education,community economic development,and other legal services that further the cause of civil rights.

Contact:
Rahsaan Hall
294 Washington Street,Suite 443
Boston,Massachusetts 02108
rhall@lawyerscom.org
http://www.lawyerscom.org/

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Lutheran Social Services

The Lutheran Church has been serving and caring for people in need in New England for more than 140 years.  It all began when a faithful Lutheran brewer by the name of Gottlieb Burkhardt took four orphans under his wing and created the Martin Luther Orphans' Home at Brook Farm.  Another children's home followed in Avon., Mass., and eventually, nursing homes were established in Southbury, Connecticut and Worcester, Massachusetts.

The early children's services evolved over the decades into today's programs of adoption, foster care, residential (group) programs for teens at risk, and two ground breaking programs for parenting teenage mothers and their children who are homeless.  LSS also boasts the only program in New England for refugee children who have been separated from their families.

LSS services for refugees and immigrants were launched in the wake of World War II and continue to serve people who are fleeing persecution and war.

LSS disability services serve adults who have developmental disabilities, mental health issues and deafness in three states.

In 1996, LSS founded Good News Garage, the first program in the country to utilize cars donated by generous friends and provide them to low income individuals and family, helping them move from welfare to work.  Good News Garage now has programs in four states.

The fastest growing LSS program is LSS In-Home Services, which at the end of 2008 was providing more than 30,000 hours of care a month in New Hampshire to disabled adults who were able to choose their own caregivers and thus remain in their homes.

LSS' services for older adults encompass nursing and rest homes, assisted living residences, HUD-low income housing, elder care management in three New England states.

Lutheran Disaster Response-New England taps into the church's national resources for disaster relief to help families in New England who have been displaced or otherwise touched by disasters.

Lutheran Social Services is a member of Lutheran Services in America (LSA), the national umbrella network of Lutheran social ministries that together comprise one of the nation's largest charities.  One in 50 Americans is served by a Lutheran agency. 

LSS of New England is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Contact:

Julie Dahlstrom
jdahlstrom@lcssne.org

http://www.lssne.org/

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Massachusetts Advocates for Children

MAC uses a broad range of strategies to get results and change the conditions that limit children’s opportunities. These strategies include building coalitions, helping empower parents and community leaders, providing technical assistance and training, conducting case advocacy, advocating at the administrative and legislative levels, writing reports and, when necessary, litigating.

MAC acts to hold public institutions accountable and prioritizes systems change in order to have the greatest impact affecting the most children. But through its intake, case advocacy and trainings, MAC also works to assure that the needs of individual children are met.

Contact:

Tom Mela
TMela@massadvocates.org

http://www.massadvocates.org/

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Massachusetts Association of Conservation Commissions (MACC)

Conservation Commissions were formed in 1957 after the state passed the Conservation Commission Act. Since 1961, MACC has created and disseminated critical education materials describing commissioner’s duties and outlining methods to help attain commission’s goals.

MACC builds support for community conservation by working with agencies, legislators, the courts, nonprofits and corporate partners. MACC advocates for strong, science-based laws, regulations and policies, assists agencies in outreach efforts and serves as mentor for other conservation groups.

Contact:

Eugene Benson
10 Juniper Road
Belmont, MA 02478
eugene.benson@maccweb.org
http://www.maccweb.org/

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Massachusetts Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts

In Massachusetts lawyers in private practice must place client retainers either in an account which pays interest to the clients or in “IOLTA” accounts. Pooled IOLTA accounts make a substantial contribution to improving the administration of justice and to providing civil legal services to low-income individuals.

The IOLTA program is administered by the Massachusetts IOLTA Committee, appointed by the Justices of the SJC. The committee distributes all IOLTA interest to three charitable entities: the Boston Bar Foundation, the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, and the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation.Various pro bono projects provided through IOLTA are Limited Assistance Representation (“unbundling”) in family law cases, Access to Justice Commission research and analysis, and Civil Gideon – right to counsel in certain civil cases.

The number of hours per week is flexible. Project starting dates are from Oct 1 – June 1. Training depends on the type of project, but will be provided if necessary. Must be able to work independently in a small office, have a genuine interest in expanding access to justice, and flexible by nature.

For more information from students who have worked for IOLTA, contact BU Law students, Kristen Zellner (’07) and Stacey Pietrowicz (’08).

Contact:
Jayne Tyrrell
11 Beacon Street
Suite 820
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 723-9093
jtyrrell@maiolta.org

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Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation

The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation was established by the Commonwealth to ensure that low-income people with critical, non-criminal legal problems would have access to legal information, advice and representation. We are the largest funding source for civil legal aid programs in the Commonwealth.

Mission Statement

The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) provides leadership and support to improve civil legal services to low-income people in Massachusetts through collaboration with the legal services community, the public, the bar, and the legislature.

Vision Statement (adopted in the March 2012 Strategic Plan)

The core purpose of the civil legal services system in Massachusetts is to address the causes and to ameliorate the effects of poverty by pursuing equal justice for poor people. To achieve this goal, the system shall provide high-quality, strategically focused legal assistance that helps clients transform their lives and communities.

All of the participants in the system should work together to ensure that legal services are delivered in the most effective and coordinated fashion. Participants should together communicate the needs of their clients and the communities which they serve, and work toward setting collective goals.

A crucial part of MLAC’s vision is supporting cultural and linguistic competence, as well as ensuring diversity of staff and volunteers, so that clients can be best served.

Contact:
Sarah Blair
7 Winthrop Square, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02110-1245
sblair@mlac.org
info@mlac.org

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Prisoners' Legal Services

PLS provides civil legal services for Massachusetts prisoners, including litigation, advice, legislative advocacy, and public education.

Contact:
Elizabeth Matos
Prisoners’ Legal Services
10 Winthrop Square, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110
(617) 482-2773
lmatos@plsma.org

http://www.plsma.org/

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Shelter Legal Services

Volunteers Needed for Massachusetts Stand Down for Veterans

Each year SLS participates in the Massachusetts Stand Down for Veterans. We are seeking volunteers to perform intakes at the event. (Either volunteer attorneys OR students who have already completed an orientation with SLS). The event will be held Friday 8/27 and Saturday 8/28. The time slots for volunteers are 9-1 and 1-5.

