The Maryland Access to Justice Commission unites leaders to drive systemic reforms and innovations to make the civil justice system accessible, user-friendly and fair for all Marylanders.

The Maryland Access to Justice Commission existed as an initiative of the Maryland Judiciary from 2008 - 2014.  It is now an independent entity that brings together civil justice partners - including the deans of our law schools, the attorney general, law firm partners, corporate counsel, heads of legal services organizations and funders, academics and representatives from the Maryland Judiciary and the Maryland State Bar Association - to break down barriers that prevent all Marylanders from equally accessing the civil justice system.

 
ADVOCATE

Because approximately 325,000 Marylanders do not get the help they need to effectively resolve their civil legal problem, we advocate for laws and reforms that increase free or low-cost legal representation for low and mid-income Marylanders.

CONVENE & COORDINATE

Because there are over 50 different places where you can go to get civil legal aid in Maryland - from legal service providers, law school clinics, pro-bono clinics, court self-help centers and more - we convene civil justice partners to share best practices and encourage information-sharing, coordination and efficiency.

COMMUNICATE & AMPLIFY

Because most Marylanders do not know that there is no right to an appointed attorney in most civil (non-criminal) legal matters, even though equal justice for all is a value that they hold dear and support, we communicate and amplify - with one voice - how critical civil legal aid is to realizing the promise of "justice for all."

INTRODUCE & IMPLEMENT INNOVATION

Because the civil justice system was designed for lawyers by lawyers, but is now mostly used by non-lawyers, we introduce and implement innovations to simplify the process and create pathways so Marylanders get the type of civil legal help they need, when they need it.

 

PROGRAM AREAS

Law Reform
A2J Innovations
A2J Data & Indicators
Civil Legal Aid Funding
Coordination & Strategic Planning
Communications
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EVENTS & RESOURCES

Reports
Helpful Links
Events
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CONTACT

Phone: 443.703.3037
Email: reena@msba.org
Address

Maryland Bar Center

520 W. Fayette St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

Volunteer Opportunities

The Commission is always looking for exceptional talent. If you are passionate about equal justice for all and have skills in communications, legal research & writing, data analysis or fundraising, we welcome an application to volunteer with us.  Please send a cover letter, resume and three references to Reena Shah at reena@msba.org.

 

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