Linda Ham joined PBRC in 2019 and serves as the Staff Attorney for the Courtroom Advocacy Project (CAP). Linda is responsible for coordinating PBRC’s limited-scope courthouse-based pro bono clinics for consumers and tenants in addition to recruiting and mentoring CAP volunteers.
Where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Baltimore, hon! My parents are from Korea, so I am first generation Korean-American.
What brought you to Maryland/Baltimore?
I was never able to leave. I’m a hometown girl.
Where did you go to school and what was your major/focus?
I went to the University of Maryland at College Park, where I graduated with an elementary education degree. (I used to teach middle school!) I went to University of Baltimore for law school.
What are your interests/hobbies?
I love hiking, camping, live music, going to concerts – I’ve probably been to over 500+ concerts in my lifetime.
How did you connect with PBRC?
I followed PBRC on Facebook and saw a job posting. My heart has always been in public interest so I jumped at the chance to get my foot in the door.
What were you doing prior to working here?
I was working as in-house counsel for an insurance company. I have been doing litigation for 10+ years. Prior to that I worked on the Plaintiff’s side of personal injury at a downtown law firm. Before that, I served 2.5 years in AmeriCorps and before THAT, I taught middle school students.
What do you do at PBRC?
I am a staff attorney with the Courtroom Advocacy Program. My main role is coordinating the Tenant Volunteer Lawyer of the Day program in Baltimore City district court. I also assist with the Consumer Protection Project.
What is your proudest accomplishment?
Professional would be completing law school in three years while working full time! Non-professional would be raising two kids who are, so far, pretty okay humans.
What motivates you to do the work you do?
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” – Gandhi
It starts with me. I try to remember to practice kindness every day and reflect that in all aspects of my life.
What has been your most meaningful experience with PBRC?
I’ve been with PBRC for a little over a month and I have to say that each day has been meaningful. To make an immediate difference in someone’s life has had a tremendous impact on me.
What sets PBRC apart in your mind, OR what do you appreciate about the mission?
I appreciate the diversity of the programs and PBRC’s ability to identify such key areas. I really believe that the programs have broken stereotypes and afforded more opportunities to participants.
Tell us something random.
I have been in an axe throwing league for the past year and I love it! No one would suspect that I drive around with a trunk full of axes.