News  Notice of Opening on the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services

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The Justices of the Supreme Judicial Court invite applications for appointment to the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services. The Pro Bono Committee will have one position open for a three-year term commencing on November 1, 2019. Persons who applied in prior years may reapply. The Justices seek applicants from diverse backgrounds across the Commonwealth who are willing to devote their time and energy to improving the justice system and who have demonstrated a commitment to and experience in assisting persons unable to afford legal counsel for their essential civil legal needs.

The Pro Bono Committee (, created in 1999, works to support and promote volunteer legal work to help people of limited means who need legal representation. The Committee presents the annual Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards to honor extraordinary work in improving or delivering legal services to the poor and disadvantaged; administers the Pro Bono Honor Roll; visits law schools and bar associations to promote pro bono legal work; and considers rule changes and other initiatives to facilitate pro bono practice by attorneys. 

Applicants should submit a résumé and a letter describing their experience and interest in serving on the Pro Bono Committee by July 31, 2019 to Chip Phinney, Deputy Legal Counsel, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108, either by mail or by email to

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