PBHA's Small Claims Advisory Service empowers socioeconomically disadvantaged people in order for them to seek legal redress effectively through the small claims system
To volunteer with SCAS, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For small claims questions, call 617-497-5690.
Melissa Gayton & Nick Stauffer-Mason
PBHA’s Small Claims Advisory Service (SCAS) was founded in 1973 as a subcommittee of the Phillips Brooks House Legal Committee. The first SCAS volunteers worked out of the Roxbury Courthouse, helping clients prepare for their cases by informing them of their rights. Originally, SCAS was no more than six students. Since that time, SCAS has grown considerably. It now has over 30 active volunteers helping the citizens of Massachusetts navigate the small claims system directly by phone and by appointment, and indirectly by advocating structural (i.e. legislative) change.
The Small Claims Advisory Service empowers socioeconomically disadvantaged people in order for them to seek legal redress effectively through the small claims system, and to protect their rights as consumers, tenants, and members of our community. Often, these individuals are unaware of their options without help. Through telephone communication and appointments, SCAS provides citizens with information on Massachusetts law, small claims procedure, and effective court presentations.
To learn more about SCAS and its services, visit masmallclaims.org.