This past spring, Olivia R. Holcombe-Volke, Partner with Elville and Associates, co-founded the Community Advocacy Network (CAN), an initiative within the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service that inspires new attorneys and law students to give low-income Marylanders equal access to justice through pro bono work.
The MVLS is a private, non-profit legal services provider established in 1981 to help meet the need for civil legal services in Maryland that provides quality civil legal assistance to Marylanders with limited income at low or no cost.
Already a volunteer attorney with MVLS for the last 4 years, Ms. Holcombe-Volke, always an advocate for positive change in the communities in which she serves, worked for several months with the other founding members to make CAN a reality.
“Having served as a volunteer attorney with various pro bono legal services organizations for the majority of my years in practice, it is tremendously exciting to be a founding member of MVLS CAN,” said Ms. Holcombe-Volke. “This initiative is aimed at connecting new attorneys – and sometimes, attorneys who are simply “new” to pro bono – with the vast resources available to them through MVLS and its network of volunteer attorneys, all with the end goal of increasing available pro bono services for the many Marylanders in need.”
For more information about the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and the Community Advocacy Network, visit mvlslaw.org/mvls-can/.