For Immediate Release
Cyndy Carrington Miller, Public Relations Consultant
December 1, 2014
Mid-Shore Pro Bono Receives Awards
For Debtor Assistance Efforts
Mid-Shore Pro Bono is receiving recognition and funding for its efforts in support of individuals and families facing bankruptcy in our community. Since 2010, through the Debtor Assistance Project (DAP), Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s volunteer attorneys have been offering free legal advice to low-income debtors who either already have filed for bankruptcy without a lawyer or are considering filing and intend to represent themselves.
The organization will receive new support for DAP in 2015 from the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation. The grant helps fund Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s monthly DAP clinics, providing debtors with opportunities to meet with attorneys for cost-free half-hour consultations. The attorneys are specially trained in bankruptcy law before being approved to provide the services.
Mid-Shore Pro Bono received further recognition on November 20 from the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, which presented the organization with a Pro Bono Service Award for its outstanding service and collaboration with DAP. Chief Judge Nancy V. Alquist and Judge Robert A. Gordon also presented awards to Mid-Shore Pro Bono attorneys Christopher McGrady and Andrea Ross in recognition of their pro bono contributions to the organization’s Debtor Assistance Project.
Originally a collaboration of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Maryland State Bar Association, Bankruptcy Bar Association of Maryland and other legal services groups, DAP faced a transition in 2013, which created an opportunity for Mid-Shore Pro Bono to act on behalf of its residents.
Convinced of the continuing need for the project due to the weak economy, and with the sanction of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Mid-Shore Pro Bono took the initiative in sustaining the program locally. The U.S. Bankruptcy Court and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service now refer debtors seeking assistance and living on the Eastern Shore directly to Mid-Shore Pro Bono.
Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director Sandy Brown thanked both the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for their support and recognition of the organization’s efforts. “The administrative and support obligations of DAP are time-consuming and labor-intensive both for staff and our generous volunteer attorneys,” she said. “We are honored by these awards and deeply appreciate the support for the exceptional pro bono legal services program we offer to our community.”
Mid-Shore Pro Bono serves Kent, Queen Anne’s, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester counties. For more information or to make a donation, call Mid-Shore Pro Bono at 410-690-8128 or visit www.midshoreprobono.org.