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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….

MVLS Receives New Funding from the Maryland DHCD to Expand Citywide “Homeowner: My Home, My Deed, My Legacy” Program

  BALTIMORE, January 21, 2020 – Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), the largest provider of pro bono civil legal services to low-income Marylanders, today announced renewed funding from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to grow its public awareness campaign, “Homeowner: My Home, My Deed, My Legacy” in 2020. The citywide program…

MVLS Expands Human Trafficking Prevention Project Thanks to Funding from the Venable Foundation

BALTIMORE, January 13, 2020 – Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), the largest provider of pro bono civil legal services to low-income Marylanders, today announced a generous grant from the Venable Foundation to support its Human Trafficking Prevention Project (HTPP), which was launched in 2016 in partnership with the University of Baltimore School of Law. January…

MVLS CAN 20 for 2020 Challenge

  As we prepare to enter a new decade, this is a great time to consider your commitment to pro bono.   Here at MVLS, we are challenging all CAN members to commit to the 20 for 2020 Challenge and pledge to take 20 cases in the 2020s. That’s only two cases each year, which is [Read more.]

October 2019 Volunteer of the Month- Veryl Pow

Veryl Pow has been an active and invaluable volunteer to MVLS for the past two years. We first met Veryl when he began volunteering for the MVLS Consumer Protection Clinic two years ago as part of a Skadden Fellowship. During his two years in the Fellowship, Veryl focused on up-ending bail bonds in Baltimore. Over…

Saturday Pro Bono Day Helped Even Those Who Couldn’t Attend

Published in Tax Notes, May 13, 2019, p. 1113-1114 Tax Notes featured the voice of MVLS attorney and head of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, Janice Shih, in this article.

Want to help recently furloughed federal employees?

Looking for an easy, flexible, short-term volunteer opportunity? Want to help recently furloughed federal employees, contractors, or low-income taxpayers?  Sign-up to take a shift on the new Tax Hotline. The Tax Hotline is a collaboration of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Taxation Section of the Maryland State Bar Association and Comptroller of Maryland. We are looking for volunteers [Read more.]