Pro Bono Conciliation/Pretrial Programs*

The SJC has published requirements for neutrals in all Alternative Dispute Resolution Services (ADR), including Conciliation. To qualify for the Probate and District Courts, you must be a practicing attorney in Massachusetts for a minimum of three years, have received a minimum of eight hours of ADR training, and be a member in good standing. If you are interested in volunteering your services as an ECBA pro bono conciliator, kindly call the ECBA office at 978.741.7888, or email Pro Bono Coordinator Briana Sapienza at

Lynn District Court Eviction (Summary Process) Conciliation Program*

Volunteers who are experienced in landlord/ tenant issues are needed in the Lynn District Court for our program. Conciliations will be held on Thursday mornings.

Lynn District Court Small Claims Pro Bono Conciliation Program*

The ECBA is currently seeking volunteers for the Lynn District Court Small Claims Conciliation Program. LDC conciliations are held on Friday mornings.

Superior Court Pro Bono Pretrial Resolution Program*

Neutrals are needed in Newburyport on Tuesdays 8:30 to 1:30; in Lawrence on Wednesdays 9:00 to 1:00 and in Salem on Thursdays 9:00 – 1:00

Lynn District Court Eviction (Summary Process) Conciliation Program*

As practicing attorneys, each of you is aware of the impact of pro-se litigants on the court system, and the critical need for the disadvantaged to obtain legal representation. In an attempt to expand its outreach to those who are underrepresented in the courts, the Essex County Bar Association has undertaken an effort to expand its Reduced Fee Panel. Members are not required to perform pro bono services, but agree to accept qualified reduced fee applicants for a fee not to exceed $75 per hour. A set of financial guidelines will be provided. There is no cost to belong to the Reduced Fee Panel, but you must be a member of the Lawyer Referral Service.