All volunteers need to RSVP to Anna Schleelein at: schleelein@gmail.com

For students: if we do not have a sufficient number of RSVP's by the end of business Monday, 8/23/10, we will open it up to students who have not completed an orientation. As always, we will make every effort to accommodate interested students.

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Tri-City Community Action Program

Tri-City Community Action Program is the anti-poverty agency for Malden, Medford, Everett and surrounding towns. Our goal is to build strong communities where everyone can meet their basic needs, advance economically, and fulfill their potential.

Our Mission

Improve lives and create opportunities for residents of Malden, Medford, Everett, and surrounding communities.

Our Vision

All residents of our communities can meet their essential needs for food, shelter, housing, clothing, heat, and child care;

Low income people have opportunities to increase their income and realize their personal and community dreams;

Low income people in Malden, Medford, and Everett have political, social, and economic power. They have a strong and organized voice that is heard at the local, state, and federal level.

Our Work

  • Direct services
  • Advocacy
  • Education
  • Community organizing
  • Community development

Contact:
Jayna Stafford
110 Pleasant Street
Malden, MA 02148
jstafford@tri-cap.org
http://tri-cap.org/

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Veterans Legal Services

Veterans Legal Services promotes self-sufficiency, stability, and financial security for veterans and the homeless through comprehensive and accessible legal services. By locating legal clinics at homeless shelters and service centers, Veterans Legal Services reaches underserved and neglected members of our society who are often reluctant to seek legal help. Veterans Legal Services serves over 400 clients per year at its legal clinics.

Contact:
Anna Schleelein Richardson
anna@veteranslegalservices.org
http://www.veteranslegalservices.org/

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Victim Rights Law Center

The Victim Rights Law Center is Leading a New Response to Sexual Violence. Founded as the first law center in the nation dedicated solely to serving the legal needs of sexual assault victims, the Victim Rights Law Center is the leader in representing sexual assault victims’ legal rights within the civil context. We not only provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives, but also promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. Through an innovative model of community collaboration, we have created a network of allies (medical providers, counselors, lawyers) dedicated to improving legal services for rape victims.

The Victim Rights Law Center engages in three primary activities:

  • Free Legal Services
  • Legal Training
  • Technical Assistance

http://www.victimrights.org/

Kelsey M. Worline, Esq.
Staff Attorney
Victim Rights Law Center
115 Broad Street 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02110
617-399-6720 x17
kworline@victimrights.org

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Volunteer Lawyers Project

The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association was established in 1977 to provide legal representation in civil matters to the indigent of Boston through the pro bono services of private attorneys and paralegals. It is among the oldest organized pro bono efforts in the country.

In 1996, VLP broadened its scope when it became the grantee of the federal Legal Services Corporation for the Greater Boston area. VLP also supports the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center (LARC) to operate a hotline to screen and refer clients to appropriate legal and social services and/or advise clients when services are not available or necessary. All efforts are augmented by a modest in-house case handling capacity.

Pro bono services are provided through VLP's panel of approximately 1,000 attorneys and paralegals representing all segments of the legal community- members of small, medium and large firms, solo practitioners, government attorneys, retired attorneys, corporate counsel, and law students certified under SJC Rule 3:03.

The panel handles cases in a broad range of substantive areas and pro bono assistance takes many different forms. In addition to handling cases, VLP volunteers serve as Attorneys of the Day at the Boston Housing Court and Suffolk County Probate and Family Court; teach community legal education programs for low-income homeowners; provide telephone advice on probate and estate related issues; and serve as counsel to a variety of community groups.

Law Students can easily get involved in assisting Pro Se Litigants with Petitions for Guardianship of Adults and Minors

VLP conducts guardianship clinics at various Probate and Family Courts on Tuesdays (Suffolk), Wednesdays (Norfolk), Thursday (Middlesex) and Suffolk (Friday). From 9 or 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day, students work under the supervision of VLP staff attorneys to assist litigants to complete guardianship petitions. Students are required to complete a free 2 hour training at VLP in advance of volunteering. To register for a training or to volunteer for a clinic, please visit VLP's website.

Contact:

http://www.vlpnet.org/vlp1/

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The Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA)

The Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts (WBA) is where women lawyers in Massachusetts come together to build important personal and professional relationships. The WBA is about women helping women. When you join the WBA you can expect leadership opportunities, rewarding work on our committees, a networking forum for business development, and more.

At the WBA, our vision is to build a strong community of women lawyers who make a difference in the profession and in society at large.

At the WBA, our purpose is to achieve the full and equal participation of women in every aspect of society. We believe a strong community of women lawyers is essential to the administration of justice.

At the WBA, our philosophy is that women lawyers face common challenges and can teach and learn from one another. We believe the individual and collective achievements of women lawyers should be celebrated.

At the WBA, our goal is to focus on you. We want to help you strengthen your professional expertise and develop the skills you need to become leaders in the profession and community. We recognize that our members have different needs and that everyone defines personal and professional success a little differently. We want to support your personal and professional growth by providing you access to the resources you need and connecting you with other women who share your passion for the law, for women's issues, and for making a difference. We are the #1 resource for women attorneys in Massachusetts.

At the WBA, we are women with a vision. We are ambitious, proactive and focused. Join us today.

Contact:

Rachel Biscardi | Director of Pro Bono Projects
rbiscardi@womensbar.org
Phone: (617) 973-6666
Fax: (617) 973-6663

http://www.womensbar.org/

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2013-2014 Pro Bono Partners

ACCION International

ACCION International is a private, nonprofit organization with the mission of giving people the financial tools they need to work their way out of poverty. By providing "micro" loans, business training and other financial services to poor men and women who start their own businesses, ACCION helps people work their way up the economic ladder, with dignity and pride. ACCION's goal is to bring microfinance to tens of millions of people. That's why ACCION has created an anti-poverty strategy that is permanent and self-sustaining.

