MVLS’s Amy Hennen Named 2019 Rising Star by Maryland Legal Services Corporation


L to R: Amy Hennen; Peter Lally, Jr., MVLS Consumer and Housing Paralegal; Susan Francis, MVLS Executive Director; Ellyn Riedl, former MVLS Staff Attorney for Consumer and Housing

MVLS is thrilled to share that Amy Hennen, our managing attorney for consumer and housing law, was recognized by the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) with the 2019 Rising Star Award on December 9 at their Annual Awards Reception held at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. Amy was recognized for her leadership, energy, and profound commitment to serving low-income Marylanders.

“It was an honor to receive the MLSC Rising Star Award,” Amy shared. “Giving Marylanders the access and support they need to tackle legal issues that are keeping them from stable housing, access to water, and self-sufficiency is at the core of why I work in the legal services field. It gives me great joy to use my professional skills to help the less fortunate. I hope to inspire other attorneys to join the cause and get involved in pro bono work.”

Amy has been instrumental in launching MVLS’s Bankruptcy Bypass Program for clients whose debts are collection proof. She has expanded outreach to Spanish-speaking communities for all areas of MVLS services and regularly lends her expertise to several coalitions related to water affordability, tax sale, and body attachments. As the author of opinion pieces for the Baltimore Sun and a contributor to the Maryland State Bar Association’s Bar Bulletin and Bar Journal publications, Amy amplifies the importance of civil legal services. In 2016, she received “The Leading Women” award from The Daily Record.

We’re all proud of our team member and grateful to everyone who has supported this important work. You can find available housing and consumer cases on our Pro Bono Portal.