October 23, 2015 –The 2015 MLSC Legal Services Award recipients have been selected by the Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s (MLSC) Board of Directors, and will be honored at MLSC’s annual awards reception on Monday, December 7, 2015, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.
Lawrence D. Coppel, of Gordon Feinblatt LLC, will receive the Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award for his leadership in helping low-income Marylanders access legal services for debtor assistance, bankruptcy protection and foreclosure matters. He has contributed pro bono services and client education and created a bankruptcy bar association and a law school clinical program over his 45-year career. This award is given annually to an attorney in private practice who has rendered extraordinary service by providing civil legal services to low-income Marylanders or by improving the civil legal services delivery system for such persons.
The Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award recognizes outstanding public interest attorneys who are regularly involved in providing, promoting, or managing civil legal services. MLSC’s 2015 honorees are Pamela Cardullo Ortiz of the Access to Justice Department, Administrative Office of the Courts, and Maureen A. Sweeney of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
This year’s William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award, for a non-attorney who has demonstrated outstanding service representing the rights and legal needs of low-income persons or by expanding access to justice for such persons, will be presented to D. Crystal Mack of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland.
Gore Brothers has been named as this year’s recipient of the Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award for supporting the legal services community with reporting and video conferencing services. The Garten Award honors an entity or organization not regularly engaged in the delivery of legal services to low-income persons that has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to increase access to justice for such persons.
MLSC annually solicits nominations for its legal services awards throughout Maryland’s legal community, including bar associations, legal services programs and other interested persons and organizations. MLSC was established by the Maryland General Assembly in 1982 to receive and distribute funds to nonprofit organizations that provide civil legal assistance to low-income persons. From its inception, MLSC has made grants totaling almost $200 million to help provide services in over 2 million legal matters for Maryland’s families in areas of family, housing, consumer, employment, health care and other civil legal matters. ###
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