Clinics & Projects
Housing Court Lawyer for the Day
Volunteer attorneys are needed to advise and represent low-income, unrepresented tenants and landlords at the Eastern Housing Court on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Most cases are for evictions.
Attorneys provide Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) to clients, meaning they are only involved in the case for that day.. Not trained in LAR? Watch a training and read required materials.
How it Works
Generally, we meet our client when they walk up to our table and ask for legal help. From there:
- A paralegal or law student screens interested clients for eligibility
- A VLP attorney matches the client with a volunteer attorney.
- The volunteer attorney provides:
- Advice and information
- Assistance in preparing pleadings or motions
- Representation in mediation or negotiation
We have forms, files, reference materials and other necessary items for volunteer attorneys.
Benefits of Volunteering
- Limited Assistance Representation means you start and finish with your client on the same day; no greater commitment with court proceedings or legal services needed.
- Mentorship: Our newer attorneys learn from more experienced attorneys, and more seasoned lawyers get the chance to mentor and guide.
- Networking: Meet fellow attorneys in your area of practice and get connected with other legal professionals.
The Volunteer Lawyers Project provides primary malpractice insurance for all pro bono work.
If you don’t have experience in housing cases, we strongly suggest that you attend one of VLP’s free Housing Law 101 classes before volunteering. Please check our calendar for upcoming training dates.