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M. Natalie McSherry Elected Chair of MLSC

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2018

Natalie McSherry

Natalie McSherry

The Maryland Legal Services Corporation board of directors elected M. Natalie McSherry, principal at Kramon & Graham PA, as its chair at its September 26 meeting. McSherry is the first woman in MLSC’s 36-year history to hold this position.

“We are thrilled to have Natalie as our newest board chair,” said Susan Erlichman, executive director. “Natalie has been an active and valuable member of the MLSC board, and we are fortunate to have her leadership as the civil legal services delivery system in Maryland continues to evolve.”

“I am looking forward to helping maintain the tradition of MLSC in its leadership role in Maryland legal services. Our staff and board have long been recognized as national leaders in this field, and it is a real honor to serve with them to continue to work to meet the legal needs of Marylanders who otherwise could not afford counsel or have meaningful access to justice,” McSherry said.

McSherry is a nationally recognized trial lawyer with more than 40 years of experience in commercial litigation and health care law. She is a graduate of Manhattanville College and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

McSherry has served on the MLSC board since 2012 and succeeds Glenn Ivey as board chair. She was recently awarded The Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Lifetime Achievement Award and also serves on the boards of the Maryland Bar Foundation, St. Ignatius Loyola Academy and Woodsboro Bank.

MLSC’s mission is to ensure low-income Marylanders have access to stable, efficient and effective civil legal assistance through the distribution of funds to nonprofit legal services organizations. Since the Maryland General Assembly established the organization in 1982, MLSC has made grants totaling over $270 million to help provide services in nearly 3 million legal matters for Maryland’s families in areas of family, housing, consumer, employment and other civil legal matters.

MLSC Staff Announcements

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Maryland Legal Services Corporation is pleased to make the following staff announcements:

Deb Seltzer has been promoted to program director. In this role, she oversees MLSC’s grantmaking process and other special projects. Seltzer holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University and has a background in nonprofit management and fundraising. She most recently served as grants manager with MLSC.

Deb Seltzer

Athana Kontinos has joined MLSC as program coordinator. She is responsible for database management and assisting in a variety of grantmaking and communications activities. Kontinos holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College. She most recently served as business development director for a private company and also has years of nonprofit experience.

Athana Kontinos

Jasmine O’Grady has joined MLSC as office assistant, providing office and administrative support. O’Grady is a graduate of the Community College of Baltimore County and has five years of administrative experience.

Jasmine O’Grady

Save the Date for the 2018 MLSC Awards

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

Save the Date - December 3, 2018

More information about sponsorship is available by clicking here.

Questions? Contact Deb Seltzer at 410-576-9494 x1009 or click here to email.

MLSC Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards

Monday, May 7th, 2018

May 7, 2018 –The Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) was established as a nonprofit organization by the Maryland General Assembly to receive and distribute funds to grantees that provide civil legal services to low-income Marylanders. In recognition of outstanding contributions by Maryland individuals and organizations that provide or support justice to 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 a non-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 2018 awards must be submitted to MLSC not later than June 15 June 30, 2018. Awards will be presented at an Awards Ceremony in the fall.

For online nomination forms, printable forms, nomination descriptions and instructions as well as a list of past award recipients, see Nominating Process. If you need any additional information or assistance, please contact us at 410-576-9494.

FY19 Grant Applications Available

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018

Applications for Maryland Legal Services Corporation funding for fiscal year 2019 are now available. More information about MLSC grants is available in the Grants section of our website, and the application forms are available on the Grant Application Process page.

All applications must be received by 5 p.m. on March 15.

Note: any organization not currently receiving MLSC funding should contact us at 410-576-9494 before submitting an application.