Tyler Pollock joined PBRC in December 2021 as a Paralegal for the Courtroom Advocacy Project (CAP). Tyler helps with the Tenant Volunteer Lawyer of the Day Program as well as the Consumer Protection Program by assisting clients with questions and paperwork, supporting and volunteers, as well as organizing client data.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up around the Columbia, MD area.
What brought you to Maryland/Baltimore?
My wife and I have wanted to be in the city for a while, and Baltimore has always been involved in our lives in some way or another.
Where did you go to school and what was your major/focus?
I graduated from UMBC with an English Literature major and Political Science Minor.
What are your interests/hobbies?
I am interested in a lot of computer and technology fields as well as trivia and hidden facts to share.
How did get involved with PBRC?
My classmate, Thomas Azari, helped me find PBRC and is the main reason I am here today.
What were you doing prior to working here?
I worked as an Administrative Assistant at the State’s Attorney’s Office.
What do you do at PBRC?
Being a paralegal, I help our clients get through some of the paperwork needed for our clinics as well as explain some of the concepts of what we do so they can be better prepared when speaking with the attorneys.
What is your proudest accomplishment? [Professional? Non-professional?]
During my time at UMBC, when I was on the Mock Trial team, my teammates and I were one of the 8 teams to make it out of our Regionals tournament bracket.
What is a quote that inspires you to do the work you do?
“Be Amazing Today” is a quote I learned from a summer camp I worked for years back, and it has always stuck with me. It fits into many different scenarios and concepts, and the follow up phrase of “Focus on the One Percent” calls for even more attention to detail.
What has been your most meaningful experience with PBRC?
My most meaningful experience isn’t just one moment, but whenever a “Thank you” is given after we finish a case for a client. I love to hear that someone has been helped with their case, and that the road ahead can be at least a little smoother with this taken care of.
What do you appreciate about PBRC's mission?
I appreciate how we focus on the people, and we take the time to listen and understand everything that’s going on. The values the PBRC holds are ones I agree with and am glad to be a part of in terms of acting through on them.
What message would you give to people thinking about volunteering with PBRC?
Volunteering gets you the closest you can be with people who might be having one of the worst days, and you can be the one to help guide and inform them of everything they can use to help. It’s one of the most personable ways to be in court and with people at the same time.