Pro Bono Group

Building a Foundation for Stronger Communities

Date: 
Tue, 10/25/2016 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

- A Four-Part Workshop Series Focused on Capacity Building for Community Associations –September 13, 2016-Tuesday, October 25. Community association leaders should attend this four-part workshop series to help ensure that their associations are strong and ready to take on legal issues as they arise! This series is designed for leaders of all types of community associations – new and old, large and small, experienced and inexperienced.|

Pre-registration is required - email kellyp@communitylaw.org to sign up.

Location
Location Name: 
Community Law Center
Address1: 
3355 Keswick Road
Address2: 
Suite 200
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
21211
Contact
Name: 
Kelly Pfeifer
Sponsor: 
Community Law Center

Serving Maryland's Veterans: Common Civil Legal Issues & Volunteering for Maryland Legal Aid's Joining Forces Project

Date: 
Wed, 09/28/2016 - 10:00am - 3:30pm

Location
Location Name: 
Ecker Business Training Center
Address1: 
6751 Columbia Gateway Dr.
Address2: 
Suite 300
City: 
Columbia
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
21046
Contact
Name: 
Kiah Pierre
Phone: 
443-703-3046
Sponsor: 
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and Maryland Legal Aid

Interpret for Pro Bono Legal Services

Date: 
Tue, 09/20/2016 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm



Interpreting Best Practices

Cultural competency to prepare for common case scenarios

Hands on practice and feedback

Volunteer interpreters are crucial to providing accessto justice for ALL people living in Maryland.

Location
Location Name: 
University of Baltimore School of Law Clinical Law Offices
Address1: 
1401 North Charles St.
Address2: 
Suite 300
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Catherine D. Hulme
Phone: 
443-465-4627
Sponsor: 
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and University of Baltimore School of Law Immigration Rights Clinic

Criminal Record Expungement in Maryland

Date: 
Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

TOPICS COVERED:Maryland Criminal Record Expungement LawWorking with Low-Income and Homeless ClientsExpungement Intake and Taking a Case with HPRPTop 10 Expungement Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

This training is free in exchange for a Pro Bono Commitment of taking 3 expungement caseswith Homeless Persons Representation Project within 1 year of the training.Attorneys taking pro bono cases will receive malpractice insurance,case support, and access to a mentor.

TO REGISTER PLEASE VISIT:www.probonomd.org/criminal-record-expungement

Co-sponsored by: Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland 

Questions?: Contact Kiah Pierre at kpierre@probonomd.org

Location
Location Name: 
Marriott International HQ
Address1: 
10400 Fernwood Rd.
City: 
Bethesda
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
20817
Contact
Name: 
Kiah Pierre
Phone: 
443-703-3046
Sponsor: 
Marriott international, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and Homeless Persons Representation Project

Criminal Record Expungement in Maryland

Date: 
Wed, 09/14/2016 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

TOPICS COVERED:Maryland Criminal Record Expungement LawWorking with Low-Income and Homeless ClientsExpungement Intake and Taking a Case with HPRPTop 10 Expungement Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

This training is free in exchange for a Pro Bono Commitment of taking 3 expungement caseswith Homeless Persons Representation Project within 1 year of the training.Attorneys taking pro bono cases will receive malpractice insurance,case support, and access to a mentor.

TO REGISTER PLEASE VISIT:www.probonomd.org/criminal-record-expungement

Co-sponsored by: Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland 

Questions?: Contact Kiah Pierre at kpierre@probonomd.org

Location
Location Name: 
Marriott International HQ
Address1: 
10400 Fernwood Rd.
City: 
Bethesda
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
20817
Contact
Name: 
Kiah Pierre
Phone: 
443-703-3046
Sponsor: 
Marriott international, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and Homeless Persons Representation Project

MVLS' Tax Controversy Training for Attorneys

Date: 
Thu, 09/15/2016 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) is offering an exciting training for attorneys of all backgrounds to attend and make a difference for low-income Marylanders in need of tax help. Tax controversy is an area of law that any attorney can support with and typically requires limited time, but has a big impact for our clients in need.  Much of it is rules-based and involves gathering the right information to complete a form, and can be easily done in short bursts of time.  

