Attention MD LAWYERS: Annual IOLTA Compliance Online Filing Opened and Mailing Issued by the Court of Appeals

January 12th, 2018

Jan. 10, 2018 – The Maryland Court of Appeals has opened the Online Filing for the annual IOLTA and Pro Bono Compliance and recently issued a compliance mailing to every attorney on active status admitted to the practice of law in Maryland. This mailing contains the annual IOLTA Compliance Report form along with the Pro Bono Reporting form. Both forms can be completed online and must be submitted by February 15, 2018.

For more information about mandatory IOLTA reporting and forms, see Compliance Reporting, Compliance FAQs and Compliance – Quick Links. For more information or questions, contact the IOLTA Hotline at 410-576-9494 or toll free at 800-492-1340.

2018 Legal Services Events

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 Seeks Office Assistant

July 20th, 2018

Maryland Legal Services Corporation seeks an Office Assistant to perform office and administrative duties for a small nonprofit organization. The Office Assistant will be the first point of contact for individuals contacting the organization. This position reports to the Executive Director with oversight by other staff as related to specific duties. This position is full-time, Monday-Friday, 9 am – 5 pm.

Responsibilities/Duties: Serve as organization receptionist, answering phones and staffing front desk. Monitor Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) voicemail and respond to IOLTA inquiries from attorneys. Serve as back-up for IOLTA database entry as needed. Prepare materials for board meetings. Order supplies and coordinate with some office vendors. Retrieve and sort mail and packages. Ensure office common areas are tidy and water plants. Perform filing and other administrative support duties. Assist with preparation for and administration of annual awards event. Perform other duties as assigned.

Qualifications/Skills: Ideal candidate will have administrative experience, good organizational skills and a pleasant demeanor. Position requires excellent customer service skills, general computer skills, attention to detail and dependability.

Salary/Benefits: $30,000 – $40,000 salary depending on experience and skills, plus generous benefits package including health, dental, long-term disability, retirement plan and company-paid parking/transit allowance.

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume with “Office Assistant” in the subject line to Deb Seltzer at dseltzer@mlsc.org. Please mention where you saw this posting in your cover letter.

MLSC Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards

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 hrobinson@mlsc.org.

FY19 Grant Applications Available

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. Applications should be submitted electronically to dseltzer@mlsc.org.

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

MLSC’s FY17 Annual Report Now Available

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.