2017 MVLS Annual “March Madness” Benefit

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Get ready for another slam dunk event!  Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service will host our annual “March Madness” themed benefit on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Guests will enjoy upscale tailgate fare, open beer and wine bar, live music, exciting silent auction, behind-the-scenes stadium tour, interactive basketball games and more!

All funds raised from this event supports MVLS’ mission of providing quality civil legal services to low-income Marylanders.

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Early bird tickets prices are available until February 3!

Please click here for more info on the “March Madness” benefit including ticket and sponsorship info.

Dec. 28 – Baltimore City Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Project

The Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Project is a program that provides FREE brief legal consultations for homeowners facing foreclosure who do not have legal representation.  Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Attorneys will:

  • Answer questions about foreclosure mediation
  • Give legal advice regarding your foreclosure
  • Help you understand court papers and documents you received regarding your foreclosure

Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Attorneys will NOT attend mediation with you, but there are other options for obtaining legal representation for your mediation.*

In Person Clinic – Baltimore City:

Registration: Encouraged but not required. Call 410-547-6537 to register.
When: Last Wednesday of each month from 3:00 pm—6:00 pm
Where:
MVLS Office
201 N. Charles Street, Suite 1400
Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Can’t make it to the clinic?  Call our helpline.

Telephone Helpline:

Helpline: 443-808-0076
When: Mondays from 1:30 pm—6:00 pm
Wednesdays from 8:00 am—12:00 pm

*It is best to talk to an attorney before mediation day.  Please contact the HOPE Hotline at 1-877-462-7555 to speak with a housing counselor who can explain your options and direct you to legal representation.

Dec. 9 – Utility Bill Legal Clinic for Seniors

MVLS and Pro Bono Resource Center are partnering on a FREE legal clinic to help seniors with gas, water and electric bills. Please call 443-703-3052 to register and to spread the word.

Friday, December 9, 1016
Northwest Community Action Center
3939 Reisterstown Road
Baltimore, MD 21215
10 am – 2 pm

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Dec. 8 – Expungement Clinic

On December 8th, MVLS will host an expungement clinic open to the public from 12 – 4 p.m. Meet with a lawyer to identify and expunge eligible criminal charges.  Once a criminal record is expunged, you can legally answer “no” to the question “have you ever been charged with or convicted of a crime?”  Please note that lawyers are available on a first come, first served basis and occasionally, we are unable to help later arrivals.

Please reach out to Matthew Stubenberg if you’d like to volunteer at the clinic or have any questions. Registration is not required for the public.

Bon Secours Family Support Center
26 N. Fulton Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21223

Jan. 5 – Self-Help Bankruptcy Class

MVLS will hold a self-help seminar on January 5 from 9am – 12:30pm on How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. The seminar will be held at MVLS’ office at 201 North Charles Street, Suite 1400 in downtown Baltimore.

An experienced bankruptcy lawyer will conduct the class and will demonstrate how to fill out the necessary forms and how to represent yourself at your bankruptcy hearing. An attorney will review the forms you complete, but the attorney will not represent you.

Click here to register.

Dec. 21 – Anne Arundel Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Clinic

The Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Project is a program that provides FREE brief legal consultations for homeowners facing foreclosure who do not have legal representation.  Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Attorneys will:

  • Answer questions about foreclosure mediation
  • Give legal advice regarding your foreclosure
  • Help you understand court papers and documents you received regarding your foreclosure

Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Attorneys will NOT attend mediation with you, but there are other options for obtaining legal representation for your mediation.*

In Person Clinic – Anne Arundel County:

Registration: None. First come, first served basis.
When: 3rd Wednesday of each month from 11:00 am—1:00 pm
Where:
Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County – Law Library
8 Church Circle
Annapolis, Maryland 21401

Can’t make it to the clinic?  Call our helpline.

Telephone Helpline:

Helpline: 443-808-0076
When: Mondays from 1:30 pm—6:00 pm
Wednesdays from 8:00 am—12:00 pm

*It is best to talk to an attorney before mediation day.  Please contact the HOPE Hotline at 1-877-462-7555 to speak with a housing counselor who can explain your options and direct you to legal representation.

Feb. 2 – Self-Help Bankruptcy Class

MVLS will hold a self-help seminar on February 2 from 9am – 12:30pm on How to File for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy. The seminar will be held at MVLS’ office at 201 North Charles Street, Suite 1400 in downtown Baltimore.

An experienced bankruptcy lawyer will conduct the class and will demonstrate how to fill out the necessary forms and how to represent yourself at your bankruptcy hearing. An attorney will review the forms you complete, but the attorney will not represent you.

Click here to register.

Nov. 4 – New Chrome Extension for MDExpungement

MDExpungement.com, a website designed by MVLS staff attorney and Director of IT Matthew Stubenberg is growing!  A Google Chrome extension will launch soon and allow users to expunge records while remaining on the Maryland Judiciary’s case search website. The extension will make it easier for attorneys to use the website but enabling them to see which cases they’ve already searched and what their tracking numbers are, and will give users an idea of whether individual cases are eligible for expungement.  These efficiency’s will help attorneys help even more clients expunge their records at clinics.

The Daily Record recently covered the expansion.  Click here to read the article.

Nov. 1 – September & October Volunteer Highlights

Thank you to all of our volunteers that took a case in September & October! (more…)

Oct. 31 – MVLS’s Matthew Stubenberg Named This Week’s Legal Innovator by Medium

The work of MVLS Director of IT and staff attorney Matthew Stubenberg to close the justice gap with technology was highlighted by Medium, an online publishing platform. If you want to learn how Matthew got interested in “doing law differently” and what he would do with $5 million, check out the article here.