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MLSC’s FY17 Annual Report Now Available

Friday, January 12th, 2018

We are pleased to share Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s annual report for fiscal year 2017. Inside, you’ll learn about the tremendous impact our grantees have around the state – this past year alone, grantees served more than 177,000 people!

We also feature new ways our grantees are providing civil legal services in the community, working with public and private partners to ensure justice is accessible for all Marylanders.

Click here to read the report.

MLSC FY19 Funding Information Meeting January 26

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Nonprofit organizations interested in continuing or seeking funding from the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) for civil legal services to low-income Marylanders for Fiscal Year 2019 (July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019) must submit an application no later than March 15, 2018.

MLSC will hold a meeting to discuss the grant application process, general funding policies and the forecast for MLSC’s FY19 funding level with grantees and other interested nonprofit organizations on Friday, January 26, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Room 108, 500 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore. The meeting will also be broadcast through GoToWebinar for those unable to attend in person. Please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4668986355351698690 to register for the webinar.

Please contact Deb Seltzer at MLSC (410-576-9494 x1009) in advance of the meeting if you need grant application materials in alternate format (such as Braille or large print) or have questions. For more information about the grant process, see www.mlsc.org/grants. Those unable to attend the meeting but are interested in applying for FY19 funding should contact MLSC after January 26 to request more information.

MLSC was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1982 to receive and distribute funds to nonprofit organizations that provide civil legal assistance to low-income persons. MLSC is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. From its inception, 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, health care and other civil legal matters.

MLSC Welcomes New IOLTA Compliance Manager

Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Kaa AndamDecember 27, 2017, Baltimore, MD – Kaa Andam is the new IOLTA Compliance Manager of the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, which makes grants to nonprofit organizations that provide civil legal aid to low-income Marylanders. Andam will manage compliance by financial institutions and Maryland licensed attorneys with the Interest on Lawyers Trust Accounts program administered by MLSC.

Andam comes from a career in banking with a Master in Business Administration from University of Maryland University College and Bachelor of Science in finance from Salisbury University. Her most recent position was Vice President, Business Banking Relationship Manager, at PNC Bank in Rockville.

“We are excited to have Kaa join MLSC to help enhance relationships with financial institutions and the bar at a time when interest rates have begun to gradually improve. This translates directly into increased IOLTA revenue, enabling MLSC to strengthen its support of civil legal assistance to the most vulnerable in our state,” said Executive Director Susan Erlichman.

MLSC was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1982 to receive and distribute funds to nonprofit organizations that provide civil legal assistance to low-income persons. From its inception, 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, health care and other civil legal matters. ###

2018 Legal Services Events

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

This listing includes major events sponsored by MLSC grantees. Please contact the event sponsors for more information.

February

2/15/18
University of Baltimore School of Law and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law – Public Service Legal Career Fair 
3 pm – 5 pm
University of Baltimore School of Law Lobby
1401 North Charles Street, Baltimore
To register, see this form

March

3/22/18
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service – “March Madness” Themed Annual Benefit
6 pm – 9 pm
M&T Bank Stadium
1101 Russell Street, Baltimore
For more information, see mvlslaw.org/2018benefit

April

4/13/18
Maryland Public Interest Law Project – 2018 Annual Goods and Services Auction
6 pm – 9 pm
Westminster Hall, University of Maryland
519 West Fayette Street, Baltimore
For more information, see www.eventbrite.com/e/2018-auction-maryland-public-interest-law-project-tickets-42919757149

4/25/18
Women’s Law Center of Maryland – Annual Wine & Chocolate Event
6 pm – 8 pm
Westminster Hall, University of Maryland
519 West Fayette Street, Baltimore
For more information, see www.wlcmd.org/get-involved/fundraising-events/wine-chocolate

4/26/18
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland – Partners for Justice Conference
8:15 am – 3:30 pm
Baltimore Convention Center
1 West Pratt Street, Baltimore
For more information, see probonomd.org/training-events/conference

4/28/18
BNI – Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Act
11 am – 4 pm
Collington Square Elementary/Middle
1409 North Collington Avenue, Baltimore
For more information, see this PDF flier

4/28/18
St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center – 50th Anniversary Gala
6 pm – 12 am
Columbus Center
701 East Pratt Street, Baltimore
For more inforamtion, see www.stambros.org/pages/fundraising.html

4/28/18
SARC – Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
9:30 am
Black Eyed Suzie’s
119 South Main Street, Bel Air
For more information, see www.sarc-maryland.org/walk-a-mile-in-her-shoes

May

5/5/18
Harford County Bar Foundation – Run for the Roses: A Kentucky Derby Party
4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
510 Johnnys
510 Marketplace Drive, Bel Air
For more information, see hcbf.ticketspice.com/run-for-the-roses-2018-a-kentucky-derby-fundraiser

5/16/18
Public Justice Center – Fleisher Fund Benefit Concert
7:30 pm
The Park School
2425 Old Court Road, Baltimore
For more information, see publicjustice.org/events/view/1115

5/18/18
Heartly House – Affair of the Heart Gala
7 pm – 10 pm
Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center
40 South Carroll Street, Frederick
For more information, see www.heartlyhouse.org/event/affair-of-the-heart-2018

5/23/18
Whitman-Walker Health – Going the Extra Mile Benefit
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Hamilton Live
600 14th Street NW, Washington DC
For more information, see www.whitman-walker.org/give/special-events/gtem18

June

6/2/18
FreeState Justice – Jazz Brunch
11 am – 2 pm
Maryland Historical Society
201 West Monument Street, Baltimore
For more information, see freestate-justice.org/jazz-brunch-2018.

