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Sharon E Goldsmith

Sharon E Goldsmith

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
Executive Director
Baltimore, MD, USA

Sharon E. Goldsmith 

Founding Executive Director of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc. (PBRC), Sharon E. Goldsmith has dedicated the majority of her career to promoting equal access to justice by developing and facilitating organized pro bono services. PBRC is one of only a handful of independent statewide support centers for pro bono legal services in the United States. PBRC’s mission is to coordinate and support volunteer civil legal services, provide resources and support for legal advocates for the poor, and promote cooperation within the legal community. PBRC operates an extensive training and referral program for volunteers and incubates new pro bono projects targeting specific areas of need. Under her leadership, PBRC was responsible for initiating one of the most successful Foreclosure Prevention Pro Bono Projects in the country, involving a broad collaboration of state and local agencies, legal services organizations, community groups and elected officials. Ms. Goldsmith also serves on the Court of Appeals of Maryland’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Service and provides technical assistance and support to the local pro bono committees and pro bono legal services organizations across the state.

Prior to joining the Pro Bono Resource Center, Ms. Goldsmith was a litigation attorney for a large law firm where, among other practice areas, she litigated personal injury cases and pro bono domestic violence cases. She was honored with the Weinberg Aim for Excellence Award, the Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award, and named one of the Top 100 Women by The Daily Record. She recently completed her term as the Chair of Policy and Advocacy Committee of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, and sits as a member of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission, and the Maryland State Bar Association’s Section Council on Delivery of Legal Services. She has served as an executive committee member of the National Association of Pro Bono Coordinators and presented at numerous ABA/NLADA Equal Justice and Pro Bono Conferences. Her public service activities include: co-founding Jewish Legal Services Clinic, a walk-in volunteer legal services clinic, serving on the Board of Jewish Family Services, and serving as a founding Board Member of the Maryland Immigrants’ Rights Coalition. The Women’s Law Center honored her with an Access to Justice Award in 2010 and she was recently recognized by the ABA with a Presidential Citation for her leadership efforts in Maryland and on the national level.

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