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From Pro Bono Coordinator to Champion for Justice: A Donor Q&A

2021 Annual Report: Mission Moment Return to Annual Report   Below is an excerpt from our interview with MVLS volunteer and monthly donor, Dan Schmitt. Originally from Iowa, Dan came to Maryland for law school and took his first pro bono case with MVLS 30 years ago. Now, he gives every month because, in his [Read more.]

Justice For All – A Note From Our Executive Director

2021 Annual Report: A Note From Our Executive Director Return to Annual Report Justice for ALL.  How we define this concept and what efforts we need to take to ensure its promise has been a major focus in our society over the past year.  While the country and world struggled with the COVID-19 pandemic,  inequitable health outcomes and financial harm borne by communities of color, and the renewed Black Lives Matters protests after the murder [Read more.]

An 11 Year Quest to Save a Home

2021 Annual Report: Mission Moment Return to Annual Report “I had to fight to get the home in my name…” – Vivian Dunlap Vivian Dunlap has deep roots in West Baltimore. Vivian lived in her family home from the age of six through her 20s. The family home was eventually passed on to Vivian’s sister [Read more.]

MVLS Partners with Baltimore Health Corps for Community-Centered COVID Response

2021 Annual Report: Feature Story Return to Annual Report “This is some of the best work I’ve done in my career”  – Phillip Westry  In early 2020, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) was approached with a unique opportunity. At the time, the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development, in partnership with the Baltimore Civic Fund, was [Read more.]

October 2021 Volunteer of the Month Gretchen Reimert

We’re proud to recognize Gretchen Reimert as the October 2021 Volunteer of the Month. Read on to learn more about Gretchen and her experience as an MVLS volunteer.  Why do you choose to volunteer with MVLS? My entire legal career has been spent in public service. I previously worked in legal services and MVLS has…

September 2021 Volunteer of the Month – John Doud

John Doud of The Law Offices of John Doud, III in Baltimore, MD, has been a dedicated MVLS volunteer for over 20 years. Since starting with us in 1999, he has taken 39 family law cases. He handles divorce, custody, guardianship, and name change cases. Many of his pro bono cases have been complex and…

August 2021 Volunteer of the Month – Arlene Grove

    Arlene Grove is an Enrolled Agent at WB Tax & Accounting Service, Inc and has taken cases with us since 2017.   Read on to learn why Arlene volunteers:   Why do you choose to volunteer with MVLS? There are always people who cannot pay for services that seem optional but are life…

Save The Date – Celebrate Pro Bono 2021

  Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) invites you to save the date for our 2021 Celebrate Pro Bono Awards Ceremony at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 6-8:30 pm.   Join us for an evening of networking and celebration as we honor exceptional…

Annual Pro Bono and IOLTA reports are due September 10, 2021

Greetings Attorneys,   You may have seen that the Attorney Information System (AIS) is now open for you to file your annual pro bono and IOLTA reports online between now and September 10. We invite you to be in touch with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service directly if you would like our help tallying your pro bono hours with us between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.   Inquire about my hours   After filing your reports, you will…

Pro Bono Call to Action Issued to Maryland’s Legal Community

The Maryland Attorney General, Maryland Judiciary, Maryland State Bar Association – MSBA, and Maryland Access to Justice Commission Issue Pro Bono Call to Action to Maryland’s legal community.   “As COVID becomes less of a health risk, the risk of financial devastation looms large for many families who have suffered job loss, other revenue loss,…