Apply to Be A Volunteer

Volunteer helping client. Apply to be a volunteer.

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

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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.


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

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

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

 

Available Cases

 


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

 

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