Volunteer for these upcoming pro bono opportunities

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016
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Pro bono service is an important part of being an attorney in Massachusetts, and is included as a component of the Practicing with Professionalism course that all new attorneys are required to take. We encourage you to volunteer for one of our upcoming pro bono initiatives.


Mass Legal Answers Online (November launch, seeking volunteers)
The MBA is a participant in Mass Legal Answers Online, an online legal advice website ( that is part of the American Bar Association's Free Legal Answers project. The website, expected to launch in November 2016, is seeking volunteers to answer questions posed by eligible Massachusetts residents.

  • Choose the questions you want to answer -- when, where and how it's most convenient for you.
  • No required time commitment, although we encourage you to answer at least one question a month.
  • Open to all attorneys in good standing who are licensed to practice law in Massachusetts, or registered for pro bono status with the Board of Bar Overseers.
  • Malpractice coverage provided to volunteer attorneys for legal guidance provided through the website.

Sign up today at

WBZ Call for Action -- Ask A Lawyer, Nov. 30
Volunteers are needed for the Nov. 30 Ask-A-Lawyer call-in program, presented jointly by the MBA, WBZ Call for Action and WBZ NewsRadio 1030. Volunteer lawyers from the Mass. Bar Association will be at the WBZ studios to field phone calls from members of the public from 7 to 9 p.m.

To volunteer, call (617) 338-0670.

Elder Law Education Program
Volunteers from the MBA's Elder Law Education Program organize free educational presentations about elder law throughout the commonwealth in the spring in celebration of Law Day. They also produce, "Taking Control of Your Future: A Legal Checkup," the MBA's resource guide on a wide range of legal issues affecting the lives of seniors. The Elder Law Education Program is made possible due to the assistance and cooperation of both the MBA's Health and Probate Law section councils and the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

To volunteer, call (617) 338-0695.

Section 35 Helpline
Launched by former MBA President Robert W. Harnais in 2016, the MBA's Section 35 Helpline is a free legal assistance program to help those who are seeking court-ordered inpatient treatment for a family member or friend struggling with opioid addiction. Volunteers offer assistance with a state law, known as "Section 35" (Mass. Gen. Laws Ch. 123, Section 35), which permits individuals to petition the courts to involuntarily commit substance abusers to an inpatient treatment program when their alcohol or drug use puts themselves or others at risk.

Launched by the Volunteer Lawyers Project, in partnership with Pro Bono Net, the Massachusetts Legal Aid Websites Project and the Massachusetts Bar Association, is a comprehensive pro bono "marketplace" for would-be volunteers across Massachusetts. The centerpiece of the site is a Pro Bono Opportunities Guide, developed in partnership with the MBA, which has built an extensive statewide listing of pro bono opportunities. The Pro Bono Opportunities Guide on builds on the MBA's pro bono catalogue and incorporates the interactive functions of the Pro Bono Net platform to create a robust new tool to promote pro bono engagement.

To join MassProBono and review the array of pro bono opportunities, visit