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History of IOLTA in North America – A Short Video

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

The American IOLTA programs, modeled on similar programs begun successfully in Canada, Australia and elsewhere in the 1970s, originated in Florida in 1981 to help replace federal and state funding cuts to civil legal services for the poor. Maryland was the fourth state to establish IOLTA.IOLTA.video.2014

Today, all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands operate IOLTA programs. Forty-four jurisdictions require lawyers to participate in IOLTA. Lawyers can opt out of participation in 6 jurisdictions, and participation is voluntary in two others.

For more about IOLTA, see the History of IOLTA in North America, a 3-minute video presented by the ABA Commission on IOLTA and The National Association of IOLTA Programs, with generous support from The Florida Bar Foundation, The Law Foundation of British Columbia, and The Alberta Law Foundation.

Governor Appoints New Members to MLSC Board

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

December 18, 2014 – Governor Martin O’Malley has appointed Corey Jay Robey of Carroll County and Christina R. Garcia of Anne Arundel County to the Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s nine-member Board of Directors.

Mr. Robey, Senior Vice President and Premier Banker of Sun Trust Bank’s Investment Services, and Ms. Garcia, Energy Project Manager for Bithenergy, Inc., were appointed for the remainder of three-year terms of departing board members.

A resident of Reisterstown, Mr. Robey has been in the financial industry for 11 years, served on the boards of a business association and a neighborhood association and has a B.S. in finance from University of Baltimore. Ms. Garcia of Annapolis is president of C.G. LLC, an international consulting firm in business management, marketing and communications. She has a B.S. degree and a B.A. degree from the University of Rhode Island, an international M.B.A. from Paris ESLSCA Business School and a project management professional certification from the Technical University of Madrid.

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. ###

FY 2016 MLSC Funding Information Meeting January 30

Friday, December 12th, 2014

December 11, 2014, Baltimore, MD – Nonprofit organizations interested in continuing or seeking funding from the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) for civil legal services to low-income persons for Fiscal Year 2016 (July 1, 2015– June 30, 2016) must submit an application no later than March 16, 2015.

MLSC will hold a meeting to discuss the grant application process, general funding policies and the forecast for MLSC’s FY 2016 funding level with grantees and other interested persons on Friday, January 30, 2015, 10:30 a.m. in the Wheeler Auditorium at the Enoch Pratt Free Library, Central Branch, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore. MLSC grant application packets will be distributed at the meeting.

Please contact Tiffany Devonshire at MLSC (410-576-9494, ext. 1003 or tdevonshire@mlsc.org) in advance of the meeting if you need grant application materials in alternate format (such as Braille or large print) or have questions. For more information about the grant process, see www.mlsc.org/grants. Those unable to attend the meeting but are interested in applying for FY 2016 funding should call the MLSC office after January 30 to request a grant application packet.

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.   It is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. From its inception, MLSC has made grants totaling over $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.

MLSC Thanks Guests and Contributors to 2014 Annual Awards Reception

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

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Front (L-R): Neal T. Conway, Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County; Barbara A. Coleman, Maryland Legal Aid; Judge Ben C. Clyburn; Teri A. Heger, Maryland Legal Services Corporation former board member. Back (L-R): Glenn F. Ivey, Maryland Legal Services Corporation board chair; Alyssa R. Fieo, Maryland Disability Law Center; Dan Goldstein, Brown, Goldstein & Levy; Sharon E. Goldsmith, Pro Bono Resource Center; Andy Freeman, Brown, Goldstein & Levy; Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera

Over 200 people attended the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) 2014 Annual Awards Reception on December 8 at the Grand Historic Venue.

This year’s awardees:  Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award: Honorable Ben C. Clyburn, retired Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland. Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Awards: Alyssa R. Fieo of the Maryland Disability Law Center and Sharon E. Goldsmith of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland. William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Awards: Barbara A. Coleman of Maryland Legal Aid and Neal T. Conway of Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County. Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award: Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP. Outstanding Board Service: Teri A. Heger

MLSC thanks our guests and contributors for their generous support of the work of MLSC.

PARTNER: The Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, P.C.; DLA Piper LLP (US); Kramon & Graham, P.A.

