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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.]

Bonnie Sullivan Honored at Women’s Law Center Annual Awards Dinner

MVLS had an great time at the Women’s Law Center of Maryland’s Annual Awards Dinner last night honoring our Executive Director, Bonnie Sullivan, who received the Equal Access to Justice Award for all of her incredible contributions to spreading equal access to justice for financially vulnerable Marylanders. Congratulations to Susan Elgin of Kaufman, Ries & Elgin and Working [Read more.]

November 2018 – Arlene Grove

For November, MVLS is recognizing one of our most dedicated volunteers, Arlene Grove. Arlene was hesitant at first to volunteer, especially since she was already busy with so many other volunteer activities, including volunteering at the local food bank.  But one day, Arlene met a client there which she thought could benefit from MVLS’ services, [Read more.]

MVLS Receives Grant to Spread Awareness about Estate Administration

This past month, MVLS received a $97,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) to advocate and spread awareness about the connection between estate administration and houses going to foreclosure and/or tax sale in Baltimore City. We will be working closely with DHCD in order to build a campaign reaching out [Read more.]

MVLS Judicial Reception

MVLS hosted our first Judicial Reception this past Sept. 12 at the DLA Piper Mt. Washington location. We had a wonderful time connecting with all of our volunteers and meeting with judges and magistrates from the Maryland Judiciary. MSBA President Judge Keith R. Truffer was a key speaker at the event, where emphasized the importance [Read more.]

October 2018 – Erik Atas

Erik Atas has been volunteering with MVLS since September 2017, and throughout this short time of just over one year, he consistently works with at least three or more client at one time, providing tremendous help with MVLS expungement cases. In just the month of August, Erik took on a record number of 15 expungement [Read more.]