 

MVLS invites all interested attorneys to attend a FREE training session on handling IRS and Maryland tax controversy cases for low-income taxpayers. This course is meant for all attorneys who are new to tax controversy or need a refresher. The training will cover handling tax controversy cases generally, the focus of this session will be on the mechanics of advocating for the taxpayer who is struggling with tax collection issues. Participants will be asked to take one (1) MVLS tax controversy case over the next six months. Continental Breakfast will be served.

 

To register please contact MVLS LITC Attorney Janice Shih, jshih@mvlslaw.org or 443-451-4061


 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location
Location Name: 
Rosenberg Martin Greenberg
Address1: 
25 S. Charles Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Janice Shih
Phone: 
443-451-4061

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service's Celebrate Pro Bono/35th Anniversary Celebration

Date: 
Wed, 10/05/2016 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm

Join Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service on October 5, 2016 to Celebrate Pro Bono as we honor volunteers, law firms and supporters who have made noteworthy contributions to the delivery of pro bono legal services over the past year.  This annual recognition and awards reception, kicks off MVLS’ participation in the American Bar Association’s national Celebrate Pro Bono Week (October 23-29). MVLS will also celebrate our 35th anniversary of providing quality pro bono legal services to Marylanders. 

Celebrate Pro Bono is free but this will be a seated event with a served dinner and registration is REQUIRED to attend. Please visit www.mvlslaw.org/cpb2016 to register online or contact Kim Lennon at 443-451-4065 or klennon@mvlslaw.org to reserve your seat today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location
Location Name: 
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Address1: 
202 E. Pratt Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21202
Contact
Name: 
Kim Lennon
Phone: 
443-451-4065

Discharge of Student Loans Made Easier for Certain Social Security Disability Recipients

By law, anyone with a severe disability is eligible to have the government discharge their federal student loans. The Department of Education is now taking it upon itself to identify eligible borrowers and guide them through the steps to discharge their loans. The department has been identifying borrowers receiving disability payments and have the specific designation of “Medical Improvement Not Expected,” which indicates they are eligible for the discharge.

Borrowers identified in the match will receive a letter from the government explaining the steps needed to receive a discharge. They will not be required to submit documentation of their eligibility, unlike disabled borrowers who apply for the discharge on their own.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/04/12/obama-to-f...

http://www.justiceinaging.org/forgive-student-loan-debt-for-people-with-...

Asylum Approved! How to Represent Asylum-Seekers

Date: 
Fri, 04/29/2016 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

 

Friday, April 29, 2016 | 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Rockville Memorial Library, Rockville Town Sq. Plaza 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville, MD. 20852 
Co-sponsored by:  
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Immigration Legal Services
 

KIND, Tahirih Justice Center, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland

Interested in attending? REGISTER NOW FLYER
Location
Location Name: 
Rockville Memorial Library
Address1: 
Rockville Town Sq. Plaza 21 Maryland Ave
City: 
Rockville
State: 
MD
Zip: 
20852
Contact
Name: 
Cate Hulme
Phone: 
443-465-4627
Sponsor: 
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, Immigration Legal Services, KIND, Tahirih Justice Center, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
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JOINING FORCES: COMMON LEGAL ISSUES ON THE VETERANS HOTLINE

Date: 
Mon, 02/29/2016 - 9:00am - 2:45pm

 

Monday, February 29, 2016 | 9:30PM - 2:45PM
VIA LIVE Webinar. Instructions for logging on to view the webinar will be sent 1 week before the training.
Co-sponsored by: Maryland Legal Aid and Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
Interested in attending? REGISTER NOW | FLYER
Location
Location Name: 
LIVE WEBINAR - Access from your own computer
Contact
Name: 
Cate Hulme
Phone: 
443-465-4627
Sponsor: 
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Maryland Legal Aid
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HELPING HOMEOWNERS AVOID TAX SALE AND TAX FORECLOSURE

