From the 2011 News Archive
JustAdvice Earns Award from Pro Bono Resource Center
JustAdviceŽ, the legal services program that helps people of modest means find direction in their search for legal advice, won the Herbert S. Garten Special Project Award from the Pro Bono Resource Center (PBRC) of Maryland. The awards recognize "an outstanding contribution to the delivery of pro bono or free civil legal services to Maryland's low-income population," according to the PBRC.
JustAdvice is operated by law students who organize and advertise the services of the clinic for people who may not be able to afford an attorney but make too much money to qualify for legal aid. For $10, customers can meet with practicing and retired attorneys who listen to their problems and help devise a roadmap to help the customers navigate their law-related issues. Law students sitting in on sessions learn from the attorneys about providing client service.
The program served more than 700 people in its first two years of operation, with a value of more than $125,000. Its education and service component has grown beyond the School of Law to include students from the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
Visiting Law School Assistant Professor Leigh Maddox oversees the program. She accepted the Garten award on behalf of the JustAdvice team on June 11 during the Maryland State Bar Association's annual meeting in Ocean City.
UM Media Relations