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MVLS 2017 Annual Report Available Online

MVLS’ 2017 Annual Report is now available! If you want to take a closer look at all of the things we’ve been up to in the past fiscal year, you can read the full report on our website by clicking here.

MVLS and MFHN Collaboration Featured on Maryland Public Television

This past week, MVLS Deputy Director Susan Francis and Maryland Faith Health Network (MFHN) were interviewed on Maryland Public Television to talk about the new collaborative series between MVLS and MFHN. This collaboration brings estate planning presentations to different churches in Baltimore with the goal of demystifying estate planning and making it more accessible to…

MVLS Volunteer and Nominee Recognized as BCBA Volunteer of the Year

MVLS is thrilled to share that our nomination for the Baltimore County Bar Association Pro Bono Awards, Marty Voelkel-Hanssen, was recognized as the Volunteer of the Year. Ms. Voelkel-Hanssen (Law Office of Marty Voelkel-Hanssen) has been a dedicated member of MVLS’ volunteer panel since 1998. MVLS staff attended the Baltimore County Bar Association Pro Bono Awards this week to join…

MVLS Deputy Director Joins Daily Record Editorial Advisory Board

In addition to being appointed to the Commission for Aging and Retirement Education, MVLS Deputy Director Susan Francis has been appointed to the Daily Record Editorial Advisory Board. The board gathers to discuss legal issues and share their opinions on various topics in the legal world. One member will then take the initiative to write…

Baltimore Sun Highlights MVLS and MFHN Partnership

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and the Maryland Faith Health Network (MFHN) have developed a partnership in order to bring a series of advanced planning courses to local church congregations, with a strong emphasis on advanced medical directives. Baltimore Sun Reporter, Jacques Kelly, attended the first presentation on Oct. 22 at the Kingdom Life Church. In…

MVLS Deputy Director Appointed to Commission For Aging and Retirement Education

MVLS Deputy Director Susan Francis has been appointed to the Commission for Aging and Retirement Education (CARE). CARE advocates for older generations living in Baltimore by establishing and funding programs and resources for seniors. The Commission’s goals are to facilitate change and develop policies that promote vital aging in Baltimore, address needs of family caregivers,…

Advanced Planning Event Series by Maryland Faith Health Network and MVLS

MVLS is partnering with the Maryland Faith Health Network (MFHN) to facilitate a series of advanced planning discussions at different church congregations in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, and Carroll County. The Maryland Department of Health has awarded MFHN with a grant in order to provide information and resources for families facing difficult conversations and decisions…

Celebrate Pro Bono Event Photos

Thank you to all of our volunteers, sponsors and supporters who attended our annual Celebrate Pro Bono event at the American Visionary Arts Museum. A special thank you to Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera and Mayor Catherine Pugh who joined us at the event. Congratulations and thank you to all of our award winners!  We…

Daily Record Publishes Pro Bono Article

The Daily Record’s Editorial Advisory Board published an article emphasizing the importance of pro bono work and the vast need for legal services particularly in low-income communities. MVLS is featured in the article, which reports that  665  MVLS volunteers have closed more than 3,200 pro bono cases, valued at $4.6 million. The article also points…

MVLS Estate Planning Article Published in MSBA Bulletin

While estate planning is something that everyone should do, in order to keep your home secured within your family, estate planning is especially vital for low-income communities. In this MSBA Bulletin article, MVLS Deputy Director Susan Francis discusses how estate planning is not only a means of ensuring that families do not lose their homes…