Time Commitment

The eviction defense training qualifies for 2 CLE credits (live or self-study, depending on which type of training you attend). Each full representation eviction case referral takes an average of 10 hours to resolve. 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 consider at least one pro bono eviction case in the coming year.
  • 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.


  • 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.