Nominations Open for 2019 Awards

May 2, 2019 – In recognition of outstanding contributions by Maryland individuals and organizations that provide or support justice for low-income Marylanders, MLSC has created five awards to be given annually, as follows:

The Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award, given to an attorney (usually in private practice) who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to increasing access to justice and improving the civil legal services delivery system for low-income Marylanders

The Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award, given to an outstanding public interest lawyer whose career has been dedicated to providing, promoting or managing civil legal services to low-income Marylanders

The Rising Star Award, given to an attorney who has practiced law for 10 years or less and has significantly contributed to expanding access to justice by serving the civil legal needs of low-income Marylanders or advancing the delivery of civil legal services

The William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award, given to someone who is not an attorney who has demonstrated outstanding service representing the civil legal needs of low-income Marylanders or by expanding access to justice

The Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award, given to an entity or organization that is not regularly engaged in the delivery of civil legal services to low-income Marylanders but has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to increase access to justice

Nominations for the 2019 awards must be submitted to MLSC not later than June 30 June 15, 2019. Awards will be presented at an Awards Ceremony in the fall.

For nomination forms, see Nominating Process. To see a list of past recipients, please see the Past Recipients page. If you need any additional information or assistance, please contact us at 410-576-9494.