Grants and Program Overview

Grants and Program Overview

Barnstable County

Barnstable County Bar Association

The Barnstable Couny Pro Bono Conciliation Project will remove as many cases as possible from the Barnstable County Probate & Family Court trial docket.

Barnstable County Bar Association

The Lawyer of the Day Program places volunteers in probate court on a daily basis to help pro se litigants, and provides reduced fee attorneys for indigent or near indigent litigants who require ongoing representation.

Cape Cod Dispute Resolution Center

The Cape Cod District Court Mediation Program provides no-fee mediation services in Barnstable and Nantucket Counties. Funds will be used to provide summary process mediation in Falmouth and Orleans District Courts, and small claims mediation in Falmouth and Nantucket District Courts.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services

Funds support the general operations of SCCLS in Barnstable County.

WE CAN

The Legal Services Program supports monthly pro bono legal clinics for low income Cape Cod women in the areas of family law including divorce, child support, and custody issues.

Berkshire County

Berkshire Community Action Council, Inc.

The Berkshire Immigrant Center provides advice, information, advocacy, referral and support on issues related to immigration, employment, citizenship, housing and social services.

Berkshire County Regional Housing Authority

Housing Services and Mediation Program provides legal counseling, educational workshops housing searches, stabilization services, informal mediation/negotiation services, and in-court mediation services.

Western Massachusetts Legal Services

Funds support the general operation of WMLS in Berkshire County.

Western Massachusetts Legal Services

Family Law Advocacy Project funds two experienced attorneys to provide advice representation, and community legal education to individuals and their families who have experienced domestic violence or other family problems.

Bristol County

Bristol County Bar Association

The Pro Bono Conciliation Project will remove as many cases as possible from the Bristol County Probate & Family Court trial docket.

Catholic Social Services of Fall River, Inc.

The Immigrant Victims Representation Project represents immigrant victims of domestic violence and other crimes covered in visa programs.

Catholic Social Services of Fall River, Inc.

The Immigration Law Education Advocacy Project provides legal assistance for low-income refugees and immigrants in Southeastern MA, including direct representation in court proceedings and interviews, multi-lingual community education forums, and outreach to local detainees.

Family Service Association of Greater Fall River

The Guardianship Services Project provides a full range of guardianship services to indigent, incompetent elders under the age of 65 and not living in nursing homes. This program is designed to serve those not currently covered by the existing law.

New Center for Legal Advocacy, Inc.

The Private Attorney Involvement Project provides legal services in cooperation with the Bristol County Bar Association.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services

Funds support the general operations of SCCLS in Bristol County.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services

The Education Advocacy Project represents students in the development of individual plans and hearings before the Bureau of Special Education Appeals.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services

The Elder Law Project provides direct representation to elders on matters including housing, health or health insurance, Social Security, disability, pensions, abuse, consumer, guardianship, nursing home or other institutional problems.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services

The Homelessness Prevention Project keeps low income families in their present homes and secures more livable homes.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services

Massachusetts Legal Assistance for Self Sufficiency Project provides supplemental support to a major grant from the Corporation for National and Community Services that aims to bring 30 AmeriCorps volunteers into legal aid programs throughout the state.

The Women’s Center

The Legal Advocacy Project provides legal assistance to victims of domestic violence through their pro bono legal project.

Dukes County

South Coastal Counties Legal Services

Funds support the general operations of SCCLS in Dukes County.

Essex County

Essex County Bar Association

The Pro Bono Conciliation Project recruits lawyers who act as pro bono conciliators in the district and superior courts of Essex County to divert cases from the trial docket.

Essex County Bar Association

The Probate and Family Court Lawyer for the Day program places volunteers in probate court on a daily basis.

Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center

Domestic Violence Family Law Program provides legal advocacy, direct representation, and support to low income victims of domestic violence in ten communities. Staff attorneys and pro bono attorneys will assist clients the full range of family law matters.

