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, or be admitted to the Maryland bar and be on retired status.
  • 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.

Cases MVLS Accepts

Family

  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship (Adult and Child)
  • Name Changes/Birth Certificate Corrections
  • Unaccompanied Youth Project

Housing

  • Landlord/Tenant Disputes
  • Foreclosure & Tax Sale
  • Deed Changes
  • Ground Rent
  • Other property issues

Consumer 

  • Bankruptcy (Chapter 7)
  • Collections
  • Contract and other consumer disputes

Other

  • Expungement/Shielding/Vacatur
  • Income Tax Disputes
  • Estate Planning and Administration (small estates)
  • Uninsured Motorist Tort
  • Non-Profit Organizations
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