Oct. 20 – Celebrate Pro Bono Awards Reception 2015

October 20th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service will Celebrate Pro Bono by honoring volunteers, student interns, law firms and supporters at our annual recognition reception at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law’s Westminster Hall in Baltimore.

This annual event, held in partnership with the UMD Carey School of Law’s Leadership in Public Service and Maryland Public Interest Law Project, honors those who have made noteworthy contributions to the delivery of pro bono legal services over the past year.  Guests will enjoy light hors’ d’oeuvres, beer and wine, networking, and a brief awards ceremony.

The reception also kicks off Maryland’s participation in the American Bar Association’s national Celebrate Pro Bono Week (October 25-31).  Celebrate Pro Bono is free for attendees but advanced registration is required.  Register online.  Please contact Kim Lennon at klennon@mvlslaw.org or 443 451-4065 to RSVP or with any questions.

Parking and Directions

From Route I-95 (North or South): Take Route. 395 (downtown Baltimore) and exit onto Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., staying in the right lane. At the fourth traffic light, turn right onto Baltimore St.; turn left at second traffic light onto Paca St.; turn right into the entrance for the Baltimore Grand Garage (visitor parking).  There is also street parking available on Baltimore, Paca, Fayette and Greene Streets surrounding the law school.

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2015 Celebrate Pro Bono Awards Reception

Volunteer of the Year: Natalie Collins, The Law Office of Natalie T. Collins
MVLS presents this annual award to a volunteer lawyer who has contributed the most to our pro bono program through either individual client representation or expansion of the delivery of pro bono legal services.  Ms. Natalie Collins was selected for her acceptance of 73 pro bono cases since 1988, and her longstanding willingness to accept last minute complex family law cases for individuals who otherwise would go unrepresented. Ms. Collins has also volunteered her time to further professional training to MVLS staff; most recently she conducted a training on juvenile issues for MVLS intake paralegals in August

Law Firm of the Year: TBMG LawThis annual award is presented to the law firm that has provided significant services to MVLS clients either by representing many individuals or using significant firm resources for one client.  TBMG Law has done both, and was selected because of their representation of low income clients with a variety of legal issues, including complex family law and bankruptcy disputes.   But that isn’t an exclusive list, as TBMG attorneys accept cases based on the need, and accept a diverse areas of legal matters including adult guardianship, estate planning, name changes, taxes, housing, landlord-tenant, other real property issues, and criminal expungement.  Just in FY15, TBMG Law accepted 15 new clients from MVLS.  This award recognizes both the substantial contribution of TBMG Law made to MVLS clients this past year and the longstanding commitment to pro bono demonstrated by all members of the firm.

Partnership of the Year: The Law Offices of E. David Hoskins, LLC and Alice Young, Nusinov Smith LLP
Mr. David Hoskins and Max Brauer of the Hoskins Law Firm have been regular volunteers at our Consumer Protection Project Clinic, and has represented seven low income clients in consumer disputes this past year. Currently the Hoskins Law Firm is providing representation to victims of Neil Lewis through class action litigation to help protect them from collection actions for funds they never received.  The Hoskins Law Firm has made a unique and significant contribution to furthering our mission this past year.

Over the past year, Ms. Alice Young has demonstrated a substantial willingness to represent low income clients, mentor MVLS staff and law student interns, and train MVLS volunteers on important aspects of estate planning law that have helped our program expand services to vulnerable Marylanders across the state.  Ms. Young was also instrumental in helping to plan the inaugural future planning clinic at the Park West Health System, which serves low income individuals who are HIV positive.

Ten-Year Volunteer Award
MVLS will also recognize Anthony Butler, Attorney at TBMG Law, Linda Carroll of the Law Office of Linda Carroll, June Dillard, Attorney of Dillard & Associates, P.C., Laurie Hansen, Attorney at Gallagher & Hansen, LLP, and Alan J. Van Luven, Attorney at Summerfield, Willen, Silverberg & Limsky, LLC, as 2015 recipients of the MVLS’ Ten-Year Volunteer Award. This award acknowledges those exceptional volunteers who have accepted as least one case every year for ten consecutive years.

20-Year Volunteer Award 
MVLS is proud to recognize Robert W. Taylor, Attorney at Butler, Melfa & Taylor P.A., as 2015 recipient of the MVLS’ 20-Year Volunteer Award. This award acknowledges those exceptional volunteers who have accepted as least one case every year for twenty consecutive years.