WHAT WE DO
OVER 80% OF ALL PEOPLE WHO NEED CIVIL LEGAL HELP IN MARYLAND CANNOT AFFORD IT.
PBRC WORKS TO CLOSE THAT JUSTICE GAP.
PBRC coordinates live and online training programs for volunteer lawyers in a variety of substantive law areas in exchange for a pro bono commitment.
PBRC facilitates the incubation of new and innovative pro bono projects targeting the most acute legal needs of the community and engages volunteer lawyers in those efforts.
PBRC convenes conferences to strategize ways to enhance the pro bono delivery system, monitors Maryland rules and pro bono policies, and advocates for equal access to the justice system.
PBRC provides resources, support, and technical assistance to public interest legal advocates and promotes collaboration within the Maryland legal services community.
PBRC recognizes outstanding volunteer lawyers, firms and others for their dedication to the delivery of pro bono civil legal services to Maryland’s disadvantaged.
WHO WE ARE
PBRC is the only statewide non-profit clearinghouse for legal professionals dedicated to offering free civil legal help to the most vulnerable and disenfranchised members of our community. Our goal is to ensure that all Marylanders have equal access to the legal system regardless of their socio-economic condition. As the designated pro bono arm of the Maryland State Bar Association, we play a unique role as the support, training and advocacy center for pro bono activities. We build capacity within the bar and legal services community by providing technical assistance and support and promoting policies and practices which inspire a strong pro bono culture. We actively respond to acute legal needs by incubating innovative pro bono service projects and coordinating education and service-based learning opportunities that target specific problems or populations, impacting thousands statewide. Our ultimate mission is to open the doors of justice for all.
PBRC facilitates the incubation of new and innovative pro bono projects targeting the most acute legal needs of the community and engages volunteer lawyers in those efforts. Each has substantial training and mentoring components, provides volunteers with malpractice insurance, and involves a variety of service types. Please click below to learn more.