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Pro Bono Profile:
Honoring Long-Term Pro Bono Service
By Lisa Muscara

Francis J. Gorman

Francis J. Gorman

“A skilled attorney, dedicated to making legal services available to low-income persons and ever-available to those who dedicate themselves to providing those services. In short, he truly cares.” A poignant description of Francis J. Gorman, recipient of this year’s Lee A. Caplan Maryland Pro Bono Service Award. Gorman and seven other 2005 Maryland Pro Bono Service Award recipients were honored on June 18 at the MSBA Annual Meeting in Ocean City, Maryland.

The Lee A. Caplan Award – one of the Maryland Pro Bono Service Awards, sponsored by the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC) – is presented to a solo or small firm practitioner who has demonstrated long-term commitment through extensive pro bono service over many years. Francis J. Gorman fits this description to a “T”.

Gorman has developed an impressive professional background. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and the Georgetown University Law Center. In 1995, he co-founded the Baltimore-based firm Gorman & Williams. His practice includes litigation, arbitration and mediation of business and insurance matters, including professional liability and responsibility matters and jury and non-jury trial of patent, copyright and trademark infringement cases. Gorman is a past chairman of the Intellectual Property Subcommittee of the Maryland State Bar Association. He serves in various community and professional groups, including the Advisory Committee of St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center. He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is admitted to practice before the bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia. He is also a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Gorman’s history with pro bono service is equally impressive and has been demonstrated on numerous levels. He has been actively involved with St. Ambrose Legal Services (SALS) Advisory Committee since its inception in 1988. SALS provides legal counseling and direct legal representation to low- and moderate-income clients who have been victimized by predatory real estate practices. SALS also helps clients enforce land installment sales contracts and resist fraudulent re-financing and home improvement scams. Gorman’s service to SALS permeates the organization. He has not only participated as a faithful member of SALS Advisory Committee but has also served as an impressive advocate for the organization’s low-income clients, serving as co-counsel in class action, multi-plaintiff and individual cases. His involvement in these pro bono matters has impacted the lives of hundreds of clients.

Gorman’s commitment to equal access to justice extends beyond his service to SALS. He serves as a member of the adjunct faculty at the University of Baltimore School of Law, and through teaching, seminars, lectures and other educational activities, shares not only his own expertise with the community but also engages lawyers from his firm as well as other colleagues. For his long-term service to SALS and to the legal services community at large, Francis J. Gorman is a truly deserving recipient of the 2005 Lee A. Caplan Maryland Pro Bono Service Award. PBRC extends our congratulations and thanks to Mr. Gorman for his many years of dedicated service.

Lisa Muscara is Director of Volunteer Services for the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.

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