Recent expansions of services and staff have Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s Salisbury office moving to a larger location beginning Nov. 1. The new offices are at 601-B Naylor Mill Rd. to accommodate expanded free legal services for housing and family law.
Since 2020, Mid-Shore Pro Bono shared offices with Wraparound Maryland at 1118 E. Main Street.
“We are grateful for our time working closely with the great people of Wraparound Maryland,” says Mid-Shore Pro Bono Senior Paralegal and Lower Shore Manager Juanita Sutton. “We will continue to be a part of the family and individual services Wraparound offers, with our new offices accommodating two new tenant counsel service staff members.”
The Salisbury expansion comes in part due to the new tenant counsel legal services recently announced by Mid-Shore Pro Bono, including two Equal Justice Works fellows. Tenant counsel services are part of Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s housing justice program and include access to in-court representation for MSPB clients.
“This is a huge step in providing free legal help for people who otherwise wouldn’t have representation,” says Mid-Shore Pro Bono Executive Director Meredith Lathbury-Girard, Esq. “Recent funding from Maryland Legal Services Corporation and Equal Justice Works has allowed for significant expansion of the legal assistance we can provide for tenants in all our offices, including in-court access to representation.”
Girard says Mid-Shore Pro Bono recently welcomed new attorney Bibi Barnes and case manager Elliett Earhart to the Salisbury office through the funding.
Laura Chafey, Esq., notes that “the number of clients contacting MSPB for legal help in the Lower Shore has doubled in the last year. MSPB is expanding its services to meet the tremendous unmet demand in Wicomico, Worcester, and Somerset counties.”
Staff and attorney volunteers of Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s Salisbury location also address other civil legal matters including legal assistance regarding wills, financial power of attorney, advance medical directives, bankruptcy, divorce, child custody and/or visitation, consumer debt/debt buyer, foreclosure, and landlord-tenant disputes.