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  • September 2021 Volunteer of the Month – John Doud - John Doud of The Law Offices of John Doud, III in Baltimore, MD, has been a dedicated MVLS volunteer for over 20 years. Since starting with us in 1999, he has taken 39 family law cases. He handles divorce, custody, guardianship, and name change cases. Many of his pro bono cases have been complex and...
  • August 2021 Volunteer of the Month – Arlene Grove -     Arlene Grove is an Enrolled Agent at WB Tax & Accounting Service, Inc and has taken cases with us since 2017.   Read on to learn why Arlene volunteers:   Why do you choose to volunteer with MVLS? There are always people who cannot pay for services that seem optional but are life...
  • Save The Date – Celebrate Pro Bono 2021 -   Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) invites you to save the date for our 2021 Celebrate Pro Bono Awards Ceremony at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture on Wednesday, October 13, 2021 from 6-8:30 pm.   Join us for an evening of networking and celebration as we honor exceptional...
  • Annual Pro Bono and IOLTA reports are due September 10, 2021 - Greetings Attorneys,   You may have seen that the Attorney Information System (AIS) is now open for you to file your annual pro bono and IOLTA reports online between now and September 10. We invite you to be in touch with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service directly if you would like our help tallying your pro bono hours with us between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.   Inquire about my hours   After filing your reports, you will...
  • Pro Bono Call to Action Issued to Maryland’s Legal Community - The Maryland Attorney General, Maryland Judiciary, Maryland State Bar Association – MSBA, and Maryland Access to Justice Commission Issue Pro Bono Call to Action to Maryland’s legal community.   “As COVID becomes less of a health risk, the risk of financial devastation looms large for many families who have suffered job loss, other revenue loss,...
  • Updates from MVLS’ Executive Director - Happy Summer?      Like many, we at MVLS are trying to adjust yet again to the complexities of figuring out how to move safely into this next phase of the pandemic. We are filled with a bit of optimism and much hesitancy.  While MVLS staff have been hard at work all along, we began returning more consistently to our physical office...
  • Access to Justice – A Legal Tip Column for Marylanders: I haven’t filed my taxes in several years, what should I do now? - Check out the June entry of our tip column with The Baltimore Times, Access to Justice – A Legal Tip Column for Marylanders:   Believe it or not, this is a common problem. If it has happened to you, you should not panic, but rather, reach out for help. Here is a general guideline as...
  • Baltimore to Remove Owner-occupied Homes from Annual Tax Sale - On May 3, 2021, Mayor Scott announced that many owner occupants on this year’s tax sale list will be removed from tax sale. This news was a huge relief to MVLS clients, who faced losing their homes during the pandemic. We applaud this announcement from the Scott administration and remain dedicated to continue to working...
  • Updates from MVLS’ Executive Director, Susan Francis - Greetings,   On March 24, 1981, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service was officially created to give voice to the voiceless in the judicial system.  And here we are, 40 years later, focused on achieving our founders’ vision of providing access to justice for all, not just for those that can afford it.  In our first 40 years, MVLS and our volunteers have ensured...
  • Economic Impact Payment: Round 3 – What You Need To Know - Starting this week, a third Economic Impact Payment (EIP) could be coming your way.  With the passage of the American Rescue Plan, the federal government will be issuing checks.  This time, the amounts will be $1400 per individual, $2800 for married couples.  The difference this time is that instead of receiving lower amounts for dependent...
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