On a quarterly basis, we share the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association‘s* Honor Roll of attorneys who have stepped up to take a pro bono case through its Lawyer for the Day at the Eastern Housing Court program. With the need to volunteer as important as ever, with this installment of the VLP Honor Roll, we wanted to do something a little different.
Two of the attorneys appearing on the Honor Roll this year, Rachael McCarthy and Lillian Maguire, checked in with us to tell us why volunteering in the Housing Court is so important to them.
“Participating as a Lawyer for the Day in Boston Housing Court is important to me because it helps me keep perspective on what is important in life,” McCarthy said. “It gives me the opportunity to use my training to help people navigate a confusing legal process in order to avoid eviction and stay in their homes.”
“I participate in the Lawyer for a Day program at Boston Housing Court because such little time on our part can make a tremendous difference in the lives of the people we serve. Navigating the legal system is incredibly complicated. Our clients may have significant defenses or options for remaining in their current housing that they would not discover on their own. Even lawyers who don’t specialize in landlord/tenant law can make a difference with their knowledge of basic civil procedure,” Maguire said.
She went on to emphasize how crucial this program is.
“Without a lawyer’s help, clients may not know what their best legal options are, but more importantly, they are left without an advocate. The simple act of listening to a client’s story and advocating on their behalf can make a huge difference when something as vital as housing is at stake.”
To get more information on volunteering, please contact attorney Milton Wong.
The Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association thanks the following attorneys who accepted cases January, February, and March through Lawyer for the Day at the Eastern Housing Court:
Christopher John Freeland
Evelyn Venables Moreno
Gail Jones Klopfer
Maureen Jones Devine
Peter A. Biagetti
Tamara Lauterbach Sturges
Teresa Jeanne Walsh
Vanessa A. O’Connor
Victor Rivera Colon
*The Volunteer Lawyers Project is a 2018 Grant Recipient of the Boston Bar Foundation.