Neighborhood Legal Services

Funds support the general operation of NLS in Essex County.

Neighborhood Legal Services

The Eviction Legal Services & Elder Home Preservation Project prevents homelessness by addressing the increasing displacement of homeowners and tenants facing loss of homes through foreclosure.

Neighborhood Legal Services

The Family Law Support Project provides a multi-faceted array of family law services utilizing program staff and pro bono volunteers in innovative ways.

Neighborhood Legal Services

The NLS’s Homelessness Prevention Project (HPP) is a part of NLS’s Tenancy Preservation Project.  In the HPP, NLS staff partner with an attorney from North Shore Community Action Programs (NSCAP) and pro bono attorneys to provide limited representation to low income tenants and landlords in mediation in the Lynn and Salem sessions of the Northeast Housing Court.

North Shore Community Action Programs Inc.

The Housing Law Project serves low income clients by providing direct legal assistance in court-based evictions, family, and housing matters.

North Shore Community Mediation Program

The Court Mediation Program provides pre-screening and mediation at small claims sessions in the Salem and Peabody District Courts.

Franklin County

Community Action

The Divorce & Family Mediation Program provides mediation to address issues related to married and non-married separating couples, as well as small claims and other complex civil issues.

Franklin County Bar Association Advocates

To support reduced-fee attorneys to provide legal services to low-income children, elders, and victims of domestic violence who are at risk of exploitation, abuse, homelessness, and continued poverty.

Quabbin Mediation

The Central Region Community Mediation Program provides pro bono mediation services to low income people.

Western Massachusetts Legal Services

Funds support the general operation of WMLS in Franklin County.

Hampden County

Center for Human Development

The HIV/AIDS Law Consortium of Western MA provides legal representation to low income households who have HIV/AIDS related legal issues.

Dispute Resolution Services, Inc.

The Attorney Mediation Training and Services Program provide court-compliant mediation training and mentoring for attorneys, who will then provide Mediator of the Day services to the Small Claims Divisions of the Springfield and Chicopee District Courts.

Hampden County Bar Association

The Children's Law Project provides reduced fee legal representation for children involved in family law cases in Probate Court.

Jewish Family Services of Western Massachusetts

Legal Services for Elders creates partnerships with Elder Law attorneys and nursing homes to provide pro bono legal and social services for indigent elders residing in homes.

Western Massachusetts Legal Services

Funds support the general operation of WMLS in Hampden County.

Western Massachusetts Legal Services

The Housing Court Intervention Project provides legal assistance to tenants facing eviction in Hampden County.

Hampshire County

Center for Public Representation

The Brain Injury Community Integration Project will create a system of home based services for all Medicaid eligible children with serious emotional problems.

Hampshire County Bar Association

The Domestic Relations Program for Children provides advocacy for children in contested matters involving their abuse or custody in Probate Court, restraining orders, contempt or other domestic relations matters.

Hampshire County Bar Association

Hampshire Elder Law Program funds reduced fee cases requiring direct representation of ( 60+) elders.

Safe Passage

Legal Referral Program provides stipends to attorneys for offering legal consultation, advice and representation to battered women.

Western Massachusetts Legal Services

Funds support the general operation of WMLS in Hampshire County.

Western Massachusetts Legal Services

Family Law Advocacy Project provides direct family law representation for families in crisis and to serve as a resource to other legal services programs and professionals.

Western Massachusetts Legal Services

The Hampshire County Housing Court Intervention Project prevents homelessness by placing an attorney in the Hampshire County sitting of the Western MA Housing Court each week on summary process day to assist tenants who appear in court without representation in eviction proceedings.

Middlesex County

Advocates, Inc.

The Advocacy, Benefits, and Legal Services Program supports a staff attorney who will assist low-income individuals and families to resolve legal issues that may lead to homelessness.

Centro Presente

The Legal Immigration Program provides ongoing representation to the low-income Central American population of Norfolk County, in asylum, immigration, work permit, citizenship applications, and family petition matters.

