Mid-Shore Pro Bono to pro­vide on-cam­pus ser­vices

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WYE MILLS — Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege is col­lab­o­rat­ing with Mid-Shore Pro Bono to launch a new le­gal clinic at the Wye Mills cam­pus that will serve col­lege stu­dents and oth­ers from the five­county re­gion who are un­able to pay for at­tor­ney ser­vices on their own.

Lo­cal lawyers Ed­ward Modell, Jimmy Persels and James Richard­son have vol­un­teered to work with stu­dents from Ch­e­sa­peake’s Para­le­gal pro­gram to as­sist in­di­vid­u­als who visit the clinic. This free ser­vice will pro­vide ac­cess to ad­vice on civil le­gal mat­ters in­clud­ing bank­ruptcy, el­der care, land­lord-ten­ant dis­putes and other is­sues.

“The time and ex­per­tise con­trib­uted by these at­tor­neys fills a crit­i­cal need for our cam­pus com­mu­nity while as­sist­ing oth­ers in the area who will ben­e­fit from free le­gal as­sis­tance,” said Brid­get Lowrie, J.D., Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege As­sis­tant Pro­fes­sor Crim­i­nal Jus­tice and Para­le­gal Stud­ies. “It’s also great work ex­pe­ri­ence for our para­le­gal stu­dents be­fore they launch their ca­reers in pri­vate prac­tices, prose­cu­tors’ of­fices and non profit le­gal agen­cies.”

The col­lege-based clinic will be held in in room L210 of Ch­e­sa­peake’s Learn­ing Re­source Cen­ter and open Tues­days from 1 to 3 p.m. and Thurs­days from 4 to 6 p.m. be­gin­ning March 24 and con­tin­u­ing through April 28.

Ser­vices may also be of­fered dur­ing the sum­mer months based on need and will oth­er­wise re­sume in Au­gust at the be­gin­ning of Ch­e­sa­peake’s fall se­mes­ter.

In­di­vid­u­als in need of le­gal ser­vices are en­cour­aged to con­tact Mid-Shore Pro Bono in ad­vance of clinic dates for ini­tial eval­u­a­tion and in­take by call­ing 410-690-8128 or email­ing info@mid­shoreprobono.org. Qual­i­fied in­di­vid­u­als will be given an ap­point­ment for the clinic. Walk-ins will be eval­u­ated but can­not meet with at­tor­neys un­til an ap­point­ment is sched­uled.

“As we cel­e­brate our tenth an­niver­sary, the new Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege clinic ex­pands our abil­ity to bring even more le­gal ser­vices to in­di­vid­u­als and fam­i­lies in the re­gion,” said Sandy Brown, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Mid Shore Pro Bono. “In par­tic­u­lar, we are ex­cited to pro­vide as­sis­tance to col­lege stu­dents who are jug­gling stud­ies, work, and fam­ily re­spon­si­bil­i­ties and as a re­sult, may have lim­ited re­sources to af­ford le­gal ser­vices.”

Two of Lowrie’s para­le­gal stud­ies stu­dents, Tev­erly Swin­son and Olga Mironova, are al­ready vol­un­teer­ing with Mid Shore Pro Bono.

“Work­ing with Mid Shore Pro Bono I feel sur­rounded by an energy of grate­ful­ness and a will­ing duty to help oth­ers,” said Swin­son. “From the staff to the lawyers, I’ve learned a lot in a short time, and I am thank­ful to be a part of their or­ga­ni­za­tion.”

Mid-Shore Pro Bono ser­vices the same coun­ties as Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege, mak­ing this a true sym­bi­otic part­ner­ship. The clinic is open to all Mary­lan­ders seek­ing brief ad­vice and coun­sel­ing. Those with more com­plex le­gal mat­ters will be re­ferred to Mid-Shore Pro Bono for an in-depth in­take to de­ter­mine el­i­gi­bil­ity for their vol­un­teer lawyer pro­gram. Mid-Shore Pro Bono of­fers sev­eral unique pro­grams. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.mid­shoreprobono.org.

PHO­TOS COUR­TESY OF CH­E­SA­PEAKE COL­LEGE

Stand­ing, from left, Mid-Shore Pro Bono Deputy Di­rec­tor Me­gan Ryan and At­tor­ney James Richard­son. Seated, from left, Ch­e­sa­peake para­le­gal stu­dents Olga Mironova and Tev­erly Swin­son pre­pare for up­com­ing free le­gal clin­ics of­fered in the Learn­ing Re­source Cen­ter at Ch­e­sa­peake Col­lege.

JIMMY PERSELS

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