What is the JustAdvice® Clinic?
The JustAdvice® Clinic is a program, administered by the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in partnership with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), that provides low cost legal consultation to Maryland residents. The program began operating in June 2009 as Legal Grind; however, in April 2010, it restructured and relaunched in its current form. Since its creation in 2009, the JustAdvice® Clinic has served over 2,600 individuals providing legal advice on a broad range of legal issues including family law, housing, criminal, employment, expungement, insurance, elder law, tax, civil, and social security. The program’s goal is to increase access to justice within the Baltimore community by providing a low cost alternative for individuals in need of legal advice who do not qualify for Legal Aid, but may not have the resources to hire a private attorney.
How does it work?
The JustAdvice® Clinic hosts two three-hour sessions each week. For only $10, customers receive up to 30 minutes with an experienced attorney to discuss their legal issue. If you are a member of our armed forces or a veteran your $10 fee is waived. During this meeting, customers can gain a better understanding of the legal issues they face and receive advice on how to proceed in order to resolve those issues. The program accepts walk-ins; however, customers who would like to schedule an appointment can do so by calling 410-929-4809 or by sending an e-mail to JustAdvice@law.umaryland.edu. If you have questions about a specific matter, please email or call us to schedule an appointment. We ask that you do not post specific questions in the comments field of a blog post, as the comments fields are not confidential.
Can the JustAdvice® Clinic prepare documents?
In addition to providing legal advice, the JustAdvice® Clinic can draft certain legal documents including: Simple Wills, Power of Attorneys, Medical Directives, Complaints for Uncontested Divorces, Complaints for Uncontested Custody, Small Estates, and Petitions for Name Change. Clients who retain the JustAdvice Clinic to draft a legal document will receive instructions for how to file the document themselves and a brief overview of how to proceed after the document is filed. The cost for this service ranges depending on the type and complexity of the legal document. Individuals interested in retaining the JustAdvice Clinic to draft a legal document can learn more by calling 410-929-4809 or by sending an e-mail to JustAdvice@law.umaryland.edu.
About our partner, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS)
The mission of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) is to provide quality pro bono civil legal services to Marylanders of limited means. MVLS is the largest pro bono legal services provider in the state both in terms of volunteers, over 2,000 lawyers on its panel, and clients served, 65,000 since its founding in 1981. Its core pro bono program expands the capacity of Maryland’s overburdened legal services delivery system which can serve only 20% of low-income clients in need of civil legal services. The current economic downturn has exacerbated the need for legal services, MVLS volunteers helped approximately 3,000 low-income Marylanders every year. For more information, please consult: mvlslaw.org/
**This website is authorized by the creator and faculty supervisor of the JustAdvice Clinic, Professor Leigh Maddox.