We want to support our volunteers! Below you’ll find important attorney resources including policies, forms, sample documents and links to external resources. We also offer free training for attorneys. Click here to see what’s on the training calendar.
Is something missing from the page? Let us know by emailing Susan Francis.
Access the Volunteer Handbook to answer many commonly asked questions about being an MVLS Volunteer.
Case Update Forms
IF YOUR CASE IS CLOSED, COMPLETE THE CASE CLOSURE FORM (SEE BELOW), NOT THIS CASE UPDATE FORM. By clicking on the link below, you may access the case update form. Please complete the general case update form for all cases types except LITC (tax). You can send the form directly to MVLS staff by clicking the “submit” button at the bottom of the form, or you may print the form and send it to the contact information listed at the end of the form.
- General Case Update Form
- LITC – IRS and State of Maryland Tax Case Update Form
- Judicare Case Update Form
Case Closure Forms
PLEASE ONLY USE THIS FORM IF YOUR CASE IS CLOSED. IF YOUR CASE IS STILL OPEN, COMPLETE THE CASE UPDATE FORM (SEE ABOVE). By clicking on the links below, you may access the case closure form. Please complete the general case closure form for all cases types except LITC (tax), judicare, foreclosure, IB4J, and Community Development Project. You can send the form directly to MVLS staff by clicking the “submit” button at the bottom of the form, or you may print the form and send it to the contact information listed at the end of the form.
- General Case Closure
- General Pro Bono Brief Advice Case Closure
- Foreclosure Case Closure
- Bankruptcy Bypass Program Case Closure
- Judicare Case Closure
- 1B4J Brief Advice Case Closure
- Community Development Case Closure
- LITC – IRS and State of Maryland Tax Case Closure Form
Update Volunteer Information
Changed your name? Moved offices? Switched jobs? Complete our attorney update form so we can keep our files up to date.
The links below contain packets of information for certain types of cases.
- Bankruptcy Bypass
- Tax – Attorney
- Tax – CPA
- Sample Representation Agreement
- Sample Representation Agreement (Spanish)
- Case Guidelines
- Statement in Support of Waiver of Prepaid Costs by Clerk
- Request for Final Waiver of Open Costs
- Sample Judicare Invoice
- FY18 Litigation Fund Update Memo
- Litigation Fund Policy FY18
- Litigation Fund Request Form & Attachment A FY18 – Fillable
- Litigation Fund Request Form & Attachment A FY18- HC
Bankruptcy Attorney Resources:
- Application for the Waiver of the Chapter 7 Filing Fee for Individuals Who Cannot Pay the Filing Fee in Full or in Installments
- Application for Paying Filing Fee in Installments
- Bankruptcy Bypass Webinar
- Bankruptcy Software for MVLS Cases
- MSBA Ethics Committee Opinion – Ethics Docket 2015-05. Finding: “Limited scope no-asset Chapter 7 pro bono representation, with the proposed prescreening safeguards implemented and under the circumstances presented to us, does not create a Rule 1.7 conflict.”
Expungement Attorney Resources:
- MDExpungement.com determines expungement eligibility, pre-fills required forms and generates complete filings for attorneys to submit to the court
- Training Materials:
- Tracking Number Finder: You can use this tool to try and find cases based on tracking number.
Below is a training video on a contested expungement hearing where the amount of marijuana is in dispute. Use your mouse to click and move around the scene.
Below is a training video on a good cause hearing for a client with a STET or PBJ less than 3 years old. Use your mouse to click and move around the scene.
Human Trafficking Prevention Program
- Post-Advocacy for Survivors of Human Trafficking: A Guide for Attorneys
- Vacatur – Sample Documents
- Assessing Eligibility for Post-Conviction Relief
- Consequences of Policing Prostitution
- Effective Remedies for Criminalized Trafficking Victims
- Fieldprint Fingerprinting FBI Criminal Background Check
- Fieldprint Fingerprinting Step by Step Instructions
- NSN Survey on Impact of Criminalization – 2017
- Protecting Victims from Wrongful Prosecution
- Trauma- Informed Approaches to Anti-Trafficking Work
- National Inventory of the Collateral Consequences of Conviction
Landlord-Tenant Attorney Resources:
Adult Guardianship Attorney Resources:
Maryland Courts offers self-help videos on numerous topics. Below is their three-part series that “will help you understand the responsibilities of adult guardianship.”
LITC Attorney Resources:
Virtual Reality Attorney Trainings:
In partnership with the Maryland Young Lawyers Section, we have created a number of typical courtroom hearings trainings. We filmed these trainings using a 360 degree camera allowing for the trainings to be viewed in virtual reality with nothing more than your phone and a cheap VR viewer like Google Carboard.
The video below is a training for an expungement hearing where the issues at hand is whether the amount of Marijuana was more or less than 10 grams. You can use your mouse to click and drag around the screen to see the whole courtroom.
Foreclosure Attorney Resources:
- Request for Waiver of Filing Fee For Foreclosure Mediation
- Borrower’s Authorization
- Sample Hardship Letter
Out of State Attorneys:
Maryland Judiciary Case Search Data:
MVLS uses a web scraper called CLUE to scrape data from Maryland Judiciary Case Search. We have stripped defendant information from the information to preserve anonymity. The data is spread between over multiple CSV files and is designed to be used in a relational database system like SQL. MVLS makes no claims as to the accuracy of the data as there can frequently be typos on Maryland Judiciary Case Search. You should always try to independently verify information or conclusions derived from this data set. Make sure you have a full understanding of how information is displayed on Maryland Judiciary Case Search before you rely on this data. Not all cases may be included in data set. For instance if the case had been expunged it would no longer appear on case search.If you find any errors please inform MVLS IT Director, Matthew Stubenberg.
By downloading or using the case data you agree to the Terms and Conditions on the Maryland Judiciary Case Search website located here. You are prohibited from using the data below for background checks.
Baltimore City Circuit Court Criminal Cases 2010-July of 2017:This data set contains criminal cases from Baltimore City Circuit Court from January 2010 – Mid July 2017.
Baltimore City District Court Criminal Cases 2010 – July of 2017: This data set contains criminal cases from Baltimore City District Court from January 2010 – Mid July 2017.
- Effective Communication with Legal Services Clients Free Webinar
- Monunental Process Servicers is the preferred process server of MVLS.
- People’s Law Library
- A Guide to Legal Services in Maryland
- Baltimore City Water Bill Heat Map
- Language Line Tips