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Dec. 8 – Expungement Clinic

On December 8th, MVLS will host an expungement clinic open to the public from 12 – 4 p.m. Meet with a lawyer to identify and expunge eligible criminal charges.  Once a criminal record is expunged, you can legally answer “no” to the question “have you ever been charged with or convicted of a crime?”  Please note that [Read more.]

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Jan. 5 – Self-Help Bankruptcy Class

MVLS will hold a self-help seminar on January 5 from 9am – 12:30pm on How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. The seminar will be held at MVLS’ office at 201 North Charles Street, Suite 1400 in downtown Baltimore. An experienced bankruptcy lawyer will conduct the class and will demonstrate how to fill out the necessary [Read more.]

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Dec. 21 – Anne Arundel Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Clinic

The Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Project is a program that provides FREE brief legal consultations for homeowners facing foreclosure who do not have legal representation.  Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Attorneys will: Answer questions about foreclosure mediation Give legal advice regarding your foreclosure Help you understand court papers and documents you received regarding your foreclosure Foreclosure [Read more.]

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Feb. 2 – Self-Help Bankruptcy Class

MVLS will hold a self-help seminar on February 2 from 9am – 12:30pm on How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. The seminar will be held at MVLS’ office at 201 North Charles Street, Suite 1400 in downtown Baltimore. An experienced bankruptcy lawyer will conduct the class and will demonstrate how to fill out the necessary [Read more.]

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Nov. 4 – New Chrome Extension for MDExpungement

MDExpungement.com, a website designed by MVLS staff attorney and Director of IT Matthew Stubenberg is growing!  A Google Chrome extension will launch soon and allow users to expunge records while remaining on the Maryland Judiciary’s case search website. The extension will make it easier for attorneys to use the website but enabling them to see which...

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Nov. 1 – September & October Volunteer Highlights

Thank you to all of our volunteers that took a case in September & October!

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Oct. 31 – MVLS’s Matthew Stubenberg Named This Week’s Legal Innovator by Medium

The work of MVLS Director of IT and staff attorney Matthew Stubenberg to close the justice gap with technology was highlighted by Medium, an online publishing platform. If you want to learn how Matthew got interested in “doing law differently” and what he would do with $5 million, check out the article here.

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Nov. 30 – Baltimore City Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Clinic

The Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Project is a program that provides FREE brief legal consultations for homeowners facing foreclosure who do not have legal representation.  Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Attorneys will: Answer questions about foreclosure mediation Give legal advice regarding your foreclosure Help you understand court papers and documents you received regarding your foreclosure Foreclosure [Read more.]

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Oct. 28 – MVLS to Partner with UB School of Law on Human Trafficking Project

The University of Baltimore School of Law’s Human Trafficking Prevention Project (HTPP), led by clinical fellow Jessica Emerson, has been awarded $465,757 from the Governor’s Office of Crime Control & Prevention of Maryland. The HTPP and its student-attorneys will partner with MVLS to create a statewide pro bono program designed to provide post-conviction legal services to...

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Oct. 26 – The Daily Record Covers MVLS’ Celebrate Pro Bono Reception

Thank you to The Daily Record for their great coverage of our October 5th Celebrate Pro Bono Reception, celebrating MVLS’ 35th Anniversary and the volunteer lawyers who have made noteworthy contributions to the delivery of pro bono legal services over the past year.

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Oct. 17 – Matthew Stubenberg to Receive Maryland Bar Foundation Award

Congratulations to MVLS’ Director of IT and staff attorney Matthew Stubenberg who was recently selected to receive the Maryland Bar Foundation’s Legal Excellence Award for the Advancement of the Rights of the Disadvantaged for his utilization of technology to solve access to justice issues, specifically criminal record expungements.  Matthew will receive his award on Thursday [Read more.]

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Oct. 17 – Photos from Celebrate Pro Bono

Thank you to the 250 guests and 16 sponsors who helped MVLS celebrate our volunteers, donors, board members, and our 35th anniversary at Celebrate Pro Bono on October 5.  We’re so pleased to report that we raised over $6,000 at the event during Pledge for Pro Bono.  Combined with sponsorships and donations received before the event,...

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Oct. 11 – Congratulations to MVLS’ Amy Hennen

Congratulations to Amy Hennen, MVLS’ Managing Attorney of Consumer and Housing Law, who was recently named one of Maryland’s Leading Women by the Daily Record.  Leading Women identifies women who are 40 years old or younger for the tremendous accomplishments then have made so far in their career.  Judging criteria includes professional experience, community involvement...

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Oct. 20 – Celebrate Pro Bono Awards Reception 2015

October 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service will Celebrate Pro Bono by honoring volunteers, student interns, law firms and supporters at our annual recognition reception at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law’s Westminster Hall in Baltimore. This annual event, held in partnership with the UMD Carey School of Law’s [Read more.]

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Sept. 29 – PBRC to Launch Maryland Free Legal Answers Website

On October 6, 2016, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland will launch Maryland’s Free Legal Answers website that will allow low-income Marylanders to submit civil legal questions online.  They are looking for volunteer lawyers to provide answers to these questions.  

