Volunteer

Choate Lawyers

The Lawyers Clearinghouse provides a unique opportunity for corporate, tax and real estate attorneys to apply their expertise on a pro bono basis.

While many pro bono projects target litigators to take on pro bono cases in the traditional poverty law areas, limited opportunities exist for non-litigators who want to provide pro bono legal assistance in their areas of expertise.

We rely on volunteer attorneys to provide needed pro bono legal services.

Serving the Needs of Nonprofits

Our Legal Referral Program connects Massachusetts nonprofits with volunteer lawyers. We also host a wide range of expert-led workshops for nonprofits and offer in-depth legal reviews of nonprofit operations through our Legal Assessment Program. Additionally, lawyers may volunteer with our Pro Bono Consultation Series, which offers an opportunity to assist a nonprofit on discrete topics such as policy review in a clinic-style setting

If you are interested in doing pro bono work for nonprofit organizations through the Clearinghouse, please contact our Legal Referral Director, Machiko Sano Hewitt by email, or at 617.778.1954.

Helping the Homeless

Our Legal Clinic for the Homeless program provides legal assistance to the homeless at eight shelter locations. We partner with volunteer lawyers from law firms and corporate legal departments including Boston Scientific Corporation; Brown Rudnick; Choate Hall & Stewart; FM Global; Goulston & Storrs; Hinshaw & Culbertson; Liberty Mutual; Locke Lord; Mintz Levin; Morgan Lewis; Nixon Peabody; Nolan Sheehan Patten; Ropes & Gray; State Street; and WilmerHale.

Lawyers are also invited to join our Legal Clinic Panel, composed of volunteer attorneys that handle pro bono cases with the assistance of the Clearinghouse’s resources and mentoring capacity.

If you are interested in doing pro bono work through the Legal Clinic for the Homeless program or would like to join the Legal Clinic Panel, please contact Legal Clinic Director, Mia Friedman, by email, or at 617.778.2082.

Engaging Senior Lawyers

The Access to Justice Fellows Program pairs lawyers who are retired or transitioning to retirement with non-profit and legal services organizations to provide critical assistance to underserved individuals and community and public interest groups.

If you are interested in doing pro bono work as an Access to Justice Fellow, please contact the Access to Justice Fellows Program Manager Susan Gedrick by email, or at 617.778.2082.

To learn more about the types of pro bono cases lawyers take through the Clearinghouse, please see our Frequently Asked Questions or read about Our Programs.