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:
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
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.