Nominations Open for 2019 Awards

May 2nd, 2019

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 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.

Read MLSC’s FY18 Annual Report

January 31st, 2019

MLSC Annual Report Cover

We are pleased to share the fiscal year 2018 annual report of Maryland Legal Services Corporation. In FY18, MLSC grantees helped more than 202,000 low-income Marylanders with a wide range of important civil legal issues.

Click here to read the report.

FY20 Grant Applications Available

January 31st, 2019

Applications for Maryland Legal Services Corporation funding for fiscal year 2020 are now available. More information about MLSC grants is available in the Grants section of our website, and the application instructions are available on the Grant Application Process page.

All applications must be received by March 15.

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

2019 Legal Services Events

January 7th, 2019

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

February

2/14/18
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

2/22/19
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

March

3/9/19
SARC
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

April

4/2/19
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

4/12/19
Maryland Public Interest Law Project
Annual Goods and Services Auction
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Westminster Hall, 500 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore
For more information, see mpilp2019.eventbrite.com

4/24/19
Women’s Law Center of Maryland
Wine & Chocolate
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Westminster Hall, 500 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore
For more information, see www.wlcmd.org/get-involved/fundraising-events/wine-chocolate

4/25/19
St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center
Pints and Pizza Happy Hour
4:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Joe Squared, 33 West North Avenue, Baltimore
For more information, see www.facebook.com/events/850726158605777

4/27/19
SARC
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
9:30 am
Black Eyed Suzie’s, 119 South Main Street, Bel Air
For more information, see secure.qgiv.com/event/sarcwalkamile2019

May

5/9/19
Ayuda
Standing with Immigrants
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC
For more information, see ayuda.com/updates/events/standing-with-immigrants

5/15/19
Whitman-Walker Health
Going the Extra Mile Cocktail Reception
6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
City Winery, 1350 Okie Street NE, Washington, DC
For more information, see www.whitman-walker.org/gtem

5/17/19
Tahirih Justice Center
Greater DC Gala
6:00 pm
Ritz-Carlton Pentagon City, 1250 South Hayes Street, Arlington, VA
For more information, see www.tahirih.org/get-involved/events/greater-dc-gala

5/18/19
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

5/23/19
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

5/31/19
Harford County Bar Foundation
1950s Sock Hop Bull Roast
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Richlin Ballroom, 1700 Van Bibber Road, Edgewood
For more information, see www.harfordcountybarfoundation.org/news/2018/07/cocktails-and-conversation

June

6/5/19
Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County
Dine & Donate Fundraiser
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Pizzeria Paradiso, 4800 Rhode Island Avenue, Hyattsville

6/8/19
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
Run for Justice
8:00 am
Meadowood Regional Park, 10650 Falls Road, Lutherville-Timonium
For more information, see pbrc.redpodium.com/runforjustice2019

6/20/19
CASA de Maryland
Justice Awards Night
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The City Club of Washington, 555 13th Street NW, Washington, DC
For more information, see www.casajusticeawards.org

6/24/19
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
21st Anniversary Celebration
6:30 pm
Hogan Lovells, 555 13th Street NW, Washington, DC
For more information, see www.apalrc.org/apalrc-21st-anniversary-celebration

July

7/11/19
House of Ruth Maryland
Crabaret
6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
Gertrude’s, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore
For more information, see hruth.org/event/crabaret

September

9/18/19
Disability Rights Maryland
Breaking Barriers Awards Gala
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
American Visionary Art Museum, 840 Key Highway, Baltimore
For more information, see disabilityrightsmd.org/breakingbarriers

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.