A world pioneer in microfinance, ACCION is now a partner with more than 30 microfinance organizations throughout Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa, as well as serving U.S. microentrepreneurs through the ACCION USA Network. ACCION seeks pro bono volunteers with a strong interest in international economic development, banking, microfinance and lending. Preference for law students with some related experience or study. Spanish skills a plus, but not necessary. For more information, visit www.accion.org.

Contact:
Kevin Saunders
Staff Attorney
ACCION International
56 Roland Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02129
617-684-0213
ksaunders@accion.org

http://www.accion.org/

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Access to Justice Initiatives

The Access to Justice Initiative was launched by The Department of Justice in March 2010 to improve access to justice for all Americans, regardless of status, income, or wealth.

This includes:

  • improving the availability and quality of indigent defense; enhancing civil legal representation for those without great wealth, including the middle class as well as the poor;
  • focusing with special care upon the legal needs of the most vulnerable among us, including immigrants, juveniles, the homeless, disabled veterans, and victims of domestic and sexual violence;
  • working with Federal, state, and tribal judiciaries to strengthen fair, impartial, and independent adjudication; promoting less lawyer-intensive and court-intensive solutions to legal problems;
  • exchanging information with foreign ministries of justice and judicial systems on our respective efforts to improve access; and
  • encouraging the development of more thoroughly evidence-based solutions to problems in the delivery of legal services.

The Access to Justice Initiative seeks new and innovative measures, and will work collaboratively with local, state, tribal, and Federal stakeholders in a broad-based effort to achieve the goal of access to justice for all

The Access to Justice Initiative has need from time to time for students to work on various projects, including staffing and administering the Brooke Courthouse Information Desk, working on self-help materials, community outreach, and the like. Interested students should contact:

Sandra Lundy
Senior Attorney and Deputy Director, Access to Justice Initiatives
John Adams Courthouse
One Pemberton Square
Boston, MA 02108
617-557-1124
Sandra.lundy@sjc.state.ma.us

http://www.justice.gov/atj/

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Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE)

ACE builds the power of communities of color and lower income communities in New England to eradicate environmental racism and classism and achieve environmental justice. We believe that everyone has the right to a healthy environment and to be decision-makers in issues affecting our communities.

Systemic change means moving beyond solving problems one by one to eliminating the root causes of environmental injustice. ACE is anchoring a movement of people who have been excluded from decision-making to confront power directly and demand fundamental changes in the rules of the game, so together we can achieve our right to a healthy environment.

Contact:

ACE
2181 Washington Street, Suite 301
Roxbury, MA 02119
Email: info@ace-ej.org
Phone: 617-442-3343
Fax: 617-442-2425

http://www.ace-ej.org/

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AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts

Founded in 1983, AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts (AAC), is New England’s first and largest AIDS service organization. AAC’s mission is to stop the epidemic and related health inequities by eliminating new infections, maximizing healthier outcomes of those infected and at risk, and attacking the root causes of HIV/AIDS.

The AAC legal department has two parts: direct client services and organizational counsel. We provide legal services to individuals living with HIV and AIDS and legal support to our clinical and social services staff. Our core service areas are housing, discrimination, estate planning, family law, social security benefits, consumer debt issues, and unemployment. In addition to direct services, the AAC legal department also represents the organization and its staff in commercial transactions, non-profit governance, risk management, and litigation matters. The department as a whole seeks to secure the legal rights of people living with HIV and AIDS, reduce the impact of poverty on the illness, and enable the agency and staff to move forward with effective, harm reduction approaches to service provision. We welcome law student volunteers and interns in both parts of the legal department.

Contact:

Main Office:
75 Amory St.
Boston, MA 02119

Cambridge Office:
359 Green St.
Cambridge, MA 02139

Main number: (617) 437-6200
General Info: info@aac.org
Client Services: clientservices@aac.org
Public Policy: policy@aac.org
Education & Prevention: nmp@aac.org

http://www.aac.org/site/PageServer

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Boston Earned Income Tax Credit Coalition

The Boston EITC Coalition's mission is to reduce poverty in the City of Boston by: (1) maximizing the impact of the EITC through free community-based electronic tax preparation and education; (2) providing low-income taxpayers with strategies to build personal and community wealth; (3) advocating for fair and equitable tax law policies that benefit working families.

Contact:
617.918.5275

Contact list: http://www.bostontaxhelp.org/Contact.asp

http://www.bostontaxhelp.org/

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City Life/Vida Urbana

City Life/Vida Urbana is a grassroots community organization in Boston committed to fighting for racial, social, and economic justice and gender equality by building working class power through direct action, coalition building, education and advocacy.  Through organizing poor and working class people of diverse races and nationalities;we promote individual empowerment, develop community leaders, and build collective power to effect systemic change and transform society

Contact:

TEL: 617-524-3541
FAX: 617-524-3555

MAIN OFFICE:
284 Amory Street
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

MAILING ADDRESS:
P.O. Box 300107
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130-0030

http://www.clvu.org/

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Committee for Public Counsel Services, Youth Advocacy Department

The Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services, a 15-member body appointed by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, oversees the provision of legal representation to indigent persons in criminal and civil court cases and administrative proceedings in which there is a right to counsel. Most representation is provided by approximately 3,000 private attorneys trained and certified to accept appointments. Support for and supervision of these attorneys is provided by the Private Counsel Division (for criminal, juvenile delinquency and related matters), the Children and Family Law Division (CAFL) and the Mental Health Litigation Unit. The Public Defender Division has approximately 200 staff attorneys working in offices located across Massachusetts. Staff defenders provide representation to clients in Superior, District and Juvenile Court criminal and delinquency proceedings. An additional 28 staff attorneys working in CAFL offices throughout the state represent clients in state intervention/child welfare cases.

Contact:

ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICE
COMMITTEE FOR PUBLIC COUNSEL SERVICES
44 Bromfield Street, Boston, MA 02108
(617) 482-6212

http://www.publiccounsel.net/

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Community Legal Services & Counseling Center

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center provides free civil legal aid and affordable psychological counseling to low-income people. Our services combat the effects of poverty and violence by helping clients and their children meet basic human needs for safety, income, health and housing. CLSACC draws on the expertise of dedicated volunteer professionals to provide direct services to our community's most vulnerable members.

