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Pizza and Pro Bono: Mass Legal Answers Online Blitz

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Boston Bar Association - 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA


Description:

Join the BBA and the Delivery of Legal Services Section for an opportunity to help low income members of our community get their immediate civil legal questions answered! You will have the opportunity to work collaboratively with other attorneys and law students researching and brainstorming answers to legal questions posted to Mass Legal Answers Online (MLAO).

 

How it works: the community member has a pressing legal need and remotely posts a question to the MLAO website, the volunteers select a question, read, discuss, and analyze the issue, and then can post an immediate response to that person’s inquiry through the website.

 

What is it: MLAO is a secure and confidential website that is a limited scope service. All help is provided through the website, and there is no expectation of long-term representation. There is no fee for the use of the system or for the advice and information provided by the attorney. Experienced attorneys and MLAO staff will be on hand to provide guidance to the group in answering questions. This is a great way to get started using MLAO, an opportunity to provide pro bono service from your desk! 

 

To learn more about MLAO, watch this short video. You can also visit Mass Pro Bono, or check out  these FAQs.

 

The following are examples of questions volunteers will have the opportunity to answer:

 

  • A tenant receives notice to quit after withholding rent due to a vermin infestation. How should he or she respond?
  • How could an individual go about getting a divorce from a spouse who has been deported?
  • Would a senior citizen receiving SSI and MassHealth lose those benefits if their son or daughter paid for them to move into an assisted living facility?

 

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Contact:

Douglas Newton
dnewton@bostonbar.org

 

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