Author Archive for Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

MVLS Launches Consumer Hotline

The Consumer Protection Project (CPP) aids Maryland consumers who have been sued by creditors in District Court collection actions, MVLS has recently launched a hotline (443-451-4083) to support Marylanders. CPP volunteer attorneys and MVLS staff will provide brief advice on defending against debt buyers and other consumer lawsuits such as car repossessions and bail bonds.   MVLS volunteer [Read more.]

MVLS Tax Hotline Now Open

Now that the July 15th Tax Day has come and gone, it would be easy to think that tax issues are done. However, that is not the case and there are new updates to be aware of. To help address many of these tax issues, MVLS created a free Tax Hotline (443-451-4091) to help individuals…

Attention Attorneys! Pro Bono Reports Due 9.10.20

If you’re admitted to practice law in Maryland, you are required to complete these reports by September 10, 2020. The Attorney Information System (AIS) is now open to file the reports online, along with annual payment to the Client Protection Fund and verification of tax identification number. There are no forms or mailed invoices. Please contact Margaret Henn if you need…

MVLS Elects New Members and Executive Leadership to Board of Directors

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) announced the election of four new members to our Board of Directors including Allison Baker Shealy, Dennis J. Shaffer, Richard Costella, and Matthew M. Bryant. MVLS’s Board of Directors is responsible for governance and directing the organization’s strategic plan to deliver life changing pro bono legal services to Marylanders with…

August 2020 Volunteer of the Month – Aaron Uslan

Aaron Uslan is an immigration attorney based in Washington D.C.. He has not been volunteering for MVLS for long, only joining our panel in April 2020, but in just a few months he has proven himself to be invaluable. Aaron is one of our only active attorneys who primarily accepts SIJS (Special Immigrant Juvenile Status)…

COVID-19 Consumer & Housing Legal Updates

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues disrupting daily life across the State of Maryland and changes are happening at an unprecedented rate. These changes include adjustments, delays and rescheduling of the courts, cases, and legal aid programs throughout Maryland. One thing is holding constant – Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service’s (MVLS) commitment to helping you navigate the…

July 2020 Volunteer of the Month- Jessica Ornsby

Jessica Ornsby is the founder of A+O Law Group, a firm in Washington DC that specializes in various areas of civil law. Jessica began volunteering with MVLS in 2017 and has since accepted eight family law cases, primarily custody, and all in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. As a volunteer in our Judicare program, Jessica…

MVLS Prevents Financial Exploitation and Participated in PROTECT Week 2020

MVLS was proud to join the ranks of the many consumer advocates carrying out the third annual PROTECT Week in Maryland, a weeklong campaign led by CCCSMD from June 15-21, 2020 in partnership with AARP Maryland, and supported by the Maryland Attorney General, Maryland Department of Aging, Maryland Department of Labor, Maryland Department of Human Services, the Maryland Office…

MVLS Offers Trainings to Better Support LGBTQIA+ Clients

Each year, June is celebrated as Pride Month, a time to honor LGBTQIA+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, +) individuals in society.  MVLS celebrates all identities and strives for justice for all. We are proud to use the law to support our LGBTQIA+ neighbors, whether that be assisting transgender clients with name changes…

Financial Deadlines in Baltimore

Update June 30, 2020 at 11:45 am: All utility shut-offs and late fees are extended to August 1. Updated June 16, 2020 at 12:15 p.m. In light of COVID-19, many deadlines have been postponed. MVLS has compiled a timeline of some upcoming deadlines Baltimore City residents should keep in mind when planning their finances. There…