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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…

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…

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…

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.]

Human Trafficking Prevention Project Launches New Outreach Campaign

MVLS is excited to share new outreach materials and webpages for the Human Trafficking Prevention Project (HTPP), a partnership between MVLS and University of Baltimore School of Law (Official). Thanks to a generous grant from the Baltimore City Human Trafficking Collaborative and Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, the HTPP has created a series [Read more.]

Celebrate Pro Bono 2020

Next week, October 25-31, 2020 we will be kicking off our Celebrate Pro Bono 2020 celebration. The week-long, virtual celebration will feature recognition of our award winners, volunteers, community partners, and supporters. Are you or someone you know in need of assistance passing your home to the next generation? Help is available! On October 27 at…

MVLS ELECTS Derek Roussillon TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service is delighted to announce the appointment of Derek Roussillon, to our Board of Directors. Derek Roussillon is a principal attorney at Miles & Stockbridge, P.C. Derek provides litigation services to a diverse group of clients in complex commercial and business disputes. We look forward to working with Derek as we seek…

MVLS Programs Featured in MSBA Bar Bulletin

If you’re looking to learn more about new programs and initiatives at MVLS, check out the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) May Bar Bulletin. In this month’s iteration, MVLS CAN members Melinda Fithen, Olivia Holcombe-Volke, and Brian Weeks co-wrote an article about the future of pro bono in Maryland. MVLS CAN (Community Advocacy Network) is a new…

May 2018 – Kate Cook

In the short time since Kate Cook joined MVLS as a volunteer in June 2017, she has made a big impression on our staff with her commitment to providing pro bono legal help to our clients. While the majority of her cases have been expungement-related, Kate is also interested in handling adoption, adult guardianship, name [Read more.]