Contact:

Ellen Wilbur, Legal Director
1 West Street
Cambridge, MA, 02139
617-661-1010

http://www.clsacc.org/

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Disability Law Center

The DLC's mission is to provide legal advocacy on disability issues that promote the fundamental rights of all people with disabilities to participate fully and equally in the social and economic life of Massachusetts.

Contact:

Rick Glassman
Litigation Director
rglassman@dlc-ma.org
http://dlc-ma.org/

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Equal Justice Coalition (EJC)

To ensure that people are treated equally and fairly before the law by educating policymakers and the public about the importance of civil legal aid in our communities and advocating for sufficient public funding for civil legal aid on behalf of low income people living in Washington.

The Equal Justice Coalition (EJC) is a nonpartisan, broad-based organization working statewide to ensure that all people are treated equally and fairly before the law. Since 1995 the Equal Justice Coalition has been a standing committee of the Washington Supreme Court’s Access to Justice Board.

Originally formed to combat slashed federal funding for civil legal aid in the 1990s, the coalition’s role—representing Washington’s low income and legal aid communities to our elected officials—remains indispensable. Our success at increasing resources for civil legal aid is made possible by building a strong base of support within the legal community and beyond. In 2007 Equal Justice Coalition received the American Bar Association Award for Grassroots Advocacy.

Contact:

Mailing Address:
1325 4th Avenue #1335 Seattle, WA 98101  

Director:
Phone 206.447.8168 Fax 206.382.3396

http://www.ejc.org/

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Greater Boston Legal Services Low Income Tax Clinic

The Low Income Tax Clinic at GBLS represents workers with tax controversies or audits with federal or state agencies where such agencies threaten to levy their wages or assets, where the workers have been denied tax credits, are owed refunds, or are unable to pay their taxes due to financial hardship. Our goal is to maximize our clients’ resource by reducing their debt and/or increasing their income. Specifically:

  • We advise, refer, and represent individuals who have either been contacted by the Internal Revenue Service or the  Massachusetts Department of Revenue (where the matter is related to the IRS action), verifying claims for refunds, notifying them of proposed changes to their tax returns or a pending audit, or who need to come into compliance with tax laws.  In cases where taxes may be legitimately owed, we review for due process hearings, negotiate installment payment plans, and offers in compromise, or research whether our clients should be placed on Currently Non-Collectible status.  We represent the clients in U.S. Tax Court, Massachusetts Tax Board, or any other federal or state court as needed.

  • We assist the National Taxpayer Advocate in her systemic efforts to improve the delivery of services by the IRS; we will also monitor the treatment of immigrant or Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Taxpayers by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.
  • We promote the Earned Income Tax Credit (largest anti-poverty federal program) and other tax credits by participating in the Boston, Chelsea, Cambridge, and New Bedford EITC outreach campaigns. Our participation includes training multilingual cost-free tax preparation site (VITA) volunteers on substantive issues and issues affecting low wage and LEP taxpayers.

  • We organize a training seminar, CLE, for the private bar to recruit pro bono assistance for our clients, refer cases to those attorneys, and monitor referrals until the cases are closed.  We also provide technical tax assistance to other legal services organizations and low wage workers’ advocates.
Greater Boston Legal Services
197 Friend Street
Boston, MA 02114
www.gbls.org

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Internet Bar Organization (IBO)

The Internet Bar Organization’s mission is to use the Internet to promote legal and economic justice for all people. To increase access to legal justice, Internet Bar seeks to develop and refine the content, structure, and delivery of the emerging online “e-justice” system.

We are dedicated to bringing high quality programs, publications, and research to lawyers who are practicing more and more in virtual, digital environments.

Because our focus is on shaping the online justice system and collaboration worldwide, and recognizing that much of the world’s population lacks access to the Internet, Internet Bar also seeks to apply its expertise and assets directly in developing regions of the world in order to increase Internet access.

Contact:
www.internetbar.org

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Justice at Work

Justice at Work is a legal service non-profit launched at the start of 2011 to support and encourage the organizing of low-wage workers. Justice at Workprovides strategic workplace-related legal services to community based labor organizations in order to support and encourage low-wage immigrant worker organizing that enables workers to directly impact conditions at work and in their communities and families.

Justice at Work provides legal resources to a network of worker centers while training workers and organizers on their workplace rights and the mechanisms needed to realize them. Justice at Work advises organizers and workers who take collective action, monitors government agencies where workers file cases, communicates with private attorneys whom workers retain, and directly represents workers before agencies and in the courts. Justice at Work also supports worker centers’ efforts to draft and/or achieve enactment of legislation and administrative procedures that benefit workers. Internally, Justice at Work plans to partner with local educational institutions to educate and support interpreters, paralegals, and attorneys from the workers’ own communities.

Contact:

Zoe Dowd
NUSL Fellow
Justice at Work
565 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
Email: zdowd.justiceatwork@gmail.com

http://www.justiceatwork.info/Justice_At_Work/Home.html

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Kids in Need of Defense (KIND)

KIND works to ensure that unaccompanied children in the United States are treated fairly and that their rights are protected and respected. KIND's goal is to make a real difference in the lives of these children. KIND consists of pro bono coordinators that assign, monitor, mentor and coordinate legal representation provided by law firms and corporate legal departments in targeted cities. Their efforts are focused on putting resources to work where unaccompanied children are alone and at-risk.

KIND is also partnering with NGOs with expertise in working with unaccompanied children. KIND provides fellowships for attorneys and paralegals at NGOs to dedicate their time and talent to exclusively represent unaccompanied children.

Please note that only applicants fluent in Spanish will be considered for placement in the Boston office.

