Volunteer Sign Up

Volunteer Sign Up & Pro Bono Opportunities

MLA welcomes and relies on its volunteers. Whether you wish to participate in a legal clinic, take a case or join your firm in assisting our clients, MLA can provide a range of volunteer opportunities!

Take a Case:

By taking on a direct representation case, you can ensure meaningful access to justice for our clients. Training and mentorship is available.

Join a Clinic

Community clinics offer opportunities to provide brief advice and limited assistance to MLA clients in underserved communities. These are short-term volunteer opportunities crucial to expanding access to legal representation.

Train Our Staff

Share your specialized skills and expertise to enhance our institutional knowledge and help our attorneys provide top-quality service.

Click here to view opportunities and sign up to volunteer.

Equal Justice Council

The Equal Justice Council (EJC) actively promotes equal access to justice for Maryland’s most economically disadvantaged and vulnerable residents by increasing and diversifying MLA’s resources, financial, and otherwise, and serving as ambassadors on behalf of Maryland Legal Aid. The EJC is composed of leading attorneys from Maryland’s top law firms and other prominent members of the Maryland Bar and corporate community.

Equal Justice Associates

The Equal Justice Associates (EJA) are young attorneys who support MLA’s mission of providing equal access to justice and representation for low-income Marylanders through organizing and participating in pro bono service and fundraising. In addition to organizing pro bono service opportunities, fundraising activities, and social networking events, EJA members also receive high-quality training and mentoring from MLA attorneys in a variety of practice areas.

For more information about the EJA, contact Graham Cowger at (410) 951-7706 or gcowger@mdlab.org.

Thank you for your interest in volunteering as a pro bono attorney with Maryland Legal Aid (MLA)!

MLA is a non-profit law firm committed to providing access to justice for low-income Marylanders with civil legal issues. Volunteer attorneys are needed in a variety of legal areas to provide brief advice, case management, and full representation. There are also opportunities to volunteer for non-case handling activities.

To volunteer your legal services, please complete the form below and click Submit at the bottom of the page. For any questions and more information, contact Angus Derbyshire at 410-951-7624 or aderbyshire@mdlab.org

About MLA’s Pro Bono Program

MLA’s Pro Bono Mission: MLA’s Pro Bono Program assists low-income individuals in Maryland by connecting pro bono attorneys to financially eligible individuals in need of civil legal advice and representation.

Statewide Impact: MLA serves communities in all 23 Maryland counties and Baltimore City from 12 full-service offices. Individuals also receive assistance at weekly legal clinics and in non-traditional settings such as libraries, places of worship, community centers, and schools.

Bar Membership: Out-of-state attorneys who join MLA’s Pro Bono Program have an opportunity to be barred in Maryland for purposes of handling MLA pro bono cases, and in-state attorneys who join the Program have an opportunity to be barred on the federal level.

One-on-One Mentorship: Pro bono attorneys of all experience levels can receive one-on-one mentoring from MLA attorneys and in-person and recorded trainings in a variety of practice areas. Non-attorney volunteers are also welcome and receive training in paralegal and administrative work.

Participation in MLA events: Pro bono attorneys and other volunteers receive invitations to MLA activities and special programs.

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