Maryland has the highest number of homeless veterans of any surrounding state or D.C., yet Maryland veterans have one of the lowest levels of compensation for their service. This stark reality led to the creation of the Veterans’ Benefits Project, a collaborative initiative housed at the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP). Through this project, volunteer lawyers complete training and help Maryland veterans file and defend claims for service-connected disability benefits vital to their daily existence. Volunteer lawyers have access to a mentor, case support, and malpractice insurance.
PBRC also recruits and trains volunteer lawyers to staff a Veterans’ Legal Hotline based out of the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau. This hotline aims to address a variety of legal issues affecting veterans including housing, consumer abuse, divorce, child custody and public benefits. After completing the required training, volunteer lawyers will staff the hotline at designated time slots and respond to questions from their homes, offices or any other convenient location. Volunteer lawyers have access to mentors and malpractice insurance.
With its partners, PBRC convenes the annual Veterans’ Legal Assistance Conference each year. The conference features various educational components for the public as well as substantive legal training for volunteer lawyers who would like to provide pro bono assistance to veterans.
To become a volunteer, complete the online Training Registration Form.
The Veterans’ Legal Hotline is made possible through a partnership between PBRC and Maryland Legal Aid Bureau. The Veterans’ Legal Assistance Conference is a partnership between PBRC and HPRP, Bob Parsons Veterans Advocacy Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law, MSBA Veterans’ Affairs and Military Law Section, MSBA Elder Law & Disability Rights Section, Veterans and Military Law Section of the Federal Bar Association, and Saul Ewing, LLP.