Contact:

Ann Cooper | 617-748-5182 | acooper@supportkind.org

http://www.supportkind.org/

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Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights

The Lawyers’ Committee is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan legal organization that provides pro bono legal representation to victims of discrimination based on race or national origin. The Committee’s mission is to provide a safeguard for the civil, social, and economic liberties of residents in Greater Boston and throughout Massachusetts. We handle major law reform cases as well as legal actions on behalf of individuals. We also engage in public policy advocacy, community legal education, community economic development, and other legal services that further the cause of civil rights.

A unique feature of the Committee is its relationship with over twenty of Boston’s major law firms.These private law firms fund more than 55% of our annual operating expenses and provide millions of dollars in pro bono legal services by representing Lawyers’ Committee clients as co-counsel with members of our own legal staff.

Committee staff identify cases and then collaborate with attorneys from member firms to bring cases and projects to resolution. For over 35 years, the Committee has, in this way, made the resources of Boston’s major law firms available to secure the civil rights of area residents, particularly to those who are poor.

Contact:
Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law of the Boston Bar Association
294 Washington Street, Suite 443
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
(617) 482-1145 – phone
(617) 482-4392 – fax

http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/

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Legal Advocacy and Resource Center (LARC)

Since 1983, the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center (LARC) has operated a free legal hotline in support of its mission to help low-income Massachusetts residents with legal problems by providing quality legal information and advice, and by making referrals to legal and social service agencies. LARC also completes intake screenings for Greater Boston Legal Services and the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, as well as, family law intake screenings for Community Legal Services And Counseling Center and limited intake screening for MetroWest Legal Services.

http://www.larcma.org/

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Medical-Legal Partnership

Medical-legal partnership is a healthcare and legal services delivery model that aims to improve the health and well-being of vulnerable individuals, children and families by integrating legal assistance into the medical setting.  MLPs address social determinants of health and seek to eliminate barriers to healthcare in order to help vulnerable populations meet their basic needs and stay healthy.

Contact:

National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
Boston Medical Center
88 East Newton Street, Vose 5
Boston, MA 02118
Tel: 617-414-3630
Fax: 617-414-3629

http://www.medical-legalpartnership.org/

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National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts

Mission

The mission of NAMI Massachusetts is to improve the quality of life both for people with mental illnesses and for their families.

Vision

We seek to extend the education, support, and advocacy programs of NAMI Massachusetts so that we will reach out to all Massachusetts consumers and their families; improve the public’s awareness and understanding of mental illnesses; and advocate at all levels to ensure that all persons affected by mental illnesses receive, in a timely fashion, the services that they need and deserve.

Contact:

Laurie Martinelli

lmartinellie@namimass.org

http://www.namimass.org/

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National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)

The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.

Contact:

Michael Curry

bostonnaacppresident@gmail.com

http://www.naacp.org/

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New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR)

Our mission is to use investigative journalism to strengthen democracy by exposing wrongdoing in the operations of New England governments, corporations, and institutions, and to equip others with the journalistic and informational tools to do the same.

NECIR’s core mission is to arm citizens with information needed to participate fully in the democratic process.

A major priority of our work is to serve the public interest by holding the powerful accountable through the exposure of social injustice, abuse of power, and governmental and institutional waste, fraud, mismanagement. NECIR accomplishes this goal by providing time-intensive, resource-rich, high-impact investigative journalism that deeply examines public issues affecting every citizen.

NECIR also serves as a powerful public watchdog by carefully scrutinizing the actions and motives of public officials, elected and civic leaders, institutions, corporations and policy makers. Our goal is to use the tools of journalism to strengthen democracy by revealing injustice and the abuse of power and to bring about needed changes in laws, regulations, and in the operations of government, corporations, and institutions.

Our topic areas include but are not limited to: education, public health and safety, the economy, money in politics, criminal justice and the environment.

NECIR distributes its projects to the broadest possible audience using a variety of storytelling styles afforded by new technologies, including a variety of multimedia and multi-platform techniques. We aim to not only produce investigative projects but also provide a place for our listeners, viewers and readers to discuss our stories, submit ideas for investigative reports, and peruse the data we used to produce our work.

NECIR also aims to serve as an aggregator for the best investigative stories in the six New England states to enhance recognition of the investigative and enterprise work being done across the region and to act as a model for the creation of other university-based investigative reporting collaboratives.

NECIR also recognizes the importance of educating young journalists. The diverse team of college and high school interns working with us receive hands-on training and experience in investigative reporting. Summer programs aim to educate and inspire high school students and professional journalists to pursue investigative reporting in their home communities, whether that be in New England or abroad.

In addition, NECIR offers advice and assistance to journalists working for our media partners. Our goal is to help promote investigative reporting in the newsrooms of each of our partners, boosting both the quality and quantity of investigative and enterprise reporting throughout New England. We work on joint investigations with reporters and editors at these outlets as well as assist them in pursuing investigations on their own, thus extending both our reach and theirs.

At a time when news consumers are turning to the web for their information, NECIR believes that the survival of investigative reporting is dependent on coming up with new and creative ways to present and deliver long-form content to an online audience. Boston University, with its media experts and thousands of students, provides the perfect setting for us to experiment with how to more effectively distribute investigative content online.

Contact:

New England Center for Investigative Reporting
640 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 353-4546

http://necir-bu.org/wp/

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New England Innocence Project

The New England Innocence Project (NEIP) provides pro bono legal assistance to inmates who have claims of actual innocence. Their mission is to represent persons wrongly convicted in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut and to advocate for the reform of our criminal justice system.

Contact:

New England Innocence Project
160 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 570-1984

http://www.goodwinprocter.com/

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Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors, Inc. (PIIPA)

PIIPA (Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors, Inc.) is a global non-profit service organization that provides worldwide access to intellectual property (IP) professionals who can advise and represent clients pro bono publico (as a public service). PIIPA helps developing countries and public interest organizations promote human development in health, agriculture, biodiversity, science, culture, and the environment. www.piipa.org

Contact PIIPA's CEO, Mark Davis at rmdavis@piipa.org and copy Michael Gollin, Venable LLP at magollin@venable.com

http://www.piipa.org/

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The Second Step

The Second Step offers a multitude of services and resources to empower survivors of domestic violence to heal from trauma, to forge relationships that create a community of support, to secure affordable housing, and to move toward financial security.
Our legal case manager, in collaboration with the Women's Bar Foundation, Greater Boston Legal Services, and other legal resources, assists survivors in accessing restraining orders, implementing divorce proceedings, securing child support, and mediating landlord/tenant issues, and accompanies them to court appearances. This advocate also informs The Second Step staff and board of directors about opportunities to shape legislation pertaining to the rights of those who experience domestic violence.

