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Sunday, November 19, 2006

Old pro pro bono



(Bancroft Wheeler, Globe Staff Photo by Janet Knott)

Natick's Bancroft R. Wheeler, 73, is a lawyer at an esteemed Boston corporate law firm who is taking on a different kind of case for a different kind of client as part of the Senior Partners for Justice program.

The program pairs retired and active lawyers with low-income clients who otherwise would have had to represent themselves. It taps the experience of older lawyers from top firms who are winding down their practice after lengthy careers, Sacha Pfeiffer reports in today's Globe.

"None of these people could afford to be clients of my firm, and therefore I never would have had anything to do with any of them. But these are good people who just find themselves in unfortunate circumstances," Wheeler said.

"At my age I'm not as busy as I used to be, so I do have some time now, and I've enjoyed this," he added.

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