Pro Bono Day slated for Oct. 30 in Baltimore

The Bar Association of Baltimore City (BABC) will host its third Pro Bono Day on Saturday, October 30, from 10 am to 2 pm at Maryland Legal Aid’s downtown Baltimore office, 500 East Lexington Street.

The last two Pro Bono Days, held in October 2009 and May, 2010, each served more than 200 people with more than 140 legal issues.  Organizers of this event, which also include Maryland Legal Aid, Legal Services for the Elderly, the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, and the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, expect more people to take advantage of the free legal help. The event is free and open to the public.

“The economic downturn has had and will continue to have a significant impact on the residents of Baltimore City and beyond, particularly those in low-income communities,” said BABC Executive Director Kathy Sanzone. “As a result, legal providers statewide have experienced a dramatic increase in the demand for legal assistance in a variety of areas.  The Baltimore City Bar Association is proud to partner with local legal services organizations to help meet this growing demand.”

Participants with specific legal problems can discuss their options one-on-one with volunteer lawyers on a wide range of subjects including divorce, child support, and custody; housing and landlord/tenant issues; government benefits, wills and advance directives; consumer debt and bankruptcy, foreclosure prevention, and veterans issues.  While registration is not required, it is strongly encouraged.

For more information, call the BABC at 410-539-5936, ext. 102.


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