Author Archive for Jakerya Randolph

Updates from MVLS’ Executive Director, Susan Francis

Greetings,   On March 24, 1981, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service was officially created to give voice to the voiceless in the judicial system.  And here we are, 40 years later, focused on achieving our founders’ vision of providing access to justice for all, not just for those that can afford it.  In our first 40 years, MVLS and our volunteers have ensured…

April 2021 Volunteer of the Month – Michael McKeown

    Michael McKeown is an attorney at Robert Ades & Associates, where his practice focuses on foreclosure defense, wills, bankruptcy and debt collection defense. Michael has been a volunteer with MVLS since 2013, and has taken a 39 cases.   Read on to learn why Michael volunteers:   Why do you choose to volunteer with…

March 2021 Volunteer of the Month – Reba Letsa

  Reba Letsa is an associate at Baker Donelson, where she maintains a broad litigation practice with a focus on labor and employment and business litigation matters. Reba also serves on the Board of Directors for MVLS.   Read on to learn why Reba volunteers: Why do you choose to volunteer with MVLS? Volunteering with MVLS [Read more.]

Economic Impact Payment: Round 3 – What You Need To Know

Starting this week, a third Economic Impact Payment (EIP) could be coming your way.  With the passage of the American Rescue Plan, the federal government will be issuing checks.  This time, the amounts will be $1400 per individual, $2800 for married couples.  The difference this time is that instead of receiving lower amounts for dependent…

Maryland RELIEF Act – What You Need to Know

How do you spell RELIEF?    Maryland residents who filed a 2019 tax return and received the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) will be automatically receiving an economic impact payment from the Maryland Comptroller in the coming week. The Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families (RELIEF) Act provides for automatic payments of $300 to individual…

February 2021 Volunteer of the Month – Victoria Eve Kelly

  Victoria Eve Kelly is a tax and estate lawyer with 36 years of experience and offers services in Montgomery County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Frederick County and District of Columbia. Victoria handles tax issues including; audits, offers-in-compromise, installment agreements, lien removal, innocent spouse, filing back tax returns.  Her estate planning services include; wills, international [Read more.]

MVLS Issues Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Report

      The 2020 MVLS digital annual report includes stories about the impact we were able to have at the beginning of the pandemic through June to the end of our fiscal year. Please take a few minutes reviewing what hope can look like in the form of determined advocates who will not stop lending a critical…

January Volunteer of the Month – Jerry Schaefer

  Jerry Schaefer is a retired attorney with over 40 years of litigation and corporate practice. His specialties include Nonprofit Trade and Professional Associations, Insurance coverage and claims, and Civil and criminal defense litigation   Read on to learn why Jerry volunteers: Why do you choose to volunteer with MVLS? I initially volunteered with MVLS because MVLS [Read more.]

The challenging road ahead of us – Updates from MVLS’s Susan Francis

Greetings,   As we begin 2021, we at MVLS are well aware of the long road that lies ahead for our state and our clients due to the coronavirus. With the promise of vaccine distribution on the horizon, little hope exists for the devastating financial crisis currently underway for low-income Marylanders. Paradoxically, with an expected reduction in the COVID-19 infection rates, those struggling the most financially will experience added hardship as foreclosure [Read more.]

December 2020 Volunteer of the Month – Danielle Mikoy

      Danielle Mikoy is a family law and estate planning attorney, servicing Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Howard County and Anne Arundel counties. Danielle began volunteering with MVLS in 2016. During her time as a volunteer she has taken 31 cases.   Read on to learn why Danielle volunteers: Why do you choose to volunteer…