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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.]

March 2019 – Nickola N. Sybblis

1. Why do you choose to volunteer with MVLS? In most civil matters there is no statutory or constitutional right to counsel. I choose to volunteer with MVLS to provide access to legal representation to individuals who truly need assistance but are unable to afford an attorney. Initially, I started volunteering with MVLS about 5 [Read more.]

MVLS Announces New Members to our Board of Directors

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), the largest provider of pro bono legal services to low-income Marylanders, today announced the election of two new board members – attorneys Karen Davidson and Jamie Tansey. MVLS’ Board of Directors is responsible for governance and directing the organization’s strategic plan to deliver life changing pro bono legal services to…

MVLS CAN Profile – Dawn Taylor

Dawn M. Taylor is a senior attorney with Brown & Barron, LLC. She has devoted her career to litigation involving toxic torts. Dawn worked hard to gain experience on both the defense and plaintiff’s side of litigation. Dawn has successfully defended and prosecuted toxic tort lawsuits. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in International Politics from Georgetown [Read more.]

MVLS Advocates for Water Affordability

On October 31, Ellyn Riedl, MVLS Staff Attorney, spoke at a press conference led by Senator Ben Cardin, who announced the launch of a new pilot program to assist low-income families with affording their rising water bills. This legislation was introduced earlier this month and, if passed, would establish federal funding to create water affordability [Read more.]