The BBA recognizes the importance of serving the larger community and providing legal services to those in need. We offer a number of service opportunities to allow our members to give back to the community while developing their skills in different areas of law.

Our programming involves:

  • Pro bono opportunities
  • Working with youth
  • One time community volunteer activities

The Lawyer Referral Service is the BBA’s largest public service program and has a specific commitment to reaching historically underserved populations. The LRS Program connects callers in need of legal assistance with qualified help from private attorneys, legal services agencies, government offices, and community programs.

The Boston Bar Foundation supports the pro bono and public service projects through a number of grants.

Please view our available public service opportunities below:

Our Projects

  • Law Day in the Schools Law Day in the Schools
     

    Teach a class and help educate Boston Public School students about the legal process.

     
  • Housing Court Lawyer for the Day Housing Court Lawyer for the Day
     

    Assist unrepresented tenants and landlords on summary process (i.e. eviction) day at Boston Housing Court.

     
  • Summer Jobs Summer Jobs
     

    Support Mayor Walsh’s Summer Jobs Initiative by hiring a Boston high school student for an eight week internship in your legal office.

     
  • Veterans Initiative Veterans' Initiative
     

    Give legal advice to military personnel, veterans and their families.

     
  • M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy Program M. Ellen Carpenter Financial Literacy
     

    This program, a collaboration with the United States Bankruptcy Court, teaches high school students about the importance of making informed decisions regarding their finances.

     
  • BBA Lawyer Referral Service BBA Lawyer Referral Service
     

    The Boston Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service has been helping people find the right lawyer for over 50 years. The LRS Program connects callers in need of legal assistance with qualified help from private attorneys, legal services agencies, government offices, and community programs. .

     
  • Marathon Assistance Project
     

    Offer legal assistance to individuals and small businesses affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

     
  • Practice Area Pro Bono Projects Discover Pro Bono Projects
     

    Find an opportunity that interests you. The BBA has pro bono projects for attorneys at all levels of experience and expertise.

     
  • Reentry Education Program
     

    Teach civil legal workshops to probationers to decrease their risk of recidivism.

     
  • Law School Graduate Mentoring Program
     

    The BBA’s 2020 Law School Graduate Mentoring Program provides mentorship to recent law school graduates. Our program consists of two forms of mentorship: Bar Coaching and Career Transition Coaching.

     
  • CORI Sealing Clinic
     

    The Boston Bar's CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) Sealing Clinic Pilot Project connects low-income clients who have questions about their criminal records with volunteer attorneys who can help.

     
  • Service Innovation Project
     

    A new model that engages lawyers in service with a goal of advancing innovative solutions to address systemic injustices in our community.

     





Volunteer

Looking to get involved? Please contact Doug Newton, Community Programs Assistant, dnewton@bostonbar.org to discuss which of our opportunities will best suit your interests and background.


Beyond the Billable

Beyond the Billable, the BBA’s public service blog, keeps you in the know about the most recent developments in the BBA’s pro bono opportunities, public service initiatives, and training programs. If you are a lawyer interested in giving back, Beyond the Billable is your one stop shop for everything public service.


Virtual Hearing Resource Guides

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the Boston Bar Association released Virtual Hearing Resource Guides for cases in Probate and Family Court, Housing Court and District Courts for both practitioners and self-represented litigants. These guides are composed of the best practices and fundamental information necessary to attend virtual hearings in the Courts. The guides will assist practitioners by consolidating basic information learned directly from the Courts on best practices for remote proceedings. The guides also offer self-represented litigants clear, comprehensive information for attending a virtual hearing and how to access the Courts during this time of remote hearings. The creation of these guides was made possible through an ongoing collaboration with the Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission's COVID-19 Task Force. View Guides.



Children’s Mental Health Guide

The Parents’ How-to Guide to Children’s Mental Health Services in Massachusetts was created by the Boston Bar Association with support from Children’s Hospital Boston. It is an informational resource and easy reference tool to make navigating the system simpler for families with children in need of mental health services. Each chapter of the Guide covers a specific topic and offers useful tips for parents and advocates.