Contact:
Elizabeth Brusie, Esq.
Legal Services Coordinator
Steps to Justice
The Second Step
PO Box 600213
Newtonville, MA 02460
p.617-916-2768
f. 617-965-3354

www.thesecondstep.org

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2010-2011 Pro Bono Partners

Greater Boston Legal Services

The Employment Law Unit (EU) of Greater Boston Legal Services is dedicated to helping low-wage workers fight exploitation and abuse in the workplace. EU provides free legal representation to individual workers (with a focus on low-wage immigrant workers), does community-based outreach and legal education, and represents grassroots community-based organizations in systemic policy campaigns to improve wages, job opportunities, job security and benefits for low-income working families.

Volunteers work with EU’s six attorneys and a senior paralegal. Volunteers do legal research as well as handle their own cases which include cases involving: 

  • Denials of unemployment insurance (UI) benefits
  • Nonpayment of wages (including minimum wage and overtime claims)
  • Family and medical leave violations
  • Tax controversies
  • Barriers to employment for those with criminal records and other problems with working conditions and the exercise of employment related rights.

In addition, volunteers assist in public policy campaigns including legislative efforts to:

  • Improve the unemployment insurance system and laws governing the payment of wages
  • Secure paid sick days for workers to care for themselves or a family member
  • Amend the employment agency laws to protect the rights of workers in temporary jobs.

Fluency in Spanish, Haitian Creole, or Portuguese is strongly preferred but not required and individuals who have strong community ties are encouraged to apply.

For more information about volunteer opportunities in the Employment Law Unit, please contact Elba Aviles at eaviles@gbls.org or 617/603-1713. 

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Family Law Project (Women's Bar Association)

Family Law Project (FLP) seeks a legal intern for Fall, 2010 for ten hours a week.  This is an unpaid internship, however, we are happy to work with your school if they will provide you credit for this internship.

The intern's duties include: 

•  Direct client contact.  The intern will conduct intakes and provide phone and in person evaluations to all potential clients;

•  Research and writing experience.  The intern will draft memos of law on issues related to domestic violence and family law;

•  Direct representation opportunity.  If the intern is 3:03 certified, the intern may represent victims of domestic violence in a 209A Abuse Prevention Order hearing;

•  Program operations.  The intern will participate in case evaluations;

•  Grant reporting.  The intern will maintain professional and accurate documentation of grant related information; and

•  Networking.  The intern will correspond with clients and social service agencies

An intern should have the following qualifications:

•  Interest in working  in a non-profit, legal service setting;

•  Interest in working with people in crisis, specifically domestic violence victims;

•  Strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to deal with the public in a professional manner in both person and on the telephone;

•  Ability to pay close attention to details; and

•  Experience in a multicultural environment

Application instructions: Send your resume and cover letter to Rachel Biscardi at rbiscardi@womensbar.org.  Please include the date you would be available to begin as well as the day and times each week you would be available for the duration of the internship.

This is an unpaid internship. 

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Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH)

NOAH seeks volunteer student interns to make a semester-long commitment to assist with the foreclosure prevention program. Dedication to serving the community and ensuring people can remain in their homes is essential. Supervised by a team of experienced Housing Counselors, Interns provide counseling to low and moderate income homeowners at risk or in the process of losing their homes.

Depending on experience and need, Interns will:

  • Meet with customers and prepare loan restructure cases to send to servicers. This includes gathering documents, developing budgets, and writing hardship letters describing the client’s case.
  • Work and negotiate with mortgage lenders and brokers, loan servicers, and real estate agents.
  • Stay current on issues relevant to the mortgage lending, changes in foreclosure laws, and the availability of resources and special programs in the city of Boston and in neighboring jurisdictions.
  • Research new policy and activities in the real estate and lending markets that may be helpful for NOAH’s clients.
  • Participate in policy recommendations.
  • Maintain and monitor clients’ files and database.
  • Write reports and correspondence as needed.
  • Assist counselors in conducting homeownership post-purchase and foreclosure prevention educational presentations to community organizations.

NOAH kindly requests students volunteer at least 10 hours a week.

Neighborhood of Affordable Housing

NOAH, the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing, is an East Boston-based, community development corporation structured to collaborate with residents and communities in their pursuit of affordable housing strategies, environmental justice, community planning, leadership development, and economic development opportunities.

Since 2007, in response to a great need within the community, NOAH expanded its housing services to offer foreclosure prevention and mitigation services. NOAH’s foreclosure counselors work individually with clients to develop long-term solutions based on the clients’ individual financial situations. Counselors prepare a client’s case for presentation to the lenders and negotiate on the client’s behalf to secure relief on their mortgage agreements. NOAH’s counselors help clients obtain mortgage modifications, short sales, forbearance agreements and other appropriate solutions.

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2009-2010 Pro Bono Partners

National Lawyers Guild

The National Lawyers Guild is an association dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers of America in an organization that shall function as an effective political and social force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.

Our aim is to bring together all those who recognize the importance of safeguarding and extending the rights of workers, women, farmers, people with disabilities and people of color, upon whom the welfare of the entire nation depends; who seek actively to eliminate racism; who work to maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them; and who look upon the law as an instrument for the protection of the people, rather than for their repression.

Specific pro bono opportunities will be announced soon.

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Street Law Clinics

Street Law Clinics are workshops on various legal topics for non-lawyers. The goal of the clinics is to empower the participants by teaching them about their legal rights.

Clinics are conducted by law students with back-up by lawyers. They take place in community centers, churches, high schools, homeless shelters, union halls, and pre-release centers. The workshops are interactive, with participants figuring out how to deal with real-life situations, and usually last about two hours.