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MVLS’ LITC Program Helps 90 Year-Old “Claudette”

Last year, MVLS assisted 115 clients through our Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) program. Claudette* recently become a client of MVLS and has a very powerful story about how a volunteer attorney turned her life around. Claudette is 90 years old and lives alone in Catonsville, in an apartment complex for the elderly. Until her...

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Aug. 26 – New Videos From Maryland Judiciary & MVLS Help Marylanders Understand Foreclosure Legal Process

The Maryland Judiciary has created two new videos in partnership with MVLS to help Maryland homeowners understand the foreclosure legal process, including mediation. The videos, “The Foreclosure Process” and “Foreclosure Mediation,” provide information about what foreclosure is and what happens during mediation.

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Aug. 16 – Matthew Stubenberg Named Innovator of the Year

MVLS’ Director of IT Matthew Stubenberg has been named an Innovator of the Year by The Daily Record for his work using technology to address access to justice issues. The Daily Record began the Innovator of the Year awards in 2002 as a way to recognize Marylanders and Maryland-based companies for their innovative spirit –...

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Aug. 1 – Matthew Stubenberg Named Top 40 Young Lawyers by ABA

Congratulations to MVLS Director of IT and staff attorney Matthew Stubenberg for being selected by the American Bar Association’s (ABA) On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers List.  The Annual On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers provides national recognition for ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership,...

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July 22 – MVLS’ LITC Program Profiled in The Daily Record

Janice Shih, Managing attorney of MVLS’ Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) tells The Daily Record how she was able to help a low-income, non-native English speaker resolve an erroneous $3,000 tax bill from the IRS.   Read the article here to learn more about this case and the LITC program.  

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July 18 – MVLS is Hiring

Join our team!  MVLS has an immediate vacancy for a Workforce Development Project Coordinator. Click here to learn more and apply.

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July 10 – MVLS Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun on 1B4J Program

Learn about MVLS’ role in One Baltimore for Jobs (1B4J), a jobs initiative that aims to enroll residents citywide and strengthen partnerships to create a pathway to hiring at least 80 percent of workforce training graduates at an average hourly wage of at least $11. http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-1b4j-20160710-story.html

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June 22 – MVLS’ Matthew Stubenberg Recognized as 20 in Their Twenties

MVLS Director of IT and staff attorney Matthew Stubenberg was recognized by The Daily Record with their 20 in Their Twenties award.  

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June 18 – MVLS Volunteer Gerald Kelly and MVLS Receive Pro Bono Awards

MVLS took home two awards from the Pro Bono Resource Center’s (PBRC) Pro Bono Service Award Ceremony held during the Maryland State Bar Association’s (MSBA) annual meeting on June 18 in Ocean City, Maryland.  MVLS volunteer attorney Gerald Kelly, of Kelly Dorsey P.C. received the Lee A. Caplan Award and MVLS, as an organization, was...

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June 8 – Pew Charitable Trusts Highlights MVLS’ Expungement Work

Last year, MVLS’ Matthew Stubenberg found that Baltimore City had petitioned to clear their records in less than a third of eligible cases — leaving thousands at risk of carrying a criminal rap sheet that could stand in the way of employment, housing, student loans or a professional license. He decided to do something about...

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June 3 – Technology + Law = Justice

MVLS staff attorney and Director of IT Matthew Stubenberg’s innovative work combing technology, programming and civil legal services was recently highlighted in the ABA Journal.  Matthew has created MDExpungement.com and MVLS’ Client Legal Utility Engine (CLUE) and he sees a world of possibility for other ways people can access civil legal assistance through technology.  Click here...

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May 31 – Bonnie Sullivan Profiled in Attorney at Law Magazine

Read Bonnie Sullivan’s interview in Attorney at Law Magazine about the organization’s growth over the last ten years.  Here’s a hint, there’s been a tremendous amount of growth under her leadership!  Our staff size has doubled and annual funding has increased by 100% – enabling us to serve more low-income Marylanders each year with free civil...

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June 1 – MVLS in the New York Times

The New York Time’s Tina Rosenberg recently included MVLS and our innovative approach to civil legal services in her Fixes column, which looks at solutions to social problems and why they work.  MVLS staff attorney and director of IT was interviewed about how he and MVLS are using technology to like MDExpungement.com and CLUE, Client Legal Utility...

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May 25 – Bonnie Sullivan Writes About Expungement in the AFRO

MVLS Executive Director Bonnie Sullivan recently wrote an op-ed in the Baltimore Afro talking about the recent changes in Maryland expungement law and how Maryland residents can get help expunging their record.  Check out the article here. 

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May 17 – Consumer & Foreclosure E-Newsletter

The most recent Consumer/Foreclosure e-newsletter is hot off the press!  Check it out for available pro bono cases and legislative updates.

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May 12 – MVLS’ Amy Hennen appears on MPT

  MVLS’ managing attorney for housing and consumer law recently appeared on Your Money and Business with Jeff Salkin on Maryland Public Television to talk about our new Bankruptcy Bypass program and how consumers and low income Marylanders can avoid bankruptcy.

