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Legal Assistance

Boston College Legal Assistance Bureau

Student practice organization of BC Law School. Legal assistance provided by law students for indigent clients. Handles matters related to disability claims, housing, elder issues, and family law.
24 Cresant St. Suite 202 Waltham MA, 02453
781-893-4793

Law School: 88 Center St. Newton MA, 02459
617-552-8550

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Roxbury Court Clinic

Roxbury Court Clinic

Psychologists and social workers employed by DMH evaluate adults who are referred by the courts to determine competency to stand trial for criminal responsibility and/or to be civilly committed for substance abuse or mental illness.
85 Warren St. Roxbury MA, 02119
617-427-7000

Massachucetts Alliance of Juvenile Court Clinics

Group advocates for better juvenile services of courts.

Alternatives for Community Environment

Provides free legal and educational services to low income and multicultural communities dealing with environmental and/or health problems. Offers environmental leadership development to community groups.
2201 Washington St. Suite 302, Roxbury MA, 02119
617-442-3343

Children's Law Center of Massachusetts

Represents young people in the wise variety of legal and administative proceedings including: abuse and neglect matters, CHINC, special education and other school matters, homelessness, mental health issues, delinquencies, and children with multiple needs who are denied services due to bureaucratic red tape. Eligible clients are indigent children under 18 or 22 in special education matters. Spanish speaking staff and sign language interpreters are available upon request. Offices in Boston and Lynn.
298 Union St. 2nd Floor Lynn MA, 01903
781-581-1977

44 Bromfield St. Boston MA, 02108
617-552-8550

Committee for Public Counsel Services

We provide legal representation in Massachusetts for those unable to afford an attorney in all matters in which the law requires the appointment of counsel. This includes representation in criminal, delinquency, youthful offender, child welfare, mental health, sexually dangerous person and sex offender registry cases, as well as related appeals and post-conviction matters.
44 Bromfield St. Boston MA, 02108
617-482-6212

Community Dispute Settlement Center

Mediation and training center dedicated to helping people avoid and resolve conflict. Provides mediation, training, and facilitation services to individuals and organizations in the Greater Boston are.
60 Gore St. Suite 202 Cambridge MA, 02141
617-876-5376

Community Legal Services and Counseling Center

Provides free civil legal assistance and affordable psychological counseling for people with low incomes. These services are provided in the Center's priority areas for family, housing, disability benefits, and immigration law.
1 West St Cambridge MA, 02139
617-661-1010

Disability Law Center of Massachusetts

DLC provides protection and advocacy for the rights of MA residents with disabilities. Provides services in the areas of access to community services, special education, health care, disability benefit rights, and conditions in facilities through its programs.
11 Beacon St. Suite 925
800-872-9992 OR 800-381-0577

Gay & Lesbian Advocates and Defenders

Through strategic litigation, public policy advocacy, and education, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders works in New England and nationally to create a just society free of discrimination based on gender identity and expression, HIV status, and sexual orientation. Hotline: 800-455-4523 operates Monday-Friday 1:30pm-4:30pm.
20 Winter st. Suite 800 Boston MA, 02108
617-426-1350

Harvard Defenders

Defends indigent clients in criminal show cause hearings. Clients court dates must be 14+ days away in order for case to be considered. Cases must be of a criminal nature out of any of the following courts: Boston Municipal, Brighton, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Charleston, Dedham, Dorchester, East Boston, Lynn, Malden, Newton, Peabody, Quincy, Roxbury, Somerville, South Boston, Waltham, West Roxbury, and Woburn.
6 Everette St. Cambridge MA, 02138
617-495-4413

Harvard Legal Aid Bureau

The Harvard Legal Aid Bureau represents low income clients with cases in the following areas: housing, family, government benefits, and wage & hour law. Clients are represented by Harvard Law School students supervised by practicing attorneys. In addition to full representation, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau engages in outreach projects and partnerships.
23 Everette St. 1st Floor Cambridge MA, 02138
617-495-4408

