News Notice of Openings 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 Committee currently has multiple membership positions open for immediate appointment. Membership terms ordinarily run for three years. 

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. Persons who applied in prior years may reapply.

The Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services works to support and promote volunteer legal work to assist people of limited means who need legal representation. The Committee presents the annual Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards to honor Massachusetts lawyers, law students, law firms, and legal organizations that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to providing pro bono services for the benefit of individuals of limited means. The Committee also administers the Pro Bono Honor Roll; engages with law schools, bar associations, and other community organizations to promote pro bono legal work; and considers rule changes and other initiatives to facilitate pro bono practice by attorneys and law students.

Applicants should submit a résumé and a letter describing their experience and interest in serving on the Committee by Friday, March 25, 2022 to Chip Phinney, Deputy Legal Counsel, preferably by email to, or by mail to Chip Phinney, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, One Pemberton Square, Boston, MA 02108.

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