MVLS invites you to apply to join our statewide network of volunteer lawyers, CPAs and Enrolled Agents who annually make pro bono count for nearly 4,500 Maryland residents. Our volunteers work in private practice, corporations and government, as well as accounting firms. We provide legal services to individuals experiencing financial hardships 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
- Admitted to the Maryland bar and on retired status, or
- Admitted to another state’s bar and certified by the Maryland Court of Appeals to provide pro bono representation through MVLS.
CPAs must be licensed to practice in Maryland or another state
Enrolled Agents must be recognized as active with the IRS
You have no idea how much you helped me. I had given up. I thought because they were so big and I was so small I could never win.
I am able to move forward with my life and pursue dreams that weren’t possible. My volunteer attorney showed great concern for me. He showed outstanding legal representation. Thanks a bunch!
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.
My volunteer attorney gave me strength to keep pushing to do what was best for my children and was a never ending resource for me in addition to all the hard work she put in preparing my divorce. I cannot say enough about grateful I am to her for her dedication, professionalism, compassion, knowledge and wisdom.
What you offer is priceless. It allowed someone like me who had been challenged by life an avenue to adequately fight back.
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
- Free training
- Use of our offices to meet with clients
The Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC) administers a statewide litigation fund for expenses in pro bono or Judicare cases. Volunteers can submit a request to 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
- Guardianship (Adult and Child)
- Name Changes/Birth Certificate Corrections
- Unaccompanied Youth Project
- Landlord/Tenant Disputes
- Foreclosure & Tax Sale
- Deed Changes
- Ground Rent
- Other property issues
- Bankruptcy (Chapter 7)
- Contract and other consumer disputes
- Income Tax Disputes
- Estate Planning and Administration (small estates)
- Uninsured Motorist Tort
- Non-Profit Organizations
Share Your Hopes
As we recognize key moments in our 40-year history, we also want to keep our eyes set on the future. What will the next 10 years bring to civil legal services in Maryland?
What do you hope will be achieved in the next 10 years for Marylanders experiencing financial hardships? What programs and or services do you predict will be game changers in civil legal services?
Participate in our 40th Anniversary campaign by sharing your hopes and predictions with us in the box below