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MVLS Launches Consumer Hotline

The Consumer Protection Project (CPP) aids Maryland consumers who have been sued by creditors in District Court collection actions, MVLS has recently launched a hotline (443-451-4083) to support Marylanders. CPP volunteer attorneys and MVLS staff will provide brief advice on defending against debt buyers and other consumer lawsuits such as car repossessions and bail bonds.   MVLS volunteer [Read more.]

Attention Attorneys! Pro Bono Reports Due 9.10.20

If you’re admitted to practice law in Maryland, you are required to complete these reports by September 10, 2020. The Attorney Information System (AIS) is now open to file the reports online, along with annual payment to the Client Protection Fund and verification of tax identification number. There are no forms or mailed invoices. Please contact Margaret Henn if you need…

MVLS Elects New Members and Executive Leadership to Board of Directors

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) announced the election of four new members to our Board of Directors including Allison Baker Shealy, Dennis J. Shaffer, Richard Costella, and Matthew M. Bryant. MVLS’s Board of Directors is responsible for governance and directing the organization’s strategic plan to deliver life changing pro bono legal services to Marylanders with…

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 Exceeds #GivingTuesday Fundraising Goal

Due to all of the amazing support and generosity of our donors, MVLS raised $26,954.28 on #GivingTuesday, exceeding our original goal of raising $15,000! We are incredibly thankful for all of this support on this national day of giving. On November 27, in honor of Giving Tuesday, MVLS partnered with Helping Up Mission (HUM) and…

Celebrate Pro Bono 2018 Award Recipients

Thank you for attending Celebrate Pro Bono last night! We are so grateful that you were able to join us in recognizing our award winners, volunteers, partners, and supporters. The room was brimming with more than 250 guests showing their support for pro bono legal services and MVLS. The evening also included a special presentation from City…

MVLS Featured on Maryland Public Television

Susan Francis, MVLS Deputy Director, was featured on Maryland Public Television to discuss estate planning and why it’s so important that everyone takes the time to do these simple steps to save money later and avoid complications later on for families that can result in very expensive probate bills.  You can learn more today by watching the…

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…