Mid-Shore Pro Bono, a non-profit organization on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that provides free access to legal services to low income community members, is inviting visitors to explore its new website. Launched during Pro Bono Month, the new website was designed to provide a user-friendly experience with features to help people find free local resources for legal representation.
“What better way to celebrate Pro Bono Month than to share a newly refined tool with our community,” said Sandy Brown, Mid-Shore Pro Bono, executive director. “The new design offers a clean layout and simple navigation structure for users to learn about Mid-Shore Pro Bono, the services we offer and populations we serve.”
The site launch coincides with the National Celebration of Pro Bono. Every October, the American Bar Association, encourages local communities to recognize Pro Bono month through events, clinics, trainings, and the celebration of lawyers who donate their time to provide legal services to those who cannot afford an attorney. In fiscal year 2019, Mid-Shore Pro Bono collectively donated $1.8M in free legal services to mid and lower shore communities in Maryland.
This month, Mid-Shore Pro Bono is recognizing five volunteer attorneys from each county for their dedication to the organization’s mission and vision to empower people to resolve civil legal issues. These attorneys include Lance Young from Kent County, Geoff Cooke from Talbot County, Amanda Forester-Cannon from Dorchester County, Arlette Bright from Wicomico County and Immigration Attorney, Jennifer Clarke.
“Out of more than 40,000 practicing attorneys in Maryland, the Eastern Shore has less than 1% of the total number of
active licensed lawyers in the state which makes those attorneys who volunteer with us worth recognizing” said Sandy Brown, Mid-Shore Pro Bono, executive director. “So, given that, we want to make sure our community recognizes the great contributions local attorneys make year-round.”
“After practicing law for nearly 35 years before retiring, I realize the importance of continuing to engage in pro bono work,” said Tim Abeska, volunteer attorney and MSPB board member and treasurer. “Mid-Shore Pro Bono offers quality attorneys and quality service for those in our community who need it most.”