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Pro Bono Committee

Co-Chairs: Patrick McCormally, Niki McCormally, and Renée Hood


The MSBA YLS Pro Bono Committee has three announcements:

First, join the MSBA Young Lawyers Section in volunteering during the Baltimore City Pro Bono Day walk-in legal clinic on Saturday, May 12, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Legal Aid Bureau, 500 E. Lexington Street, Baltimore, MD, 21202.  Pro Bono Day is a one-day walk-in legal clinic where volunteer attorneys provide free brief legal advice on a variety of civil issues.  Volunteer lawyers, advocates, law students and community members are needed to assist with legal consultations, greeting clients, translation and staffing resource tables at these events.  Malpractice insurance will be provided to all volunteer attorneys.  To register, complete the online Volunteer Registration at http://babcprobonodaymay2012.eventbrite.com.  

If you cannot attend the Baltimore City Pro Bono Day, you will have two more opportunities to volunteer at a Pro Bono Day during May:

  • Harford County Pro Bono Day, Saturday, May 19, 2012
    from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Legal Aid Bureau, 103 South Hickory Ave., Bel Air, MD
    To register, email Marianne at mvanderwiele@mdlab.org

Second, please take a few moments to submit a nomination for one of the 2012 Maryland Pro Bono Service Awards.  These awards are given to individuals, law firms, programs, projects, judges, non-legal entities and others across the state who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to helping the poor or disenfranchised access legal services through volunteerism.  In particular, the Alex Fee Memorial Award, sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section (YLS), is given to a member of the YLS who is making a significant pro bono contribution either directly or through a pro bono organization.  The awards will be presented at the Maryland State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in Ocean City on June 16, 2012.  Visit www.probonomd.org/recognition for a nomination form, more information, and list of past winners.  The deadline for all submissions is Wednesday, April 18, 2012.

Finally, the Pro Bono Committee urges young attorneys to take advantage of the trainings and support services available for pro bono attorneys.  A list of pro bono trainings, offered at no or at a reduced cost in exchange for a pro bono commitment, can be found on the Pro Bono website.

Please contact any of the Pro Bono Committee Co-Chairs to learn more about pro bono opportunities or to become involved on this committee: Patrick McCormally, Niki McCormally, or Renée E. Hood.



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