In 2018, the Maryland Center for Legal Assistance (MCLA) provided legal advice and assistance to over 95,000 self-represented individuals via consultations in-person, online, and over the phone. MCLA seeks volunteer attorneys to help build upon MCLA’s services and to help improve access to justice to self-represented litigants in Maryland.
Three distinct opportunities are available for providing pro bono legal services in a variety of areas, including family law, landlord-tenant, debt collection, peace and protective orders, expungement and foreclosure.
- Phone Legal Assistance – Attorneys provide legal assistance to self-represented litigants from the comfort of their own offices at convenient times and dates within the hours of Monday-Friday 8:30am-8pm. Training on MCLA’s phone software is provided.
- Live Chat Legal Assistance – Attorneys provide legal assistance to self-represented litigants from the comfort of their own offices at convenient times and dates within the hours of Monday-Friday 8:30am-8pm. Training on MCLA’s chat software is provided.
- In-Person Walk-In Services – Attorneys provide legal assistance at MCLA’s Glen Burnie location to self-represented litigants in District Court matters. Flexible volunteer hours at your convenience Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm.
- Expungement Services in Upper Marlboro – Attorneys assist with expungement of criminal records on the second and fourth Wednesdays of every month from 9am-12pm at MCLA’s District Court Self-Help Center in Upper Marlboro. Training is available.
Attorneys provide advice and assistance in completing court forms, responding to motions, drafting complaints and making referrals to appropriate resources. You can gain substantive experience in a new area of law or lend your expertise in an area of law in which you practice to those most in need.
Pro Bono Attorney Registration