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Governor Appoints Violet Apple to MLSC Board

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

violet-apple-webOctober 3, 2016, Baltimore, MD – Governor Larry Hogan has appointed Violet M. Apple of Baltimore County, chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, to the Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s nine-member Board of Directors.

Ms. Apple joined the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland in 2014 after other positions at the Girl Scouts in Boston, MA, and Harrisburg and York, PA. She is secretary of the board of CASA of Baltimore and a member of Network 2000. Ms. Apple was a guest presenter at Constellation Corporation Women in Power Program and Notre Dame of Maryland University program on Nonprofit Financial Management.

A graduate of Millersville University, Ms. Apple received a master of management in business administration from Pennsylvania State University. Her honors include the Maryland Top 100 Award, the Racial Justice Award from the YWCA and SMART CEO awards.

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 Awards Reception – Dec. 5, 2016 – R.S.V.P.

Friday, September 30th, 2016

Maryland Legal Services Corporation
Annual Awards Reception
Monday, December 5, 2016

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lord Baltimore Hotel, 20 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Guest Speaker
Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera

AWARD WINNERS

Hon. Karen A. Murphy Jensen, Retired Judge for the Circuit Court for Caroline County
Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award

Antonia K. Fasanelli, Homeless Persons Representation Project
Blaine A. Hoffmann, Heartly House, Inc.
Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award

Amy L. Petkovsek, Maryland Legal Aid
Rising Star Award

Joan M. Bellistri, Anne Arundel County Public Law Library
William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award

Enoch Pratt Free Library
Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award

Paul V. Carlin
Award of Special Recognition

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MLSC Announces 2016 Legal Services Awards

Friday, September 30th, 2016

September 30, 2016 –Seven 2016 Legal Services Award recipients, selected by the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) Board of Directors, will be honored at MLSC’s annual awards reception on Monday, December 5, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

The Honorable Karen A. Murphy Jensen, retired judge of the Circuit Court of Caroline County, will receive the Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award for her leadership in helping low-income Marylanders access legal services on Maryland’s Mid-Shore and support of access to justice throughout the state. Judge Jensen is the chair of the Maryland Court of Appeals’ Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Service and helped with the creation of Mid-Shore Pro Bono.  This award is given annually to a private attorney or judge who has demonstrated extraordinary commitment to increasing access to justice and improving civil legal services to low-income Marylanders.

The Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award recognizes an outstanding public interest attorney whose career has been dedicated to providing, promoting, or managing civil legal services to low-income Marylanders.  The two 2016 honorees are Antonia K. Fasanelli, executive director of the Homeless Persons Representation Project, and Blaine A. Hoffmann, director of legal services of Heartly House in Frederick.

The first recipient of the Rising Star Award is Amy L. Petkovsek, director of training and pro bono at Maryland Legal Aid. This new 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.

This year’s William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award, for a non-attorney who has demonstrated outstanding service representing the civil legal needs of low-income Marylanders or by expanding access to justice, will be presented to Joan M. Bellistri, director of the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Law Library.

The Enoch Pratt Free Library has been named as this year’s recipient of the Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award for supporting the legal services community with legal clinics and legal rights training in its branches and offering training for librarians throughout the state on how they can assist clients with legal research and legal answers. The Garten Award honors an entity or organization not regularly engaged in the delivery of legal services to low-income Marylanders but has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to increase access to justice.

MLSC will also present an Award of Special Recognition to Paul V. Carlin, executive director of the Maryland State Bar Association, who is retiring after more than 30 years and has been an invaluable ally and resource in support of MLSC’s initiatives to increase access to justice.

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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Governor Appoints New MLSC Board Member

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Rasin.2016.08.01 Head Shot.webAugust 17, 2016, Baltimore, MD – Governor Larry Hogan has appointed Hon. Martha F. Rasin of Anne Arundel County, retired chief judge of the District Court of Maryland, to the Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s nine-member Board of Directors.

Judge Rasin improved systems for victims of domestic violence, increased pay for the Judiciary professional workforce and enhanced courthouse facilities, operations and security as chief judge. She previously was associate judge and then administrative judge of the same court. Currently, she is a director of Peoples Bank and Peoples Bancorp, Inc. of Chestertown.  Judge Rasin taught courses and conducted seminars at the law schools of the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore.

She conducted several on-site studies of international court systems and participated in an American Bar Association assessment of proposed legislation in Ukraine and assessment of legal code in Georgia. She is a graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law and a member of the Maryland, Anne Arundel County and Kent County bar associations.

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.

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. ###