Best Interest Attorney training tapes
It has come to the Bar Associations attention that the Best Interest Attorney training tapes are no longer in the law Library. If anyone is in possession of these tapes, can you please contact HCBA at firstname.lastname@example.org? Thank you!
Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Ann F. Matukaitis Family Law Symposium being held on Tuesday April 4, 2017 from 8:30am – 4:00pm at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood, Maryland.
The Topic of discussion will be “Domestic Violence and Relocation: How to manage 2 of the most complex Family Law Issues.”
For more information and the registration form, please see the attached document:
The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC) is now accepting nominations for theÂ 2017 Maryland Pro Bono Service Awards. Those who would like to nominate potential recipients of these prestigious awards should complete and submit theÂ nomination formÂ to PBRC byÂ March 7, 2017. The nomination form is available online viaÂ probonomd.org/awards.
Now in its 26thÂ year, these statewide awards honor outstanding attorneys, non-attorneys and programs that have made significant contributions to the delivery of pro bono civil legal services to Maryland’s low-income citizens. Service may have been made through litigation, legal/legislative advocacy, or any other means that extend needed legal services to the disadvantaged.
The awards will be presentedÂ Saturday, June 17, 2017Â at the Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting in Ocean City. The nomination process is sponsored and staffed by the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.
Complete applications must be submitted to the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland byÂ March 7, 2017. Please choose one of the following nomination submission methods:
Visit:Â http://www.probonomd.org/awards/Â click on the nominationÂ form button, and submit the nomination completely online.
OR click PDF nomination form:
Download the form, fill it out and email it toÂ email@example.com.
All supplementary materials should be emailed no matter how you submit a nomination online.
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
Attn: Awards Committee
520 W. Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Maryland Judiciary’s Self-Help Centers Recognized
by American Bar Association
(ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND, February 7, 2017) – Â The Maryland Judiciary’s network of programs for self-represented litigants has been selected by the American Bar Association (ABA) to receive the 2017 Louis M. Brown Meritorious Recognition. Â Three out of 36 award nominees received meritorious recognition at the ABA’s national Midyear Meeting on February 4, in Miami. Maryland Courts Self-Help Centers served more than 55,000 litigants via phone, live chat, email, and walk-in visits in 2016, an 86.5 percent increase over 2015.
“Self-help resources are an essential component of the Maryland Judiciary’s strategic plan to ensure access to justice”, said Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. “These services help Marylanders use a combination of modern technology and direct one-on-one legal services to obtain the information and assistance they need. Â We are grateful for this recognition by the American Bar Association and hope that it helps to encourage the advancement of self-help services in Maryland and beyond.”
The Maryland CourtsÂ Self-Help CentersÂ provide free, limited legal help in civil cases for people who do not have a lawyer. Â Operated under contract withÂ Maryland Legal Aid, attorneys are available from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, to answer questions via telephone, email, and live chat on a wide range of civil case types handled by Circuit Courts and the District Court, including:
- Landlord and tenant matters
- Family law matters such as divorce, custody, child support, and guardianship
- Small claims ($5,000 or less) and large claims (more than $5,000)
- Expungement and shielding of records
- Consumer matters such as car repossession, debt collection, and credit card cases
- Return of property
- Domestic violence/peace orders
Three District Court Walk-In Centers are open during regular courthouse hours to provide free limited legal services to people with civil cases in the District Court who are not represented by a lawyer. Â A network of Family Law Self-Help Centers are available in most Circuit Courts in the state.
William T. Hogan III, chair of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, which awarded the meritorious recognition, said that the committee “was impressed with the Maryland Courts’ robust programming and comprehensive assistance for self-represented litigants.” The ABA’sÂ Louis M. Brown Award for Legal AccessÂ recognizes programs and projects that enable affordable access to legal services for those of moderate income in ways that are exemplary and replicable. Founded in 1878, theÂ American Bar AssociationÂ is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations with more than 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities.
Maryland is a leader among states on access to justice, currently ranking fourth in the nation for overall performance, according to the Justice Index, an online resource that scores states based on the adoption of best practices furthering civil access to justice.
