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The mission of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association is:
a) to provide high quality, pro bono legal services in a broad range of civil matters to eligible residents of the greater Boston area, including "Metro-West;"
b) to engage and support the efforts of the private bar in providing pro bono legal services in civil matters; and
c) to engage in constructive collaboration with other legal services organizations.
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association was established in 1977 to provide legal representation in civil matters to the indigent of Boston through the pro bono services of private attorneys and paralegals. It is among the oldest organized pro bono efforts in the country.
In 1996, VLP broadened its scope when it became the grantee of the federal Legal Services Corporation for the Greater Boston area. VLP also supports the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center (LARC) to operate a hotline to screen and refer clients to appropriate legal and social services and/or advise clients when services are not available or necessary. All efforts are augmented by a modest in-house case handling capacity.
Pro bono services are provided through VLP's panel of approximately 1,000 attorneys and paralegals representing all segments of the legal community- members of small, medium and large firms, solo practitioners, government attorneys, retired attorneys, corporate counsel, and law students certified under SJC Rule 3:03.
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