Community Dispute Settlement Center

The Divorce and Paternity Mediation Program provides mediation for disputants of low/moderate income involved in civil/criminal matters in Cambridge District Court and family conflicts in divorce/paternity cases served by Middlesex Probate and Family Court.

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center

Funds support the general operations of Community Legal Services and Counseling Center in Middlesex County.

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center

The Pro Bono and Staff Legal Services Project provides direct legal services, community legal education and reform advocacy in areas of family law, homelessness prevention and government benefits.

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center

The Domestic Violence and Child Support Project helps victims of domestic violence and their children secure long-term protection from abuse, financial security, health care, custody and safe visitation.

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center

The Homeless Prevention Program helps prevents homelessness of low income families and individuals.

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center

The Immigration Law Program helps immigrant victims of domestic violence and immigrants in need of humanitarian relief obtain legal status in the U.S.

Employment Options, Inc.

The Clubhouse Family Legal Support Project provides legal representation to low-income parents with mental illness who are at risk of losing custody and all contact with their children.

Greater Boston Legal Services

Funds support the general operations of the former Cambridge and Somerville Legal Services Program and GBLS.

Just A Start

The Mediation for Results Project prevents homelessness through resolving landlord/tenant disputes while helping to stabilize long term housing for tenants.

Merrimack Valley Legal Services

The Consumer Law Project provides specialized assistance to low income consumers struggling with debt.

Merrimack Valley Legal Services

The Domestic Violence Advocacy Project is a collaborative project between MVLS and Alternative House that represents victims of domestic violence, providing in-court 209A advocacy and post 209A support.

Metro West Legal Services

Funds support the general operations of MWLS in Middlesex County.

Metro West Legal Services

The Children's Education Advocacy Project provides representation, advice or brief service to students in special education, suspension, expulsion, access to education, and bilingual issues.

Metro West Legal Services

The Domestic Violence Project provides full representation, advice or brief service to low income victims of domestic violence in contested Probate and Family Court cases.

Metro West Legal Services

The Eviction Defense Project provides advice, brief services and full representation to low-income tenants in their summary process cases.

Metro West Legal Services

The Homeless Advocacy Project provides homeless clients with a general practitioner who can assist them in a holistic manner addressing the barriers to housing and establishing the necessary support needed for living in the community.

Metro West Mediation Services, Inc.

Provides mediation services to individuals referred by the Framingham, Natick, Concord, Marlborough District Courts, as well as the Middlesex County Juvenile and Probate and Family Courts.

Middlesex County Bar Association

The Pro Bono Conciliation Program reduces the backlog of pending cases in the Middlesex Probate and Family Court using pro bono conciliators.

Neighborhood Legal Services

Funds support the general operation of NLS in Middlesex County.

Respond

Linguistic Outreach Project works with battered women and their children, offering counseling, referral services, 24 hour hotline, and legal advocacy.

Somerville Community Corporation

The Somerville Mediation Court Project provides alternative dispute resolution services at the Somerville District Court for low-income and minority adolescents and adults.

Tri-City Community Action Program

The Pro Bono Legal Project helps low-income residents of Malden, Medford, and Everett to obtain legal advice and access to legal representation in civil cases.

Nantucket County

South Coastal Counties Legal Services

SCCLS provides civil legal services to indigent persons living in Nantucket County.

Norfolk County

Bar Association of Norfolk County

The Evening Legal Clinics Program provides pro bono legal advice to low-income persons during monthly clinics at a Norfolk County courthouse.

Brookline Community Mental Health Center

Metropolitan Mediation Services provides a comprehensive range of mediation, diversion and support services through collaborative programs with various Suffolk and Norfolk county district courts.

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center

Provides direct legal services, community legal education and reform advocacy in areas of family law, homelessness prevention and government benefits, using volunteer attorneys and staff.

Dove, Inc.

