Pro Bono Opportunities
in Anne Arundel County
Legal Aid Bureau for Anne Arundel County
Maryland Legal Aid offers a full range of free civil legal
services to financially qualified low-income Marylanders."
Contact Anita Bailey for information on volunteer opportunities with
Legal Aid in Anne Arundel County. "Legal Aid handles civil, not criminal,
cases. Priorities for general civil legal services are family/domestic,
housing, income maintenance (public benefits), and consumer/finance."
229 Hanover St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
Family Law Self
Help Center in the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. The Center is located on the second floor of the circuit court
building in room 2I-38. Contact Anita Bailey of Legal Aid for information
on volunteer opportunities with the center.
YWCA Child Custody Project
The YWCA legal services program administers the Child
Custody Project through the Maryland Legal Services Corporation
matching private attorneys with low-income individuals seeking representation
in custody matters. Clients are screened regarding their income and
the type of assistance that is required. Attorneys are partially compensated
for their representation. In order for an individual to access services,
call 410-626-7800 ext. 300 and leave a telephone number and a good time
for legal staff to return the call. Prior to placement, the individual
must fill out an affidavit for the program. It will take at least three
weeks to place the case with a private attorney. Any attorney interested
in participating in the program should forward a letter of interest
and a copy of cover of their liability insurance policy to the YWCA
legal services office.
YWCA Annapolis and
Anne Arundel County Legal Services - Child Custody Project
1517 Ritchie Highway
Arnold, MD 21012
Contact: Cindy Moenius, Legal Department
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS)
MVLS is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that connects low-income Marylanders in need of civil legal assistance with pro bono attorneys. Individuals can call during intake hours, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., to explain their civil legal problems to our intake paralegals. If the caller qualifies for our free or reduced fee services, we will match the client with an attorney who has expertise in the areas of need. MVLS also provides free legal assistance to nonprofits working to strengthen low-income communities in Maryland."
Attorneys can register at the MVLS website to volunteer for Anne Arundel County cases.
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
One North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-3701
CLIENT INTAKE In Baltimore: 410-547-6537
Outside Baltimore: 800-510-0050 (toll free)
Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m
Pro Bono Resource Center for
Maryland, Inc. (PBRC)
Sharon E. Goldsmith, Executive Director
520 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
PBRC recruits, trains and supports volunteer lawyers interested in helping individuals and communities in need. We do not provide any direct legal assistance to the public.
PBRC is the statewide clearinghouse and coordinator of pro bono legal services. The Center’s mission is to promote equal access to justice by coordinating and supporting volunteer civil legal services, providing resources and support for legal advocates for the poor, and promoting cooperation within the legal community. One of our ongoing efforts for which we are seeking volunteer attorneys is in the Foreclosure Prevention Pro Bono Project. To volunteer or to find out more information, contact:
Jennifer Larrabee, Esc.
or 410-837-9379 or 800-369-1274.
PBRC has compiled a list of pro bono programs offering a wide range of opportunities for attorneys interested in providing free civil legal services to the disadvantaged. In addition to direct client representation, several programs offer pro bono opportunities through advice clinics, mediation, hotlines, mentoring and training services. Most programs provide malpractice insurance.
PBRC offers training for attorneys interested in volunteering. Please check our website or contact the PBRC office for details on current training seminars. The Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) and PBRC are offering free and discounted slots for a selection of MSBA Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Courses. Volunteer attorneys are eligible for one of three (3) free slots in exchange for accepting a pro bono case referral from a recognized pro bono legal services program. Staff legal services attorneys may also register for one of three (3) discounted slots offered at 50% off the regular course cost. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. To receive a free or discounted slot, volunteers and staff lawyers should register through the Pro Bono Resource Center by calling 410-837-9379; 800-396-1274; emailing Kiah Elmore at firstname.lastname@example.org; or downloading a registration form at www.probonomd.org/cletraining.html.
Attorneys can also contact Kiah Elmore for more information on pro bono opportunities or to sign up to receive the PBRC E-Bulletin listing current pro bono opportunities, trainings, and special events.