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Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland Inc

aka PBRC   |   BALTIMORE, MD   |  www.probonomd.org

Mission

The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland addresses the inequality of access to the legal system by connecting volunteer lawyers to economically disadvantaged individuals, non-profit legal services providers, and communities for free legal counsel and representation. Our goal is to ensure that all Marylanders have equal access to the legal system regardless of their socio-economic condition. As the designated pro bono arm of the Maryland State Bar Association, we play a unique role as the support, training and advocacy center for pro bono activities. Our ultimate mission is to open the doors of justice for all.

Ruling year info

1991

Executive Director

Ms. Sharon E. Goldsmith Esq.

Main address

1500 Union Avenue, Suite 2400

BALTIMORE, MD 21211-1986 USA

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EIN

52-1664796

NTEE code info

Legal Services (I80)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Equal access to the justice system is a fundamental principle of our nation. The Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC) engages attorneys to provide free legal help to low-income families, ensuring that they can meet essential needs like food, shelter, employment, and medical care. We work to stop wage garnishments, evictions, foreclosures, denial of benefits, and more. Only individuals charged with a criminal offense have a constitutional right to a lawyer. Yet more than 80% of Maryland residents who need civil legal help cannot afford it. Nearly 544,000 Marylanders live below the federal poverty line of less than $25,100/year for a family of four. Almost half of those living in poverty subsist on less than $6,070 a year for one person, meeting the federal definition of “deep poverty.” These families cannot afford a private lawyer--but justice for all is a core American value. PBRC was founded in 1990 to address this tremendous need.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Consumer Protection

The Consumer Protection Project (CPP) provides assistance to Maryland consumers who have been sued by creditors in District Court collection actions. Volunteer lawyers help consumers assert defenses in court, negotiate settlement agreements with creditors, and represent consumers in litigation.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

PBRC’s Home Preservation Project recruits and trains pro bono attorneys to provide legal representation to low income Marylanders at risk of losing their homes.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Seniors

Baltimore City tenants appearing in Rent Court are almost always unrepresented, unfamiliar with court procedures, and unaware of available defenses. Even when they have a clear defense or face unsafe conditions like rodent infestations, leaks, or mold, tenants need help to successfully navigate Rent Court and exercise their rights. Pro Bono Resource Center recruits volunteer attorneys to provide limited scope, day-of-court pro bono representation to Baltimore City tenants being sued for nonpayment of rent.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Between October 1, 2013, and August 31, 2016, more than 9,000 unaccompanied immigrant children came to Maryland – seeking refuge from violence in their home countries, and more children continue to arrive each month. Without representation, many children eligible for relief will likely be deported right back to the dangerous situations from which they escaped. The Unaccompanied Children Pro Bono Project trains and deploys volunteers to help these children gain access to critical legal assistance with their valid claims to remain in the United States.

Population(s) Served
Immigrants and migrants
Children and youth

The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland recruits, trains, and matches lawyers to those in need across Maryland; strengthen the capacity of other legal services nonprofits; and advocates for improvements to the justice system.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

(Court closures in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic limited some of our clinic operations)

Hours of volunteer service

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people trained

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Core Program: Training, Support, and Advocacy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Pro Bono Resource Center is dedicated to connecting lawyers with purpose. Our robust training and mentoring system provides comprehensive skills so lawyers can have a lasting and profound impact on their pro bono clients, while our innovative direct service projects mobilize community resources to offer immediate assistance in areas of critical legal need to thousands of low-income individuals each year.

PBRC offers a comprehensive menu of training options, giving attorneys the skills necessary to make a difference. We refer hundreds of trained volunteers to legal services nonprofits across Maryland, as well as to our own direct service projects which address areas of unmet need.

Our innovative legal clinics mobilize volunteers to offer immediate assistance to low-income clients in areas of critical legal need. We bring trained volunteers, laptops, printers, phones, and all the necessary documents directly to the courthouse or convenient community locations, like senior centers, hospitals, and libraries. PBRC's current direct service projects include: Courtroom Advocacy (tenant and consumer defense), Home Preservation, and Immigrant Legal Assistane.

For thirty years, PBRC has served as the statewide coordinator and clearinghouse for pro bono legal service in Maryland. We train and refer hundreds of volunteer attorneys each year, and thousands of clients receive valuable legal services through our projects.

Over the past two years alone, PBRC closed 4,991 cases for individuals with legal issues, with a total impact on 11,358 low-income individuals; provided community outreach to more than 20,000; trained 1,609 volunteers (attorneys, law students, paralegals, and interpreters); and coordinated $957,137 worth of free legal services to those in need. We continue to evolve, working to advocate on behalf of our clients and their communities, and meeting the most pressing civil legal needs among low-income families in Maryland.

Financials

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Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Joseph Dyer

Seyfarth Shaw, LLP

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/26/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

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