Maryland Bar Bulletin
Publications : Bar Bulletin : March 2009

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 PRO BONO Profile:  

In every county across this great State of Maryland, legal professionals step up to the plate to help guide clients through the legal system. It could be representing someone in a divorce or a child-custody case or helping draft a will or finalizing a guardianship. Regardless of the area of law, without this assistance there is no other way for the clients to get the help they desperately need. None. It is important to recognize these legal heroes.

Each year, the Pro Bono Resource Center sponsors the Maryland Pro Bono Service Awards. These statewide awards recognize volunteers from all aspects of the law, as well as some very special non-attorneys. The Individual service awards recognize pro bono volunteers in solo practice, and in small, medium or large law firms. The Judiciary award honors members of the bench who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to encourage, promote and help to facilitate pro bono work. There are also awards that recognize educators, elected officials and in-house counsel, as well as legal departments of government agencies.

The
Ceremony

offers a simple yet effective way to publicly acknowledge probono work being done by colleagues from around the state.



In addition, three special awards are also considered. The Lee A. Caplan Award is given to the solo or small firm practitioner who has provided exceptional continuous pro bono service over a period of years. The Alex Fee Memorial Award is sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), and is presented to a member of the MSBA Young Lawyers Section. Any program, firm (of any size) or ad hoc group that initiates an extraordinary special project can be nominated for the Herbert S. Garten Award.

The nomination process is easy. You can call or e-mail the PBRC office for an application, or download it in .PDF format directly from our website; just go to www.probonomd.org and click on the Awards Application link. All applications are due by April 6, 2009. Simply e-mail, fax or mail the nomination form to Jon Moseley, Pro Bono Resource Center, 520 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201; Fax: (410) 385-2616; E-mail: pbrc@probonomd.org.

The recipients will be announced and the awards presented in June at the MSBA Annual Meeting in Ocean City. The ceremony offers a simple yet effective way to publicly acknowledge pro bono work being done by colleagues from around the state.

Please help to promote the pro bono work being done in Maryland. Take a few moments to nominate someone you know who is doing work that deserves this award. It is a great way to say thank you.

For more information on the legal service volunteer opportunities in Maryland, contact the PBRC at (410) 837-9379 or 800-396-1274, or e-mail pbrc@probonomd.org.

Jon Moseley is Director of Volunteer Services & Community Outreach for the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.

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