Maryland Christian Legal Society

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Welcome to the Outreach Committee

We believe that God has called this organization to show His love and mercy to members of our community who have struggled emotionally, financially and spiritually.

He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. - Micah 6:8

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

Thursday, July 14th, 5-7pm

Monday, August 15th, 5-7pm

Tuesday, September 13th, 5-7pm

Wednesday, October 12th, 5-7pm

Thursday, November 17th, 5-7pm

Monday, December 12th, 5-7pm

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


FAQs

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.

 
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