Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service Welcomes Three New Board Members to Help Champion Equal Access to Justice for All

BALTIMOREMaryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), a statewide nonprofit offering free legal representation to low-income Marylanders, today announced the election of three new members – attorneys Brent A. Bolea, Lydia E. Lawless and Syma Ahmad Siddiqui – to its board of directors.

MVLS’ board is responsible for governance and directing the organization’s strategic plan to deliver life-changing pro bono legal services to Marylanders with limited income. Board members support the mission of MVLS by investing in the program and volunteering to support clients, staff and community partners.

“MVLS is thrilled to have Brent, Lydia and Syma joining our Board of Directors. As the board focuses on strategic planning and creating a DEI (diversity, equity and inclusion) plan this year, we look forward to the insights that each of these new board members will bring to these important conversations.” Said MVLS Executive Director, Susan Francis. “The MVLS board provides critical oversight and guidance to the organization, and we look forward to working with each of our new members.”

Bolea is an assistant general counsel to BGE specializing in energy, environmental and administrative law and he is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Bolea graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law and has been a part of MVLS’ fundraising committee for the past year.

“I chose to serve with MVLS because of the stellar reputation it has for doing an amazing job at providing critical legal services and for advocating for fairness, equity and justice for all,” Bolea said.

Lawless, a principal at Kramon & Graham, P.A., is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and formerly served as Maryland’s bar counsel. She is a graduate of the American University Washington College of Law and was named to The Daily Record’s 2021 Power 30 Law List. She joins the board with a strong belief in MVLS’ mission, sharing, “I believe deeply in the mission of MVLS and the idea that every attorney has an obligation to serve the public. I look forward to contributing to the important work that MVLS does to help ensure equal access to justice for all Marylanders.”

Syma Ahmad Siddiqui, Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel at the Johns Hopkins University, brings her expertise in counseling senior leaders on a broad spectrum of legal matters. She graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center and previously represented the U.S. Secretary of Labor in federal courts to enforce the Employee Retirement Income Security Act and federal labor regulations.

“I choose to serve with MVLS because I deeply believe in its mission to provide free civil legal services to clients with limited resources, to engage with our communities, and to advocate for equitable laws,” Siddiqui said.

About Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS)

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) removes barriers to justice through free civil legal help, community engagement, and advocacy for equitable laws. The organization matches clients with volunteer lawyers, tax professionals and staff attorneys who represent them in a wide range of consumer finance, family and housing situations, including foreclosure, bankruptcy, divorce/custody, deed changes, as well as income tax disputes, estate planning, and criminal record relief. MVLS advocates for racial equity in Maryland’s legal system and works in concert with community partners to move toward a fair legal system that is free of injustice and equitably serves underrepresented Marylanders. For more information about MVLS, please visit


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Chandler Walters
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS)
phone: 443-451-4095