October 16, 2014 –The 2014 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 8, 2014, 5:30 to7:30 p.m. at the Grand Historic Venue in Baltimore.
The Honorable Ben C. Clyburn, retired chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland,will receive the Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award for his significant leadership on behalf of low-income Marylanders, including helping to create the District Court Self-Help Center in Glen Burnie to provide access to the courts. This award is given annually to an attorney in private practice who has rendered extraordinary service by providing civil legal services to the poor 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 2014honorees are Alyssa R. Fieo, director of legal advocacy at the Maryland Disability Law Center, and Sharon E. Goldsmith, executive director of the Pro Bono Resource Center.
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 Barbara A. Coleman, senior paralegal for Maryland Legal Aid, and Neal T. Conway, executive director of Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County.
Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP has been named as this year’s recipient of the Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award for its demonstrable commitment to low-income Marylanders and equal access to justice since its founding more than 30 years ago. 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 the poor in Maryland.
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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