Pro Bono Program
The Professional Investigator Alliance of Maryland
has established a Pro Bono Program to create a
way to give something back to the community. The
program will solicit PIAM members to volunteer
to work, free of charge, for those citizens of
Maryland who would not ordinarily be able to financially
afford investigative services.
METHOD OF OPERATION
The Pro Bono Program
will be administrated by a Pro Bono Committee
that will accept the request for services and
proceed to determine if the request falls within
the established guidelines. The Committee will
target the Maryland State Bar Associations, the
Trial Lawyers Association, the County Bar Associations,
and the Legal Aid Societies by announcing our
intentions; and in return, asking them for advertising
and/or an interview or article about PIAM and
its Pro Bono program. All requests received from
the Maryland State Bar Associations, the Trial
Lawyers Association, the County Bar Associations,
and the Legal Aid Societies will be accepted without
question, since they already have an established
pro bono program in progress.
Any inquiring attorney,
not going thru their local bar association or
a non profit organization requesting the services
of our members will be required to provide, the
particulars of the case, and to sign an affidavit
certifying that their client is not able to afford
these services and he/she is not in anyway receiving
any fees for attorney services.
After the request
received is reviewed and it is determined to meet
our program's established guidelines, then the
assignment will be posted on the P.I.A.M. web
site for a member to accept. If the assignment
is not accepted then a direct request will be
made to a member in the area of the assignment.
Once the assignment
is accepted, the member will then be placed in
direct contact with the attorney or requesting
service and the investigator will proceed directly
with the Client.
At the conclusion
of the assignment the member will be requested
to provide the Pro Bono Committee with a copy
of the final report for administrating purpose
only. In addition, the member will be requested
to provide the committee with the amount of time
allocated and expenses for which the assignment
would ordinarily have been invoiced. These figures
will be kept and tallied by the committee and
used for promotional purposes only.
At the conclusion
of the assignment the Pro Bono Committee will
contact the attorney/client who will be also be
requested to write to his local bar chapter (or
society) detailing his interaction with the volunteer
investigator; a letter of recognition, so to speak.
Free advertising from various legal societies.
Tax deduction for pro-bono work.
Direct interaction with potential paying clients.
For further information
contact the Pro Bono Commitee, Lloyd
Davis or Caryn