Every lawyer in every office is encouraged to contribute his or her legal talents in ways that further the application of justice and enhance trust in the law and the legal system in our communities. We strongly encourage our lawyers and staff to contribute their time, talent and resources through voluntary organizations that enhance community life.
M&S Pro Bono Advocate Program
Miles & Stockbridge’s Pro Bono Advocate Program is structured to provide our lawyers meaningful opportunity to give back to their communities and, in particular, to provide our associates valuable professional experience and opportunities for increased responsibilities. The firm recognizes pro bono work when evaluating and rewarding the performance of its lawyers. Miles & Stockbridge's Pro Bono Advocate Program is directed by Stephen J. Cullen, a lawyer nationally and internationally recognized for his pro bono service. Dina R. Billian, the firm's Recruitment Manager, is the program's coordinator.
The firm works closely with prominent public interest organizations that provide legal services to the disadvantaged in each community in which we have offices. Miles & Stockbridge lawyers, for example, are active participants in the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, which seeks to provide quality representation for low-income clients in civil matters. In addition to handling dozens of cases for MVLS clients, our lawyers serve in leadership roles for the non-profit organization. Miles & Stockbridge has been honored by MVLS, including as Law Firm of the year, in recognition of Miles & Stockbridge's long-standing commitment and support.
Our firm established and manages a pro bono legal clinic staffed by our lawyers at Chase Brexton Health Services, Inc., a non-profit, community-based organization providing medical, psychological, and social services to underserved communities in the Baltimore area.
Lawyers in the Miles & Stockbridge Domestic Violence Pro Bono Group go into court on a pro bono basis on behalf of victims of domestic violence, primarily women and children of color, referred to our firm through the House of Ruth and Women’s Law Center, to obtain final protective orders for them. In recognition of this contribution to our community, The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland presented our Domestic Violence Pro Bono Group with the Herbert S. Garten Special Project Award at the Maryland State Bar Association's 2007 convention. Two other members of that group were recognized for their representation of domestic violence victims on the Mid-Shore of Maryland. The group's members include lawyers, paralegals and administrative assistants.
Another focus of Miles & Stockbridge's pro bono legal work involves missing and abducted children. Working through the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention, our lawyers work nationally and internationally in helping families regain custody of children who have been illegally taken, usually by another family member, and often transported out of the country. In addition to representing parents and guardians on a pro bono basis, we actively share what we have learned from our work in this field with other lawyers and with judges, training them how to prevent abductions, how to search for a child who has been abducted and how to seek appropriate civil and criminal remedies.
Philanthropic and Civic Contributions
In addition to the firm's pro bono legal efforts, Miles & Stockbridge has a long history of supporting the philanthropic and civic interests of our individual lawyers, staff and clients. Miles & Stockbridge lawyers are active and take leadership roles in numerous non-profit organizations addressing education, arts and culture, the environment, children and families, community health, neighborhood enhancement, housing and economic development. In keeping with our commitment to be a truly client-focused firm, we actively support the charitable interests of our clients.
The firm also has established the Miles & Stockbridge Foundation to support and advance the good work of our lawyers. A 14-member board meets regularly to allocate gifts from the foundation, which is funded by contributions from the firm's principals.