The Civil Justice Network

Civil Justice supports a Network of private attorneys who maintain their own practices. Through participation in the Civil Justice Network, these solo and small firm Maryland attorneys are committed to growing their own practices while increasing access to legal assistance for traditionally underserved members of the public. Network attorneys provide affordable, high quality services statewide and across numerous practice areas. Civil Justice Network members have the opportunity to share ideas, experiences, and resources with other like-minded attorneys through a listserv, trainings, mentorships and events. Network attorneys are able to grow and learn from the experiences of other attorneys while still maintaining the independence of running their own law firm.

A recent survey of Civil Justice Network members found that:

  • 89% of Network members have earned fees from a referral from Civil Justice in the past two years.
  • Over 95% of Network members routinely provide “low bono” services as part of their practice.
  • 88% of Network members would recommend membership to a colleague.

Client Referrals

Responding to a diverse range of legal needs, our intake staff refer thousands of clients to Civil Justice Network attorneys each year. A database of our Network attorneys is available on our website, which can be accessed by the general public. Through Civil Justice’s community contacts and outreach efforts, we connect individuals needing legal services with our Network members. Any fees are then negotiated between the client and attorney. When a Civil Justice Network attorney chooses to represent a client referred by Civil Justice who is in financial need, the attorney will provide a discount to their normal rate, if possible. Civil Justice also uses the referral service to identify unmet legal needs in the community and then develops programs to mobilize Members to meet those unmet needs while continuing to grow their practices.

Civil Justice Programs

Civil Justice offers a range of legal programs aimed at improving access to justice for Maryland residents. Civil Justice Network attorneys have the opportunity to be trained to participate in many of these programs and are frequently compensated for their time. Civil Justice’s programs include:

  • The Low Bono Foreclosure Mediation Program - Network attorneys provide low bono representation for homeowners at foreclosure mediations;
  • The Foreclosure Recovery Program - Network attorneys provide legal assistance to individuals who need help to recover and rebuild their financial health after a foreclosure event;
  • The Of Counsel Program - Network attorneys provide assistance to housing counselors helping homeowners facing foreclosure through in-person and online meetings; and
  • The Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Program - Network attorneys staff a self-help desk at foreclosure mediation sites and provide brief consultations to homeowners attending mediations sessions.

Mentoring & Networking Opportunities

Members have access to informal mentoring by experienced Network attorneys. Members also receive advice in the identification of appropriate co-counsel for complex cases. Additionally, members have opportunities to share experiences with and ask for suggestions from other public interest minded solo and small firm attorneys through CJ’s closed listserv and events.

Requirements

All members of the Network must be attorneys in good standing in the jurisdiction where they practice, must have malpractice insurance, and have a commitment to access to justice. To apply to become a CJ Network member, please complete the membership application available below.

Membership Dues

First through Third Years in Solo/Small Firm Practice - $125 a year.

Fourth & Subsequent Years in Solo/Small Firm Practice - $250 a year.

Small Firm (no more than 5 attorneys) - $500 a year.

A membership application can be downloaded here. If you have any questions, please contact Carrie McCully at (410) 706-0174.

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