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Why Volunteer For Mid-Shore Pro Bono?

Mid-Shore Pro Bono is the Eastern Shore’s Legal Network which provides free access to legal services for low income members of our community.  We strive to pair qualified families and individuals with volunteer attorneys who want to make a difference in the lives of some of the Shore’s neediest residents.  An attorney partnering with MSPB can look forward to the following benefits:

  1. Malpractice Insurance:  Work done under the umbrella of MSPB services is covered by our Malpractice Insurance.
  2. Use of our office space for client meetings:  MSPB has access to space in Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Talbot, and Wicomico counties.  Attorneys should feel welcome to utilize our space for their own clients as well as those who qualify for pro bono services.
  3. Experience:  Volunteering is a great way to gain experience if you are a new attorney or a great way to venture into a new practice area if you’re an established attorney looking to grow. If you are an experienced attorney, or if you need a few pointers on how to get started, ask us about our Mentor/Mentee program.
  4. Recognition and Visibility in the Community:  Mid-Shore Pro Bono partners with a wide variety of other non-profit organizations and is recognized across the Eastern Shore as a leader in providing legal services to the financially underprivileged.
  5. Variety of Ways to Volunteer:  Attorneys can choose to represent a client, volunteer at one of our many legal clinics, or do case review and give brief advice over the phone. 
  6. Networking Opportunities:  Meet and work with people in the legal community including Judges, other attorneys, government officials, and various state agencies. 
  7. Customized Annual Pro Bono Hours ReportLet Mid-Shore Pro Bono keep track of your pro bono hours.  MSPB keeps track of all the hours each attorney works through our program and provides individual reports at the end of the year.
  8. Judicare Program:  Reduced Fee Program whereby attorneys can earn $80/hr for qualified family law cases. 
  9. Legal Updates:  Let Mid-Shore keep you updated on changes to the law by taking part in one of our attorney panels or by signing up for our email blasts. 
  10. Access to the Pro Bono Resource Center resources:  Free or reduced fee training opportunities in a wide variety of practice areas.  PBRC also provides reimbursement of certain fees through their Litigation Fund for Pro Bono cases taken through MSPB.

 

Join Our Network!

MSPB Volunteer Attorneys:

 

Tasnima Apol                                     Meredith Girard                               Luanne McKenna

Charles Athey                                    Anne K. Goodman                           Ed Modell

Michelle Barnes                                Lee Gordon                                        Mitch Mowell

Teri Belcher                                        Austin Graham                                  Brendan Mullaney

LMDD Biggs                                        Jesse B. Hammock                           Marla Owczarek

Curtis H. Booth                                  Robin K. Henley                                Patrick Palmer

James Bragdon                                  Allison B. Hicks                                  Walter B. Palmer

Steven Brown                                    Derek Hills                                           Matthew Penick

Holland Brownley                            Brian Hoffman                                  Jimmy Persels

Karen Burke                                       Peter Holland                                     Richard S. Phillips

Jane A. Canter                                   William C. Hollis                                Eric Sean Poltrack

Jodi Cavanaugh                                 Sharon C. Jennings                          Pamela Reynolds

Kristin Cawood                                  Chris W. Jennings                             Crystal S. Richard

William Chapman                            Barbara Jorgenson                          James Richardson

Geoffrey Cooke                                Christine Joyce                                  Sharon Ritter Beall

Peter R. Cotter                                  Kevin Joyce                                         Christopher Robinson

Nina Crist                                             Maureen Keogh                                Daniel D. Rosendale

Philip Cronan                                     C. Lynn Knight                                   Andie Ross

Michael Crowson                             Alexis E. Kramer                                   Gordana Schifanelli

Marianne Dise                                   Kellie Lego                                          S. Craig Sewell

Vincent Dongarra                             Jessica Marine                                   Judith Showalter

Christy DuFour                                  A. Elizabeth Maumenee                 Rebecca Taylor

Pamela Duke-Olinik                         Grant S. Mayhew                             Richard Tettelbaum

John East                                             Susan Mays                                        Jane Tolar

Patrick Fitzgerald                              Jeffrey Markowicz                           Jennifer W. Treff

Garrett Fitzgerald                             Cynthia McCann                               Susan Trimble

Amanda Forester-Cannon            Kathleen D. McCann                       Basil Wadkovsky

David Gifford                                     Christopher McGrady                     James T. Worm

 

DID YOU KNOW??

Out of State Attorneys Welcome

Attorneys not licensed to practice in Maryland but licensed in other states may now volunteer their services at Mid-Shore Pro Bono.  A recent rule change regarding admission to the Maryland Bar allows these attorneys to represent clients through legal service organizations in Maryland as long as they receive no compensation for their time.  Attorneys may contact Mid-Shore Pro Bono for more information on the certification process.

Training Opportunities

Attorneys who volunteer for Pro Bono work through Mid-Shore Pro Bono are eligible for free or reduced fee training. This is made possible through our partnership with Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.

NEW Training Opportunities!  


 

 



 

Volunteer Documents

Visit the Documents Page for commonly used volunteer forms.

On-Line Training

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC) offers free and reduced fee on-line training classes in. For more information or to register, contact PBRC at (410) 837-9379; (800) 396-1274 or visit www.probonomd.org.

Foreclosure Prevention Pro Bono Project
  • The New Foreclosure Prevention 101: A Beginner’s Guide
  • Pro Bono Attorney Foreclosure Mediation Training
  • President Obama’s Making Home Affordable Plan

Consumer Bankruptcy Pro Bono Project
Training available through Pro Bono Resource Center. Training is on-line, you must first register with Pro Bono Resource Center.
Criminal Records Expungement Pro Bono Project
Attorneys can receive the above Criminal Record Expungement training via webcast.
Veteran's Benefits Pro Bono Project
Through the project, volunteer lawyers assist Maryland veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness file and defend claims for service-connected disability benefits to which they are entitled and that are vital for their daily existence.
 

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