The Pro Bono Program matches volunteer lawyers with community associations and nonprofit organizations throughout Maryland.
The Pro Bono Program helps improve the safety, quality of life, and economic vitality of neighborhoods in Maryland by addressing a wide range of legal issues on behalf of community and nonprofit organizations. The types of legal matters addressed through the Pro Bono Program include:
- Formation, revival, and maintenance of nonprofit organizations (including drafting bylaws, filing articles of incorporation, and submitting tax exemption applications);
- Real estate leases;
- Transfer of real property;
- Zoning decision appeals;
- Contracts (drafting and negotiation);
- Employment issues;
- Copyright and trademark issues;
- Drug nuisance abatement;
- Liquor license protests; and
- Much, much more!
Matching Volunteer Attorneys with Communities and Nonprofits
Attorneys interested in volunteering with the Pro Bono Program may register here. Prospective clients must submit an Application for Legal Services to request legal representation. Once all application materials are received, the Pro Bono Program Staff Attorney reviews the application and may contact the organization for additional information. If the organization is accepted into the Pro Bono Program, the organization will be matched with an appropriate volunteer attorney. Finding a match generally takes three to four weeks after all information has been submitted. Due to the volunteer nature of the Pro Bono Program, Community Law Center cannot guarantee placement of all cases; however, there is a long history of successfully matching applicant organizations with volunteer attorneys.
Once a match is made with a volunteer attorney, the client organization will work directly with that attorney on the legal issue accepted during the application process. Throughout the course of representation, the Pro Bono Program Staff Attorney will maintain contact with the client and volunteer attorney to provide assistance when necessary. For additional information about working with an attorney, please click here.
Volunteer attorneys can feel confident that they will be working with clients ready to make a difference! Click here to learn more about Community Law Center’s case vetting process.
Generous support for the Pro Bono Program is provided by: