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Mid-Shore Pro Bono announces new internship program

December 17, 2021

Mid-Shore Pro Bono announced a new Sandy Brown Public Interest Internship at a Dec. 2 reception to honor Brown, who is stepping down at the end of December after serving for 13 years as the legal assistance network’s Executive Director. Current Mid-Shore Pro Bono Managing Attorney Meredith Lathbury Girard will begin as Executive Director in January 2022.

The reception was hosted by the Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s Board of Directors and held at the Tidewater Inn’s pavilion with current and past board members, funders, partners, volunteer attorneys, internship alumni, and others in attendance.

MSPB Board of Directors President Tim Abeska, Esq. made welcoming remarks before announcing event speakers, including the Hon. Karen Jensen, retired Caroline County Circuit Court judge; Jim Richardson, Esq.; the Hon. Heather Price, Caroline County District Court judge; Mid-Shore Pro Bono Board Member Stephanie Shipley, Esq.; and Maryland State Senator Adelaide Eckardt, who presented proclamations from Maryland’s Senate and Delegation. Abeska also recognized event sponsor support from Parker Counts; The Law Offices of Andie Ross, Esq.; Bay Imprint; Ewing Dietz, Fountain & Kaludis, P.A.; Laser Letters; and numerous board members.

The program concluded with Girard making remarks, which included recognizing internship funding support from the Rural Maryland Council and announcing Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s first paid intern would begin work in the Salisbury office starting in January 2022.

“It’s been a privilege and an honor to serve with Sandy Brown,” said Abeska. “We feel this is a great way to honor her for her passion for public interest and helping students rise in their professional careers.”

Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s Sandy Brown Public Interest Internship will provide undergraduate and law school students with a stipend while learning in the areas of public interest law, non-profit management, community service, and basic work experience. Mid-Shore Pro Bono has had more than 32 unpaid student interns from law schools and colleges in the past.

“Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s previous unpaid interns have gained valuable, real-world legal experience serving our clients in need, and now we want to expand the reach of our intern program,” said Girard. “The Sandy Brown Public Interest Internship will support stipends that recognize the value of intern contributions, defray intern expenses, and attract diversity in student participation.”

Girard says the nonprofit is uniquely positioned to expose students who are interested in the practice of law, social work, and public interest work through hands-on experiences working with rural, underserved, populations lacking the same resources as urban areas.

“I am honored to have this paid internship program carry my name,” said Brown. “And I’m touched by the level of support the program already has from the community.

“This program will engage law students in a wide range of legal-related experiences in a high quality and well-supervised professional setting. And undergraduate students interested in law, justice, and criminal justice as well as other civic-minded careers will be exposed to hands-on experience in these areas as well.”

Girard says interns will participate in educationally valuable activities including conducting client screenings and intakes; assisting with case preparation and case management; case research; shadowing volunteer attorneys; and drafting legal documents and petitions.

Girard says the program’s initial goal is to raise $35,000 to support 10 internships. She said all pledges made at the event would directly support student internships.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono was established in 2005 by local judges and lawyers to create a local agency dedicated to helping the Mid-Shore’s residents obtain access to legal assistance. Now Mid-Shore Pro Bono serves residents of the Eastern Shore with offices in Easton, Chestertown, and Salisbury, and a mission to ensure equal access to legal assistance in local communities. More information and online donations to the internship fund are at midshoreprobono.org.

Mid-Shore Pro Bono Board of Directors President Tim Abesko, Esq. addresses guests
Mid-Shore Pro Bono Board of Directors President Tim Abesko, Esq. addresses guests at the Tidewater Inn’s pavilion during a Dec. 2 reception honoring outgoing Executive Director Sandy Brown. The nonprofit legal assistance network announced a new Sandy Brown Public Interest Internship at the event, with funding support from the Maryland Rural Council.
From left: Mid-Shore Pro Bono Board Member Ruth Thomas, Alumnus Board Member Childlene Brooks, and current Board President Tim Abeska, Esq.
From left: Mid-Shore Pro Bono Board Member Ruth Thomas, Alumnus Board Member Childlene Brooks, and current Board President Tim Abeska, Esq. Mid-Shore Pro Bono announced a new Sandy Brown Public Interest Internship at a Dec. 2 reception to honor Brown, who is stepping down at the end of December after serving for 13 years as the legal assistance network’s Executive Director.
Mid-Shore Pro Bono staff members Mandy Caulk and Alicia Myers greet guests
From left: Mid-Shore Pro Bono staff members Mandy Caulk and Alicia Myers greet guests at the Tidewater Inn for a reception honoring outgoing Executive Director Sandy Brown. The event was attended by current and past board members, funders, partners, volunteer attorneys, internship alumni, among others.
Maryland State Senator Adelaide Eckardt makes remarks about Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director Sandy Brown
Maryland State Senator Adelaide Eckardt makes remarks about Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director Sandy Brown at a Dec. 2 reception held at the Tidewater Inn. MSPB Board of Directors President Tim Abeska, Esq. made welcoming remarks before announcing event speakers, including the Hon. Karen Jensen, retired Caroline County Circuit Court judge; Jim Richardson, Esq.; the Hon. Heather Price, Caroline County District Court judge; and Mid-Shore Pro Bono Board Member Stephanie Shipley, Esq.
Linda and Mike Starling, MSPB Board Member
Linda and Mike Starling, MSPB Board Member, enjoy the Dec. 2 reception held at the Tidewater Inn in honor of Sandy Brown. The event’s sponsors included Parker Counts; The Law Offices of Andie Ross, Esq.; Bay Imprint; Ewing Dietz, Fountain & Kaludis, P.A.; Laser Letters; and numerous board members.
Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director Sandy Brown blows a kiss to the camera
Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director Sandy Brown blows a kiss to the camera at the Dec. 2 reception in honor of her 13 years of service leading the organization. Brown is stepping down at the end of December. Mid-Shore Pro Bono Managing Attorney Meredith Lathbury Girard will begin as Executive Director in January 2022.
Tim Abeska, Esq., left, shakes hands with Maryland Del. Johnny Mautz
Mid-Shore Pro Bono Board of Directors President Tim Abeska, Esq., left, shakes hands with Maryland Del. Johnny Mautz, as MSPB incoming Executive Director Meredith Lansbury Girard makes introductions at a Dec. 2 reception where a new Sandy Brown Public Interest Internship was announced to honor Brown, who is stepping down at the end of December after serving for 13 years as the legal assistance network’s Executive Director.
From left: Incoming Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director Meredith Lansbury Girard, Esq., Maryland State Delegate Johnny Mautz, MSPB Executive Director Sandy Brown, and MSPB Board of Directors President Tim Abeska, Esq.
From left: Incoming Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director Meredith Lansbury Girard, Esq., Maryland State Delegate Johnny Mautz, MSPB Executive Director Sandy Brown, and MSPB Board of Directors President Tim Abeska, Esq. at the Dec. 2 reception held at the Tidewater Inn to honor Brown’s 13 years of service. Del. Mautz presented Brown with a proclamation from the delegation in recognition of her service.
MSPB Executive Director Sandy Brown makes remarks
MSPB Executive Director Sandy Brown makes remarks at the Dec. 2 reception to honor her dedication leading the organization over the last 13 years. Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s new Sandy Brown Public Interest Internship will provide undergraduate and law school students with a stipend while learning in the areas of public interest law, non-profit management, community service, and basic work experience. Mid-Shore Pro Bono has had more than 32 unpaid student interns from law schools and colleges in the past.