VLP Celebrates 20 Years of Lawyer for the Day (LFD) in Eastern Housing Court!

In the 1990’s, VLP and the Boston Bar Association saw how drastically different outcomes for low-income pro se housing litigants were compared to those who were represented. Those who were pro se were unlikely to get their eviction stopped or even delayed, and they struggled to present their arguments in cases regarding poor living conditions or other defenses to the eviction.

To address this inequality, in 1999 we launched the Boston Bar Association Lawyer for the Day program in Eastern Housing Court . And since then, VLP has worked with thousands of pro se low-income tenants and landlords in Greater Boston. Just last year, 74 housing court volunteers helped 3,015 clients with mediation, drafting agreements, and court hearings at the LFD table. Over the past 20 years, the project has grown immensely to serve as an example for LFD clinics around the country. We are incredibly grateful for your support over the years and look forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of our clients.