Pro Bono Reporting Requirement

Maryland Rule 19-503 requires Maryland attorneys to report on any pro bono activities they engaged in during the prior calendar year. The Administrative Office of the Courts is required to mail the pro bono reporting form to all attorneys no later than January 10 of the year following the calendar year for which reporting is required. Attorneys must file the written report, or file online, no later than February 15. Reports are confidential (although non-identifying data may be gleaned from the reports). Failure to file a timely pro bono report can result in decertification. To confirm receipt of your report, see How to Confirm Receipt.

Note that while reporting is mandatory, there is no mandatory service requirement. Rule 19-306.1 of the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct suggests that full-time practicing attorneys provide 50 hours of service pro bono publico each year.

For more information about the Pro Bono reporting process, see the Frequently Asked Questions, and other information about the Maryland Judiciary's initiatives to promote pro bono service among the Maryland Bar, on the Maryland Pro Bono website.