Clinics & Projects

Wage Theft Clinic

Wage theft and worker exploitation is rising in Massachusetts. Fortunately, volunteer attorneys can help. The Volunteer Lawyers Project has partnered with the Attorney General Office, Fair Labor Division, and various community partners* to combat this problem through our Wage Theft Clinic.  These monthly clinics offer much-needed assistance to aggrieved employees by providing workers with limited legal consultation and outreach related to workers’ rights law. 

Our Wage Theft Clinic will be in person at Suffolk Law School, on one Monday each month from 4-6 PM, starting on Monday, April 4th! Masks will be required and a screening questionnaire will need to be completed upon arrival. This will be a wonderful opportunity to meet directly with clients who have already filed wage complaints with the AG’s Office. The Wage Theft Clinic is monthly(With the exception of May), please feel free to sign up for as many months throughout the year as you are able to.  

2022 In-Person Clinic Dates 4-6 PM

April 4th

June 6th

July 11th

August 1st

September 19th

October 3rd

November 7th

December 5th

Attorneys provide Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) to clients, meaning they are only involved in the case for that dayNot trained in LAR? Watch a training and read required materials.

HOW IT WORKS

  • A paralegal or law student screens interested clients for eligibility
  • A VLP attorney matches the client with a volunteer.
  • Volunteers discuss the client’s case and explain their rights. Attorneys may help their client draft a demand letter or prepare a small claims court complaint.

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 wage theft cases, we strongly suggest that you attend one of VLP’s free trainings before volunteering. Please check our calendar for upcoming training dates.

For more information


Contact Pro Bono Manager Emelia Andres

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*Current Partners: Greater Boston Legal Services Inc., Justice at Work, Lawyers for Affordable Justice,  Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, Suffolk University Law School, Volunteer Lawyers Project,  Brazilian Worker Center, Brazilian Women’s Group, Chelsea Collaborative, Chinese Progressive Association, and Metrowest Worker Center.