MBA Pro Bono Prescription program hosts open house in Boston Oct. 27

Issue October 2011

The MBA Pro Bono Prescription initiative will host its second open house of the fall for lawyers from any practice area to learn how to advocate for low-income, medically vulnerable Massachusetts residents.

The Boston open house will be hosted by Todd & Weld LLP from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, at its State Street office in Boston. A Springfield open house was hosted Sept. 27, with both co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Bar Association and Medical-Legal Partnership | Boston, the founding site of the national MLP Network.

The MBA and the Medical-Legal Partnership Massachusetts network joined forces earlier this year to create the pioneering initiative, which brings together volunteer attorneys and medical professionals to promote the health and well-being of low-income patients through legal advocacy.

The MBA Pro Bono Prescription program 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.

The MBA's House of Delegates unanimously passed a resolution in January endorsing MLPs. 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.