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MLSC Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

UPDATE: Nominations deadline extended to June 30.

May 3, 2016 –The Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) was established as a nonprofit organization by the Maryland General Assembly to receive and distribute funds to grantees that provide civil legal services to low-income Marylanders. In recognition of outstanding contributions by Maryland individuals and organizations that provide or support justice to low-income Marylanders, MLSC has created five awards to be given annually, as follows:

The Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award, given to an attorney (usually in private practice) who has demonstrated an 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, given 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 (NEW), given 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, given 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, given 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

Nominations for the 2016 awards must be submitted to MLSC not later than June 15, 2016 EXTENDED to June 30, 2016. Awards will be presented at an Awards Ceremony in the fall.

For online nomination forms, printable forms, nomination descriptions and instructions as well as a list of past award recipients, see Nominating Process. If you need any additional information or assistance, please contact hrobinson@mlsc.org.

Philanthropy Must Step Up for Fairness in Civil Justice

Friday, April 15th, 2016

April 2016 – A powerful new opinion piece by Public Welfare Foundation President Mary McClymont, urging funders to make greater investments in civil legal aid to address a “crisis in our justice system that has been overlooked for too long by philanthropy and the rest of society” was published recently in The Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Philanthropy Must Step Up for Fairness in Civil Justice uses compelling real-life examples that clearly demonstrate the important role of civil legal aid in ensuring fairness in America’s justice system.

Please distribute this article widely on social media, in your professional networks, and especially with funders and potential funders.

Governor Appoints New MLSC Board Member

Friday, April 8th, 2016

????????????????????????????????????April 8, 2016, Baltimore, MD – Governor Larry Hogan has appointed Sidney A. Butcher of Anne Arundel County to the Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s nine-member Board of Directors.

Of Counsel at Whiteford, Taylor & Preston LLP in Baltimore, Mr. Butcher practices business litigation and white collar defense and was formerly Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City.  He serves on the Executive Council of the Bar Association of Baltimore City and is co-chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Judicial Appointments Committee, a member of the Budget and Finance Committee and a member of the Criminal Law and Practice Section Council. Mr. Butcher is also on the Special Committee for the Leadership Academy and a former Fellow. In addition, he is Past President of the Monumental City Bar Association, Baltimore’s oldest and largest specialty bar association. At a national level, he is a member of the ABA House of Delegates and serves as a member of the ABA Criminal Justice Section Council.

Mr. Butcher received the Baltimore City Bar Association’s President’s Award and the Government and Public Interest Lawyer of the Year Award. He is a graduate of Florida A & M University and the University of Kansas School of Law.

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 over $200 million to help provide services in more than 2 million legal matters for Maryland’s families in areas of family, housing, consumer, employment, health care and other civil legal matters.

MLSC Adds Grants Manager to Staff

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Deb SeltzerMarch 17, 2016, Baltimore, MD – Deb Seltzer has been hired as grants manager at Maryland Legal Services Corporation, which makes grants to nonprofit organizations that provide civil legal aid to low-income Marylanders.  Seltzer has eight years of experience in nonprofit administration and fundraising, most recently serving as grants manager at the National Aquarium.  She holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University, specializing in nonprofit management and policy analysis, and undergraduate degrees from the Newhouse and Maxwell schools at Syracuse University.

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 over $200 million to help provide services in more than 2 million legal matters for Maryland’s families in areas of family, housing, consumer, employment, health care and other civil legal matters. ###

Civil Legal Aid Adds Value for One Baltimore For Jobs Trainees

Friday, January 15th, 2016

Mayor’s Office of Employment Development teams up with Maryland Legal Services Corporation to provide vital support services

CONTACTS: Brice Freeman, MOED, 410-396-1910, bfreeman@oedworks.com
Susan Erlichman or Harriet Robinson, MLSC, 410-576-9494, serlichman@mlsc.org or hrobinson@mlsc.org

See announcement below and attached.

Baltimore, Maryland (January 14, 2016) – Recognizing that many Baltimore City residents participating in job training need support services to improve their chances for employment success, the Mayor’s Office of Employment Development (MOED) has partnered with the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) to provide civil legal services to participants in One Baltimore For Jobs (1B4J) training initiatives. Legal matters that pose serious impediments to finding and retaining employment include obtaining required work-related documents, expungement of criminal records, credit repair, and assistance with housing, family and consumer matters.

“The importance of addressing civil legal problems that impact safety, security, employability and other basic needs cannot be overstated,” commented MLSC Executive Director Susan M. Erlichman. “With the help of lawyers, individuals can overcome barriers to sustainable employment and secure a more stable future for themselves and their families.”

1B4J provides funding from a U.S. Department of Labor demonstration grant earmarked for exploring innovative strategies to reengage disconnected youth and young adult populations in highly distressed communities by delivering skills training and providing access to career placements in high-growth industry sectors. MOED, in partnership with Maryland’s Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, was awarded $4.9 million in funding. A total of 12 vendors have been identified to provide a first round of occupational skills training to approximately 700 residents in the areas of construction, health care, manufacturing and transportation logistics.

“1B4J provides vital skills training for Baltimore residents that will lead to jobs in growing industries,” said Mayor’s Office of Employment Development Director Jason Perkins-Cohen.

“Adding legal services support represents an important element to the 1B4J strategy to increase successful results by removing barriers and helping to ensure job retention and long-lasting careers.”

In addition to sector-based job training, a central part of 1B4J is to link other critical services, such as child support, mental health and addiction treatment, and civil legal services to workforce development so that residents have a greater opportunity to succeed personally as well as to strengthen families and the communities in which they live.

MLSC has dedicated $360,000 of community redevelopment funds from a national settlement received from Bank of America to provide comprehensive civil legal assistance to 1B4J participants experiencing legal problems that would interfere with the ability to gain and sustain employment, despite successful job training provided through 1B4J. MLSC grantees that will provide legal services at 1B4J training sites are Homeless Persons Representation Project, Maryland Legal Aid and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Legal interventions are critical components to develop productive individuals and strong communities by providing cost-effective approaches to resolving civil legal issues and achieving justice for clients.

For more information about 1B4J, please visit www.oedworks.com.

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About MOED: The Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Employment Development is committed to building a strong workforce for our city by developing meaningful partnerships with the local business community and connecting Baltimore citizens of all ages and backgrounds with jobs and pathways to careers. In fiscal year 2015 MOED hosted more than 93,000 visits from city residents at our career center locations, connected more than 1,200 people with computer literacy training at our digital learning labs, and placed more than 9,200 individuals in jobs – including nearly 7,000 young people through the 2015 YouthWorks summer jobs program – and assisted more than 1,100 businesses through our Employ Baltimore – Ready to Work for You strategy. Please visit www.oedworks.com for more information.

About MLSC: 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. During the past year, thirty-six MLSC grantee organizations provided legal help to more than 160,000 low-income Marylanders faced with foreclosure, eviction, domestic violence, consumer fraud, child custody, and other legal issues of critical importance. From its inception, MLSC has made grants totaling close to $200 million to provide services in more than two million legal matters for low-income Marylanders unable to afford legal assistance. These matters involve basic human needs such as shelter, safety and sustenance that directly impact the health and well being of individuals, families and communities. For more information, see www.mlsc.org.

MLSC Issues FY15 Annual Report

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

cover.image1The Maryland Legal Service Corporation has issued its Annual Report for fiscal year 2015. The Report includes information about our funding, grants, and programs.

To receive a printed copy, contact hrobinson@mlsc.org or call 410-576-9494, extension 1004.