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MVLS Succeeds In Getting Client’s $11K Refund Released

Janice Shih, Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Director at MVLS spoke with CNN correspondent Gabe Cohen on January 25th about problems with the IRS, most notably the delays in receiving refunds, and why it is happening. Many taxpayers have not yet received refunds from tax returns filed from last tax season. MVLS’ LITC has been helping…

UB School of Law and MVLS Receive Department of Justice Grant

                                                                            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE UB School of Law and MVLS Receive Department of Justice Grant to Significantly Expand…

MVLS Tangled Title Work Featured by WYPR

  MVLS was featured last Monday, December 6, in a piece written by Emily Sullivan for WYPR. In her publication, Sullivan shares her findings on Tangled titles and barriers that families face when estate planning. She explores the loss of generational wealth in Baltimore, and shares the crucial work MVLS is doing in both estate [Read more.]


Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), the largest provider of pro bono legal services, today announced the election of seven (7) new board members – attorneys Tyree Ayers, Shereefat Balogun, Brian Gordon, La’Tika Howard, Robin Leone, Marc Shach, and Dr. Ann Irvine. MVLS’ Board of Directors is responsible for governance and directing the organization’s strategic plan…

A Lifeline for Our Clients

2021 Annual Report: Mission Moment Return to Annual Report   While the IRS and Maryland Comptroller’s Office closed to the public for a substantial period in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic, MVLS Low Income Taxpayer Clinic Director, Janice Shih, quickly recognized that Marylanders who were most in need of receiving the economic impact [Read more.]

Baltimore to Remove Owner-occupied Homes from Annual Tax Sale

On May 3, 2021, Mayor Scott announced that many owner occupants on this year’s tax sale list will be removed from tax sale. This news was a huge relief to MVLS clients, who faced losing their homes during the pandemic. We applaud this announcement from the Scott administration and remain dedicated to continue to working [Read more.]

The challenging road ahead of us – Updates from MVLS’s Susan Francis

Greetings,   As we begin 2021, we at MVLS are well aware of the long road that lies ahead for our state and our clients due to the coronavirus. With the promise of vaccine distribution on the horizon, little hope exists for the devastating financial crisis currently underway for low-income Marylanders. Paradoxically, with an expected reduction in the COVID-19 infection rates, those struggling the most financially will experience added hardship as foreclosure [Read more.]

Affidavit Judgments Entered During Pandemic Reversed

MVLS is delighted to see that the District Court will vacate affidavit judgments entered while the Court is closed. This dates back to March 16, 2020. Maryland law allows for defendants to file late Notices of Intention to Defend when the defense has merit. Unrepresented defendants have difficulty navigating the process when they can go…

MVLS Board Member Named Baltimore Game Changer

MVLS board member and volunteer Alex Montanio, an attorney at Gordon Feinblatt, was named one of Baltimore’s Game Changers in the February 2020 issue of Baltimore Magazine. MVLS is thrilled to see Alex recognized for her service and proud to work alongside such a passionate individual. Read the full article here.  

MVLS Tangled Title Work Featured in Baltimore Sun

MVLS was featured last Friday, January 24, in a column written by Dan Rodricks for The Baltimore Sun. In his commentary, Rodricks explored the challenge of deed entanglement in Baltimore, and shared the work MVLS is doing in both estate planning and estate administration to combat this challenge and help stabilize communities. Read the article here….