6/6/18
Maryland Legal Aid – Equal Justice Council Awards Breakfast
7:45 am – 9:00 am
Sixth Floor Banquet Room, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
333 West Camden Street, Baltimore
For more information, see www.mdlab.org/ejc-awards-breakfast-registration

6/6/18
CASA de Maryland – Justice Awards Night
6 pm – 8 pm
City Club of Washington
555 13th Street NW, Washington, DC
For more information, see www.casajusticeawards.org

6/9/18
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland – Run for Justice
7:30 am
Meadowood Regional Park
10650 Falls Road, Lutherville
For more information, see probonomd.org/training-events/run-for-justice

6/25/18
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center – 20th Anniversary
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Hogan Lovells, LLP
555 13th Street, N.W., Washington, DC
For more information, see www.apalrc.org/apalrc-20th-anniversary/

July

7/12/18
House of Ruth Maryland – Crabaret
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
For more information, see www.hruth.org/event/crabaret-2

September

9/22/2018
Whitman-Walker Health – 40th Anniversary Gala
6:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Washington Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington DC
For more information, see www.wwhgala.org

9/27/2018
Disability Rights Maryland – “An Evening with the Arts” 40th Anniversary Gala
Baltimore Museum of Art
10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
For more information, see disabilityrightsmd.org/events

October

10/3/18
Homeless Persons Representation Project – 2018 Jane Harrison Speaker Series on the Importance of Housing presents Richard Rothstein
5:30 pm
University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business
11 West Mount Royal Avenue, Baltimore
For more information, see www.hprplaw.org/end_homelessness/2017_speaker_series

10/10/2018
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service – Celebrate Pro Bono
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
American Visionary Arts Museum
800 Key Highway, Baltimore
For more information, see https://mvlslaw.org/cpb2018

10/18/18
Senior Legal Services – Cabaret & Cabernet
6 pm – 8 pm
Westminster Hall, University of Maryland
519 West Fayette Street, Baltimore
For more information, see www.baltimorebar.org/calendar/signup/MTM4

10/25/18
Women’s Law Center – Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony
6 pm
The Grand Baltimore
225 North Charles Street, Baltimore
For more information, see www.wlcmd.org/get-involved/fundraising-events/annual-meeting-awards-ceremony

MLSC Announces 2017 Award Winners

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Celebrating 35 YearsLegal services awards will be presented by the Maryland Legal Services Corporation to 10 recipients at an annual awards reception on Monday, December 4, 2017 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Lord Baltimore Hotel, when MLSC will be celebrating its 35th anniversary.

The Robert M. Bell Medal for Access to Justice, named for the former chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, was created in 2004 to honor members of the bench or bar who have displayed an extraordinary commitment to furthering access to justice for low-income Marylanders. MLSC will present this highest honor for only the fourth time since the award was established to Michael A. Millemann, professor of law at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, for his decades of active involvement with access to justice initiatives as a public interest lawyer, former chief of the civil division of the Office of Attorney General, clinical law educator and a member of the first MLSC board.

Delegate Kathleen M. Dumais, a member of the Maryland House of Delegates and attorney at Ethridge, Quinn, Kemp, McAuliffe, Rowan & Hartinger, will receive the Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award for her significant contribution to the legal services delivery system for low-income Marylanders as vice-chair of the House Judiciary Committee and through her family law practice. This award is given annually to a private attorney who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to increasing access to justice and improving civil legal services to low-income Marylanders.

The Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award recognizes an outstanding public interest attorney whose career has been dedicated to providing, promoting, or managing civil legal services to low-income Marylanders. The 2017 honoree is Sally Dworak-Fisher, staff attorney at the Public Justice Center.

The recipient of the Rising Star Award is Margaret K. Henn, director of the Home Preservation Project at the Pro Bono Resource Center. This award is presented 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.

This year’s William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award, for a non-attorney who has demonstrated outstanding service representing the civil legal needs of low-income Marylanders or by expanding access to justice, will be presented to two recipients, Herbert N. Berkow, volunteer mediator in the Consumer Protection Division of the Office of Attorney General and Sandra A. Brown, executive director of Mid-Shore Pro Bono.

Saul Ewing Arnstein Lehr LLP has been named as this year’s recipient of the Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award for its increased commitment to access to justice through a firmwide pro bono project and a partnership with many MLSC-funded organizations. The Garten Award honors an entity or organization not regularly engaged in the delivery of legal services to low-income Marylanders but has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to increase access to justice.

MLSC will also present Awards of Special Recognition to Delegate Benjamin S. Barnes, Senator Guy J. Guzzone and Senator Bobby A. Zirkin for their leadership in the Maryland General Assembly to help stabilize and enhance funding for MLSC.

MLSC annually solicits nominations for its legal services awards throughout Maryland’s legal community, including bar associations, legal services programs and other interested persons and organizations. MLSC was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1982 to receive and distribute funds to nonprofit organizations that provide civil legal assistance to low-income persons. From its inception, MLSC has made grants totaling $270 million to help provide services in 3 million legal matters for Maryland’s families in areas of family, housing, consumer, employment, health care and other civil legal matters.

Click here for more information about event registration and sponsorship.