MVLS took home two awards from the Pro Bono Resource Center’s (PBRC) Pro Bono Service Award Ceremony held during the Maryland State Bar Association’s (MSBA) annual meeting on June 18 in Ocean City, Maryland. MVLS volunteer attorney Gerald Kelly, of Kelly Dorsey P.C. received the Lee A. Caplan Award and MVLS, as an organization, was recognized with the Pro Bono Program Award.
The Lee A. Caplan Award honors a solo or small firm practitioner who has rendered pro bono service over many years. An MVLS volunteer attorney for the last 15 years, Gerald Kelly plays a critical role in the success of MVLS’ Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic (LITC) Project. Mr. Kelly serves as a trainer at MVLS’ bi-annual LITC tax trainings and is a mentor to many attorneys new to tax controversy cases. In addition, he accepts tax controversy cases and supports MVLS’ LITC Tax Court pro bono events.
PBRC’s Pro Bono Program Award recognizes programs and organizations that have made a significant contribution to the delivery of pro bono civil legal services to low-income Marylanders. Celebrating its 35th anniversary this year, MVLS has served more than 75,000 Marylanders with a variety of civil legal matters ranging from custody and foreclosure to unaccompanied youth and expungements, among many other cases. Its core pro bono program delivers services specifically designed to meet the legal needs of the underrepresented by matching clients with volunteer attorneys.