Looking for legal services? Reach out to some these organizations for support.
American Civil Liberties Union
The American Civil Liberties Union considers cases involving issues such as freedom of speech, privacy, freedom of religion, discrimination based on race, gender, sexual orientation or disability, police misconduct, censorship in schools or libraries, fairness in application of school discipline, workplace privacy, access to government documents, inhumane jail and prison conditions, and other issues of fair treatment by government.
Boston Bar Association Lawyer Referral Services
The Boston Bar Association provides a free lawyer referral service based on your legal issue. Your first half hour with an attorney will cost $25 or less.
Cambridge Human Rights Commission
The Cambridge Human Rights Commission investigates gender discrimination claims for acts of discrimination which occurred in Cambridge.
Cambridge Dispute Settlement Center
Cambridge Dispute Settlement Center provides mediation services for a variety of issues including divorce, workplace, landlord, and neighbor disputes. Nominal fees are charged on a sliding scale based on income.
Gay and Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD)
(800) 455-GLAD; Boston Infoline – (617) 426-1350
Call their InfoLine to receive legal information, support, and lawyer referral services. GLAD takes cases involving discrimination based on sexual orientation, HIV status and gender identity and expression.
Greater Boston Legal Services
Greater Boston Legal Services (GBLS) provides free civil (non-criminal) legal assistance to low-income people in the Boston Area. The help offered ranges from legal advice to full case representation, depending on client need. GBLS serves families whose income is at or below 125% of the federal poverty line ($27,562.50 for a family of four).
Massachusetts Bar Association – Dial-A-Lawyer
(617) 338-0610 (Dial-A-Lawyer is on the first Wednesday of every month, 5:30PM to 7:30PM)
On the first Wednesday of each month, attorneys volunteer at the MBA’s Boston headquarters by providing free, basic legal information by phone to callers from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Massachusetts Transgender Legal Advocates
Massachusetts Transgender Legal Advocates is a small group of law students and lawyers committed to addressing the needs of low income transgender people in Massachusetts. Whether it involves talking you through a process, helping you to find an attorney you can afford, or addressing your issue ourselves, MTLA will do what they can to address your legal needs. A free Monthly Legal Clinic for low-income transgender people is provided, via walk-in or appointment. Clinic Time: 6-8 p.m. on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Location: Health Care For the Homeless at Jean Yawkey Place near Boston Medical Center 780 Albany Street, Boston MA 02118.
Victim Rights Law Center
(617) 399-6720 www.victimrights.org
The Victim Rights Law Center is Leading a New Response to Sexual Violence. Founded as the first law center in the nation dedicated solely to serving the legal needs of sexual assault victims, the Victim Rights Law Center is the leader in representing sexual assault victims’ legal rights within the civil context. They not only provide legal representation to victims of rape and sexual assault to help rebuild their lives, but also promote a national movement committed to seeking justice for every rape and sexual assault victim. Through an innovative model of community collaboration, VRLC have created a network of allies (medical providers, counselors, lawyers) dedicated to improving legal services for rape victims.