MVLS News

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...

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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...

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Celebrate Pro Bono Featured in Baltimore City Biz List

Celebrate Pro Bono, MVLS’ annual awards reception where we recognize our incredibly dedicated volunteer attorneys, was featured in Baltimore City Biz List. The article features photos from the event and identifies all of the award recipients. Mayor Catherine E. Pugh was in attendance and had this to say with regards to MVLS volunteers: “It was...

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MVLS Staff Interviewed in Herald-Mail Media Human Trafficking Article

Herald-Mail Media published an article highlighting the work of Washington County Human Trafficking Task Force, including an interview with MVLS staff. Deputy Director Susan Francis and Human Trafficking Prevention Project (HTPP) Coordinator Laurie Culkin spoke to the Herald Mail about common misconceptions, eliminating stigma, and the role that vulnerability plays in trafficking. To learn more about...

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Celebrate Pro Bono Updates

Thank you to everyone who attended Celebrate Pro Bono! We are so appreciative of everyone who made this event a huge success. Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, donors, and partners – MVLS could not provide pro bono legal aid to clients without your continued support. Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera, Mayor Catherine E. Pugh,...

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Spotlight on MVLS Volunteers in Carroll County Times

Carroll County Times​ featured MVLS in an article highlighting the amazing pro bono work our volunteer attorneys do. Throughout the past year, 14 attorneys from Carroll County have volunteered with us and helped to spread access to justice to our clients. These volunteers provided a huge relief to clients, some taking on five or more...

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Vacatur Law Article Published by the Daily Record

The Daily Record Editorial Board recently published an editorial calling for expansion of the current vacatur law to include related non-violent crimes committed by victims of sex trafficking. Currently only prostitution convictions are eligible for vacatur. MVLS Deputy Director Susan Francis is a member of the Daily Record Editorial Board. MVLS’ Human Trafficking Prevention Project (HTPP)...

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MVLS Attorney Amy Hennen Pens Op-Ed for Baltimore Sun

There are many laws and systems that actively work against individuals from low-income communities throughout Maryland. MVLS Consumer and Housing Managing Attorney Amy Hennen wrote an opinion article for the Baltimore Sun explaining how “body attachment” allows creditors to force debtors into court. If the debtor in question does not appear in court, creditors can...

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Kaitlyn Wernsing Joins MVLS Staff

  MVLS would like to welcome Kaitlyn Wernsing who was recently hired as our new Development Coordinator.  Kaitlyn will be assisting the development department with a variety of fundraising activities. Kaitlyn previously worked at Maryland Legal Aid as a Development Associate and at Thrive Healthcare in Charlottesville, VA, as Philanthropy Coordinator of its AIDS/HIV Services...

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MVLS Data Spotlight in Baltimore Sun Article

Maryland residents can be arrested and jailed for failure to pay rent, a phenomena otherwise known as debtors’ prisons. This incredibly damaging system punishes low-income families for their economic standing and cements them in a spiral of poverty. Data collected through MVLS research was used in this Baltimore Sun article illuminating how aggressive real estate...

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