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March 2014

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What’s going on in Maryland with regard to the delivery of legal services? A lot!

Dates to Save

March newsletter from the Section on Delivery of Legal Services!

Have an idea for a story or announcement in a future newsletter? Email Dave.Pantzer@mdcourts.gov.

What’s going on in Maryland with regard to the delivery of legal services? A lot!

Right to Counsel in Maryland – Criminal:

The General Assembly is evaluating possible legislative solutions to the latest installment of the bail hearings saga, now titled “Clyburn v. Richmond.”  The Court of Appeals has made clear that it will not back away from its decision that the accused enjoy a Constitutional right to counsel at an initial bail hearing.  This decision was vigorously opposed by some in the political branches.  In an order dated March 11, 2014, however, the high court stayed the Baltimore City Circuit Court’s injunction (which required an immediate implementation of the right) until June 5, 2014, allowing the General Assembly time to propose a long–term fix for the state’s pretrial system.

Follow the topic here:  http://mdcourts.gov/coappeals/highlightedcases/index.html#richmond

Right to Counsel in Maryland – Civil:

Maryland’s Task Force to Study Implementing a Civil Right to Counsel in Maryland (which was established in October 2013 by the General Assembly of Maryland) will hold an open meeting on April 24, 2014.

The Task Force is presently studying a constellation of topics including whether low–income Marylanders should have the right to counsel at public expense in basic human needs cases, alternatives and implementation possibilities, as well as costs and resources. 

The Task Force is required to submit a report by October 1, 2014, and is staffed by the Maryland Access to Justice Commission.  The staff contact for the Task Force is Pamela Cardullo Ortiz, Esq., the Executive Director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission. 

Follow the topic here:  http://www.mdcourts.gov/mdatjc/taskforcecivilcounsel/index.html

Pro bono service, on YOUR terms!

According to the FY 2013 Annual Report of the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, 73% of the 154,205 cases closed by MLSC–funded legal services programs involved “brief advice, information, or referral.” 

What if there was a way to serve low– and moderate–income Marylanders and perform your hours of pro bono service without leaving your home or office? 

Online chat technology is already allowing attorneys to meet the brief advice needs of the public in a number of Maryland forums.  The Glen Burnie District Court Self–Help Center takes phone calls and chat requests statewide.  See the “Live Help” chat button on www.peoples–law.org.

Now the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) and the University of Maryland Carey School of Law are piloting a pro bono chat program through the JustAdvice® Clinic.  The JustAdvice® Clinic, which has long provided walk–in assistance to the public, now accepts chat requests during weekly clinics at the Baltimore City District Court.  See the chat link at http://justadviceclinic.org.

This technology suggests the possibility of attorneys offering pro bono brief advice from the comfort of their own offices.  Stay tuned for more details.

Dates to Save

March 27 – Join in on the “March Madness” at MVLS’ annual benefit!
When: Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 6pm–9pm
Where:  M&T Bank Stadium on the Southeast Club Level
http://www.mvlslaw.org/lawyers/events/benefit–2014/
Get your brackets ready!  Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service will host a “March Madness” themed benefit on Thursday, March 27, 2014 from 6pm–9pm at M&T Bank Stadium on the Southeast Club Level.  Attendees will watch the NCAA basketball games on multiple large screens, enjoy a sports fan menu of upscale stadium food, beer and wine, take a behind the–scenes tour of the stadium, play interactive basketball games, enjoy a photobooth with sports–themed props, and bid on sports memorabilia auction items.

March 27 (Register now!) – Introduction to Military Discharge Upgrades
When: 
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Where:  Maryland Bar Center, 520 W. Fayette St., Baltimore, MD 21201  
Co–sponsored by:  Homeless Persons Representation Project and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland

April 2 – MPILP's Annual Goods and Services Auction at the Westminster Hall
When:  April 2, 2014
Where:  Westminster Hall at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
http://www.law.umaryland.edu/students/life/orgs/mpilp/
The Maryland Public Interest Law Project, Inc. (MPILP) is a 501(c)(3) student–run organization which has for twenty years worked to increase awareness of and participation in public interest legal work.  The MPILP Annual Goods and Services Auction will be held on April 2, 2014, in Westminster Hall at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

April 4 (Register now!) – Nuts & Bolts of Consumer Bankruptcy: Fundamentals of Chapter 7
*NO PRIOR BANKRUPTCY EXPERIENCE REQUIRED!*
When:  Friday, April 4, 2014, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: Ecker Business Training Center, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
Sponsored by:  Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
Questions? Contact Kiah Pierre at 443.703.3046 or kpierre@probonomd.org

April 5 – U & T Visa Training and Labor Trafficking Community Workshop
When: Saturday, April 5, 2014, Training: 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM; Workshop: 11:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Where:  Patterson High School, 100 Kane St. Baltimore, MD 21224
Sponsored by: MSBA Leadership Academy Class 2013–2014, "MDAWALT – Maryland Attorneys Working Against Labor Trafficking" in partnership with CASA de Maryland, Catholic Charities of Baltimore, Esperanza Center, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Planet Depos, Tahirih Justice Center, & Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
To register or volunteer, please email Anthony Davis at msbaleadership@gmail.com

April 23–25 – Collaborative Law 
When:  April 23 – 25, 2014, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where:  The Judiciary Education and Conference Center, 2011 Commerce Park Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401
Co–sponsored by: Administrative Office of the Courts Department of Family Administration and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland

April 26 – Pro Bono Day: Free Legal Advice
When:  9 AM – noon
Where:  CCBC Randallstown Center
Baltimore County Bar Association, CCBC Legal Studies Program, Maryland Legal Aid, and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service host a free legal clinic at CCBC Randallstown Center from 9 a.m. to noon.  For more information, call 410–321–8860.
Types of issues include: Bankruptcy, Consumer, Divorce, Custody & Child Support, Expungements, Government Benefits, Landlord–Tenant, Veterans Issues & Benefits, Wills & Advance Directives

May 15  – Registration Now Open! 2014 Maryland Partners for Justice Conference
This conference is unique within the State of Maryland, focusing on the delivery of legal services to the disadvantaged and underrepresented.
When:  Thursday, May 15, 2014, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Where:  Baltimore Convention Center, 1 W. Pratt St., Baltimore, MD 21201 
Hosted by: Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
Co–Sponsored by: DLA Piper; Tydings & Rosenberg; Seyfarth Shaw; McKennon Shelton & Henn, and the MSBA Section on Delivery of Legal Services.
Questions? Contact Kiah Pierre at 443.703.3046 or kpierre@probonomd.org
Take advantage of the Early Bird Special by registering by 4/25/14!!
Visit:  www.probonomd.org/conference

May 30 – Bankruptcy and Foreclosure in Maryland
This training focuses on Chapter 13 Bankruptcy
When: Friday, May 30, 2014, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Where:  Ecker Business Training Center, 6751 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, MD 21046.
Sponsored by: Civil Justice, Inc. and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
To register: Contact Louis Bracco at 443.703.3052 or lbracco@probonomd.org

June 6 – 6th Annual Veterans' Legal Assistance Conference & Training
When: Friday, June 6, 2014, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
Where: University of Baltimore School of Law, 1401 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Conference organizers include: Homeless Persons Representation Project, University of Baltimore School of Law, The Bob Parsons Veterans Center at the University of Baltimore School of Law, the Veterans' Affairs and Military Law Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association, and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.
Co–sponsored by: American Bar Association Commission on Homelessness & Poverty and the Veterans and Military Law Section of the Federal Bar Association
Interested in attending? Contact Kiah Pierre at 443.703.3046 or kpierre@probonomd.org

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