In addition to the ongoing projects listed below, short-term or short-fuse projects will be announced here.
Baltimore Outreach for Student Success (BOSS) strives to establish a deeper connection between the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the Baltimore City community by developing long-term relationships between youth in the Baltimore City Teen Court program and students at Maryland Carey Law, who can connect these youths with resources to assist in their success as students and community members. BOSS members serve as mentors and Teen Court facilitators throughout the year, while partnering with a variety of student and community organizations to host panels, workshops, and other engaging events connected to the organization's mission.
The Suspension Representation Project (SRP) is a student advocacy group that trains law students to represent public school students in suspension hearings and to help safeguard their right to education. The group was formed at Maryland Carey Law in response to data showing that Baltimore City has one of the highest suspension and expulsion rates in the country.
The Immigration Law and Policy Association (ILPA) leads community outreach initiatives related to immigrant issues, including training students to assist clients with asylum applications; hosting a DACA renewal clinic in conjunction with the Immigration Clinic; hosting area middle school students for an “immigration day” to learn about the complex immigration process; organizing law students to volunteer at local detention centers; and exploring immigration issues through a week-long spring break trip.
Among other volunteer work in the community, members of LLSA serve as translators in Immigration Court.
Students can volunteer at the Women’s Law Center of Maryland, which operates a family law and employment law hotline, represents victims of domestic violence, and seeks protective orders for immigrant women. The Women’s Law Center also advocates by writing or joining amicus briefs on issues furthering its mission, and lobbying in Annapolis. In addition, students can volunteer at the House of Ruth, which provides victims of domestic violence with food, shelter, counseling, legal and other services.
Members of the Military Law and Veterans Society (MLVS) volunteer with the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP), assisting attorneys in the Veterans Clinic and the Expungement Clinic. Other pro bono activities include the Day of Service for Maryland’s Veterans in conjunction with the Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Academy and work on other projects intended to assist veterans with legal issues.