Date: 
Wed, 02/10/2016 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

 

(2 Dates Available - open to housing counselors & attorneys)
BALTIMORE TRAINING: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 | 9:00AM - 1:00PM
University of Baltimore School of Law, 1401 N. Charles St. Baltimore MD 21202
Interested in attending the Baltimore Training? 
HOUSING COUNSELORS: 
REGISTER NOW | FLYER
ATTORNEYS: REGISTER NOW | FLYER


Co-sponsored by: Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Location
Location Name: 
The University of Baltimore School of Law
Address1: 
1401 N. Charles St.
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MARYLAND
Zip: 
21202
Contact
Name: 
Margaret Henn
Phone: 
4437033050
Sponsor: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
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Family Law: FL 101 - Nuts & Bolts Training Materials

The materials from the 9/16/15 Family Law 101 – Nuts & Bolts training are now available on MdJustice.  Go to the Family Law Task Force page.  On the left side of the page there is a list of “books.”  The first “book” listed is the Family Law 101 training materials.

The materials include:

Agenda

Substantive Law

Summary of Important Cases

Custody Definitions

Custody Factors

Pleadings, Motions, and Other Sample Document Forms:

Answer to Complaint - Generic

Answer to Complaint for Absolute Divorce - Mutual Consent

Complaint for Absolute Divorce - Custody/Property/Alimony/Etc.

Complaint for Absolute Divorce - Mutual Consent

Complaint for Absolute Divorce - With Separation Agreement

Complaint for Custody - Generic

Complaint to Modify Custody - Generic

Completed Joint Statement of Marital and Non-Marital Property

Custody and Support Order

Financial Statement - Long Form

Financial Statement - Short Form

Judgment of Absolute Divorce

Motion for Alternative Service

Motion for Home Study and Evaluations

Motion for TRO - Dissipation of Assets

Motion for a Best Interests Attorney

Preliminary Injunction - Dissipation of Assets

TRO - Dissipation of Assets

Voluntary Separation and Property Settlement Agreement

Discovery Forms:

Admitted Facts & Genuine Documents (When Opposing Party Doesn't Respond)

Interrogatories

Motion for Sanctions

Motion to Compel

Order Compelling Discovery

Order for Sanctions

Request for Admissions

Request for Production

Subpoena Duces Tecum

Subpoena Duces Tecum Attachment

New Lawyer Tools

Template - Procedural Outline of a Divorce and Custody Case

Template - Initial Interview

Template - Case Summary Tickler Chart

Template - Case Summary Tickler Chart - Completed Sample

Template - Caseload Statuses Chart

Template - Caseload Statuses Chart - Completed Sample

Sample - Testimony for Uncontested Divorce

Sample - Voir Dire to Put Custody Agreement on the Record

Sample - Record of Exhibits

MVLS' "March Madness" Themed Benefit'

Date: 
Thu, 03/17/2016 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Get ready for another slam dunk event!  To celebrate 35 years of providing access to justice, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) will host a “March Madness” themed benefit on Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 6pm-9pm at M&T Bank Stadium on the Southeast Club Level.  Guests will enjoy upscale tailgate fare, open beer and wine bar, behind-the-scenes stadium tour that includes field access, interactive basketball games, and more. 

All funds raised from this popular annual event supports MVLS' mission of providing free legal assistance to low income Marylanders.  General admission tickets are $100 and tickets for law firm associates and non-profit staff are $75. Buy your tickets before February 19 and save 10%!  More information can be found at www.mvlslaw.org/benefit-2016/ or by contacting Kim Lennon at 443 451-4065 or klennon@mvlslaw.org.

Location
Location Name: 
M&T Bank Stadium - Southeast Club Level
Address1: 
1101 Russell Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
21230
Contact
Name: 
Kim Lennon
Phone: 
443 451-4065
Sponsor: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
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Caregiver Conference

The Howard County Office on Aging is hosting a conference for people caring for aging loved ones on Saturday, November 14th from 8am-3pm at the North Laurel Community Center in Laurel, MD. Details and registration are here: www.howardcountyaging/org/caregiver and in the attached flier.

