MLSC Operations

Our physical office is currently closed due to COVID-19, but staff are working remotely and have access to all email and voicemail.

IOLTA Compliance Cycle Open

The Maryland Judiciary has opened the 2020 IOLTA compliance process, with compliance reports due no later than September 10, 2020.

Funding for Civil Legal Aid in Maryland Faces Drastic Decline

Maryland Legal Services Corporation is facing a funding decline of approximately $4.5 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1, threatening the availability of crucial civil legal services as Maryland recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic. Both of MLSC’s major funding sources have taken a hit.

Wells Fargo Joins IOLTA Honor Roll

The Honor Roll, a joint project of MLSC and the MSBA, recognizes financial institutions that go above and beyond legal requirements and pay favorable interest rates on interest on lawyer trust accounts.

What is Civil Legal Aid?

Civil legal aid ensures access to justice for all. It helps Marylanders navigate non-criminal legal issues affecting their livelihoods and families. Unlike criminal cases, there is no right to an attorney in the vast majority of civil cases.

Funding Legal Assistance – Serving the Ends of Justice

Maryland Legal Services Corporation makes grants to nonprofit organizations that provide civil legal services for low-income Marylanders. Since 1982, MLSC has made grants totaling over $310 million to help provide services in nearly 3.5 million legal matters. MLSC also administers Maryland’s interest on lawyer trust accounts (IOLTA) program, a major funding source for our grantmaking.

Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA)

Attorneys routinely receive client funds to be held in trust for future use. In the case of amounts that are small or are to be held for a short time, attorneys place funds into an IOLTA account. Financial institutions send the interest generated on IOLTA accounts to MLSC to help fund civil legal services.

Civil Legal Aid

MLSC grantees assist with legal issues like child custody, foreclosure, consumer debt and more. Their work offers life-changing legal help to low-income Marylanders across the state. Scroll through the logos below or click here to learn more about our current grantees.

By the Numbers – Fiscal Year 2019

Clients helped by MLSC grantees
$ million
Granted by MLSC
Hours donated by pro bono lawyers