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May 11 – MVLS’ Bonnie Sullivan Pens Op-Ed in the AFRO

MVLS Executive Director Bonnie Sullivan recently contributed a special opinion piece to the AFRO about the civil legal challenges faced by seniors in Baltimore City.  Among the legal issues this vulnerable population faces are tax sales, bankruptcy, and identity theft.  Check out the article here.

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May 7 – The Baltimore Sun Covers MVLS’ Bankruptcy Bypass Program

“Poor, elderly and loaded with more debt than they could ever hope to repay, clients of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service often view bankruptcy as their only way out. ‘They carry so much shame about being in those circumstances,’ said Susan Francis, deputy director of the pro bono lawyers service. ‘It has an emotional toll on...

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April 22 – The Daily Record Covers MVLS’ New Bankruptcy Bypass Program

The Daily Record recently published an overview of MVLS’ new Bankruptcy Bypass program.  The Bankruptcy Bypass program was launched in March 2016 with a $10,000 grant from the American College of Bankruptcy.  The program aims to help debtors who are living on a fixed income and are collection-proof – meaning that their limited income and assets cannot legally...

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April E-Newsletter

Our April e-newsletter is hot off the press.  Check it out for upcoming events and a new program announcement.

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April 21 – Congratulations to Matthew Stubenberg!

Congratulations to MVLS’ Director of IT and staff attorney Matthew Stubenberg who was named one of The Daily Records’ 20 in Their Twenties!  Matthew was selected for this honor because of his professional accomplishments, civic involvement and impact of his achievement.  Matthew will receive his award on June 22.

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April 19 – Consumer E-Newsletter

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April 6 – Expungement Newsletter

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April 5 – Consumer E-Newsletter

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Help for Homeowners Facing Tax Sales

The number of owner-occupied homes facing tax sale this year in Baltimore City is down 40% compared to last year, due to an increase of the minimum debt triggering a sale from $250 to $750.  Kudos to the members of the Tax Sale Work Group, led by Community Law Center and Neighborhood Housing Services of Baltimore,...

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MVLS Launches Bankruptcy Bypass Program

Thanks to a grant from the American College of Bankruptcy Foundation, MVLS is excited to launch our new Bankruptcy Bypass Program. This program targets individuals who are collection proof, but are still experiencing a lot of calls and/or harassment from creditors and want to file bankruptcy as a way to stop the harassment.

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MVLS’ Hi-Tech Approach to Expungements

MVLS IT Director Matthew Stubenberg recently contributed an article to the MSBA Bar Bulletin discussing how his expungement website, www.mdexpungement.com, helps people quickly determine if they have an expungeable case and automatically completes petition forms.  Check out the article here.

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MVLS Deputy Director Interviewed on “Living in Baltimore”

MVLS Deputy Director Susan Francis was recently interviewed by Dr. Kladky on the GBCHRB’s radio show “Living in Baltimore.”  Living in Baltimore is a weekly program that interviews community leaders on pressing topics in housing, community development, human rights, neighborhood quality of life, civil rights, social problems, & related issues. Susan talked about MVLS’ services and discussed tax...

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“March Madness” Photos

Thank you for attending MVLS’ annual “March Madness” themed benefit on March 17. With your generous support we raised more than $180,000 to support Marylanders in need of civil legal assistance. A special thank you to all of our sponsors, guests, volunteers, and donors who helped make the night a great success and to The [Read more.]

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March Client Newsletter

Our March Client Newsletter is hot off the press. Check it out for spring tax sale clinic dates, tips for tax season, an overview of The People’s Law Library, an invaluable resource for anyone with a legal issue, and so much more.  Check it out here!

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MVLS is Hiring

MVLS is hiring a full time Managing Attorney for our Low Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) which provides pro bono legal services to low-income taxpayers who have tax disputes with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). Click here for the position description and application instructions.

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IRS Warns Taxpayers About Identify Theft – Videos

The IRS recently released a 6-part video series highlighting tax scams to avoid and tips on how to protect yourself when you file your taxes. We invite you to view and share this video series with your colleagues, family, and friends.   Video 1: Security Summit Identify Theft Tips Overview            Video...

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MVLS Partners With MLSC & Other Legal Service Providers on 1B4J

MLSC has dedicated $360,000 for community redevelopment funds from a national Bank of America settlement to provide comprehensive civil legal assistance to 1B4J participants experiencing legal problems that may hinder their ability to gain employment. MVLS, Homeless Persons Representation Project, and Maryland Legal Aid were all awarded a portion of the grant that will provide...

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Out of State Attorneys Eligible to Take Pro Bono Cases Without Joining MD Bar

MVLS Deputy Director Susan Francis recently spoke to The Daily Record about a recent law change that allows attorneys barred in other states to support pro bono cases in Maryland. “This is brand new and uncharted territory, but we’re optimistic, and I think Maryland is uniquely well suited to benefit from a program like this,”...

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IRS Releases Identity Theft Video Series

The IRS recently partnered with the state revenue departments and the tax industry to release a series of tax tips videos. The goal is to provide people with important tips on how to protect their personal tax and financial information. Please visit the IRS YouTube channel to view all of the special series videos on...

