MVLS News

MPT Discusses Tax Tips with MVLS Attorney Janice Shih

Maryland Public Television (MPT) featured Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic Attorney Janice Shih on Your Money And Business. Janice spoke with host Jeff Salkin on how  MVLS helps low-income Marylanders with tax assistance and tax related questions. We invite you to view Janice’s segment below. 

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MVLS Creates Virtual-Reality Training Videos

After the Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association funded the purchase of a 360-degree camera, MVLS IT Director Matthew Stubenberg jumped at the chance to use it.  With William Buschur, Stubenberg created virtual-reality training videos that simulate a hearing, enabling attorneys to get a taste of what it’s like inside a courtroom, as well...

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Update on Technology Innovation Award

In November 2016, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service received Tech Impact’s Technology Innovation Award in the Skills to Succeed & Workforce Development Category, sponsored by Accenture. MVLS received $7,500 in funding to expand our Client Legal Utility Engine (CLUE), a web platform that “scrapes” data from a public judiciary database and matches it against MVLS’ clients’...

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MVLS Spoke to WBAL-TV About Baltimore City Water Affordability Issues

MVLS pro bono attorneys are working hard to help Baltimore City residents avoid tax sale because of delinquent water bills. MVLS Deputy Director Susan Francis spoke with WBAL-TV 11 Baltimore about this issue and how it impacted one of our clients James McCallister. Watch and learn more below.  

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MVLS Attorney Provides Valuable Legal Help to a Nonprofit in a Tough Spot

MVLS’s Managing Attorney for Housing and Consumer Law Amy Hennen represented Project PLASE, a nonprofit that administers subsidized rent for people transitioning from shelters. A landlord took PLASE to court over two water bill disputes involving subsidized tenants. He initially filed the cases in rent court, but because of a recent Maryland ruling that addressed...

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MVLS Volunteers Help Children and Families Through Unaccompanied Youth Project

MVLS volunteer attorneys help children fleeing danger in their home countries through our partnership with Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), the Esperanza Center and the University of Maryland Immigration Clinic. These children, known as “Unaccompanied Youth”, are already in the United States living with adult sponsors, usually family members. They seek Special Immigrant Juvenile...

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Baltimore Rowhome Saved from Tax Sale

Marilyn*, age 65, lives in West Baltimore with her daughter. Her neighborhood is near to some of Baltimore’s most cherished landmarks, like the Poe house and Hollins Market. It’s also full of vacants. At one point, somebody gave Marilyn some bad advice. They told her it would be advantageous to create an LLC with herself,...

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Maryland Woman Finds a Home for Her Uncle

David* took it hard when his significant other of 34 years died from lung cancer. He lost 50 pounds, and his finances grew precarious. David suffers from dementia, and since his partner was gone, he needed more care. David ended up in the hospital where his treating physicians concluded he no longer had the ability...

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Ethics Opinion on Pro Bono Bankruptcy

Check out the latest issue of the Maryland Bar Journal! MVLS Advisory Board member & volunteer attorney Larry Coppel of Gordon Feinblatt sought an ethics opinion on bankruptcy from the Maryland State Bar Association’s Ethics Committee to help MVLS argue the case for pro bono. In most cases, if a volunteer attorney represents a bank or...

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It’s EITC Awareness Day Today

Today is Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day. MVLS wants you know about a tax credit that has made the lives of working people a little easier since 1975. The EITC credit applied to your taxes can be a boost for individuals who earned $53,505 or less in 2016. Yet the IRS estimates that 1 out of...

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