The Legal Advocacy Program provides for legal counseling and court accompaniment and also coordinates a monthly series of legal workshops for shelter residents. The program operates a private bar pro bono evening legal clinic.

Greater Boston Legal Services

GBLS receives general support funding to represent indigent persons living in Norfolk County.

Homeowner Options for MA Elders

Advocacy provided in addition to counseling for elders facing displacement due to property taxes, foreclosures, loan scams and predatory loans.

Metro West Legal Services

Provide representation, advice, legal service, and general support funding for MWLS.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services

Funds provide quality legal services to persons living at or below 125% of the national poverty level in Norfolk County.

Plymouth County

Greater Boston Legal Services

Funds support the general operations of GBLS in Plymouth County.

Pilgrim Advocates, Inc.

The Housing Court Project recruits, trains, and schedules a Lawyer of the Day program in the Brockton Housing Court that will cover one day each week with two volunteer attorneys.

Pilgrim Advocates, Inc.

The Probate Court Project runs a Lawyer-of-the-Day program, a lawyer referral program and assists pro se litigants in Plymouth and Brockton.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services

Funds support the general operation of SCCLS in Plymouth County.

South Coastal Counties Legal Services

The Immigration Law Project provides direct representation legal services to eligible clients in the Greater Brockton area. 
 

Suffolk County

AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts, Inc.

The Legal Services Department provides legal assistance to people living with HIV. Funds will be used to access benefits (SSDI, SSI, Medicare, Mass Health and the HIV Drug Assistance Program).

Alternatives for Community & Environment

The Massachusetts Environmental Justice Network serves as a clearinghouse, matching communities with pro bono lawyers, scientists, and public health experts when they are faced with environmental hazards.

Boston Medical Center

Community Health Center Legal Clinic Project provides legal assistance to low-income families in the clinical setting in several community health centers.

Boston Medical Center

The Medical Legal Partnership for Children is a hospital-based legal services program that ensures that low-income families’ and children’s basic needs for food, safety, housing and health care are met, and to educate providers on benefits and basic advocacy techniques.

Brazilian Immigrant Center

The Domestic Worker Legal Clinic provides free or extremely low cost legal representation and mediation services to domestic workers. In addition to legal services, the clinic makes concerted outreach efforts to educate workers about their rights.

Casa Myrna Vazquez

Provides legal representation, information and referral, legal counseling, accompaniment, outreach and education to shelter guests, community clients and hot-line callers.

Catholic Charities Bureau

The Immigration Legal Services Program provides an immigration clinic, VAWA and Trafficking Victims Protection Act assistance, legal consultation, citizenship assistance, and referrals and direct representation for immigration benefits, such as political asylum, naturalization, TPS, and family reunification.

City Life/Vida Urbana

Legal Advocacy to Stop Post-Foreclosure Displacement Program seeks to educate low-income tenants and former property owners of their rights when threatened by foreclosure displacement.

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center

Provides direct legal services, community legal education and reform advocacy in areas of family law, homelessness prevention and government benefits, using volunteer attorneys and staff.

East Boston Ecumenical Community Council

The Community Assistance Legal Program through the community law center provides representation on a broad scope of issues.

Ecumenical Social Action Committee

The Foreclosure Prevention Program provides financial and budget counseling to homeowners in order to prevent foreclosure while working directly with attorneys to assist with any lending issues.

Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston

The Fair Housing Enforcement Program increases enforcement of fair housing laws and use enforcement as a means to obtain housing for protected classes.

Finex House, Inc.

The Legal Advocacy Program provides in-house, comprehensive legal services to difficult to serve battered women.

Greater Boston Legal Services

General Support grant serves low-income populations of Suffolk County with civil legal problems.

Greater Boston Legal Services

The Affordable Housing Preservation Project preserves affordable housing for low-income individuals and families targeting units that are at risk of being lost to market rates due to the expiring use crisis and representing tenants interest once preservation agreements are completed.

