Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) Announces New Member to its Board of Directors
BALTIMORE, April. 8, 2022 – Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), the state’s largest provider of pro bono legal services, today announced the election of a new board member–attorney Sheila J. Stewart. MVLS’ Board of Directors is responsible for governance and directing the organization’s strategic plan to deliver life changing pro bono legal services to Marylanders. In addition, board members serve as MVLS volunteers and are generous supporters of its mission.
“We are thrilled to have Sheila join the MVLS board” said MVLS’ Executive Director, Susan Francis. “Sheila has demonstrated a deep commitment to MVLS for several years and has prioritized providing access to justice through pro bono since she graduated from law school. I have no doubt she will bring that same commitment and vision to her board membership.”
Ms. Stewart has accepted 25 MVLS cases since 2018, including expungement and family law matters. In 2021, her efforts were recognized at MVLS’ Celebrate Pro Bono, where Stewart Law & Associates received the Law Firm of the Year award. Ms. Stewart has been a stalwart volunteer, proactively accepting cases throughout the pandemic to ensure continued support of MVLS clients.
Sheila J. Stewart is Associate Corporate Counsel for Amazon Services LLC where she provides accurate and timely counsel to businesses on a variety of legal issues regarding marketing, privacy, and compliance. Outside of her practice, she volunteers with other organizations, previously serving as Executive Board Member (President) for the Good Hope Estates Civic Association and currently serving as a Member of the NAACP Parent Council in Montgomery County, MD. In addition, Ms. Stewart serves as Parent Teacher Student Association President at Briggs Chaney Middle School. Ms. Stewart earned her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law.
To learn more about MVLS programs and volunteer opportunities, please visit our website.
About Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS)
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) removes barriers to justice through free civil legal help, community engagement, and advocacy for equitable laws. The organization matches clients with volunteer lawyers, tax professionals and staff attorneys who represent them in a wide range of consumer finance, family and housing situations, including foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce/custody, deed changes, as well as income tax disputes, estate planning, and criminal record relief. MVLS advocates for racial equity in Maryland’s legal system and works in concert with community partners to move toward a fair legal system that is free of injustice and equitably serves underrepresented Marylanders. For more information about MVLS, please visit our website.
Susan Francis, Esq.
Communications & Outreach Manager