This is a draft of a forthcoming article in the Maryland Bar Journal. Dave Pantzer* This article briefly explores (a) logistical challenges encountered by legal services providers during the COVID-19 pandemic; (b) technological challenges frequently experienced by low-income clients; and (c) the pros and cons, from these clients’ perspective, of remote court hearings.  It includes…

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Questions remain to be answered! It’s been two years since Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC) launched the Maryland.FreeLegalAnswers.org website (“MFLA”).  The site allows low-income Marylanders to log in and ask civil legal questions to a volunteer attorney at no cost. How it works Interested attorneys can sign up to review client questions, with…

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[av_two_third first] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” custom_class=”] The training will cover: Initial determinations of upgrade eligibility Essentials of discharge review Basics of separation proceedings Importance of discharge upgrades in obtaining military benefits By accessing this webcast, you are confirming your agreement to accept one pro bono Military Discharge Upgrade case with Homeless Persons Representation Project…

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[av_two_third first] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] The training will cover: U visa applications for victims of violent crimes T visa applications for victims of Human Trafficking (Sex and Labor) Client counseling/interviewing skills Tips on how to work with survivors of violence By accessing this webcast, you are confirming your agreement to accept one pro bono case…

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[av_two_third first] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] The webcast training will cover: Client intake and assessing which chapter to file Preparing & filing the petition; preparing client for creditors’ meeting Exemptions, Reaffirmation Agreements, and post-filing litigation issues Practical Tips from the Bench Attendees must submit a $25 non-refundable admission fee and agree to accept at least…

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[av_two_third first] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] 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…

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[av_two_third first] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] Topics covered: Grounds for divorce in Maryland Navigating the client interview Translating the interview into a complaint The discovery phase Custody, alimony, marital property, attorney’s fees, and more By accessing the webcast, you are confirming that you are a barred Maryland attorney and agreeing to take at least one…

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[av_two_third first] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] Topics covered: Drafting simple wills Drafting advanced medical directives Drafting financial statutory powers of attorney Ethical considerations Assessing client competency By accessing this webcast, you are confirming your agreement to assist 2 Senior Legal Services clients with simple estate plans (1-3 documents each) pro bono within one year of…

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[av_two_third first] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] Topics covered: Maryland expungement law Working with homeless & low-income clients Taking a pro bono case with HPRP Updates in expungement law Top 10 expungement law mistakes & how to avoid them Advanced case search tips This updated training is required for existing volunteers who wish to continue to…

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[av_two_third first] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=”] The webcast training will cover: Laws that drive special education How a child becomes eligible How an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is developed How an IEP meeting should operate What to do when a school says no: mechanisms for resolving disputes Advocating for a client who has been suspended…

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