Ways You Can Help during the COVID-19 emergency
Remote Services & Hotlines
Provide limited-scope services or brief advice directly to clients from your home or office
PBRC’s Maryland Immigrant Legal Assistance Project (MILAP):
Every Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, MILAP needs 3 volunteer attorneys to give legal advice to immigrants in removal proceedings. Volunteers can participate in these clinics from the safety and comfort of their own homes using WhatsApp videoconferencing technology on their cellphones. Training, mentorship, malpractice insurance, and interpreters provided.
Information for immigrants who need help can be found here.
PBRC’s Home Preservation Project (HPP):
We are currently offering remote legal consultations through our Estate Planning Project, for which attorneys can train and volunteer. Volunteer attorneys sign up for two-hour shifts to provide up to two clients per shift with guidance completing an advance medical directive and a financial power of attorney. Document templates are provided to the clients ahead of time for clients to complete themselves during the consultation, while receiving the counsel of the volunteer attorney. Clients will then be responsible for executing the documents themselves.
If you would like to volunteer, contact Allison Harris at 443-703-3050 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryland.FreeLegalAnswers.org (Pro bono – anywhere, anytime)
Remotely review and answer brief legal questions for low-income Marylanders as part of this ABA-sponsored initiative. Malpractice insurance provided.
Check out the site: Maryland.FreeLegalAnswers.org
Mid–Shore Pro Bono
Mid–Shore Pro Bono is currently accepting calls for civil legal assistance, especially older people in need of end of life planning documents, including a medical health directive, will, and power of attorney. We need volunteer attorneys to provide remote legal assistance including counseling calls and document preparation. To volunteer, please e-mail Meredith Lathbury Girard, Esq., Managing Attorney at: email@example.com.
Maryland Center for Legal Assistance (MCLA)
Volunteers are needed in multiple subject areas, including family law, landlord-tenant, debt collection, peace and protective orders, expungement, and foreclosure. You can assist unrepresented individuals by providing online live chat legal help from the comfort of your office or home! Training on MCLA’s online live chat legal services will take place via webinar. Please complete the pro bono interest survey here: https://mdcla.org/probono/. For more information, contact Risheena Schwemle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Senior Legal Services – Bar Association of Baltimore City
SLS is seeking volunteer attorneys to advise clients on a variety of consumer debt and bankruptcy issues. During this time of financial uncertainty, many seniors are unable to make ends meet. They need your legal advice about issues like: having a judgment entered against them, defending against harassing collections efforts, negotiating a settlement with their creditors, considering bankruptcy, and more. Interested attorneys can contact Jacqueline A. Jones at 410-396-5605 and/or email@example.com.
Women’s Law Center of Maryland Employment Law Hotline
The Women’s Law Center of Maryland operates an Employment Law Hotline every Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 am to 1 pm, and on the first Thursday of every month, from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. We are seeking more volunteers on the hotline, hoping you will take 2-4 shifts a year. Volunteers need some experience in employment law, so you can screen the calls effectively. The shift can be done from your office (or anywhere with a phone). You are eligible to receive referrals of cases that come in through the hotline, if desired. For more information, call Mary Keating at (410) 532-8900 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CHANA, A program of the Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore is looking for volunteers to provide consultations to domestic violence, sexual abuse and elder abuse clients in the areas of family, tax, employment, bankruptcy, guardianship law. Representation is appreciated once the courts open and/or start holding remote hearings. Attorneys with experience working with victims and survivors of trauma preferred. If interested, please contact Alicia Bickoff at email@example.com.
Organizations Placing Cases
These organizations are still placing cases, and still need volunteers now
Calvert, Charles & St. Mary’s Counties: PO Rep Rush When Courts Reopen!
Southern Md Center for Family Advocacy is creating a list of attorneys who can help out in the initial rush for Protective/Peace Order representation (in domestic violence cases) when the courts reopen, presumably in early June. Please contact Laura Joyce at (240) 925-8484 or LauraJoyce.firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Represent Domestic Violence Victims at Protective Order Hearings in Montgomery County through DVS Legal Services
DVS Legal Services is looking for volunteers to represent victims of domestic violence in protective order hearings once the courts open and/or start holding remote hearings. DVS will provide insurance for the cases and some mentoring. Experience with these types of cases is preferred. If interested, please contact Amy Palumbo at email@example.com
Community Legal Services of PG County – Assist with Peace and Protective Orders
CLS is looking for volunteers to represent clients once courts open and/or start holding remote hearings. CLS will provide insurance and mentoring on the cases. If interested, please contact Catrina Aquilino at firstname.lastname@example.org .
House of Ruth
House of Ruth is looking for experienced family law attorneys who have handled protective cases before to represent clients when the courts reopen. House of Ruth will provide malpractice insurance. If interested, please contact Deena Hausner at email@example.com.
TurnAround, Inc. is looking for experienced family law and civil attorneys who can assist with protective orders, divorce/custody, landlord/tenant and employment matters. TurnAround provides comprehensive services to survivors of sexual violence, domestic violence and human trafficking. TurnAround is unable to provide malpractice insurance. If interested, please contact please contact Amanda Rodriguez at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Law Center – Corporate Pro Bono Opportunity
Community Law Center provides legal services to communities and nonprofit organizations throughout Maryland to promote stronger nonprofits and more vibrant neighborhoods. Our Pro Bono Program matches volunteer attorneys with nonprofits seeking assistance on legal matters To learn more, contact Shana Roth-Gormley at email@example.com or 410-366-0922 x 118.
Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) In-Person or Telephonic Volunteer Spanish-English Interpreter/Translator
KIND’s Baltimore field office is seeking volunteer bilingual Spanish/English interpreters and translators to assist pro bono attorneys in providing legal representation to unaccompanied children. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Daniela Powers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
MVLS offers mentorship, malpractice insurance, and trainings. Take on a full representation case, provide help through a legal clinic, or accept a reduced fee family law case through Judicare. Learn new areas of law, meet leaders in the field, and gain valuable courtroom experience while making a difference. MVLS clients need the legal help you can provide to win their struggles against instability and poverty. Find out more and sign up today at http://mvlslaw.org/apply-volunteer-lawyer/.
Montgomery County Bar Foundation
Help low income Marylanders with the Montgomery County Bar Foundation. To access information pertaining to the Pro Bono Program: https://www.barmont.org/general/custom.asp?page=116. You can direct any questions to Deborah Mantilla Craven, Pro Bono Program Coordinator, at Debbie@mcbfprobono.org or 301.762.5831.
Opportunities to provide legal assistance to nonprofit organizations
Community Law Center – Advise nonprofit organizations on COVID-19 related issues
Community Law Center is receiving requests from nonprofits for assistance with applying for federal and state aid due to coronavirus (e.g. U.S. Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Assistance Application). Please let us know if you may be able to advise clients on these issues, for brief legal advice and/or representation.
To learn more, contact Shana Roth-Gormley at ShanaR@communitylaw.org or 443-595-7576.
Interpret for PBRC’s Maryland Immigrant Legal Assistance Project (MILAP):
Every Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, MILAP needs interpreters to assist volunteer attorneys giving legal advice to immigrants in removal proceedings. Volunteers can participate in these clinics from the safety and comfort of their own homes using WhatsApp videoconferencing technology on their cellphones.