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‘Tis the Season for Giving. Why Not Give Some Time?

MVLS volunteer Danielle Williamson debunks common myths and shares what she’s learned about pro bono work in an article in The Daily Record.

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Unaccompanied Youth Project Highlighted in The Daily Record

Since 2010, nearly 7,000 refugees have been settled in Maryland, including children from Central America and around the world. MVLS is one of many legal and immigration service providers in Maryland helping these vulnerable children.   MVLS Executive Director Bonnie Sullivan recently shared one boy’s story with The Daily Record.

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MVLS Awarded $145,000 for Foreclosure Prevention

MVLS is grateful and honored to be one of nine organizations receiving funding from the Maryland Legal Services Corporation to continue our foreclosure prevention work.  MVLS Executive Director Bonnie Sullivan is quoted in a Daily Record article about the grant. The $145,000 will help MVLS increase outreach to potential clients and those at risk of losing their homes as...

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Expungement Resources to Start 2016 With A Clean Slate

MVLS has developed a comprehensive expungement resource to be used by individuals seeking expungments and service providers. It explains the process of getting a criminal record expungement and goes into detail about what is and is not expungable under the October 1 legislation changes. Check it out and make 2016 the beginning of a year...

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CONSUMER E-NEWS – Dec. 15 – 2015

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MVLS Raises $18,070 on #GivingTuesday!

We can’t thank you enough for your support of MVLS during #GivingTuesday. With your generosity, we raised $18,070! These funds will be put to work immediately, providing quality pro bono civil legal services to our clients. We set a lofty goal to raise $10,000 and with your help we went above and beyond that – THANK...

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CONSUMER E-NEWS – Dec. 2 – 2015

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Bonnie Sullivan Contributes to November 2015 Baltimore Barrister

There are so many reasons to do pro bono but MVLS Executive Director Bonnie Sullivan lists five very good ones on page 12 of the November 2015 edition of The Baltimore Barrister. Baltimore Barrister November 2015

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Larry Coppel to Receive the Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award

Former MVLS board member and current MVLS advisory board member Larry Coppel will be honored at the MLSC Awards Reception December 7 at 6 p.m. at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.  Larry will be receiving the Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award which is “presented to an attorney (usually in a private practice) who has rendered extraordinary service...

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New Expungement Form

The Courts have released the new Expungement petition form. The new form can be found here.

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Consumer E-News – Nov. 11

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MVLS Hires Matthew Stubenberg, Director of IT and Staff Attorney

MVLS is excited to welcome Matthew Stubenberg, Director of IT and a Staff Attorney, who will assist clients with legal services focused on the area of expungement. Please click title to read more. MVLS – Matthew Stubenberg Press Release

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Consumer E-News – Oct. 27

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Consumer E-News – Oct. 15

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MVLS Is Hiring!

MVLS is hiring for an Administrative Assistant and a part-time APGRB paralegal.  For job descriptions and submission information, click here.

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MD Legal Services Groups Receive Grant to Keep Low-Income Older Adults in Their Home

“Project Household” Designed to Preserve Homeownership in Baltimore City – The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation awarded Maryland Legal Aid, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC) and the Bar Association of Baltimore City’s Senior Legal Services program (SLS) grants totaling $1,377,111 over three years. These grants will...

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CONSUMER E-NEWS – SEPT. 29

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MVLS’ Lonni Summers Quoted in Front Page Baltimore Sun Article

New state laws take effect on October 1 that will help more Marylanders clear minor charges in their arrest records.  MVLS staff attorney Lonni Summers was interviewed and said “people who aren’t attorneys may not necessarily know what all those [changes] mean.”  MVLS has always offered pro bono expungements, but we anticipate an increased demand as...

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CPP Clinic – Seeking Volunteers!

MVLS is looking for volunteers to staff our Consumer Protection Project brief advice clinic at the Baltimore City District Court, Tuesdays from 8:45am-12pm.  Learn more here.

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CONSUMER E-NEWS – SEPT. 15

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CONSUMER E-NEWS – SEPT. 1

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August E-Newsletter – Aug. 28

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Bonnie Sullivan in The Baltimore Times – Aug. 26

MVLS Executive Director Bonnie Sullivan debunks common misconceptions about civil legal aid in an article in the Baltimore Times.

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Consumer E-News – Aug. 18

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Consumer E-News – August 4

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THE DAILY RECORD PROFILES MVLS’ CONSUMER WORK

The Daily Record's Joe Surkiewicz recently profiled MVLS' increasing focus on legal issues that affect low income Marylander's financial stability.  Click here to read the article.

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MVLS on Maryland Public Television

MVLS Deputy Director Susan Francis and Lonni Summers appeared on Your Money & Business show with Jeff Salkin on Maryland Public Television on July 16th.  They spoke about the most pressing civil challenges facing seniors in Maryland including home tax sale, debt buyer and original creditor cases, identity theft, social security garnishments from seniors co-signing student loans, and the...

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July E-Newsletter

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Updated Consumer E-News!

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Interested in Volunteering? Join MVLS for a Happy Hour!

