The Lawyers Clearinghouse provides a unique opportunity for attorneys to give back to the legal community by providing pro bono legal services. By participating in one of the Clearinghouse’s pro bono opportunities, attorneys can make a meaningful impact on individuals and organizations with limited means.
As articulated in Rule 6.1 of the MA Rules of Professional Conduct, each lawyer in the state should strive to complete at least 25 hours of pro bono service each year.
Pro Bono Recognition
Pro Bono Honor Roll
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court honors law firms and individual attorneys who have completed a certain number of pro bono hours through the Pro Bono Honor Roll.
Criteria and certification information for the 2015 Honor Roll will be up on the SJC website soon. 2014 recipients can be found here.
Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services annually presents the Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards “to honor Massachusetts lawyers, law students, small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments, law schools or other institutions in the legal profession that demonstrate outstanding and exceptional commitment to providing volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.”
Nominations for this award were due by Friday, July 3, 2015, and the awards ceremony will be held at the John Adams Courthouse on October 28, 2015. Past recipients can be found here.
If you are interested doing pro bono work through the Clearinghouse, please contact our Legal Referral Director, Machiko Sano Hewitt (617) 778-1954.