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Friday, November 8 • 4:15pm - 5:45pm
It Takes a Village: Serving Students and Families with Lawyers in the Schools

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Strong schools support students and their caregivers, and placing lawyers in schools strengthens that support. Come learn how civil legal aid attorneys having a regular presence in schools aimed at serving low-income students can present multifaceted opportunities for clients. Since 2015, Maryland Legal Aid’s Community Lawyering Initiative has served more than 10,000 individuals statewide by establishing legal clinics in community spaces. In 2019, the project expanded and began offering services in schools in Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area. Lawyers in schools offer unique opportunities to address concerns of families in kinship care and systemic issues with landlords, to engage in representation of neighborhood associations/groups, and to empower students to have a voice in social justice issues. This session will detail how to start a lawyer-in-the-schools program, identify partners, obtain funding, administer clinics in the setting, leverage involvement from the private bar, and overcome hurdles as they arise.


Meaghan McDermott

Maryland Legal Aid, Project Director, Community Lawyering Initiative
Meaghan McDermott is the supervising attorney and project director of the Community Lawyering Initiative at Maryland Legal Aid. The Initiative conducts mobile legal clinics in community spaces across the state. Meaghan has been with Legal Aid since February 2017. Before Legal Aid... Read More →

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 →

Friday November 8, 2019 4:15pm - 5:45pm EST
LaSalle B 5th Floor