Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP has announced that senior counsel Louis J. Ebert has moved into the role of pro bono chair, a new part-time position.
Describing his new job as a semi-retirement gift from the Baltimore law firm, Ebert, who most recently served as co-chair of the firm’s creditors’ rights department, said he’s dreamed of focusing on pro bono work ever since he was in law school at George Washington University.
“For the last 40 I’ve years represented banks (and) financial institutions in troubled commercial loans, and I finally reached a point and time where I wanted to go back to what I originally wanted to do,” said Ebert, 68. “I’m really proud of the senior management of the firm that is letting me do this. It really is something out of the ordinary.”
Ebert said that in April he told Barry Greenberg, managing partner of RMG, that he would retire from the creditors’ rights department at the end of 2019 but that he would like to continue working on a limited basis on pro bono cases.
After telling Greenberg that he was talking with various other organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, about working part time, Greenberg offered him the opportunity to create a pro bono branch of the firm, Ebert said.
Ebert said he planned to take cases that pique his interest. He’s also interested in taking on discrimination-related cases, according to an RMG news release.
“Frankly, the cases I’m most interested in are ones that involve litigation or ones where a favorable decision can help the greatest number of people,” Ebert said.
Ebert, who said he’s still unsure how many cases he can handle per year, said he turned down pro bono opportunities elsewhere because they were full-time positions. He said he is glad to stay on at RMG, where he can get advice from colleagues and work with the firm’s various departments if he isn’t an expert in a certain area of the law.
In his new position, Ebert will work with various Baltimore organizations that offer pro bono services, such as the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, the Public Justice Center and the Homeless Persons Representation Project, according to the RMG news release, which says Ebert’s new position demonstrates RMG’s “expanded commitment to providing pro-bono legal services” in Baltimore for those who can’t afford representation.
“With the wealth of great attorneys within RMG, we are happy to provide Lou with the Firm’s support and resources as we provide this service to our community,” Greenberg said in the release.