INTERESTED IN SHORT-TERM PRO BONO?
The Tenant Volunteer Lawyer of the Day Program Needs YOUR help!
Baltimore City tenants appearing in Rent Court are almost always unrepresented, unfamiliar with court procedures, and unaware of available defenses. Even when they have a clear defense or face unsafe conditions like rodent infestations, leaks, or mold, tenants need help to successfully navigate Rent Court and exercise their rights. Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC) is now recruiting volunteer attorneys to provide limited scope, day-of-court pro bono representation to Baltimore City tenants being sued for nonpayment of rent.
WHO: MARYLAND VOLUNTEER ATTORNEYS. Interested attorneys not barred in Maryland must become specially authorized to practice pro bono in the Tenant Volunteer Lawyer of the Day Program (contact Annie Speedie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information). This project is SUITABLE FOR NEWLY ADMITTED attorneys and those seeking civil litigation practice.
WHAT: Volunteer attorneys will counsel tenants summoned to court that day on topics including court procedures, available defenses, the eviction timeline, rent escrow, and rent abatement. After brief one-on-one consultations, volunteer attorneys will appear with tenants at their hearings. As appropriate, volunteer attorneys may assist tenants in negotiations with their landlords or their representatives. They may also provide follow up advice regarding rent escrow and requesting a housing inspection. Volunteer attorneys will only provide limited scope, day-of-court services; they will not provide continuing legal representation. FREE training, malpractice insurance coverage, mentoring, and support are provided to all Project volunteers.
WHEN & WHERE:
BALTIMORE CITY DISTRICT COURT
The Project will operate on the morning dockets Tuesday through Friday. In exchange for the free training, attorneys must commit to volunteer on three Project dates within one year of registering.
This Project is supported by a grant from the Maryland Judiciary’s Access to Justice Department.