Apply to Be A Volunteer Lawyer

Volunteer helping client. Apply to be a volunteer.MVLS invites you to apply to join our statewide network of volunteer lawyers who annually make pro bono count for nearly 3,000 Maryland residents. Our volunteer attorneys work in private practice, corporations and government. We provide legal services to low-income individuals through our core pro bono programs and assist community-based nonprofits serving low-income communities in Maryland.

Attorneys must be one of the following:

  • Admitted to practice in Maryland and be a member of the bar in good standing as well as a member of the Maryland State Bar Association when they apply.
  • Admitted to practice in a state other than Maryland, in good standing in that state, and has received a Certificate of Authorization to Practice under the Rules Governing Admission to the Bar of Maryland, Rule 15(c). See Pro Bono Attorney (Out of State) Rules.
First I would like to say my volunteer attorney and staff was great! They helped me through the whole process in a very professional manner. I can’t thank the MVLS enough for all you have done to get my life back on track.

Volunteers Benefit Professionally By:

  • Learning new areas of the law
  • Gaining valuable experience in your practice area and in court
  • Fulfilling your pro bono reporting requirement
  • Knowing you made a difference
  • Recognition through MVLS facebook page, annual reports, award nominations

We Support our Volunteers With:

  • Malpractice insurance
  • Mentors
  • Free training
  • Use of our offices to meet with clients

PBRC administers a statewide litigation fund for attorneys accepting pro bono or Judicare cases. Attorneys can submit a request to the Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC) for reimbursement of various costs involved with a case, including expenses such as mileage, substantial photocopying, service of process, etc. More information on this fund is available on our attorney resources page.

Types of pro bono cases MVLS offers
Administration of Small Estates Adoption Adult and Child Guardianship Bankruptcy
Child Custody Collections Contract Disputes Consumer Disputes
Criminal Record Expungement Deed Changes Denial of Public Benefits (Food Stamps, Medical Assistance) Divorce
Foreclosure and Tax Sale Landlord/Tenant Conflicts Name Changes/Birth Certificates Non-Profit Organizations
Power of Attorney Property Issues Professional License Revocation School Suspensions
Torts Defense Income Tax Disputes Unaccompanied Youth Project Unemployment Compensation
Uninsured Motor Tort Wage Claims Wills