Currently Street Law Clinics are offered in the following areas:

  • Tenant/Landlord Disputes
  • Stop and Search
  • Workers' Rights
  • Civil Disobedience
  • Immigration Law

Law students: This is a great way to start using your legal skills and to get out into the community. We will train you. You can be involved in the Street Law Clinic Project with only a few hours commitment per month.

Contact:
E-mail nlgmass-slc@igc.org  or call 617-723-4330 to set up a training at your school or to volunteer.

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The Gold Standard

The Gold Standard Foundation is a non-profit organization under Swiss law that operates a certification scheme for premium carbon credits.

Gold Standard credits (GS-CER and GS-VER) are offered for sale in compliance offset markets established by the Kyoto Protocol and in non-Kyoto voluntary offset markets. The Foundation has trademarked the Gold Standard label, which is today internationally-recognized as the leading indicator of quality in carbon markets.

The Foundation is owned by its NGO supporters, currently numbering over 60 non-governmental organizations worldwide. These NGOs have formally endorsed Gold Standard objectives, methodologies and rules of engagement. They demonstrate their continuing commitment by participating in local stakeholder consultations for carbon offset projects in host countries where they are located, participating in public reviews of documentation required to register a Gold Standard project and issue Gold Standard carbon credits, and reviewing and endorsing major methodological improvements and updates prior to their release.

Specific pro bono opportunities with The Gold Standard are soon to be announced:

Contact:
Lisa Hodes

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Toxic Action Center

Since 1987, Toxics Action Center has helped more than 525 neighborhood groups across New England fight toxic pollution in their communities. We work on a variety of issues including cleaning up hazardous waste sites, stopping proposed landfills and incinerators, stopping the spraying of pesticides, pressuring companies to reduce their toxic chemical use, and other issues that threaten the health and safety of residents, neighborhoods and the environment.

Through our group consultations, expert referrals, conferences, and information guides, Toxics Action Center will help you wage effective campaigns to force stubborn polluters and unresponsive bureaucracies to protect the health and safety of your community.

Contact:
Sylvia Broude
Lead Organizer for Toxics Action Center
Sylvia@toxicsaction.org

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Boston University School of Law Young Alumni Council (YAC)

The Boston University School of Law Young Alumni Council (YAC) has a membership of over 700 lawyers in the Greater Boston area with chapters in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, DC and Miami.  These alumni/ae (who graduated from BU Law within the past 10 years), work in large and small firms, federal and state government and nonprofit organizations and engage in a wide range of exciting pro bono work.  The BU Law YAC is proud to partner with the Pro Bono Program to enable current law students to work on pro bono matters side by side with its members.  Members are involved in myriad pro bono matters including intellectual property, housing, family law, tax, domestic violence and immigration. Students will be matched with attorneys seeking assistance throughout the year. Work can be performed in person or remotely.

Please send an email of interest to:
Erin Elwood, Alumni Officer
Esdaile Alumni Center
Boston University School of Law
erine@bu.edu
617.358.4873

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Massachusetts Transgender Legal Advocates (MTLA)

Massachusetts Transgender Legal Advocates is a small group of law students and lawyers committed to addressing the needs of low income transgender people in Massachusetts. MTLA recognizes that a lack of public awareness about trans people can make it difficult to navigate the legal system. Our legal team is composed of trans folks and their significant others, family, and friends.
Whether it involves talking a client through a process, helping someone to find an attorney he or she can afford, or addressing an issue ourselves, MTLA will do what we can to address our clients' legal needs. Once each year, MTLA seeks applications from candidates who want to become volunteer law student advocates. Advocates have opportunities to work on a variety of types of cases. Some advocates choose to focus on areas of the law with which they are most familiar, while others use their commitment to MTLA to try something new. Our advocates have won our clients settlements, represented clients in court, and in administrative hearings. One of MTLA's strengths is a flexibility and willingness to address clients' needs where they are. This also translates into flexibility for advocates to take on the kinds of legal work in which they are most interested. If you are interested in joining Massachusetts Transgender Legal Advocates, please attend this no-commitment information session, where you can have your questions answered.

More information is available at transgenderlegaladvocates.org The application for new advocates will also be released at that site.

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Foreclosure Taskforce

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau (HLAB), the Legal Services Center (LSC), and City Life have formed a coalition to address the foreclosure crisis. Through legal action and community mobilization, the Foreclosure Taskforce seeks to make it more costly and difficult for banks to evict the tenants in foreclosed properties, and in so doing pressure the banks to change their current policy of evicting everyone. To increase the number of people who stay in their homes until being evicted through court process (thus increasing the costs to banks), the Foreclosure Taskforce is organizing a group of volunteers to canvass neighborhoods and speak with tenants in person about their legal rights and option to refuse "cash-for-keys" move-out agreements (banks use these agreements to pressure tenants to leave quickly and at low cost) and to contact HLAB or City Life. Boston University Law School plans to partner with the Foreclosure Taskforce in the Fall semester, by adopting a neighborhood for student volunteers to canvass each week. The Housing & Consumer Protection Clinic will also be taking some of the post-foreclosure eviction cases to help in the effort. If you are interested in getting involved with this exciting, cutting-edge, important work, please contact the BU Law Foreclosure Taskforce student leaders Jeff Binkley for more details.

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Former Pro Bono Partners

Court Appointed Special Advocates

The Boston CASA Program recruits, trains and supervises volunteers from the community to advocate for children who have been abused or neglected. To be considered as a volunteer you must be 21 years of age or older and be able to commit 18 months to the program. Each case requires approximately 15 hours per month of your time, sometimes more or less depending on the issues. All volunteers are required to complete a screening process and training program prior to working on a case. The CASA training program runs for 6 weeks, two evenings per week from 6:00pm-8:30pm. The next training session begins on October 2, 2007 and finishes on November 8, 2007. The sessions take place at the Edward W. Brooke Courthouse, 24 New Chardon Street, Boston MA. Please return the completed application and we will begin the screening process. If you would like additional information contact Susan Conrad at (617) 788-6444. Visit our Web Site at www.casaboston.org.

