The Pro Bono Resource Center kicked off its 2019-20 Professional Skills Academy Aug. 29, a program that develops volunteerism and expertise in newer attorneys through a combination of training, mentorship and service.
A total of 38 people came out to the event, which was hosted by the Baltimore office of Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP. It served as an orientation for Academy Fellows (newer attorneys seeking to deepen their skills while giving back to the community) and mentors (experienced attorneys and retired judges who have agreed to meet with the Fellows over the coming year).
PBRC Executive Director Sharon E. Goldsmith and District Court Judge and MSBA President-Elect Mark Scurti welcomed the group and provided historical context regarding the need for pro bono legal services in Maryland.
The 2019-2020 pilot program paired 19 Fellows with individual mentors. In addition to mentorship, the Academy provides each Fellow with seven trainings over the year, and with seven specific opportunities to learn by doing – providing pro bono service to real clients, with a mentor present.
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