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Pro Bono Attorneys

Every year, hundreds of indigent plaintiffs file their own civil lawsuits in the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts, seeking relief regarding a variety of matters, from prisoners’ claims about unconstitutional treatment by corrections authorities to individuals claiming discrimination in employment or housing.  In an appropriate case, the Court may grant an indigent party’s motion for the appointment of volunteer pro bono counsel. When that occurs, the appointment will be made from among those lawyers who have actively expressed an interest in providing pro bono representation in this Court.

Appointed counsel may apply for reimbursement of certain expenses in accordance with the Court’s Guidelines Governing the Reimbursement of Expenses in Pro Bono Cases.

An attorney interested in volunteering to be available to take pro bono appointments may fill out the registration form available through the link provided below and send it to one of the following pro bono coordinators:

Eastern Division:   Jeanette McGlamery  617-748-9559  jeanette_mcglamery@mad.uscourts.gov
Central Division: Robert Alba 508-929-9907  robert_alba@mad.uscourts.gov
Western Division: Jared Olinski 413-785-6818  jared_olinski@mad.uscourts.gov

U.S. District Court Litigants
If you are an indigent litigant with a case before the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and you are seeking appointment of volunteer pro bono counsel to represent you, please file a Motion for the Appointment of Volunteer Pro Bono Counsel in your case. The Court will send you formal notification of the result of your request.

Massachusetts State Court Litigants
If you are an indigent litigant with a case before the Massachusetts State Probate Court system, or are planning to bring a case in the Massachusetts State Probate Court system and are seeking appointment of pro bono counsel, please contact the Probate and Family Court in your County of residence as listed below for assistance.

Eastern Division:   Suffolk County 617-788-8300   
  Essex County 978-744-1020  
  Middlesex County 617-768-5858  
  Norfolk County 781-830-1200  
  Plymouth County 508-897-5400 x2964
Central Division: Worcester County 508-831-2200  
Western Division: Hampden County 413-748-7745  
  Hampshire County 413-586-8500  
  Franklin County 413-774-7011  

             


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