MSPB Awardees


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:


Tim Abeska                                  Meredith Girard                               Luanne McKenna

Tasnima  Apol                              Anne K. Goodman                           Ed Modell

Charles Athey                              Lee Gordon                                      Mitch Mowell

Michelle Barnes                            Austin Graham                                Brendan Mullaney

Teri Belcher                                  Jesse B. Hammock                          Marla Owczarek

LMDD Biggs                                Robin K. Henley                                Patrick Palmer

Curtis H. Booth                            Allison B. Hicks                                 Walter B. Palmer

James Bragdon                            Derek Hills                                         Matthew Penick

Steven Brown                               Brian Hoffman                                   Jimmy Persels

Holland Brownley                          Peter Holland                                    Richard S. Phillips

Karen Burke                                 William C. Hollis                                Eric Sean Poltrack

Jane A. Canter                             Sharon C. Jennings                          Pamela Reynolds

Jodi Cavanaugh                            Chris W. Jennings                             Crystal S. Richard

Kristin Cawood                              Barbara Jorgenson                             James Richardson

William Chapman                           Christine Joyce                                  Sharon Ritter Beall

Geoffrey Cooke                              Kevin Joyce                                       Christopher Robinson

Peter R. Cotter                               Maureen Keogh                                 Daniel D. Rosendale

Nina Crist                                      C. Lynn Knight                                   Andie Ross

Philip Cronan                                Alexis E. Kramer                                Gordana Schifanelli

Michael Crowson                          Kellie Lego                                         S. Craig Sewell

Marianne Dise                              Jessica Marine                                   Judith Showalter

 Vincent Dongarra                        A. Elizabeth Maumenee                     Rebecca Taylor

Christy DuFour                            Grant S. Mayhew                               Richard Tettelbaum

Pamela Duke-Olinik                      Susan Mays                                     Jane Tolar

John East                                     Jeffrey Markowicz                             Jennifer W. Treff

 Patrick Fitzgerald                         Cynthia McCann                               Susan Trimble

Garrett Fitzgerald                          Kathleen D. McCann                        Ray Veatch

Amanda Forester-Cannon            Christopher McGrady                        Basil Wadkovsky

 David Gifford                                                                                          James T. Worm



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

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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