MVLS Announces Promotion and New Hire

BALTIMORE, February 12, 2020 – Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), the largest provider of pro bono civil legal services to low-income Marylanders, today announced that Amy Hennen has been promoted to director of advocacy and financial stabilization. An MVLS staff member since 2015, Hennen was the organization’s managing attorney for consumer and housing law. Along with Hennen’s promotion, MVLS announced that Aja’ Mallory joined the organization as its new consumer staff attorney.

“For the past five years, Amy has prioritized the success of our clients in matters involving foreclosure, tax sale, debt buyer defense, bankruptcy and other consumer law matters. She provides new ways of thinking about legal matters impacting our clients and works tirelessly to ensure their cases are resolved to the best of our ability,” said Susan Francis, executive director, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. “We are excited to move Amy into a new role of leading our advocacy and financial stabilization work as we continue to expand services to clients in these areas.”

Amy Hennen

In her new role, Amy Hennen will supervise MVLS’s Workforce Development Project, which provides legal services to job trainees, removing barriers to employment for Baltimore’s vulnerable populations. In addition, Hennen will continue to oversee and implement the organization’s housing and consumer programs and services.

Hennen is active in the local civil legal services community as a volunteer at the Homeless Person’s Representation Project and CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Campaign of Maryland. She earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association.

Aja’ Mallory

As consumer staff attorney, Aja’ Mallory will be responsible for providing full representation for clients in consumer civil case matters, including bankruptcy, tax sale and foreclosure. Mallory will serve as the staff attorney for MVLS’s weekly Consumer Protection Project Clinic at the Baltimore City District Court where she will assist clients who are facing affidavit judgements.

Prior to joining MVLS, Mallory was an associate at Special Counsel, a provider of legal consulting, attorney recruiting, legal talent and legal technology. Throughout law school she interned at The Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia in Norfolk and was a staff member of the Center for Global Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law in Virginia Beach. Mallory earned her J.D. at Regent University of School of Law in Virginia Beach.

“We are thrilled to welcome Aja’ as our new consumer staff attorney,” commented Susan. “As a Baltimore native, she is excited about giving back to her city by helping its residents tackle consumer and housing issues.”