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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 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…

How Maryland Punishes Driver’s License Violations

How Maryland Punishes Driver’s License Violations MVLS provides civil legal services to Marylanders with limited income. While our core pro bono program connects people in need of representation for a specific, pressing issue such as a lawsuit from a landlord or creditor, a divorce, or bankruptcy, we know that our clients often face a patchwork…

MVLS Initiatives and Volunteers Featured in Carroll County Times

The Carroll County Times interviewed MVLS Deputy Director Susan Francis to discuss our new Pro Bono Portal and the enormous value pro bono legal services has for MVLS clients. Two of our wonderful volunteer attorneys, Zoa Barnes and Samantha Smith, were also featured, as they discussed the varied cases they’ve taken on for MVLS clients and…

New Pro Bono Portal

MVLS has unveiled a brand new Pro Bono Portal in an effort to connect volunteer attorneys with vulnerable Maryland residents who need pro bono legal help fast. Through a mobile-friendly and optimized user interface, attorneys can quickly identify individuals and families who need their expertise. The Pro Bono Portal displays cases in real time using a…

Updates from the MVLS Board of Directors

MVLS is happy to announce our new and returning officers and members to the Board of Directors. These officers and new members were elected during the annual meeting on June 20, 2018. MVLS’ Board of Directors are responsible for directing the organization’s strategic plan to deliver life changing pro bono legal services to Marylanders with…

MVLS Volunteers Recognized at MSBA Pro Bono Service Awards

This past June, MVLS congratulated several volunteer attorneys and a strategic community partner who were recognized during the Maryland State Bar Association’s (MSBA) annual Pro Bono Service Awards ceremony, organized by the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC). The ceremony was held on June 16 in Ocean City, Maryland. The Pro Bono Service Awards recognize…

John Kern to Coordinate New Advance Planning Project

MVLS is excited to announce our new Advance Planning (AP) Project as well as the hiring of John Kern, the AP Project Coordinator. We’re working toward changing the conversation about advance planning and decoding common myths about the process.  Thanks to The Leonard and Helen R. Stulman Charitable Foundation, MVLS now has the ability to…

HTPP Training Covered by WMDT – 47 ABC

The training for attorneys on post-conviction relief for human trafficking survivors took place on April 27 in Salisbury. This training was a collaboration between MVLS, Eastern Shore Human Trafficking Task Force, Midshore Pro Bono, and University of Baltimore School of Law. Laurie Culkin and Jessica Emerson of the Human Trafficking Prevention Project (HTPP) were interviewed…

4/19 – MVLS CAN Happy Hour Launch Event

APRIL 19 | 5:30 – 7:30 PM MVLS CAN LAUNCH EVENT MEX – POWER PLANT LIVE! 26 MARKET PLACE BALTIMORE, MD 21202 MVLS CAN (Community Advocacy Network), a volunteer recruitment and engagement initiative within MVLS, inspires new attorneys and legal students to give low-income Marylanders equal access to justice. By becoming a CAN member, attorneys…