Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless

St. Francis--WilmerHaleMintz at PSI 1-25-2013Homeless Client--St. FrancisThe Lawyers Clearinghouse operates free legal clinics throughout the year at five area shelters and MBHP. Volunteer lawyers from several Boston law firms take pro bono cases for homeless individuals. In order to qualify, clients must be homeless, using shelter services, or otherwise income eligible for free legal services.

Check the Calendar of Events for upcoming legal clinics or click here to view a PDF of our 2016-17 schedule. Click here to view translated schedules.

Program Details

Clients should sign up in advance if possible by contacting the shelter representative listed for each shelter. Clients who are unable to sign up in advance may still attend a clinic. We serve the following four locations:

Cardinal Medeiros Center Contact: Jack – 617.619.6962
Pine Street Inn Men’s Contacts: Sharron – 617.892.9207
Women’s Contact: Catita – 617.892.9301
St. Francis House Contact: Fabiana – 617.457.1034
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
(for ages 18-24)
Contact: Alex – 617.423.9575  x234
MBHP Contact: Maura – 617.425.6650
Southampton Shelter Contact: Pedro – 617.534.6136

We try to assist with most legal issues but do not take any domestic relations cases (divorce, custody, child support, etc) or represent defendants in criminal trials. Please contact Program Director Mia Friedman by email or at 617.778.2082 if you have any questions or need further information.

To find practical information about your legal rights, go to the MassLegalHelp website.

Legal Clinic Partners

Boston Scientific Corporation
Brown Rudnick
Choate Hall & Stewart
FM Global
Goulston & Storrs
Hinshaw & Culbertson
Liberty Mutual
Locke Lord
Mintz Levin
Nixon Peabody
Nolan Sheehan Patten
Ropes & Gray
Santander Bank
State Street
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