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Survey About Mediation in Circuit Court Non-Family Cases

*CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY: http://circuitcourtmediation.questionpro.com*

The Salisbury University Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution is working with the Maryland Judiciary on a survey research project about attorney experience in Circuit Court Mediation Programs for Civil Non-Family Cases. The survey takes on average 7 minutes to complete and any attorney in Maryland that practices in the circuit court is eligible. The purpose is to examine the rate of use and explore issues and concerns that attorneys say enhances or limits the use of mediation.

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY: http://circuitcourtmediation.questionpro.com

This survey research is being overseen by the Maryland Judiciary’s Mediation and Conflict Resolution. The results will be disseminated by MACRO at the conclusion of the project and will be used to improve the use of mediation, when appropriate, in civil non-family cases.

Questions regarding the research can be directed to Brian Polkinghorn, Ph.D., Executive Director, Bosserman Center for Conflict Resolution at bdpolkinghorn@salisbury.edu.

Student Loan Brown Bag Lunch

Date: 
Thu, 11/05/2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and Civil Justice are co-hosting a student loan brown-bag lunch on Thursday, November 5 from 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm. This will be an opportunity to meet fellow practitioners, discuss the issues, and share successes and challenges in student loan cases.

The lunch will take place at the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service office at 201 N. Charles Street, Suite 1400, Baltimore, MD 21201.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Ellyn Riedl at eriedl@mvlslaw.org or (443) 451-4079.

We hope to see you there!

Location
Location Name: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Address1: 
201 N. Charles St., Suite 1400
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Ellyn Riedl
Phone: 
443-451-4079

Nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries could see record increases in their premiums unless Congress intervenes.

From the NY Times:  The 60 million people on Social Security will not receive any cost-of-living increase in their benefits in 2016, the government said on Thursday, but because of a quirk in federal law, nearly one-third of Medicare beneficiaries could see record increases in their premiums unless Congress intervenes.

Read the full article at http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/16/us/politics/medicare-premiums-social-security-cost-of-living.html?_r=0

Expungement Training

Date: 
Tue, 10/27/2015 - 9:30am - 11:30am

Expungement 101, the New Law and Shielding

This free training will review the changes that took effect on Oct. 1st.  Participants will learn to identify expungable dispositions and the steps to file petitions including court form tips.  Presenters will also discuss possible red flag issues, including immigration status, warrants, probation violations, and what is a pending matter.  The training will also walk through the new shielding law and court forms.  Register at www.mvlslaw.org.

Location
Location Name: 
University of Baltimore Law School, Room AL-1002
Contact
Name: 
Susan Francis
Phone: 
443-451-4084
Sponsor: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Pro BOO-no Day

Date: 
Sat, 10/31/2015 - 8:30am - 12:30pm

What: Baltimore City Pro “Boo” no Day (Pro Bono Day) - Join the Bar Association of Baltimore City, Maryland Legal Aid, Pro Bono Resource Center and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service as we offer free civil legal services on Saturday, October 31st.
Sponsored by:
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Maryland Legal Aid, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Bar Association of Baltimore City

Location
Location Name: 
Maryland Legal Aid
Address1: 
500 East Lexington St
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MARYLAND
Zip: 
21201
Sponsor: 
Maryland Legal Aid, MVLS
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Forms Practice and Service Issues in Family Law Matters

Date: 
Tue, 10/13/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

What: Forms Practice and Service Issues in Family Law Matters - This training focuses on the best practices and jurisdictional preferences for family law forms practice with a focus on divorce and custody. Training will also focus on service issues, including service evasion and alternative service.

Sponsored by: Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Location
Location Name: 
University of Baltimore Angelos Law Center
Address1: 
1421 N. Charles St
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Susan Francis
Phone: 
443-248-1560
Sponsor: 
MVLS
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