Greater Boston Legal Services

The Family Work and Welfare Project provide legal assistance to low income families affected by the Massachusetts welfare reform legislation.

Greater Boston Legal Services

The Low Income Taxpayer Assistance Project provides legal assistance and tax help to low income taxpayers so they can benefit from tax credits including the EITC.

Greater Boston Legal Services

The Pro Bono Employment Program provides resources to ensure high quality legal representation to low income residents in employment-related cases.

Greater Boston Legal Services

The Refugee & Immigrants Protection Project provides legal services for the protection of immigrants and refugees.

Irish International Immigration Center

The Immigration Service program provides education and individual assistance with visas, obtaining US Legal status, and citizenship. Activities include citizenship workshops, drop-in assistance, phone consultations, and immigration and citizenship clinics six times per year.

Shelter Legal Services Foundation, Inc.

The VLSP/PR/Outreach/CLASP matches law students from the Boston-area law schools with attorneys in order to provide pro bono representation and to educate future attorneys in pro bono service.

Worcester County

CASA Project, Inc.

CASA/GAL for Abused and Neglected Children Project provide a casa volunteer to any CHINS child in the Worcester County Juvenile Court when needed.

Dismas House of Central Massachusetts

The Resident Attorney Advocate Program provides legal assistance to recently released ex-prisoners on any outstanding civil legal issues. The staff attorney will provide support from the first day of residency in one of the three Dismas shelters.

Jewish Family Service of Worcester

The Elder Guardianship Program provides guardianship services for frail elders in Worcester County.

Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts

Funds support the general operation of LACCM in Worcester County.

Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts

The Hon. Harry Zarrow Homeless Advocacy Fellowship provides for funding of legal services attorney to work with the homeless in Worcester County along with pro bono attorneys and paralegals from the Worcester County Bar Association.

Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts

Pro Se Litigants in Family Court provide lawyers to advise clients in the “Lawyer for the Day” program and to provide representation in uncontested divorces.

Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts

The Family Advocates Project provides legal advice in medical settings to low-income families with children.

Lutheran Social Services

The Immigration Legal Assistance Program provides free legal services to low-income political asylum seekers and victims of trafficking, violent crime, and domestic violence.

Massachusetts Justice Project

The Medical Legal Partnership Program recruits pro bono attorneys to improve health outcomes for low income families. 

Massachusetts Justice Project

The Volunteer for Justice Program provides free civil legal assistance to low income clients chiefly through senior attorneys who provide pro bono representation.

Mediation Services of North Central Massachusetts

The Court and Community Mediation Program provides free mediation services conducted by trained volunteer mediators for the people of North Central Mass. and specifically for Fitchburg, Leominster, and Gardner District Courts.

Worcester County Bar Association

The Reduced Fee Program provides civil legal representation to individuals whose income is just above the nation’s poverty line, and thus not eligible for free services, yet not sufficient to hire a private attorney at their regular rate of compensation.

YWCA of Central Massachusetts

The Daybreak and BWR Court Advocacy Program provides advocacy and support services to victims of domestic violence seeking intervention and protection through the courts.

Statewide

Center for Law and Education

Program provides training, research and co-counseling to parents, students, and their advocates in the area of special education.

Center for Public Representation

The program provides back up and support to other legal services representing mentally disabled persons.

Children's Law Center of Massachusetts

For the general operation of the Children's Law Center of Massachusetts in Essex County.

Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts

Boston Children’s Education Law Program, in collaboration with the Youth Advocacy Project of Boston, provides area children charged as delinquents and youthful offenders with access to educational advocacy services – with the overall goal being educational success and prevention of recidivism.

Children’s Law Center of Massachusetts

The Child & Adolescent Legal Services Program provides a wide range of legal and related services to Children in MA, including direct representation, information and referral, technical assistance and training to attorneys, parents, and youth serving professionals; community outreach and education; and systemic advocacy.

