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:
- Malpractice Insurance: Work done under the umbrella of MSPB services is covered by our Malpractice Insurance.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Networking Opportunities: Meet and work with people in the legal community including Judges, other attorneys, government officials, and various state agencies.
- Customized Annual Pro Bono Hours Report: Let 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.
- Judicare Program: Reduced Fee Program whereby attorneys can earn $80/hr for qualified family law cases.
- 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.
- 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.