Join MVLS for a happy hour on Thursday, July 16th from 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm where you can meet MVLS staff and learn more about volunteering to take pro bono cases.  View the flyer for more details.

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May E-Newsletter

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MVLS on Fox45’s “Straight Talk with Mike Gimbel”

MVLS’ Deputy Director Susan Francis and Managing Attorney of MVLS’ Foreclosure Prevention and Consumer Law Project Lonni Summers were in the spotlight on April 23rd as they filmed a segment for FOX 45 / CW “Straight Talk with Mike Gimbel”. Mike Gimbel invited MVLS on his show to help viewers better understand their consumer, homeowner...

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City’s Tax Sale Policies Heighten Vacancy Problems

Baltimore City may be contributing to its problem with vacancies. City codes are pushing homeowners out of their homes over as little as $250 in unpaid property taxes or $350 in unpaid water bills through an often opaque process known as “tax sales.”

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Frederick Woman Benefits from Foreclosure Prevention Program

MVLS' Susan Francis tells the Frederick News Post about Foreclosure's effect on Maryland homeowners. Read the full article.

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MVLS in the News!

MVLS Deputy Director Susan Francis and staff attorney Ellyn Riedl describe an increasing amount of cases MVLS is seeing from former clients of disbarred lawyer Neil J. Lewis. Neil Lewis failed to pay his client’s medical bills out of settlement proceeds and now these clients – who are mostly low and moderate income – are...

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March E-Newsletter

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Upcoming Brief Advice Clinics

If you are interested in receiving FREE legal advice about tax sale and/or foreclosure, visit www.probonomd.org/legal-help or contact Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland at (443) 703-3052 to pre-register for a workshop date listed below.

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MVLS Featured on WMAR ABC Baltimore

MVLS was recently featured in a segment on WMAR ABC Baltimore.  To view the segment or read the print version, visit the WMAR website: http://www.abc2news.com/news/region/baltimore-city/baltimore-officials-working-to-reform-tax-sale-policies

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MVLS Welcomes Two New Board Members

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) announced two new members to its board of directors. MVLS’ board of directors helps to advance the organization’s mission of closing the justice gap in the State of Maryland. The Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service elected two new members to its board of directors during its meeting on November 19, 2014....

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January E-Newsletter

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December E-Newsletter

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Helping Homeowners Avoid Tax Sale and Tax Foreclosure in Baltimore City

SAVE THE DATE! Helping Homeowners Avoid Tax Sale and Tax Foreclosure in Baltimore City Tuesday, February 17, 2015 | 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM This training will be held in Baltimore City Co-sponsored by: Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland Interested in attending? Contact Louis Bracco at 443-703-3052 or [Read more.]

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MVLS Has Moved!

As of November 21, 2014, MVLS has moved its offices to 201 N. Charles Street, Suite 1400, Baltimore, MD 21201.  Please update your records to reflect this change.  All phone numbers remain the same.

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MVLS is hiring!

MVLS is currently hiring for our Client Intake Paralegal position.  To apply, you can e-mail your resume and cover letter to info@mvlslaw.org.  You can view the job description here.

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Affidavit Judgment Defense in District Court- A training for Attorneys

Training will cover:   Affidavit Judgments in Baltimore City How to Know When a Client Could or Should file Bankruptcy Overview of Contract Litigation Issues Including:  Auto Repossession, Bail Bonds, Credit Cards, Homeowners’ Associations, Landlord/Tenant, Medical Debt, and Student Loans   Participating attorneys must submit a $25 non-refundable fee and attend 4 brief advice clinics [Read more.]

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Baltimore City Pro Bono Day

Join MVLS for Baltimore City Pro Bono Day on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  For more information, view the flyer.

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September E-Newsletter

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Family Law Pro Bono Training

The Baltimore County Bar Association Pro Bono & Family Law Committees, and The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland present a FREE Family Law Pro Bono Training on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  For more details, view the flyer, or contact Doris Barnes at 410-337-9103 or doris@bcba.org.  To register, please visit [Read more.]

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Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Project

MVLS and Civil Justice are proud to present the Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Project, a program that provides FREE brief legal consultations for homeowners facing foreclosure who do not have legal representation. View the flyer. View the press release.

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August E-Newsletter

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MVLS Hires Managing Attorney for Foreclosure Prevention and Consumer Law Project

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) is pleased to announce that Lonni Summers has joined its staff as the Managing Attorney for Foreclosure Prevention and Consumer Law.  Lonni will lead MVLS’ efforts in the areas of foreclosure, tax sales, debt buyer defense, bankruptcy and other related consumer law matters.  She will mentor volunteer attorneys, provide direct...

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Self-Help Bankruptcy Class Offered by Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

On Thursday, August 14, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) will be conducting a self-help seminar on How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.  This class is being offered to people of low- or moderate-income who have a high school diploma and are not in a foreclosure proceeding.  The...

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MVLS is hiring!

MVLS is searching for a Client Intake Paralegal to join our team.  To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to info@mvlslaw.org.  You can view the job description here.

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Spring 2014 Newsletter

The Spring 2014 Newsletter is available. You can access it in the publications section of the website, or view it here.

