2019 Legal Services Events

January 7th, 2019

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


University of Baltimore School of Law and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Public Service Career Fair
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Westminster Hall, 500 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore
For more information, contact Teresa Schmiedeler at tschmiedeler@law.umaryland.edu or 410-706-2080

University of Baltimore Students for the Public Interest
25th Annual Public Interest Auction & Gala
5:30 pm – 9:30 pm
University of Baltimore John and Frances Angelos Law Center, 1401 North Charles Street, Baltimore
For more information, see www.biddingforgood.com/auction/event/event.action?auctionId=341690434&fbclid=IwAR2zjcdrqP0gC70DtMKELgbYhaiaCaNoTFD9Ts_xQw9TIpZs-r4AmVC3Eh8


21st Annual Bull and Oyster Roast
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Richlin Catering & Event Center, 1700 Van Bibber Road, Edgewood
For more information, see one.bidpal.net/sarcbullandoyster/welcome


Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
A Taste for Pro Bono
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Union Craft Brewery, 1700 West 41st Street, Baltimore
For more information, see mvlslaw.org/tasteforprobono

Maryland Public Interest Law Project
Annual Goods and Services Auction
Save the Date

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
Save the Date


Heartly House
Affair of the Heart 40th Anniversary Gala
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Musket Ridge Golf Club, 3555 Brethren Church Road, Myersville
For more information, see www.heartlyhouse.org/event/affair-of-the-heart-2019

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
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

Judiciary Announces New IOLTA Reporting Requirements

December 20th, 2018

Check your mail! Maryland attorneys will be receiving notification from the Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) about a new system and deadlines for pro bono and IOLTA reporting.

Effective with the upcoming reporting cycle, the AOC will send notifications electronically only (no more paper mailing). The electronic notices will be issued beginning July 10, 2019 and reports must be submitted on or before September 10,2019. It is essential that all attorneys ensure their contact information and e-mail addresses are up-to-date in the Attorney Information System (AIS). Questions regarding registering with the AIS system can be directed to Service Now at (410) 260-1114. 

For more information, please see https://mdcourts.gov/media/news/2018/pr20181218.

FY20 Grant Information Webinar – January 29, 2019

December 12th, 2018

Nonprofit organizations interested in continuing or seeking funding from MLSC for civil legal services to low-income Marylanders for FY20 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020) must submit an application no later than Friday, March 15, 2019. 

Maryland Legal Services Corporation is moving to online grant applications and reporting for FY20. MLSC will host an informational webinar on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Because of the technical information we will be sharing regarding the system, we will not be hosting an in-person meeting this year.

Please use the following link to register for the webinar: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/ddf63ea42e36983fc5b9141539e44ee6.

After registering, you will receive an email with instructions on how to join the webinar. You will be able to listen to the audio of the meeting through your computer or by calling in on your phone. We also recommending testing your system at https://zoom.us/test before the webinar.

The webinar system has a maximum number of attendees. If multiple people from your organization will be watching the webinar, please consider registering one participant and watching together. A recording of the webinar will be available after its completion.

In addition to the new grant application process, the webinar will cover general funding policies and priorities, as well as the forecast for MLSC’s FY20 funding level.

Additional information about MLSC funding can be found at www.mlsc.org/grants. If you have any questions, please contact us at 410-576-9494 or via email.

MLSC Announces 2018 Award Winners

October 10th, 2018

The Maryland Legal Services Corporation board of directors is pleased to announce the winners of the 2018 Annual Awards. The winners will be recognized at the MLSC Annual Awards Reception, to be held December 3, 2018 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel in Baltimore. Learn more about the event at mlsc.org/awards/annual-reception.

Andrew Jay Graham, principal and co-founder of Kramon & Graham PA, is the 2018 recipient of the Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award. Graham served as chair and co-chair of Maryland Legal Aid’s Equal Justice Council for 13 years, helping to raise more than $3 million in support of civil legal aid. He led the Equal Justice Council’s Law Firm Campaign, making countless personal phone calls and visits to rally firms in support of access to justice through donations and policy advocacy.

Bonnie Sullivan, executive director of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, is the 2018 recipient of the Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award. Sullivan has guided MVLS through an expansion, increasing the roster of volunteer attorneys, organization budget and, most importantly, services to Marylanders in need. Under her leadership, MVLS has added services to respond to changing legal needs across the state. Ms. Sullivan also works to promote civil legal aid and the importance of pro bono work, serving on a number of local and national commissions.

MLSC will present two Rising Star Awards in 2018. Mallory Finn, staff attorney with Project HEAL at the Kennedy Krieger Institute, represents children with disabilities and their families in special education cases across the state. She zealously represents her clients, ensuring that families who are navigating difficult situations truly feel they have an advocate. In her short law career, Finn has also become a well-respected presenter at regional and national conferences.

Matthew Stubenberg, until recently the IT director and staff attorney with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, has had a tremendous impact on the delivery of civil legal services in Maryland. He developed such innovations as CLUE, a scraping program that collects publicly available data, and MDExpungement.com, a software solution to automate criminal record expungement. In just 2 years, MDExpungement.com has generated more than 50,000 expungement petitions and submitted more than $1.3 million in filing fee waivers. Stubenberg has also been active in training other attorneys with the development of a virtual reality courtroom and Coding for Lawyers classes. He was recently named assistant director of legal technology at the Harvard Law School Access to Justice Lab.

Tacha Marshall, paralegal/advocacy specialist with Disability Rights Maryland, is the 2018 recipient of the William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award. Marshall has been with DRM since 1989, starting her career as a legal secretary. She quickly showed skills and abilities to become a paralegal and has advocated for clients in mental health and other residential facilities. She then became the first point of contact for all families seeking special education assistance. After recently graduating with her master’s degree, Marshall was promoted to individual special education casework. Her compassion and knowledge make her an ideal advocate.

The Zeta Center for Healthy and Active Aging is the 2018 recipient of the Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award. The Zeta Center offers a range of services, programs and activities to meet the social, physical and intellectual needs of older adults. Recognizing that many senior citizens have legal needs, the Zeta Center has partnered with Pro Bono Resource Center, Baltimore Bar Foundation Senior Legal Services and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Services on a variety of civil legal services and workshops. The Center has been an enthusiastic partner in providing services regarding tax sale prevention, consumer debt and estate planning.

Harriet Robinson, recently retired deputy director of MLSC, will receive a Special Recognition Award in honor of her distinguished career in civil legal aid. Former board chair Glenn Ivey will receive an Award for Outstanding Board Service in recognition of his significant contributions during his six years as MLSC’s presiding officer.

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 $289 million to help provide services in more than 3.1 million legal matters for Maryland’s families in areas of family, housing, consumer, employment and other civil legal matters.

M. Natalie McSherry Elected Chair of MLSC

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.