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Thursday, November 1 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
Job Placement Centers and Attorneys: A Partnership that Works [RJ]

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In 2015, as a response to the unrest in Baltimore City after the death of Freddie Gray, Maryland Legal Aid established the Community Lawyering Initiative. Initially, the program provided legal services in a library in Mr. Gray’s neighborhood. In 2016, through a grant, Maryland Legal Aid was able to place an attorney in each of four workforce development centers in Baltimore City to assist participants in clearing any legal hurdles to obtaining full-time work. In 2017, Maryland Legal Aid hired three additional attorneys to practice in workforce development centers in Baltimore City, suburban Maryland, and the rural western counties. Because this wraparound service approach was so successful in workforce development centers, the Community Lawyering Initiative began offering legal services to other holistic service providers, including drug treatment centers, homeless shelters, community colleges, and state agencies. This session will describe methods for bundling legal assistance with other services and provide a “one-stop shop” to meet the needs of low-income individuals.


Walter Morris

Director, Prince Georges County Workforce Development Center

Amy Petkovsek

Maryland Legal Aid, Maryland Legal Aid
Amy Petkovsek is the director of advocacy for training and pro bono at Maryland Legal Aid. Amy oversees the growth and development of the Community Lawyering Initiative, Pro Bono, Lawyer in the Library, and Lawyer in the Schools programs across Maryland. Before serving in this position... Read More →

Thursday November 1, 2018 4:15pm - 5:45pm CDT
West Alabama Westin Galleria, 3rd Level

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