Training for Volunteer Lawyers

PBRC coordinates live and webcast training programs for volunteer lawyers in a variety of substantive law areas in exchange for a pro bono commitment.  Most courses are suitable for beginners.  Free and discounted slots for a selection of MSBA CLE courses are also available through PBRC.

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WEBCAST TRAININGS

PBRC records live trainings and offers them to volunteer lawyers as on-demand webcast trainings in exchange for a pro bono commitment. Courses are currently available in the subject areas listed below. In some subject areas, courses are available in basic and advanced levels or multiple courses exist. Click on a course title to register for or learn more about the course.

Consumer Bankruptcy
>     Nuts & Bolts of Consumer Bankruptcy: Fundamentals of Chapter 7
>     Bankruptcy & Foreclosure in Maryland
>     Bankruptcy Chapter 13 Basics: Navigating Foreclosure Issues in Bankruptcy

Consumer Protection/Debt Defense
>     Representing Consumers in District Court: Identifying Defenses and Affirmative Claims
>     Consumer Protection & Strategies in Debtor Advocacy
>     Civil Practice and Procedure in Maryland’s District Courts (webcast coming soon — REGISTER NOW)

Copyrights
>     Copyright & Art

Criminal Record Expungement
>     Criminal Record Expungement in Maryland (REGISTER NOW)
>     Volunteering at Criminal Record Expungement and Veterans Legal Clinics (Open to law students, paralegals, JDs, & other advocates.)

Elder Law
>     Estate Planning Basics for Low Income Seniors (REGISTER NOW)

Family Law
>     Family Law: Basics and Beyond (REGISTER NOW)

Foreclosure Prevention
>     Foreclosure and Loss Mitigation in a Post HAMP World
>     Foreclosure Prevention Basics: What You Need to Know to Assist Struggling Homeowners
>     A Practical Guide to Representing Homeowners at Foreclosure Mediation
>     The New CFPB Regulations on Mortgage Foreclosures and Loan Servicing

Immigration
>     How to Interview Undocumented Immigrants & Identify Immigration Defenses (Prepares attorneys barred in any state to volunteer at Project clinics.)
>     Custody, Guardianship, and Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (Prepares Maryland-barred attorneys for the family court portion of a Special Immigrant Juvenile Status case.)
>     Model Hearing with the Baltimore Immigration Court: Asylum and Bond Training (Supplements the Asylum Approved! training and provides insight on working in Baltimore immigration court.)
>     Asylum Approved! How to Represent Asylum-Seekers (Prepares attorneys barred in any state to take an Asylum case.)
>     Immigration Relief for Vulnerable Populations (VAWA) (Prepares attorneys barred in any state to take a VAWA case.)
>     Interpret for Pro Bono Legal Services (Teaches non-attorney Spanish-speakers to interpret for legal services.)

Landlord-Tenant Law
>     Advocating for Tenants in Baltimore City Rent Court (REGISTER NOW)
>     Civil Practice and Procedure in Maryland’s District Courts (webcast coming soon — REGISTER NOW)

LGBTQ Law
>     Name Change & Gender Identity Petitions: Representing Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Clients Effectively
>     LGBTQ Legal Issues-Family Law & Discrimination
>     Special Topics in LGBTQ Law

Medicaid
>     Medicaid Fair Hearings: Appealing Medicaid Service Denials

Nonprofit Law
>     Nonprofit Law
>     Bar Bad Bars: Protesting Liquor License Renewals

Property Law
>     Untangling Titles: Navigating Title Transfers, Deed Issues, and Estate Administration

Special Education Law
>     Special Education Law
>     Special Education Due Process Hearings (Register here and, when asked, choose to view the training via webcast.)

Tax Sale Prevention
>     (Attorney registration) Helping Homeowners Avoid Tax Sale and Tax Foreclosure in Baltimore City
>     (Housing Counselor registration) Helping Homeowners Avoid Tax Sale and Tax Foreclosure in Baltimore City
>     (Attorney registration)  Helping Homeowners Avoid Tax Sale and Tax Foreclosure in other counties in Maryland
>     (Housing Counselor registration) Helping Homeowners Avoid Tax Sale and Tax Foreclosure in other counties in Maryland

Veterans Assistance
>     Veterans Benefits 101
>     Representing Servicemembers in Discharge Upgrades
>     Serving MD’s Veterans: Common Civil Legal Issues & Volunteering for Maryland Legal Aid’s Joining Forces Project
>     Volunteering at Criminal Record Expungement and Veterans Legal Clinics (Open to law students, paralegals, JDs, & other advocates.)

Utility Bills
>     Utility Bills: Basic Training