PBRC Litigation Skills Series

LIVE skills and community-building series for volunteer lawyers

“I found the Lunch & Learn trainings relevant and helpful, and appreciated the level of engagement they provided, as well as the open question time where participants could ask questions about sensitive topics.” – Elaina Christmas, Esq., 2019-2020 Fellow, PBRC Professional Skills Academy.



Each meeting typically runs from noon to 3 pm on a Friday, and includes three components: a 50-minute skills training; a 50-minute exercise; and a 50-minute mentoring roundtable, where attendees can bring up litigation questions they’re currently facing (whether related to the presentation topic or not), and get input from the group. Experienced litigators will be present during the entire event.

Participation is open to lawyers who have already accepted a pro bono commitment through a PBRC training within the past 12 months OR who commit to answer at least three legal questions for low-income Marylanders, using the https://Maryland.FreeLegalAnswers.org website.  (Instructions will  be provided.) You can visit www.probonomd.org/training to accept a pro bono commitment through a PBRC training. Opportunities are statewide and through a myriad of legal services organizations.

The skills training portion of each event will be made available as an on-demand webcast recording.



View past Litigation Skills trainings online anytime.  You will be emailed the training link within 1 business day of registering.

Top Ten Tips for Pro Bono Practice in District Court
Recorded on: 
December 11, 2020 (View Flyer)
Speakers: Trevonne Walford, Esq., Kahn, Smith & Collins, P.A.; Melissa Chiasera, Esq. and Daria Zane, Esq., Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland 

Practical Protections for Remote Clients: Coercion, Confidentiality and Capacity
Recorded on:  September 25, 2020 (View Flyer)
Speakers: Professor Robert Rubinson, University of Baltimore School of Law; Jade McClary, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland

Developing & Using a Trial Notebook
Recorded on:  April 17, 2020 (View Flyer)
Speaker:  Jane Santoni, Esq., Santoni, Vocci & Ortega, LLC 
Event-specific sponsor: Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP

Prep & Direct a Witness
Recorded on:  February 7, 2020 (View Flyer)
Speaker:  Matt Paavola, Esq., Workers' Comp Law Firm, LLC
Event-specific sponsor: Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP

Avoiding Grievances & Other Pitfalls
Recorded on:  December 13, 2019 (View Flyer)
Speaker:  Richard J. Berwanger, Esq., Eccleston and Wolf, P.C.
Event-specific sponsor: Baltimore Bar Foundation and Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP

Witnesses & Exhibits in District Court
Recorded on:  September 20, 2019 (View Flyer)
Speaker:  Kat Hyland, Esq., The Hyland Law Firm
Event-specific sponsor: Baltimore Bar Foundation and Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP

Tips for the trial lawyer considering an appeal: Successfully noting an appeal for the trial court
Recorded on:  April 12, 2019 (View Flyer)
Speakers:  Lindsay Parvis & Anne E. Grover, Joseph Greenwald & Laake, P.A.
Event-specific sponsor: Joseph Greenwald & Laake, P.A.

Strategies for written discovery (interrogatories, requests for admission, requests for production of documents)
Recorded on:  
February 1, 2019 (View Flyer)
 Magistrate Keith J. Rosa, Montgomery County Circuit Court, & Michael Goecke, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.
Event-specific sponsor: Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.

Witnesses at trial: Prep, direct, and cross witnesses to establish the elements of your case
Recorded on: 
December 6, 2019 (View Flyer)
Hon. Ronald A. Karasic, Retired Judge from Baltimore City District Court, and Hon. William H. Jones, elected State’s Attorney, Dorchester County
Event-specific sponsor:
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr LLP

Tips for getting social media evidence admitted at trial
Recorded on: October 26, 2018 (View Flyer)
Professor Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore School of Law
Event-specific sponsor: Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP

Questions? Contact Kiah Pierre at kpierre@probonomd.org.