Contact:
Susan Conrad
Director/Probation Officer
Boston CASA Program
24 New Chardon Street
Boston, MA 02114
617-788-6444 (w)
617-788-8996 (fax)

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ECRI (formerly the Emergency Care Research Institute

ECRI is a nonprofit health services research agency and a Collaborating Center of the World Health Organization (WHO). It is designated as an Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. ECRI's mission is to improve the safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness of healthcare. It is widely recognized as one of the world's leading independent organizations committed to advancing the quality of healthcare. ECRI's mission is to promote the highest standards of safety, quality, and cost-effectiveness in healthcare to benefit patient care through research, publishing, education and consulting.

ECRI's focus is healthcare technology, healthcare risk and quality management, patient safety improvement and healthcare environmental management. It provides information services and technical assistance to more than 5,000 hospitals, healthcare organizations, ministries of health, government and planning agencies, voluntary sector organizations, associations, and accrediting agencies worldwide. Its more than 30 databases, publications, information services, and technical assistance services set the standard for the healthcare community.

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Goodwin Procter, LLP

Goodwin Procteroffers students at Boston University School of Law the opportunity to participate in the firm's Pro Bono Initiative.The firmplans toselect2-4 BUSL students each year to work alongside our attorneys on existing pro bono matters being handled by the firm, and students may have opportunities to participate in team meetings, accompany attorneys to court, or meet with clients.Students are expected to give at least 10 hours if selected to work on a Goodwin pro bono matter, but may volunteer more time at their choice.

Goodwin Procteris a national law firm with a team of850 attorneys serving clients through offices in Boston, Los Angeles, New York,San Diego, San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.Thefirm's Pro Bono Initiativefeaturesmattersin bothlitigation and transactional-focused areas. For students interested in litigation-based projects, we handle a range of matters on behalf of individuals,as well as class actions, which are referred to the firm though local legal services providers and the court system. This work includes criminal matters (including a death penalty case which may become very active this year), asylum cases, civil rights matters, education related work, and work on a variety of poverty law issues. For students interested in business law-based projects, we work with over 200 nonprofit organizations providing them assistance in areas such as intellectual property, employment and corporate and tax law. There is also an opportunity to work in the area of microfinance with nonprofit institutionsthatdevelop and implement micro-loan programs domestically and internationally. Finally,the firm hasa well developed program which serves inner-city entrepreneurs and features a series of workshops, legal clinics and one-on-one representation to people starting or trying to grow a small business.

Students who are interested in working with our attorneys should submit a resume and cover letter by October 15, 2008 to: Carolyn Rosenthal, Goodwin ProcterPro Bono Manager at crosenthal@goodwinprocter.com.

In additon, specific projects will be listed throughout the year. For more information contact Kate Devlin or Dave Adams at probono@bu.edu.

Note: To ensure that your pro bono work meets the specific requirements of the BU LAW Pro Bono Program, please contact the Pro Bono Program before committing to any such project.

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Health Law Advocates, Inc.

Health Law Advocates, Inc. (HLA) is a public interest law firm founded in 1996.  Its mission is to represent low income people who seek access to needed health care, particularly those who are chronically ill, disabled, with children or uninsured.  HLA is affiliated with Health Care For All, the premier health access advocacy organization in Massachusetts.  

HLA is the only nonprofit law firm in the country that is affiliated with a grass roots organization and is dedicated solely to ensuring access to health care for society’s most vulnerable members. 

This pro bono internship is most appropriate for students who are interested in a fast- paced learning environment with direct client contact and administrative agency proceedings. Students, under the supervision of attorneys, will use their legal skills on behalf of vulnerable populations who are being denied coverage for necessary medical treatment by private and public health insurers. Students will advocate for families and individuals who cannot afford legal representation to secure the health care services to which they are entitled. This internship allows a student to blend direct client advocacy with policy work in health law. HLA’s relationship with Health Care For All allows students to closely monitor and help implement health care policy in Massachusetts with advocates from hundreds of organizations. This includes health reform implementation, children’s health care, prescription drugs, oral health, disparities in health care, and quality of medical treatment.

Students will work approximately 12 hours per week. View the HLA handout for more information.

Contact:
For additional information visit www.HealthLawAdvocates.org and contact Georgia Maheras, Esq. 617-338-5241 ext. 2981, gmaheras@hla-inc.org if you would like to apply.

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Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts

Family Advocates of Central Massachusetts was formed in 2003 as a medical-legal collaboration between two non-profit organizations: the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts (LACCM), which is a legal aid organization that provides free civil legal services to low-income people in Worcester County. The county is made up of urban centers, rural areas and semi-rural locations. Family Advocates’ legal services are provided by attorneys employed by Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts. They provide training to doctors, to teach them to recognize and referral legal issues, and they provide legal assistance to patients referred by doctors.

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The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute- CORI Project

The CORI Project at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute provides legal assistance to low-income Massachusetts residents who face civil legal barriers in employment, housing and other services due to their criminal records. Currently, the state maintains criminal records for over 2.8 million individuals. A criminal record (or CORI, which stands for Criminal Offender Record Information) can make jobs, housing, loans, and even volunteer work out of reach for ex-offenders. Even a record with only “not guilty” findings can create barriers to jobs and benefits.

The Massachusetts Law Reform Institute is a non-profit legal services organization, which acts as the statewide legal services support center for Massachusetts. The CORI Project helps people with criminal records by providing legal advice through our CORI hotline, and by working to reform the CORI system through legislative advocacy, administrative advocacy, and impact litigation. Students are needed to counsel clients and provide legal assistance, and to help with legal research projects as needed.

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Medical-Legal Partnership for Children (MLPC)

Medical Legal Partnership for Children handles, among other issues, education related matters. We have become aware that many patient families who are referred for IEP evaluations experience difficulty actually procuring these evaluations. The reasons for this are many, including difficulty communicating with the school system, unwillingness to cooperate on the part of the school system and difficulties navigating the education system.

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