Award Categories

The Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award is presented to an attorney (usually in private practice) who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to increasing access to justice and improving the civil legal services delivery system for low-income Marylanders.

The Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award is presented to an outstanding public interest lawyer whose career has been dedicated to providing, promoting or managing civil legal services to low-income Marylanders.

The Rising Star Award is presented to an attorney who has practiced law for 10 years or less and has significantly contributed to expanding access to justice by serving the civil legal needs of low-income Marylanders or advancing the delivery of civil legal services.

The William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award is presented to a non-attorney who has demonstrated outstanding service representing the civil legal needs of low-income Marylanders or by expanding access to justice.

The Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award is presented to to an entity or organization that is not regularly engaged in the delivery of civil legal services to low-income Marylanders but has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to increase access to justice.

The Robert M. Bell Medal for Access to Justice, created in 2004, honors members of the bench or bar who have displayed an extraordinary commitment to furthering access to justice for low-income Marylanders. This award, MLSC’s highest honor, is not solicited and will be given only when warranted.

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