I had the chance over the weekend to see the critically acclaimed documentary “Charm City,” a “candid portrait of citizens, police, community advocates, and government officials on the frontlines during three years of unparalleled, escalating violence in Baltimore.” The documentary was heart-wrenching and depressing. I did not leave the theater feeling encouraged about the state of affairs in Baltimore as the reality that more than 1,000 people died during the filming and a sizable chunk of Baltimore’s population cannot afford necessities.
Ruminating over the profound sense of hopelessness and helplessness I felt walking out of the theater, I realized that, as an attorney, I have agency and a professional responsibility to address the needs of people of limited means and opportunity.
Of course, in Maryland, there is no statute or rule that requires attorneys to perform pro bono service. However, because of the circumstances of many citizens of Baltimore, attorneys have unique agency to move the city forward in impactful ways. Law students and attorneys alike should take stock of their community and explore giving back through the following organizations and causes:
Maureen Edobor is an associate with Goldberg Segalla, LLP in Baltimore.