Pro Bono Programs
The following local organizations are separate from the Anne Arundel Bar Association, but welcome AABA members who are interested in providing pro bono service to the community.
Ask a Lawyer in the Law Library
The Ask a Lawyer in the Law Library program offers citizens the opportunity to talk with a lawyer about their civil, non-family, legal concerns for free. Citizens can sign up for 20-minute sessions (assigned by lottery) every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library at the Circuit Court in Annapolis. Sessions are also offered every third Wednesday from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., at the North County Area Library in Glen Burnie. Lawyers can volunteer for one or more dates.
Anne Arundel County Public Law Library, Circuit Court, Suite 303
8 Church Circle
Annapolis, MD 21401
North County Area Library
Glen Burnie, MD 21060
|Contact: Joan Bellistri
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Chesapeake Legal Alliance
The Chesapeake Legal Alliance (CLA) is the only organization of its kind dedicated solely to connecting those working to improve the health of the Chesapeake Bay, and who cannot afford an attorney, with legal professionals willing to donate their time and skills to Bay-related matters. The mission of CLA, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Annapolis, MD, is to use the law to protect and restore the Chesapeake Bay.
Our volunteer attorneys work on a wide variety of matters including: litigation, regulation development, strategic planning, legislation, enforcement, corporate, advocacy, contracts, nonprofit organization, zoning, permitting and land use. Our clients include citizens, community groups, civic associations, land conservation groups, homeowner associations, municipalities, environmental organizations and waterkeepers. CLA also offers training courses and a summer legal intern program.
67 Franklin Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Family Law Self Help Center
The Family Law Self Help Center of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court is located on the second floor of the courthouse in room 2I-38. Contact Anita Bailey of Legal Aid for information on volunteer opportunities with the center.
Maryland Legal Aid
Maryland Legal Aid offers a full range of free civil legal services to financially qualified low-income Marylanders. Contact Anita Bailey for information on volunteer opportunities with Legal Aid in Anne Arundel County. Legal Aid handles civil, not criminal, cases. Priorities for general civil legal services are family/domestic, housing, income maintenance (public benefits), and consumer/finance.
229 Hanover St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
|Contact: Anita Bailey
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization that connects low-income Marylanders in need of civil legal assistance with pro bono attorneys. Attorneys can register at the MVLS website to volunteer for Anne Arundel County cases. Individuals can call during intake hours to explain their civil legal problems to our intake paralegals. If the caller qualifies for our free or reduced fee services, we will match the client with an attorney who has expertise in the areas of need. MVLS also provides free legal assistance to nonprofits working to strengthen low-income communities in Maryland."
Pro Bono Resource Center for Maryland, Inc.
The Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC) for Maryland recruits, trains and supports volunteer lawyers interested in helping individuals and communities in need. We do not provide any direct legal assistance to the public. PBRC is the statewide clearinghouse and coordinator of pro bono legal services. The Center’s mission is to promote equal access to justice by coordinating and supporting volunteer civil legal services, providing resources and support for legal advocates for the poor, and promoting cooperation within the legal community. One of our ongoing efforts for which we are seeking volunteer attorneys is in the Foreclosure Prevention Pro Bono Project.
520 West Fayette Street, Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21201-1756
|Contact: Anne Brinkmann Speedie
YWCA Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Child Custody Project
The YWCA legal services program administers the Child Custody Project through the Maryland Legal Services Corporation matching private attorneys with low-income individuals seeking representation in custody matters. Clients are screened regarding their income and the type of assistance that is required. Attorneys are partially compensated for their representation. In order for an individual to access services, call 410-626-7800 ext. 300 and leave a telephone number and a good time for legal staff to return the call. Prior to placement, the individual must fill out an affidavit for the program. It will take at least three weeks to place the case with a private attorney. Any attorney interested in participating in the program should forward a letter of interest and a copy of cover of their liability insurance policy to the YWCA legal services office.