Volunteering in Rent Court:
Baltimore City and Baltimore County
- Recorded on September 24, 2021 -
View the training online anytime. You will be emailed the training link within 1 business day of registering.
Lawyers will learn how to represent tenants in rent court in both Baltimore City and Baltimore County, gaining the skills necessary to help stem the tide of evictions that is becoming an epidemic due in part to COVID-19 and the recent removal of tenant protections. With this training, lawyers will be qualified to participate in Tenant Volunteer Lawyer of the Day (TVLD) clinics, representing tenants in Failure to Pay Rent Actions, advising them about available defenses and helping to ensure that they stay housed.
Topics include how to:
- represent a client in the Failure to Pay Rent (FTPR) action;
- interview a client related to a rent court hearing; and
- recognize applicable defenses to a FTPR action.
Participating lawyers must be members in good standing of the Maryland Bar or become specially authorized to practice pro bono in Maryland, and must agree to volunteer at two (2) dockets at Baltimore City or Baltimore County District Court within 1 year from registration.
The TVLD Program is funded through a grant from the Administrative Office of the Court (“AOC”).