2011 Pro Bono Week Celebration a Success in Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County celebrated Pro Bono Week and the 100th Birthday of Legal Aid  by offering free, limited legal advice on civil matters in the law library.  15 Anne Arundel County volunteer attorneys provided 20 hours of free legal advice to 44 people this week.  Each attorney was available for at least one hour slot on Tuesday through Thursday from 12:00 to 5:00.  (Our regularly scheduled Wednesday program still began at 11:00.)  Many of the attorneys stayed to help beyond their promised one hour in order to help when there was a bit of a wait.  The busiest times seemed to be between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.

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.  However, it worked out well on Tuesday when the Center closes at 1:00 to have the volunteer family law attorneys available throughout the afternoon.

I know that everyone who received legal advice appreciated the service.  Every volunteer received only a small bag of “pro bono” candy so I want to thank all of the volunteers who made this event possible:

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.

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By Joan Bellistri

Law Library Director for the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library

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