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Thursday, Jun. 9, 2011
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MBA Pro Bono Prescription launched to help low-income, medically vulnerable Massachusetts residents

Innovative program is collaboration between the MBA and the Medical-Legal Partnership Massachusetts network

The Massachusetts Bar Association and the Medical-Legal Partnership Massachusetts network have joined forces to create a new pro bono program, the MBA Pro Bono Prescription, a pioneering initiative that brings together volunteer attorneys and medical professionals to promote the health and well-being of low-income patients through legal advocacy.

The MBA's House of Delegates, unanimously passed a resolution in January endorsing MLPs, which laid the ground for creating this partnership. The MBA's support follows approval from the American Medical Association, which passed a similar resolution aimed at the medical profession in June 2010. The American Bar Association passed a resolution endorsing the expansion of medical-legal partnerships throughout the legal profession four years ago.

The MBA Pro Bono Prescription will support patients by providing direct legal services to them - services triggered by referrals from health care teams to the local MLP site. Each local MLP site, most often housed with a local or regional legal services organization, will serve as the connector between the health care team, the volunteer attorney, and the patient.

To find out more about the FREE program, click here.

Attorneys can learn more at this program's first open house from 5-7 p.m. on June 21, hosted by Mirick, O'Connell, DeMallie & Lougee LLP in Worcester and co-sponsored by the MBA, Family Advocates of Central Massachusetts, and Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston, the founding site of the national MLP Network.

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