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Hon. Edward M. Ginsburg, Retired Family Court Judge and founder of SPJ




Senior Partners for Justice is a pro bono partnership with the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association.

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In addition to represention in pro bono cases through the Volunteer Lawyers Project, Senior Partners for Justice offers the following pro bono projects through VLP:

Guardianship Report Monitoring/Judicial Designee Project (statewide)

Guardianship Clinics in Suffolk, Middlesex and Norfolk Probate & Family Courts

Fair Debt Collection Lawyer for the Day in the Boston Municial Court (Limited Assistance Representation)

Senior Partners - West Projects in the Hampden & Hampshire County Probate & Family Courts

Law Student Public Service Internship in the Probate and Family Court

Get LAR certified now!  Link to Limited Assistance Representation (LAR) Certification Training Materials



Senior Partners Who Handled Pro Bono Cases through the Volunteer Lawyers Project

Suffolk Probate & Family Courtroom Lawyer for the Day Volunteers

Senior Partners Mentors

Judicial Designee/Guardianship Report Review Volunteers

Guardian Ad Litem Volunteers

Senior Partners - West Volunteers



Senior Partners for Justice

Luncheon in Boston


Access to Justice 2.0: New Online Tools for Pro Bono Attorneys and Self-Represented Litigants


Barbara Siegel, Esq., VLP/Senior Partners for Justice and MassProBono

Tuesday April 22nd, 2014

12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

MCLE Conference Center

10 Winter Place, Boston

Directions to MCLE

For more information, contact Russell Rennie at 617-423-0648 x 129 or rrennie@vlpnet.org

Senior Partners - West

Luncheon in Springfield

Special Training for Volunteers: Reviewing Guardianship Care Plans and Annual Reports


Hyman G. Darling, Esq.,

Bacon Wilson PC


Tuesday April 15th, 2014

1 - 2 p.m

Santander Building (formerly the Sovereign Bank Building)

1350 Main Street Third Floor, Community Room A 


For more information and to RSVP, contact Carmen Gonzalez at cgonzalez@majp.org


Meg Connolly MVP Award

A monthly award recognizing the outstanding contributions of a volunteer.

Gideon's Trumpet Award                                 An annual award honoring a volunteer for extraordinary pro bono work and exemplary commitment to access to justice.





The Volunteer Lawyers Project offers free trainings in many areas for SPJ volunteers. Please check the VLP website for more information. All VLP trainings are free to active volunteers.

Free or discounted registration to many continuing legal education seminars at MCLE, BBA, MBA, and the Suffolk University Center for Advanced Legal Studies is available to active Senior Partners volunteers.  Read more about our training policy

For information about training vouchers, contact Russell Rennie at 617-423-0648 x129 or e-mail: rrennie@vlpnet.org.

Family Law & Guardianship Listservs

Pro bono members of Senior Partners and the Volunteer Lawyers Project are invited to join our new Family Law and Guardianship listservs.  These listservs are email discussion groups in which you can ask questions, and share information, ideas and practice materials and tips.  

To sign up, go to the VLP website and click on the listservs link.  If you have not already registered for the VLP website, you will need to do so before joining a listserv.  Click here to register for the VLP website.

Analyses of Recent Cases

by Anita Robboy, Esq.

Della Corte v. Ramirez, 81 Mass.App.Ct. 906 (2012)

In a Rescript Opinion, dated February 2, 2012, the Appeals Court affirmed the Suffolk Division of the Probate and Family Court’s denial of Gabriella Della Corte’s (“Gabriella”) request for modification of the award of joint legal custody to her former spouse, Angelica Ramirez (“Angelica”).  On appeal from the Judgment of Modification, Gabriella raised three issues: 1) that Angelica was not the child’s legal parent; 2) that the Judge erred in finding no material or substantial change in circumstances warranting a change in the joint legal custody of the child; and 3) that it was error to not set out whether continued joint custody was in the child’s best interests.  MORE...


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