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Job Announcement

Immediate opening for an experienced lawyer to manage Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service’s (MVLS) Foreclosure Prevention Project and consumer law matters, including tax sales, bankruptcy, and debt buyer defense. This project serves low-income Marylanders in most counties by providing pro bono and reduced-fee legal services through a panel of trained volunteer lawyers. Visit our careers page [Read more.]

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May E-Newsletter

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MVLS’ Susan K. Francis Promoted to Deputy Director

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) is pleased to announce that Susan Francis has been promoted to Deputy Director. Susan joined MVLS in March 2013 as Manager of our Foreclosure Prevention Pro Bono Project. In just one year, she has made an impressive mark in the legal services community through her tireless and effective efforts to [Read more.]

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MVLS Volunteers Wayne Clark and Barbara Bechberger Receive Maryland Pro Bono Service Award

MVLS is pleased to announce that volunteers Wayne Clark and Barbara Bechberger will be awarded Maryland Pro Bono Service Awards. The Maryland Pro Bono Service Awards are statewide awards honoring outstanding attorneys and non-attorneys who have made a significant contribution to the delivery of pro bono civil legal services to Maryland’s poor. Read the press [Read more.]

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MVLS Volunteer Thomas J. Renner Receives MSBA Tax Section Pro Bono Award

MVLS is pleased to announce that Thomas J. Renner, with Nolas, Plumhoff & Williams, Chtd in Towson, MD will receive the Maryland State Bar Association Tax Section’s 2014 J. Ronald Shiff Memorial Pro Bono Award.  Read the press release for more information!  

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Congratulations Stephanie Austin- Daily Record’s 20 in Their Twenties

We are delighted to report that MVLS Development Director Stephanie Austin has been selected as one of the Daily Record’s 20 in their Twenties honorees for 2014. Stephanie was selected because she is a young professional “whose creativity and entrepreneurial spirit already are contributing to a new energy in Maryland.” Congratulations, Stephanie! Stephanie and the...

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April E-Newsletter

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Free Legal Clinic for Homeowners Facing Tax Sale

If you are interested in receiving FREE legal advice about tax sale and/or foreclosure contact Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland at (443) 703-3052.  View the flyer. 

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February E-Newsletter

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Training – Save the Date

PBRC and MVLS will hold a Chapter 7 Consumer Bankruptcy Training on April 4, 2014 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. The training is designed for attorneys with little to no bankruptcy experience. View details and register here.

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Pro Bono Day

Save the date!  On Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the BCCC in Randallstown, you will have the opportunity to discuss your civil legal problems one-on-one with volunteer attorneys at a FREE legal clinic.  Discuss issues such as:  Bankruptcy, Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Expungements, Landlord-Tenant, and much more!  View the [Read more.]

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January E-Newsletter

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2013 Annual Report

You can now view the 2013 MVLS Annual Report online! Check out other MVLS publications such as archived newsletters and annual reports on the Publications page!

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December E-Newsletter

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November E-Newsletter

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MVLS’ Celebrate Pro Bono Event in Scene and Heard After Work

MVLS’ Celebrate Pro Bono event was featured in Scene and Heard After Work in The Baltimore Sun. View the photos!

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October E-Newsletter

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MLSC Announces 2013 Legal Services Awards

The 2013 MLSC Legal Services Award recipients have been selected by the MLSC Board of Directors and MVLS’s Carolyn Malinowski will be receiving the Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service award. This award recognizes outstanding public interest attorneys who are regularly involved in providing, promoting or managing civil legal services. Read the press release.

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We Need Your Help!

Pro Bono Day, sponsored by the Baltimore County Bar Association, will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2013 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the American Legion Post 109 in Arbutus. View the flyer.

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September E-Newsletter

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The Daily Record Announces its 2013 Leadership in Law Award Winners

MVLS Board Member Alan Cason and former Project HEAL director Hope Tipton are among the award winners!  Read more.

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July E-Newsletter

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MVLS Spring 2013 Newsletter

Our most recent newsletter is available online on our publications page. Find out all the newest program updates, new faces at MVLS and more by clicking “Learn More” under our “About Us” section.

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Self-Help Bankruptcy Class Offered by Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

On Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) will be conducting a self-help seminar on How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy.  This class is being offered to people of low- or moderate-income who have a high school diploma and are not in a foreclosure proceeding.  The...

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MVLS Volunteer Kathleen Adcock Honored by MSBA Tax Section

Congratulations to MVLS tax volunteer Kathleen Adcock who is being honored by the MSBA Tax Section for her tireless service on behalf of low-income clients.  On May 16, she will receive the Tax Section’s 2013 J. Ronald Shiff Memorial Pro Bono Award at its annual dinner.  The J. Ronald Schiff Memorial Pro Bono Award is [Read more.]

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MVLS Board of Directors Elect New Member

The Board of Directors of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) is pleased to announce that Robert Grossbart, President of Grossbart, Portney & Rosenberg, PA, was elected to the board on April 17, 2013.  Mr. Grossbart is an experienced consumer bankruptcy lawyer, longstanding MVLS volunteer and volunteer mentor as well as Chapter 7 bankruptcy instructor.  His...

