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If you are low income, elderly or or a victim of crime living in Southeastern Massachusetts and need civil legal help, we may be able to assist you.




Volunteer (PAI)

Welcome to the referral services of South Coastal Counties Legal Services, Inc. (SCCLS)

"PAI" Application - submit to Victoria Gautney, Esq. 

The Private Attorney Involvement (“PAI”) Project’s referral services include representation on either a pro bono or compensated basis.  We will also refer over income applicants or fee-generating matters. Some of the benefits to volunteering:

  • Professional liability policy coverage for pro bono & compensated cases referred through this project.
  • Free trainings on areas of law presented throughout the year. 
  • Vouchers for reduced tuition MCLE trainings upon completion of a pro bono case. 

Specialty panels include our monthly Family Law Pro Se Workshopss where volunteer attorneys instruct litigants on how to prepare forms and learn how the court conducts business and the Consumer Debt Management Clinics where volunteer attorneys present an overview of  consumer debt law and the bankruptcy process.  An attorney’s pro bono contribution is limited to the workshop or clinic and does not, typically, result in direct representation.

For direct representation in pro bono cases,  we are most interested in referring Ch. 7 bankruptcy petitions; divorces; simple document preparation of wills, deed changes, durable powers of attorney, and health care proxies; family law and probate matters including support and guardianships; foreclosure defenses; private landlord-tenant evictions; and education cases involving suspension, expulsion, and special education.

Most of the funding for compensated cases is targeted for family law matters where domestic violence is an issue or where the financial status of the client would be improved through a child support order.  

We look forward to working with you.

For more information, please contact: 

Victoria Gautney, Esq., PAI Coordinator
1-800-244-9023 ext. 3008