Anne Arundel County celebrated Pro Bono Week and the 100th Birthday of Maryland Legal Aid last week by offering free, limited legal advice on civil matters in the law library.
“For National Pro Bono Week, we helped to expand the program to provide assistance all afternoon, all week,” said Maryland Legal Aid supervising attorney Lisa Sarro. “We helped to organize the event and recruit volunteers, staffed some of the attorney time slots, and had staff available to provide assistance throughout the event in case any of the private volunteer attorneys had questions. It was a great success!”
Fifteen Anne Arundel County volunteer attorneys provided 20 hours of free legal advice to 44 people. Each attorney was available for at least one hour slot (in addition to the regularly scheduled Wednesday program). Many of the attorneys stayed to help beyond their promised one hour in order to help.
Issues for which the attorneys were consulted included trusts, wills, torts, landlord\tenant, employment, foreclosure, real property, deeds, accident cases and family law. Now that the Family Self Help Center is located in the law library, many of the family issues could be easily referred to the center.
The volunteers who volunteered: Jeff Bowman, Mary Jordan, Susan Mays, Carolyn Krohn, Kathleen McLaughlin, Darren Burns, Doug Hollman, Dana Paul, Alan Legum, Anita Bailey, John Greene, Lisa Sarro, Garland Hall, Elena Boisvert, Bob Waldman and Kunle Adeyemo.