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Leigh Maddox Joins MVLS as Deputy Director

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) has named Leigh Maddox as its new Deputy Director. Ms. Maddox will be responsible for day-to-day management of MVLS’ statewide pro bono program that serves 3,800 low-income individuals annually. Ms. Maddox formerly served as Managing Attorney/Professor of the JustAdvice® Legal Clinic at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. [Read more.]

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April E-Newsletter

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Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Training for Attorneys

Learn the basics of handling a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy case from MVLS. This training is free and open to all attorneys admitted to practice in Maryland. Every attendee must commit to handling a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy matter for a low income client. Materials will be provided at the training. Training to be held on Tuesday, [Read more.]

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MVLS Board Member Caroline Ciraolo featured in Money magazine

MVLS’ Board Member Caroline Ciraolo was featured as a “Money Hero” in the April 2013 edition of Money magazine for her pro bono work with clients involved in IRS disputes. We are so proud to have Ms. Ciraolo on our board! View the article.

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Self-Help Bankruptcy Class Offered by Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

On Thursday, April 11, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) will be conducting a self-help seminar on How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. This class is being offered to people of low- or moderate-income who have a high school diploma and are not in a foreclosure proceeding. The...

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MVLS Hires Foreclosure Prevention Project Manager

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) is pleased to announce that Susan Francis has joined our staff as the new Foreclosure Prevention Project Manager. She will be responsible for representing distressed homeowners who have time sensitive foreclosure cases, including mediations, as well as management responsibility for MVLS foreclosure prevention activities. Read the full press release.

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Guardian of the Property Training Canceled

Due to unanticipated circumstances, MVLS has canceled the guardian of property training scheduled for March 26th. It has been postponed to a future date. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please be assured MVLS will reschedule this training and will be in contact with registrants for future dates of availability. MVLS is committed [Read more.]

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March E-Newsletter

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Career Opportunity

We are currently searching for a Project Manager for our Foreclosure Prevention Project. View the job description.

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2012 Annual Report

Our most recent Annual Report is now available online. We’ve had quite a year!

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MVLS to participate in #Giving Tuesday, a national movement to redefine the season of giving

We have a day for giving thanks, two for getting deals, why not a day for giving back? This Thanksgiving season, we hope you’ll consider taking part in a new tradition: #Giving Tuesday, a day to embrace the true spirit of the season and give to the less fortunate.

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Joe Surkiewicz: ACLU, MVLS to honor top volunteers

Read about how the ACLU and MVLS will be honoring volunteers at events this month!

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Join MVLS for Pro Bono Day on October 20th!

Pro Bono day is taking place in Randallstown on Saturday, October 20, 2012.  Folks can discuss their civil legal problems with volunteer attorneys at a legal clinic. View the flyer for more details!

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MVLS Director of Project HEAL Receives Daily Record’s Leadership in Law Award

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service is pleased to announce that Maureen van Stone, Esq., M.S., Director of Project HEAL at Kennedy Krieger Institute has been awarded The Daily Record’s 2012 Leadership in Law Award. The Daily Record created the Leadership in Law Awards program in 2000 to recognize outstanding professional achievement, community service and mentoring within [Read more.]

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Five MVLS Board Members Honored as 2013 Lawyers of the Year in Baltimore and Columbia

We are very pleased to announce that five MVLS board members have been named 2013 Lawyer of the Year in Baltimore and Columbia for their respective practice areas by Best Lawyers in America. Best Lawyers is a prestigious organization and to be selected for inclusion at all is an honor. The following members have been [Read more.]

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September E-Newsletter

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Support MVLS at the Federal Bar Association’s 3rd Annual Golf Tournament!

Join your fellow members of the FBA-Maryland Chapter on Monday, October 8th for our third annual golf tournament. Enjoy a day on the links with the Bench and Bar to benefit a great local cause! This event will benefit Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. View the Save the Date for more details!

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MVLS is now hiring!

MVLS is currently accepting resumes for the client intake paralegal position. The ideal candidate will have client-centered customer service skills, excellent computer, data entry, telephone and organization skills, be detail oriented and able to multi-task. Send resumes to mvls@mvlslaw.org. No phone calls please. View the job announcement for more details.

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MVLS Announces New Board Officers

The MVLS board of directors elected new officers for the 2013 term that begins July 1, 2012. Congratulations to President Paul Sugar, Ober|Kaler; Vice President Fred Hecker, Miller & Hecker; Secretary Hutch Robbins, Miles & Stockbridge; Treasurer Mary Keating, Law Office of Mary T. Keating.

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MSBA Annual Meeting Award Winners

We would like to congratulate all of the award winners at the MSBA annual meeting, especially MVLS volunteers J. Harrison Phillips, III and Elva Tillman. View photos of the event.

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MVLS Spring 2012 Newsletter

Our most recent newsletter is available online on our publications page. Find out all the newest program updates, new faces at MVLS and more by clicking “Learn More” under our “About Us” section.

