Pro Bono/Community Outreach
Goodell DeVries is committed to providing quality legal services to all members of our communities, regardless of ability to pay. Nearly all of our attorneys generously contribute time and/or money to pro bono efforts and community service organizations.
The firm's current pro bono coordinator, Thomas J. S. Waxter, III, works with Maryland Volunteer Legal Services (MVLS) and other non-profit organizations to provide regular opportunities for our attorneys to assist our communities. MVLS is the largest organization in Maryland providing legal services to the working poor who do not qualify for legal aid. Susan T. Preston, serves on the MVLS Board of Directors. Through referrals from MVLS and other organizations, our attorneys represent indigent clients on a pro bono basis in an extensive variety of cases, including matters relating to child custody and family law, estate and probate, landlord-tenant disputes, wage, employment and educational issues, liability defenses, bankruptcy, and debt instruments.
Goodell DeVries' Managing Partner, Linda S. Woolf, serves on the fundraising arm of Maryland's Legal Aid - the Equal Justice Council. Legal Aid has provided free civil legal assistance for low-income people in need throughout Maryland since 1911. Goodell DeVries is also an annual financial supporter of Maryland Legal Services Corporation ("MLSC"), which raises money and makes grants to non-profits for the provision of civil legal assistance to low-income persons in Maryland. MLSC's other sources of funding include Interest on Lawyers' Trust Accounts ("IOLTA") and surcharges on civil filings in Maryland.
Additionally, in 2009, the firm undertook an active role in the Veteran's Benefits Project, which is run through the Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc. ("HPRP") in Baltimore. The Veteran’s Benefit Project assists homeless veterans in obtaining service-related benefits for which they may be eligible. Based on our representation of veterans in the administrative process, HPRP presented Goodell DeVries with it's "Outstanding Law Firm of the Year" award for 2011. A partner of the firm also serves on the annual Lawyer's Campaign for HPRP.
Our attorneys also devote financial resources and hundreds of hours to community service each year, serving on boards of numerous non-profit organizations (legal and non-legal), and providing counsel and active support. Some representative organizations include: