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.


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
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Westminster Hall, 500 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore
For more information, see mpilp2019.eventbrite.com

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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


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


Community Law Center
Celebrate Youth of All Abilities
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Maryland Agricultural Resource Council, 1114 Shawan Road, Cockeysville
For more information, see http://communitylaw.org/event-tickets

Quarter Auction
12:30 pm
Morris Frock American Legion Post 42, 405 Northern Avenue, Hagerstown
For more information, see www.casainc.org/newsEvents.html

Montgomery County Bar Foundation
27th Annual Golf, Tennis Charity Classic & Silent Auction
10:30 am
Manor Country Club, 14901 Carrolton Road, Rockville
For more information, see www.barmont.org/page/108

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Celebrate Pro Bono
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
American Visionary Arts Museum, 840 Key Highway, Baltimore
For more information, see https://mvlslaw.org/cpb2019

Baltimore Bar Foundation – Senior Legal Services
Cabaret & Cabernet
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Westminster Hall, 500 West Fayette Street, Baltimore
For more information, see www.baltimorebar.org/calendar/signup/MjU3

Harford County Bar Foundation
Cocktails & Conversation
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Alchemy Elements, 528 Baltimore Pike, Bel Air
For more information, see www.harfordcountybarfoundation.org/news/2019/08/cocktails-conversation


Women’s Law Center of Maryland
Annual Dinner & Awards Ceremony
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Grand, 225 North Charles Street, Baltimore
For more information, see www.wlcmd.org/get-involved/fundraising-events/annual-meeting-awards-ceremony

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.