At the center of last year’s unrest in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray stood the Pennsylvania Avenue branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library system. The library remained open as a beacon of hope and a safe haven for the West Baltimore community.
Inspired by the dedication of the library to its community, Maryland Legal Aid teamed up with the library and developed its Lawyer in the Library program. Maryland Legal Aid sees this program as a fresh take on the traditional community lawyering model.
We talked with Amy Petkovsek, the Director of Advocacy for Training and Pro Bono at Maryland Legal Aid about the Lawyer in the Library program: how it came to be, what the response has been, and how it works as a community-lawyering model.
Be sure to read her advocacy story, “A Fresh Approach to Community Lawyering: A Lawyer in the Library."