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MVLS Volunteer Awarded MSBA Tax Section’s Pro Bono Award

MVLS tax volunteer Gary Compton will be awarded the MSBA Tax Section’s J. Ronald Shiff Pro Bono Award at its annual Irving Shulbank Memorial Dinner and Program on May 17, 2012. Mr. Compton is a senior lawyer who began practicing tax law after retirement from the Social Security Administration. He is a dedicated volunteer who [Read more.]

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MVLS’s Richard R. Chambers Chosen for MSBA Leadership Academy

MVLS Deputy Director Richard R. Chambers has been chosen to participate in the Maryland State Bar Association’s 2012-2013 Leadership Academy, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary.  The Leadership Academy is a year-long program that trains lawyers to develop their leadership skills and provides opportunities for them to assume leadership roles in the MSBA and local [Read more.]

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Hope Tipton, Esq., Director of Project HEAL, receives 2012 WBA Annual Pro Bono Award

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) announces that Hope Tipton, Esq., Director of Project HEAL, has been selected to receive the 2012 Women’s Bar Association Annual Pro Bono Award for Baltimore City/Baltimore County/Carroll County. Project HEAL is an MVLS program and in partnership with The Johns Hopkins Children’s Center (Hopkins Children’s), which provides free advocacy and [Read more.]

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“March Madness” Themed Benefit a Huge Success!

On the evening of March 15th, over 250 MVLS ‘fans’ gathered at the Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards for an evening of basketball, food, fun and just a little madness. Thank you to all of our sponsors, guests and auction item donors. Due to your generosity, over $100,000 was raised to support MVLS programs! [Read more.]

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Bonnie Sullivan and Board Members Caroline Ciraolo and M. Natalie McSherry announced in Daily Record’s Top 100 Women

The Daily Record is proud to announce this year’s Top 100 Women. Since 1996, we’ve recognized more than 1,000 high-achieving Maryland women who are making an impact through their leadership, community service and mentoring. The winners are selected by an outside panel of business leaders based on professional accomplishment, community involvement and commitment to mentoring. [Read more.]

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Project HEAL Selected as AHLA Pro Bono Champion

The law firm Ober|Kaler announced on 2/29/2012 that the firm’s Project HEAL Pro Bono initiative was selected as one of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) 2011 Pro Bono Champions. Launched this year, the Pro Bono Champions program [PDF] honors AHLA members who have contributed at least fifty hours per year to pro bono work [Read more.]

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Maureen van Stone, Esq., M.S. selected for Leadership Maryland’s 20th Anniversary Class

Maureen van Stone, Esq., M.S., Director of Project HEAL, a medical-legal partnership between Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and Kennedy Krieger Institute, and the Associate Director of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities, and a resident of Towson, has been selected for the Leadership Maryland Class of 2012, its 20th Anniversary Class.  Founded in 1992, Leadership [Read more.]

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Sixteen MVLS Directors named to “Maryland Super Lawyers” list for 2012

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service announces that sixteen members of its Board of Directors have been selected for inclusion in Maryland Super Lawyers for 2012: Edward J. Baines, Saul Ewing LLP; Rignal W. Baldwin, Baldwin, Kagan & Gormley, LLC; Alan C. Cason, McGuireWoods LLP; Caroline D. Ciraolo, Rosenberg | Martin | Greenberg LLP; Lawrence D. Coppel, [Read more.]

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M. Natalie McSherry Received Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award

Ms. McSherry, Principal at Kramon & Graham, PA and MVLS Board Member, received the Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s 2011 Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award at its annual awards ceremony December 5, 2011. The award is presented to an attorney who has rendered extraordinary service by providing civil legal services to the poor or by improving [Read more.]

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Michelle Swift receives William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award

Ms. Swift, Director of Pro Bono Programs at MVLS, received the Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s 2011 William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award at its annual awards ceremony December 5, 2011. The award is presented to a non-attorney who has demonstrated outstanding service in Maryland representing the rights and legal needs of low-income persons. READ MORE [Read more.]

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Maureen van Stone recognized as one of Daily Record’s ‘Leading Women’

Ms. van Stone, Director of Project HEAL at Kennedy Krieger Institute, was recognized as one of the Daily Record’s 2011 Leading Women on December 1, 2011. This award is presented to women age 40 or younger for the tremendous accomplishments they have made so far in their career. They are judged on professional experience, community [Read more.]

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Hope Tipton receives Presidential Award

Hope Tipton, Director of Project HEAL at the JHU Children’s Center, was awarded the Bar Association of Baltimore City’s annual Presidential Award on November 22, 2011. This award is presented to a member of the Association who has “selflessly undertaken” civic and charitable service to help the most vulnerable populations in Baltimore and who has [Read more.]

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Laurie Hansen receives Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Award

The Baltimore County Bar Association presented Laurie Hansen their Pro Bono Attorney of the Year award on October 27, 2011. Ms. Hansen is a 15-year volunteer of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Maryland’s largest provider of pro bono legal services. In that time she has taken a total of 35 pro bono family law cases.

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MVLS in the News

Read about MVLS in the Baltimore Sun article about the increasing need for pro bono legal services.

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MVLS on Television

Check out MVLS Deputy Director Richard Chambers as he is interviewed on GBCHRB Fair Housing News.

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