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Serving Boston

Pro bono fair.
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We believe in serving the community in which our members live and work. Through our public service projects, pro bono trainings, public policy work and Lawyer Referral Service, the BBA provides a variety of ways for our members to leverage their expertise to affect change and make a real difference in the community.

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Pro Bono & Public Service

Engaging lawyers in ways they can have the most impact

Over the years, we have connected hundreds of volunteer attorneys with pro se litigants and Boston’s students through public service projects such as Law Day in the Schools, Financial Literacy, Re-entry Education and the Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Housing Court program.

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The Boston Bar Foundation

Dedicated to improving the lives of the most underserved in our community

The Boston Bar Foundation works to empower local legal services organizations through a robust granting program, providing support to Boston-area groups who are dedicated to expanding access to justice and improving our community. As the charitable affiliate of the BBA, the BBF funds projects serving Boston youth, immigrants, the housing court, members of the military & veteran’s community, and more.

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Public Interest Leadership Program

Advancing tomorrow’s leaders in service

The Public Interest Leadership Program (PILP) promotes civic engagement and public service by advancing the leadership role of lawyers in service to their community, their profession, and the Commonwealth. This selective program provides intensive leadership and professional development training to equip future leaders with the critical skills and tools they need to serve our profession and community in the years to come.

Lawyer referral service.

Lawyer Referral Service

Helping people find the right lawyer for over 50 years

The BBA strives to facilitate connections between lawyers and the people who need them. Our referral service connects callers in need of legal assistance with qualified help from private attorneys, legal services agencies, government offices, and community programs.

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Legislative Advocacy

Championing our principles through advocacy and action

The Boston Bar Association draws on the expertise of its membership to advocate for legislation and policy that promotes justice and improves access to the legal system. Whether it be working with legislators on technical changes to the law, voicing opposition to and mobilizing resources against threats to civil rights and civil liberties, promoting public safety and ensuring fair treatment of all citizens, or advocating for adequate funding for both civil legal services for the poor and for the courts, the BBA has a long record of bringing stakeholders together to make change a reality.

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BBA Public Service and Pro Bono Projects are supported by the Boston Bar Foundation.