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An update on what is happening at the Maryland CLS

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MD CLS Christmas Party

Posted by [email protected] on October 19, 2017 at 6:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Join the Maryland Christian Legal Society

For a holiday celebration!

Games, Christmas Carols, a Holiday Devotional and Free Food!

Wear something festive and bring some Christmas cookies if you would like… Families/Guests are welcome.


Monday, December 4th at 6:30 P.M.

The “Living Room”

8241 Georgia Ave.

Silver Spring, MD 20910


R.S.V.P. to

[email protected]


Fall General Body Meeting

Posted by [email protected] on September 26, 2017 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Maryland CLS Fall General Body Meeting

Wednesday, October 4th, 6:30 p.m.

Howard County Library System - Savage Branch

9525 Durness Lane, Laurel, MD 20723


Maryland CLS is excited to announce Erika E. Cole will be speaking at the Fall General Body Meeting. You will not want to miss Erika share about her work with Whiteford, Taylor & Preston where she focuses her practice on churches and faith-based organizations. RSVP by emailing Matt Paavola ([email protected]).

End of Summer BBQ

Posted by [email protected] on June 20, 2017 at 7:25 AM Comments comments (0)

End of Summer BBQ

Sunday, August 27th, 6 p.m.

9325 Ravenridge Road

Parkville, MD 21234

RSVP and sign up to bring something by emailing Kerstin Miller ([email protected]).

Volunteer Orientation

Posted by [email protected] on April 17, 2017 at 9:45 PM Comments comments (0)

WHAT: Volunteer Orientation


WHO: MD CLS Lawyers


WHERE: Restore Church – The Living Room

8241 Georgia Ave

Silver Spring, MD 20910

Basement Level




WHEN: Saturday morning, June 3rd



8:30 – 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 11:00 Training

11:00 – 12:00 How to Conduct an Intake





Why Christian Legal Aid?



Admin and Logistics


Please RSVP to

Peter Cairns at:

[email protected], or 910-391-5548


For further information on CLS Training and Volunteer Opportunities, see

Helping Up Mission - 2017 Dates

Posted by [email protected] on March 29, 2017 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Brent McBurney - Spring General Membership Meeting

Posted by [email protected] on March 29, 2017 at 4:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Brent McBurney, President & CEO of Advocates International, will be speaking at the Maryland CLS Spring General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, April 11th

6:30 p.m.

Arbutus Branch of the Baltimore Public Library

855 Sulphur Spring Rd.

Arbutus, MD 21227

Please RSVP to Matt Paavola @ [email protected] by April 9th so we can get an idea of how many people are coming, but come anyway if you are able to at the last minute.


About the speaker...

Mr. McBurney became President and CEO of Advocates International (“AI”) in January 2011. Prior to joining AI, he served the Body of Christ through the Christian Legal Society (“CLS”) where he was Director of Legal Aid Ministries, Director of Attorney Ministries and Editor-in-Chief of The Christian Lawyer magazine. He was on the staff of CLS from 2004 through 2010.

Before his tenure at CLS, Mr. McBurney served for a number of years as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC.

He received his BA in Russian Language and Political Science in 1992 from Baylor University and his JD in 1999 from George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School. He is licensed to practice law in New York and the District of Columbia and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and a number of other federal courts.

Mr. McBurney and his wife Elizabeth reside in Northern Virginia with their son, Ian, and daughter, Sarah. He is one of the worship leaders at his church, of which the McBurney’s have been members since 1993.


Fall General Meeting - Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Posted by [email protected] on September 12, 2016 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Join us for our fall meeting at the Arbutus Branch of the Baltimore County Public Library, in Arbutus, on Tuesday, October 4 @ 6:30pm.

Our speaker will be Tom Gehring, author of Settle It!: and be Blessed!.  He is a trial lawyer, mediator and an adjunct professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law.

See link for a bio and more info on one of his books:


Results of Board of Directors Election 2016

Posted by [email protected] on December 23, 2015 at 5:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Our Nominating Committee, which oversees and administers the election of our Board of Directors, recently concluded the nomination, election and tallying of votes for the Board of Directors.

The Directors for 2016 are:

Peter Cairns

Kerstin Miller

Matt Paavola

Kimberly Waite


An excerpt of the announcement from the Committee:

"Congratulations Peter, Matt, Kimberly and Kerstin. The task ahead will entail much discretion, perseverance, prayer, and wisdom. We know they will do a fantastic job."


Thank you to all of our voting members for participating and our Nominating Committee for facilitating the election process.

Two Board members were also Board members in 2014 and 2015, while the other two are new members who have demonstrated their committment to serving in this role by their work with the Pro Bono Committee in 2015.

Helping Up Mission Outreach Winter and Spring Dates

Posted by [email protected] on December 3, 2015 at 5:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Our primary outreach ministry is, and has been, the Helping Up MIssion in Baltimore City. The Helping Up Mission is a shelter for homeless men located at 1029 E. Baltimore Street in Baltimore City.


Every month, we send a team of volunteer attorneys and law students to meet with these men about some of the legal challenges they are facing. Our goal is to help them overcome.

Our upcoming dates are:

Wednesday, December 9th, 5-7pm


Tuesday, January 19th, 5-7pm


Wednesday, February 17th, 5-7pm


Thursday, March 17th, 5-7pm


Monday, April 18th, 5-7pm


Tuesday, May 17th, 5-7pm


Wednesday, June 15th, 5-7pm

If you are interested in participating, please contact our Outreach Committee Chair, Peter Cairns at [email protected]






If I am an Attorney, do I have to Be a member of the Maryland BAR? What about experience?


Attorney volunteers do not have to be licensed in Maryland or have prior clinical experience. You will be paired with a more seasoned Attorney for every client meeting until you feel comfortable enough to begin meeting with clients on your own.



Will sharing my Christian faith with willing clients violate any ethical rules?


No. A volunteer addressing a client's legal problems with advice that is consistent with the doctrines arising from Christian Scriptures, and/or sharing with a willing client how he/she came to believe in Jesus Christ, does not violate the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct. In fact, it conforms specifically with Rule 2.1, which provides: "In representing a client, a lawyer shall exercise independent professional judgment and render candid advice. In rendering advice, a lawyer may refer not only to law but to other considerations such as moral, economic, social and political factors, that may be relevant to the client's situation." Moreover, the Comments to Rule 2.1 state the following: "Advice couched in narrow legal terms may be of little value to a client, especially where practical considerations, such as cost or effects on other people, are predominant. Purely technical legal advice, therefore, can sometimes be inadequate. It is proper for a lawyer to refer to relevant moral and ethical considerations in giving advice. Although a lawyer is not a moral advisor as such, moral and ethical considerations impinge upon most legal questions and may decisively influence how the law will be applied."



How should I dress?


Dress for volunteers is business casual / casual. Work clothes are fine, as are jeans.



What should I bring?


The clinic leadership will supply you with all the forms necessary to conduct client intake. If you would like to bring your own laptop to access resource online using the clinic’s wireless connection, please feel free to do so. There is wifi internet available at the Clinic.