Professional Skills Academy

Developing Maryland's next generation of pro bono leaders

"Words can't express how grateful I am for all the opportunities you have opened for me." -- a 2020 Academy graduate

What is the PBRC Academy?

The Professional Skills Academy is a one-year, cohort-based program of training, mentoring, and service for newer lawyer (Fellows) that will:

  • enhance the Fellows' lawyering skills;
  • develop in the Fellows the habit of thoughtfully choosing and carrying out pro bono service; and
  • introduce the Fellows to mentors and colleagues who can help them grow.
2020-2021 Schedule
Why the Academy?
Fellowship Details
Reflections from Academy Fellows...
Become a Mentor
Academy Sponsors

Why Apply?

Mentorship You will receive ongoing access to “practice mentors” from PBRC’s staff; instruction from experienced litigators; and an opportunity to connect with senior litigators and judges, both individually and in a group setting.

Mentorship

You will receive ongoing access to “practice mentors” from PBRC’s staff; instruction from experienced litigators; and an opportunity to connect with senior litigators and judges, both individually and in a group setting.
Relationship Building You will work with a cohort of other volunteers who desire to serve their community; build practice skills; and develop their leadership in the pro bono community.

Relationship Building

You will work with a cohort of other volunteers who desire to serve their community; build practice skills; and develop their leadership in the pro bono community. 

Professional Development The Academy provides a path to leadership within the Maryland pro bono community. At the end of the program, you will meet with a PBRC staff attorney to explore “next steps” for learning and service tailored to your interests, as well as opportunities to help newer lawyers on this journey.

Professional Development

The Academy provides a path to leadership within the Maryland pro bono community.  At the end of the program, you will meet with a PBRC staff attorney to explore “next steps” for learning and service tailored to your interests, as well as opportunities to help newer lawyers on this journey.

Meet your Obligation The Maryland Rules provide that full-time attorneys “should aspire to render at least 50 hours per year of pro bono publico legal service.” However this is not easy, and attorneys (new or experienced) are not likely to “fall into” success without a plan.

Meet your Obligation

The Maryland Rules provide that full-time lawyers “should aspire to render at least 50 hours per year of pro bono publico legal service.” However this is not easy, and lawyers (new or experienced) are not likely to “fall into” success without a plan.

For questions contact Dave Pantzer, Director of Education (dpantzer@probonomd.org).

Sponsors of the 2020-2021 Professional Skills Academy:

Bar Association Insurance Trust