MLSC at 40 – The FY22 Annual Report
MLSC’s 40th Anniversary
In 1982, responding to the instability of federal funding for civil legal services, the Maryland General Assembly passed bills to create the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) program to fund civil legal services and to create MLSC as an independent nonprofit to administer the funds and make grants to providers on the ground.
Later that year, Governor Harry Hughes appointed the first nine-member board of directors. In 1984, MLSC made its initial grants to four organizations, totaling just over $300,000.
In FY 2022, having weathered 40 years of financial ups and downs, national and international hardships, and a global pandemic, MLSC made grant awards totaling over $22.5 million to 37 organizations – including all of the first four.
MLSC appreciates your partnership as we strive toward access to justice for all Marylanders.