First Pro Bono Day in Bel Air helps nearly 50 people

Fifteen volunteer lawyers helped 46 people with their civil legal problems in Harford Co.’s first Pro Bono Day, held Saturday at Maryland Legal Aid’s Northeastern Maryland office in Bel Air.

“Given that this was the first time we held a Pro Bono Day clinic in Harford County, I think we had a successful event which we can build on for the future,” said Gwendolyn S.Tate, director of legal services at SARC, one of the event’s sponsors. ” And we could not have done it without all of [the] hard work leading up to and on the day of the event.”

People got help in legal areas such as family law (23 percent), wills, estates and powers of attorney (11 percent), employment (11 percent), bankruptcy (9 percent), and foreclosure (7 percent). In the picture: Legal Aid paralegal Lynda Baldwin helping a visitor to the clinic.

The clinic was also sponsored by Legal Aid and the Harford Bar Foundation.

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