November 2020 Volunteer of the Month – Elizabeth Johnson

Elizabeth Johnson is an estate planning attorney, servicing Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Anne Arundel counties. Elizabeth began volunteering with MVLS in 2016. During her time as a volunteer she has taken 40 cases.

Read on to learn why Elizabeth volunteers:

  • Why do you choose to volunteer with MVLS?

There are so many people who need help and don’t know where to start, I try to help as many people as I can.

  • Do you have any stand out stories?

None in particular, all the cases are different and have a unique twist. I recently had to find someone to conduct a retro appraisal for a property dating back to 1999, but I wouldn’t say it stands out, it was certainly something new. I had to find a realtor to conduct such an appraisal.

  • What is your favorite part about volunteering with MVLS?

Many of the MVLS clients are super grateful for our (MVLS volunteers) assistance, I consistently receive thank you cards when the matter is complete.  It’s nice knowing we’ve made a difference in the client’s life.

  • Why should other attorneys do pro bono?

If you’re a seasoned attorney, some of these cases are simple, and it’s a relatively easy way to give back to the community.  If you’re a new attorney or looking to branch out into a new area of law, MVLS has mentors to assist you if need be, and the clients receiving free services typically have more patience with your learning curve.  Further, with every case being so different, even a seasoned attorney could learn something new, and you’re helping someone in need in the process.