- Written by Christine Baronas, MPA, Executive Director, Franklin County Bar Association
- Published: 05 May 2017
The Franklin County Bar Association (FCBA) is the local professional organization for attorneys. Our organization serves the local community and its members by promoting the administration of justice and excellence in the legal profession.
Through the efforts of attorney volunteers and a dedicated administrative staff, the FCBA develops and sponsors member services, including a monthly newsletter, a variety of educational programs, public forums, and social events.
In addition, the FCBA provides essential legal services for the community:
- The Lawyer Referral Service is available for community members who need to hire an attorney and want help finding one to fit their legal need. Attorneys competent to provide representation in twenty-five different legal practice areas are available.
- The Bar Advocates Program, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services, maintains a panel of attorneys who are appointed by the court to represent indigent criminal defendants at risk of incarceration.
- The Bar Advocates For Justice Program, with support from the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, provides legal advice and representation in civil matters to low-income victims of domestic violence, children and elders.
- The Families in Transition Program, a court-mandated educational program for divorcing or separating parents, is administered by the FCBA.
- “Ask-An-Attorney” is a free legal advice call-in program held twice a year for the public.
Members of the Bar work with the Courts and the community on projects to benefit all, such as Law Day in Franklin County, which celebrates the importance of the rule of law and is done in collaboration with the Northwestern District Attorney David E. Sullivan (held this year on May 1). Scholarships for local college bound high school students are awarded. Franklin County attorneys continue to create new and innovative programs, especially for members of the community who have traditionally experienced difficulty obtaining legal assistance.