The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc.., (PBRC) is the statewide coordinator of volunteer legal services. Our mission is to promote equal access to justice in Maryland by coordinating and supporting volunteer civil legal services, providing resources and support for legal advocates for the poor, and promoting cooperation within the legal community.

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The Consumer Protection Project is a partnership of Allegany Law Foundation, Community Legal Services of Prince Georges County, Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Montgomery County Bar Foundation, and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.

These FREE training programs are available to attorneys willing to volunteer to provide pro bono legal service to consumers in debt buyer cases through brief advice clinics and/or direct representation.  Participating attorneys must be in good standing and licensed to practice law in Maryland.  Attorneys registering for either of these trainings will need to confirm in writing that they do not have any conflicts of interest and that they do not represent debt buyers.


Defending Debt Buyer Lawsuits: Emerging Trial Tactics
Offered on June 24, 2014


Training Will Cover:

– Affidavit judgment lawsuits
– District Court trial procedure
– Common claims, defenses, and arguments in debt collection and debt buyer litigation
– Negotiation strategies
– Affirmative claims under state and federal consumer laws
– Mock trial exercise 

Participating attorneys must agree to one of the following pro bono options to be completed within one year of the training:
1) represent 2 consumer clients pro bono in debt buyer litigation; OR
2) represent 1 consumer client pro bono in debt buyer litigation and give brief legal advice at 2 clinics hosted by the Consumer Protection Project.

Malpractice insurance, access to mentors, email listserv membership and more will be available to attorneys taking pro bono cases.

Participating law students must agree to participate in 2 brief advice clinics hosted by the Consumer Protection Project.

For more information about the Consumer Protection Project, contact Nicole K. McConlogue, Esq., Consumer Protection Project Manager, at 410-837-9379 ext. 3054, 1-800-396-1274 ext. 3054, or

Other Resources

1.       New Form, DC/CV 106, Assigned Consumer Debt Complaint effective January 1, 2012

2.       District Court MOTION Form

3.       District Court REQUEST Form

4.       District Court Request for Attorney Code

5.       District Court Motion to Seal Record (i.e. illegally disclosed social security number)

6.       Certificate of Service 

7.       Request for Postponement

8.       Complaint

9.       Notice of Dismissal

10.   Motion for Order Declaring Judgment Satisfied

11.   Motion for Release of Garnishment

12.   Appeal and Request for Transcript

13.   Assignment of Judgment

14.   District Court Fee Schedule

15.   Debtor’s Purgatory


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