MVLS News

MVLS Volunteer Helps Maryland Woman Clear Debts

Darlene* has roots in Maryland, but lived and worked in other states. She was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2012. In 2014, she moved back to the Eastern Shore to be with family. Darlene’s debts totaled more than $40,000, and included student loans. Darlene’s income from food stamps and Temporary Disability Assistance simply could not stretch enough...

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MVLS & University of Baltimore Law School Partnership

Article Written by Nasim Chatha, MVLS Communications and Community Relations Officer Human trafficking is the act of moving people by threat, coercion, violence or deception in order to exploit them. According to the United Nations, people are trafficked for prostitution, forced labor, slavery and removal of organs. Hundreds of victims of trafficking are identified in...

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MVLS Helps Yoga Instructor File for Bankruptcy

MVLS was recently contacted by Jane, a self-employed yoga instructor, writer, and editor. She unexpectedly lost most of her clients and faced long periods of unemployment. She lived with her fiancé, who was struggling financially, and his teenage son. By the time Jane contacted us, she was facing more than $14,000 in credit card and medical...

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MVLS Helps Woman Receive Returned Security Deposit

MVLS client Virginia was renting an apartment in Baltimore City as a Section 8 tenant. After the inspection, she expected to get the whole deposit back. After she moved out, Virginia kept getting the runaround from the management company. They told her to “give it a few more weeks.” Months later, she spoke to the...

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New MVLS Clinic – Wicomico County Remote Clinic

When the Wicomico Public Library contacted MVLS asking to set up legal advice clinics in the Salisbury area, MVLS staff knew this was both a challenge and an opportunity. The lower eastern shore is more than two hours away from the highly populated Baltimore-D.C. metropolitan corridor where attorneys and service providers tend to cluster. This...

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New Internship Opportunity at MVLS

The Access To Justice Tech Fellowship Program (ATJ) is an opportunity for law students interested in using technology to improve our civil justice system. Chosen law students will receive a $4,000 stipend for the summer and will be able to work with a non profit group currently using technology to increase access to justice. The areas...

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MVLS’ Susan Francis Appears on WYPR

MVLS Deputy Director Susan Francis appeared on WYPR's Midday show yesterday to discuss Baltimore water and sewer billing issues with host Tom Hall. Read more...

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Bypassing Bankruptcy: When Chapter 7 Isn’t the Answer

MVLS Managing Attorney for Consumer and Housing Law, Amy Hennen recently shared some insight with the Maryland State Bar Association Bar Bulletin on why bypassing bankruptcy can be a good option for many clients who qualify. Read more...

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Nov. 4 – New Chrome Extension for MDExpungement

MDExpungement.com, a website designed by MVLS staff attorney and Director of IT Matthew Stubenberg is growing!  A Google Chrome extension will launch soon and allow users to expunge records while remaining on the Maryland Judiciary’s case search website. The extension will make it easier for attorneys to use the website but enabling them to see which...

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Nov. 1 – September & October Volunteer Highlights

Thank you to all of our volunteers that took a case in September & October!

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