Disability Law Center

Provides legal representation to low-income children and adults with mental and physical disabilities as well as technical assistance, support and back up to local legal services programs.

Flaschner Judicial Institute

Provides educational programs designed specifically for the Massachusetts Judiciary. This year, Flaschner will launch a Science and Technology Curriculum series.

JRI Health Law Institute

Provides comprehensive legal services to indigent people living with HIV (PLHIV) at the AIDS Services Organizations near their residents. Funds will be used to hire a staff attorney who will perform out placement intake two times per month at ASO’s in Plymouth, Fall River, and Danvers. The attorney will represent cases through to conclusion.

Lawyers Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homelessness

The Community Referral Program matches pro bono legal counsel with non-profits developing affordable housing. The Massachusetts Legal Clinic for the Homeless provides direct legal services to homeless shelter residents.

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Provides pro bono legal representation for victims of race and national origin discrimination and handles major law reform.

Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Health Disparities Project will expand the LINK Project to two additional MGH community health care centers. This program provides pediatric patient families access to a lawyer at no charge to assist them in obtaining public benefits to which they are entitled in an effort to improve health outcomes for children.

Legal Advocacy and Resource Center

LARC through its expanded free Legal Hotline helps to fill the gaps in the delivery of legal services by providing callers with high quality legal information, referrals, educational mailings, and centralized legal services intake.

Massachusetts Advocates for Children

Funds support general operations.

Massachusetts Advocates for Children

The Children's Law Support Project uses the private bar to represent low-income children expelled from school.

Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition

The program will provide comprehensive immigration law trainings to staff from programs providing direct services to immigrants.

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

Funds support the general operation of the MLRI throughout the state. MLRI provides technical assistance, support and back-up to local legal services programs.

Massachusetts Law Reform Institute

The Immigrant Protection Project provides high-impact legal advocacy to low-income immigrants statewide and secures protected immigration status pursuant to immigration laws such as the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act.

National Consumer Law Center

NCLC provides technical assistance, support and back-up to local legal services programs in the area of consumer law and bankruptcy.

Political Asylum Immigration Representation

The Detention Center Initiative advises and represents asylum seekers, torture survivors, and other immigrants in immigrant detentions.

Political Asylum Immigration Representation

Provides pro bono or low fee representation and support for detained asylum seekers and for detainees who are long-term lawful residents eligible for other forms of relief from deportation. The program combines the resources made available from the private bar, law schools, and nonprofit agencies to assist in providing the necessary legal services.

Prisoners’ Legal Services (formerly Massachusetts Correctional Legal Services)

Funds support the general operation of the program and a project to improve medical care for HIV-positive Massachusetts prisoners.

Prisoners’ Legal Services

The Hepatitis C/HIV Interdiction Project aims to ensure that prisons and jails identify prisoners with Hepatitis C, educate them about the illness and its transmission, and to advocate for appropriate treatment. Funds will also be used to train corrections personnel to help prisoners with this illness.

Prisoners’ Legal Services

The Prison Brutality Project represents inmates who have been assaulted by corrections officers. Once a case has been deemed meritorious, a staff or pro bono attorney will be appointed to take the case. The project aims to deter guard brutality by demonstrating that prisoners’ rights are protected by law.

Shelter Legal Services Foundation, Inc.

The VLSP/PR/Outreach/CLASP matches law students from the Boston-area law schools with attorneys in order to provide pro bono representation and to educate future attorneys in pro bono service.

Victim Rights Law Center

The Rape Survivors Law Project provides multi-lingual, low-income rape survivors, many of whom are immigrants, adolescents and women of color, with access to pro bono attorneys who are specially trained in rape-related civil law.

Volunteer Lawyers Project

Senior Partners for Justice Program West provides a range of services through the efforts of senior pro bono attorneys.

Women's Bar Foundation/Women's Bar Association

The Family Law Project for Battered Women provides representation for battered women in domestic relations matters including divorce, custody, and paternity cases in Suffolk County probate courts.

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