“There is a need to provide equal access to the system of justice for individuals who seek redress of grievances. There is a need to continue and expand legal assistance to those who would otherwise be unable to afford adequate legal counsel.”— from Preamble, Maryland Legal Services Corporation Act, Maryland Code, Human Resources, Title 11.
The Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1982 to raise funds and make grants to nonprofit organizations for the provision of civil legal assistance to low-income persons in Maryland. MLSC is governed by a nine-person Board of Directors appointed by the Governor of Maryland and confirmed by the Maryland Senate. The MLSC Board hires the Executive Director, who serves ex officio on the Board and manages the organization. MLSC’s principal funding source is the Interest on Lawyer Trust Account (IOLTA) program, also established by state legislation in 1982. Other major funding is from surcharges on court filing fees, which the state legislated in 1998 and increased in 2004 and 2010.
Our annual report provides current information about grantees, funding and accomplishments.
In honor of our 30th anniversary, Senator Benjamin L. Cardin lauded MLSC’s accomplishments in the Congressional Record.
Our 25th Anniversary Celebration video presents MLSC’s history and achievements.