BOSTON (AP) -- The Massachusetts Access to Justice Commission has started a new program to help expand legal services to people who can't afford lawyers.
The pro bono fellows program will have senior lawyers working with nonprofit and legal service organizations to help underserved populations. Seven experienced lawyers who have retired or are heading into retirement have been chosen by the commission to participate in the statewide pilot project.
The program seeks to deal with severe funding cutbacks, which have forced legal services programs and nonprofit organizations to reduce staff and restrict services. The nonprofit groups will provide training and support, while law firms will provide resources such as administrative support and office space.
Each lawyer is expected to devote between 10 to 20 hours per week to individual pro bono projects.