Harvard Mediation Program

A student practice organization and a clinical program of Harvard Law Sch0ool that serves the greater Boston community by providing volunteer mediators in 6 area district courts. Mediations are conducted in the areas of small claims, landlord tenant, criminal, civil, and parent child cases.
Harvard Law School: Pound Hall Room 521, Cambridge Ma, 02138
617-495-1854

Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project

A student run clinical program in which students represent inmates in MA state prisons. Student attorneys argue at disciplinary hearings on behalf of prisoners charged with violating prison regulations and before the MA Parole Board for prisoners facing parole revocation or rescission, testify at prison regulation notice and comment sessions, and address inmate support groups. Provides inmates with legal research assistance in matters ranging from civil rights violations, to confiscated property. May litigate cases in state and federal court. Prisoner hotline: 617-495-3127
6 Everett St. Cambridge MA< 02138
617-495-3969

Harvard Tenant Advocacy Project

The Tenant Advocacy Project (TAP) is a Student Practice Organization at Harvard Law School. assists low and moderately low income tenants who are facing eviction or who have been denied admission to public housing or a subsidy program. Also provides advice on general landlord-tenant questions.
6 Everett st. Suite 5123 (WCC) Cambridge MA, 02318
617-495-4394

Juvenile Court Consultation Program

Provides court ordered clinical assessment and consultation services to Juvenile Courts of Suffolk and Norfolk counties. Services are provided through contracts with DMH Forensic services division and the trial court of MA. Staff is comprised of MGH psychologists, social workers, and masters level mental health clinicians who have completed a specialized state-supervised training and certification process. Clinicians staff Juvenile Courts in Dedham and Dorchester and work alongside their DMH counterparts at the Boston Juvenile Court in downtown Boston.
15 New Chardon St. 9th Floor Boston MA, 02114
Boston: 617-288-6460 Dorchester: 617-288-9500

Law and Psychiatric Services

Comprehensive psychiatric and psychological consultation and litigation support and expert testimony for criminal and civil cases.
Mass General Hospital: 15 Merimac St. Boston MA, 02114
617-726-5924

Latham Consulting Group

Case Consultation for prosecutors and defense counsel. Evaluation for juvenile court including competence, dangerousness, and sex offender treatment.
10 Union St. Natick MA, 01760
508-650-4800 OR 704-365-8889

Massachusetts Advocates for Children

Focuses on the priority populations for children affected by domestic violence, homeless children, children expelled or suspended from school, and children with disabilities. A program of the MA Advocates for Children. Special Education matters contact: 617-357-8431 x. 224
25 Kingston St. 2nd Floor Boston MA, 02111
617-357-8431

WilmerHale Legal Cervices Center

A clinical practice learning facility for Harvard Law School students, the Center's practice focuses on civil law. Focus areas include community enterprise, predatory lending/consumer protection, family and children's law, housing, health, employment, estate planning, and litigation.
Disability Litigation and Benefits Advocacy: 617-390-2524
Project on Predatory Student Loans: 617-390-2669
Veterans Legal Clinic: 617-390-2525
122 Boylston St. Jamaica Plain MA, 02130
617-522-3003

Youth Advocacy Division

The Youth Advocacy Division (YAD) ensures that every child from an indigent family in Massachusetts has access to zealous legal representation that incorporates a Youth Development Approach, resulting in fair treatment in court. Pairs social workers with attorneys to provide defense teams. Tries youthful offender cases, as well as others. Offices in Fall River, Hyannis, Lowell, Quincy, Roxbury, Somerville, Springfield, and Worcester.
7 Palmer st. Suite 302 Roxbury MA, 02119
617-445-7581

Citizens for Juvenile Justice

Advocates for fair and effective juvenile justice policies. Educates the public about the juvenile justice system. Comprised of diverse individuals and organizations, Cfjj operates on the philosophy that prevention, intervention, diversion, and rehabilitation should be the mainstays of our juvenile justice system.
101 Tremont St Suite 1000 Boston MA, 02108
617-338-1050

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