The Litigation Fund, an annual grant funded by the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC), reimburses volunteer lawyers for many types of litigation expenses incurred during pro bono work such as process server fees, mileage, and postage and copying costs. It is available to volunteer lawyers handling pro bono and Judicare cases through MLSC-funded organizations. Because the Fund is a limited resource, there is no guarantee that requests will be approved, and reimbursements are based on the availability of funds and subject to review by PBRC.
How to Submit a Litigation Fund Request:
1. Review the Litigation Fund Policy.
2. Download and complete a request form.
3. Gather your supporting documentation.
4. Submit your request(s) and supporting documentation to PBRC via fax to 410-385-2616, email to email@example.com or regular mail to Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, ATTN: Litigation Fund, 520 W. Fayette Street, Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21201.
The Litigation Fund is currently processing requests for expenses incurred between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 only. All requests for expenses incurred during this period must be submitted to PBRC by July 15, 2018 to be considered for reimbursement.
Starting July 1, 2015, under Maryland Rule 1-325, indigent clients in an original action in a circuit court or the District Court will be entitled to an automatic waiver of prepaid costs (e.g., fee to file an initial complaint or a motion to reopen a case, a fee for entry of the appearance of an attorney, and any prepaid compensation, fee, or expense of a master, examiner, or family magistrate) if their attorney is representing them through an organization identified by the Maryland Legal Services Corporation under section (d) of the amended rule. Volunteers should review and follow 1-325 instead of requesting reimbursement from the Litigation Fund for prepaid costs like filing fees and appearance fees. Click here for details about the new fee waiver procedures.