Celebrate Pro Bono 2020


In light of COVID-19 crisis restrictions, MVLS is unable to host our annual Celebrate Pro Bono Awards Ceremony in person to honor and recognize MVLS volunteers for their outstanding pro bono work this past year. However, we are excited to offer a week-long virtual celebration of our award winners, volunteers, community partners, and supporters. 

MVLS is proud to announce our 2020 Celebrate Pro Bono award recipients. On October 28, MVLS unveiled our award recipients in a virtual presentation. The virtual presentation link is available below to view on YouTube and features remarks from MVLS staff, Executive Director and Maryland Court of Appeal Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. Thank you and congratulations again to all of our award winners and their contributions to MVLS and pro bono legal services. 

2020 Celebrate Pro Bono Award Recipients 

Law Firm of the Year

U.S. Bankruptcy Court District of Maryland and Shawn Carter
Special Project of the Year | TDAP

Fight Blight Bmore & Nneka N’namdi
Partnership Award

Walter D. Ty, Esq.
Volunteer of the Year

Heather Posey
Young Volunteer of the Year

Sheereen Middleton, Esq.
COVID-19 Response Award


20 Year Volunteer Awardees
Thank you to this volunteers who have taken a case every year for the past 20 years.

Jason Morton & Randy Wase 


10 Year Volunteer Awardees
Thank you to this volunteers who have taken a case every year for the past 10 years. 

Shawn Carter
Joseph K. Githuku 
Franzella Hayward Starkey 
Irv Walker 

Thank you to these volunteers who have took more than 10 cases in
fiscal year 2020 (July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020)

Samuel C. Baldwin
Michael F. Connolly
Michelle S. Dauksha
Deborah H. Devan
Christina M. Donald
Stephanie L Guevara
Dontrice P. Hamilton
Constance M. Hare
Daniel Hatcher
Victoria Heyliger
Elizabeth Hayley-Marie Johnson
Taylor M. McAuliffe
Sheereen E. Middleton
Danielle M. Mikoy
Steven B. Mudd
Thomas Mulinazzi
Jane Santoni
Joseph E. Stolz, Jr.
Matheau J.W. Stout
James N. Tansey
Walter D. Ty

Pledge for Pro Bono

Supporting MVLS is more important than ever. During this Celebrate Pro Bono Week we are asking MVLS volunteers to take a case and pledge to support pro bono! If you can take a case this week please fill out our pledge form and MVLS staff will reach out to place a case with you. If you are ready to take a case now please visit our Pro Bono Portal for currently available cases. 


Schedule of Activities  

Home Owner Clinic – October 27

Celebrate Pro Bono Virtual Award Ceremony – October 28 at 5 pm 

Reverse Mortgages: What Attorneys Need to Know Webinar – October 29 at 11 am 


Thank you to our supporters! 






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