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Maryland Court of Appeals Approves Changes to Rules
Regarding Pre-Trial Release
(ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND, February 7, 2017)-Â The Maryland Court of Appeals today, upon resuming a public meeting that began on January 5, 2017, considered Rule changes proposed by the Maryland Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure in its 192nd report and supplements. Â During the meeting, the Court considered, amended, and then adopted the Rules. Â The changes to the Maryland Rules will provide guidance to judicial officers regarding pre-trial release of arrested individuals. Â The Court will issue a Rules Order, along with the newly adopted Rules, which include a new Rule 4-216.1. Â Over the next several days, Rules Committee staff will conform the proposed Rules to reflect the amendments adopted by the Court of Appeals. Â The Rules will take effectÂ July 1, 2017.
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The Harford County Bar Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Beam of Light Award! All nominations should be submitted to the HCBF by March 1, 2017. The nomination form can be found below!
Lawyer in the Lobby
The Harford County Bar Foundation is in need of Attorneys to cover their regularly scheduledÂ Lawyer in the LobbyÂ sessions. Please let them know if there is a session or two that you would be willing to volunteer your time. Â The dates needed are listed in our calendar. Â The sessions run 12pm-1pm and are generally located at Level A of Circuit Courthouse, but may also be located in the community. Please contact the Bar Foundation,Â (410) 836-0123,Â with questions or to sign up. Thank you!
February 21, 2017 12:00 PM & February 28, 2017 12:00 PM
February 21, 2017 1:00 PM & February 28, 2017 1:00 PM
Harford County Circuit Court
20 W. Courtland Street
Bel Air MD
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and various co-sponsors are hostingÂ TWOÂ in-depth LIVE trainings Â onÂ Friday, February 24, 2017 —Â 1.)Â Name Change and Gender Identity Petitions, AND; 2.)Â Tax Sale Prevention in Baltimore City.
We also have CLE course spots available. Â Please help us to spread the word about these trainings for volunteer attorneys by distributing this email to your contacts. Thank you!
Upcoming Pro Bono Training Opportunities:
Pro Bono Resource Center of MarylandÂ is proud to co-sponsor two important upcoming trainings for pro bono attorneys in February:
Friday, February 24, 2017 —Â Tax Sale Prevention in Baltimore City
Co-sponsored by Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Friday, February 24, 2017 —Â Name Change and Gender Identity PetitionsÂ (Representing Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Clients Effectively)
Co-sponsored by FreeState Justice.
REGISTER NOW:Â CLICK HERE
For more information or to register for any of the above, please visit:Â www.probonomd.org/training
at no cost for volunteer attorneys who make a pro bono commitment.
Divorce Tax Workshop (MSBA CLE Course)
SAVE THE DATE Â– TheÂ Maryland Partners for Justice ConferenceÂ isÂ Thursday, May 18, 2017 –Â featuring Morning Plenary SpeakerÂ Donna EdwardsÂ & Keynote SpeakerÂ Dean StrangÂ from Netflix’sÂ Making a Murderer. For more information – emailÂ firstname.lastname@example.org. For sponsorships visit:Â http://www.probonomd.org/conference
February 24, 2017
February 24, 2017
Bowling with The Bar!
The Best 4 Person Bowling Team over 3 games will win the
Open to attorneys, staff, spouses.
Teams must have at least 3 bar members or firm employees,
+ 1 “ringer”Â per team allowed.
If you do not have a team, we will find you one!
Thursday Lunchtime Speaker Series
Please join us for a brief one hour lunchtime CLE presentation. Â This month’s topic will be Navigating Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Contracts.
Thursday, March 9, 2017
12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.
Harford County Government Building
220 South Main Street, 1stÂ Floor Conference Room
Bel Air, Maryland 21014
Speakers: Â Martin Wolf
Please register at www.harcobar.org.
Free – HCBA Members
$10.00 – Non-Members
Please bring your own lunch and refreshments!
March 9, 2017 12:00 PM
March 9, 2017 1:00 PM
Harford County Government Building
220 South Main Street
1st Floor Conference Room
Bel Air MD
Lawyer in the Library
The Harford County Bar Foundation is in need of Attorneys to cover their regularly scheduledÂ Lawyer in the LibraryÂ sessions. Â Please let them know if there is a session or two that you would be willing to volunteer your time. The dates needed are listed in our calendar. Â The sessions run 11am-12pm and are located at a different local Library each month. Please contact the Bar Foundation,Â (410) 836-0123,Â with questions or to sign up. Thank you!
March 10, 2017 11:00 AM
March 10, 2017 12:00 PM
Whiteford Branch Library
2407 Whiteford Road
Harford County Bar Foundation