About LARC

History and Mission 

Since 1983, the Legal Advocacy and Resource Center (LARC) has operated a free legal hotline in support of its mission to help low-income Massachusetts residents with legal problems by providing quality legal information and advice, and by making referrals to legal and social service agencies. LARC also completes intake screenings for Greater Boston Legal Services and the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association, as well as, family law intake screenings for Community Legal Services and Counseling Center and limited intake screening for MetroWest Legal Services.

LARC is supported through a subgrant of federal Legal Services Corporation funds through the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association; IOLTA and other grants from the Boston Bar Foundation and the Massachusetts Bar Foundation; the Mifflin Memorial Fund; and other private contributors.

The Hotline Staff

The hotline staff includes attorneys, paralegals, law students and volunteers. Spanish speaking staff are available to clients during hotline hours. We can communicate with callers with other languages at no cost through Optimal Phone Interpreters, a telephone interpreting services.  All hotline staff work under the direct guidance of a LARC supervising attorney.
The Executive Director is Rosa A. Previdi, Esq.


Volunteering at LARC

Volunteering at LARC Opportunities for Attorneys:
LARC has two types of pro bono opportunities for attorneys:

  • Attorneys can join our “employment law helpline” panel. LARC hotline staff screen callers and refer low-income clients with employment-related questions to a panel of volunteer attorneys. Panel attorneys agree to provide clients with a brief telephone consultation on a scheduled day and time each month.
  • Attorneys can also volunteer to take hotline calls at LARC on a day and time of their choosing.

Opportunities for Students:
Law and upper-level undergraduate students can gain valuable public interest law experience working on the hotline screening clients and providing general advice. Volunteers should be prepared to make a commitment of 8-10 hours/week for one semester.

To volunteer with LARC, please contact Dan Biagiotti.

Board of Directors