Time Commitment

The eviction defense training is 3 hours and qualifies for at least 2.5 CLE credits. Each full representation eviction case referral takes an average of 5 to 15 hours to resolve. Attorneys participating in the small cohort spend about 5 hours per week on eviction cases. Volunteers are encouraged to attend weekly office hours with staff and other volunteers to discuss case questions.

How it works

  • Private attorneys attend eviction defense trainings in exchange for a commitment to accept one pro bono eviction case in the coming year or join a smaller cohort of attorneys who consider eviction cases on an approximately biweekly to monthly basis.
  • Pine Tree staff intake and screen cases for pro bono referrals.
  • Once a case is identified for referral, Pine Tree will reach out to a volunteer regarding capacity to accept the case and a conflict check.  
  • When a referral is accepted, Pine Tree sends case documents to the volunteer and referral paperwork to the client.
  • The volunteer attorney provides full representation to the tenant with their eviction case. 
  • Pine Tree provides support and mentorship through weekly office hours, email, and phone.

Benefits

  • Eviction assistance is urgently needed in Maine.  Pine Tree is receiving more requests for eviction assistance than ever. 
  • Legal representation for tenants is an effective, evidence based approach to preventing homelessness and improving housing stability.
  • Volunteers expand Pine Tree’s capacity to represent tenants.
  • As a volunteer in the project, you will use your professional skills to make a meaningful impact for a person or family.
  • You will receive hands-on experience with the structured support of experienced staff.
  • You will join an enthusiastic team dedicated to helping clients and mentoring volunteers.
  • Pine Tree provides malpractice insurance and other resources for volunteer attorneys.