Maryland lawyers wishing to join the inaugural cohort of PBRC’s Professional Skills Academy this fall have about one more week to apply.

The one-year Academy (details and application at www.probonomd.org/academy) consists of a series of live and web-based legal trainings; a related series of hands-on legal service opportunities; and significant mentoring and peer interaction.

Experienced practitioners and retired judges will provide personal mentoring to the participating attorneys (the Fellows).  Fellows will also be able to build lasting relationships with like-minded peers through the program.  Training faculty and PBRC staff attorneys provide further layers of practical mentorship.  The program kick-off, sponsored by Goodell DeVries, will take place in Baltimore on the evening of August 29.

Attorneys learn about District Court at a PBRC training

The purposes of the Academy include developing in the Fellows the habit of thoughtfully choosing and carrying out pro bono service; enhancing the Fellows’ confidence and lawyering skills generally; and introducing the Fellows to mentors and colleagues who can help them develop as professionals.

Fellows receive topical training to prepare them for their pro bono service, as well as general litigation skills training.  PBRC started its litigation skills series a year ago as an added benefit to lawyers who make pro bono commitments through PBRC to any of Maryland’s recognized legal services program.

The training and service components of the Academy are already freely open to Maryland attorneys.  However, the Academy adds significant mentoring and peer relationships, as well as a roadmap toward a high level of pro bono service and leadership.

Attorneys are encouraged to apply online through Sunday, July 28.  To apply, visit www.probonomd.org/academy.

PBRC is the pro bono arm of the Maryland State Bar Association.  PBRC recruits and trains lawyers to provide pro bono service based on volunteer interests, and refers them to serve with Maryland’s legal services programs.  PBRC also runs several clinics focused on emerging areas of legal need, such as tenant representation, consumer advocacy, estate planning for seniors, or counsel on immigration matters.  These in-house projects allow PBRC to provide volunteers with deeper on-the-job training.