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FEATURED MOVER | Laura L. Chafey, Mid-Shore Pro Bono

Mid-Shore Pro Bono named Laura L. Chafey, Esq. as the nonprofit group’s legal director.

Chafey most recently served as Dorchester County’s assistant state’s attorney, where she gained extensive experience working on legal issues affecting families and children. She has experience working internationally and with a range of nonprofit legal organizations, including completion of an internship with Mid-Shore Pro Bono in 2011.

As legal director, Chafey is responsible for overseeing Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s legal assistance programs that provide free and low-cost access to legal representation in family law, consumer debt and housing, and elder law issues. In addition, Chafey will lead recruitment, training, and engagement of volunteer attorneys and represent Mid-Shore Pro Bono in regional and statewide networks.

Her education includes working as an intern with Mid-Shore Pro Bono and the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) at the Hague, Netherlands, where she assisted Judge Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov of the ICTR Appeals Chamber in his judicial duties. Laura studied abroad with American University, Washington College of Law at The Hague, Netherlands, and in Salamanca, Spain with UniverSpain.

Laura L. Chafey, Esq., legal director of Mid-Shore Pro Bono


Resides in:

St. Michaels


Master of Laws LLM in public international law from University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam Law School, 2014; Juris Doctor from University of Baltimore School of Law, 2013; Bachelor of Arts in international studies from Frostburg State University, 2010

If you had not chosen your current profession, what profession would you choose and why?

If I was not a lawyer, I would probably be a teacher of history and/or international studies, so that I could share my love for these subjects with the younger generation.  I had several teachers that made a great impact on me and my education.  It would be fulfilling to be able to make an impact like that on others and help shape future generations.

Favorite vacation:  

My favorite vacation was during the summer of 2012 when my father took me to Switzerland, France and Belgium before dropping me off in The Hague, Netherlands for my summer study abroad there.  I love to travel!

When I want to relax, I … :

Do yoga or watch a TV show with a glass of red wine.

Favorite book:  

“1984” by George Orwell

Favorite quotation:  

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.” — Martin Luther King Jr.