PATRON: Fedder & Garten, P.A.; Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd.; Linowes & Blocher LLP; Ober Kaler; Venable Foundation

DONOR: Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County, Inc.; Gallagher, Evelius & Jones LLP; Gross, Mendelsohn & Associates, P.A.; Kay G. Kenny, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company; Niles, Barton & Wilmer, LLP; Pessin Katz Law, P.A.; Hon. Pamela J. White

SPONSOR: Gordon Feinblatt LLC; Maryland State Bar Association; Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP; Southern Management Corporation; Summit Business Technologies; University of Baltimore School of Law; University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

MEDIA SPONSOR: The Daily Record

MLSC Receives Access to Justice Commission Award

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Court Chief Judge John P. Morrissey, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Pamela J. White, MLSC Executive Director Susan M. Erlichman, District Court Judge Mark F. Scurti, Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera

District Court Chief Judge John P. Morrissey, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Pamela J. White, MLSC Executive Director Susan M. Erlichman, Baltimore City District Court Judge Mark F. Scurti, Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera

October 24, 2014 –The Maryland Access to Justice Commission presented the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) with its Special Recognition Award at the Maryland Judicial Conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Prince George’s County. MLSC was among six honorees for the fourth annual Maryland Access to Justice Awards.

The Commission afforded special recognition to MLSC for its continuing critical role in generating support for civil legal services and expanding resources and services on behalf of low-income Marylanders. Executive Director Susan M. Erlichman and Board members Judge Pamela J. White and Judge Mark F. Scurti accepted the award for the Corporation, which makes grants to 36 nonprofit organizations in Maryland to ensure that eligible clients in all areas of the state have access to legal services.

MLSC Board member, Judge Pamela J. White, was among the other honorees. Judge White of the Baltimore City Circuit Court received the Robert M. Bell Judge of the Year Award for her extraordinary leadership in her past professional career as an attorney in private practice and currently as a circuit court judge.

Other awards: Judicial Branch Excellence Award to the Maryland Court Interpreter Program; Outstanding Program of the Year Award to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals Alternative Dispute Resolution Division; Executive Branch Award to Mary Denise Davis, Chief Attorney, Office of the Public Defender; and Legislator of the Year Award to Maryland House of Delegates Guy J. Guzzone.

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. ###

IOLTA Compliance UPDATE – Online Filing CLOSED

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

As of September 16, 2014 online IOLTA Compliance filing is CLOSED.  If you have not filed your IOLTA Compliance report for 2014, at this time you have likely been decertified to practice law in the state of Maryland. See Maryland Rules, Chapter 600. Attorney Trust Accounts. Rule 16-608.

You may become re-certified by downloading the 2014 IOLTA Compliance form and submitting it either via mail or fax to:

Ms. Iris Joiner
Maryland Administrative Office of the Courts
2001 E/F Commerce Park Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 260-3606
Fax: (410) 260-2504

Once your form is received and processed, you will receive a re-certification order in the mail.

MLSC Awarded Foundation Leadership Project Grant

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

August 5, 2014, Baltimore, MD – The Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC), which administers Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA) and other funds for civil legal services to low-income persons throughout the state, is one of 10 national recipients of grants from the National Association of IOLTA Programs (NAIP). The grant to MLSC will be used to educate Maryland’s philanthropic community about the value of supporting civil legal aid in meeting basic human needs of vulnerable populations and integrating civil legal aid throughout multiple areas of the work of other foundations.

The Public Welfare Foundation’s article, Natural Allies: Philanthropy and Civil Legal Aid, notes that “investing to help low-income people solve their legal problems is smart, results-oriented philanthropy. …. Legal aid groups…have answers when families need housing, food, health care. …their work corrects bad policy and changes how society treats the most vulnerable. Yet, civil legal aid … has often been an overlooked partner in philanthropic efforts to improve … economic, social, and health conditions for low-income people and communities.”

MLSC will be working closely on this project with the Association of Baltimore Area Grantmakers (ABAG), with a membership of 145 private and community foundations, donor-advised funds and corporate grantmakers. The goal of the NAIP-funded projects is to enhance IOLTA relationships throughout the country with private foundations and further foundation support of access to justice initiatives in meeting their own goals.The project activities over the next year will include workshops, a webinar and topical issue briefs for funders throughout the state.

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. It is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. From its inception, MLSC has made grants totaling almost $200 million to help provide services in over 2 million cases for Maryland’s families in areas of family, housing, consumer, employment, health care and other civil legal matters.

Legal Services Events 2014 and 2015 Preview

Friday, December 27th, 2013

This listing includes major events sponsored by MLSC grantees. Please contact the event sponsors for more information.

February

2/13/14 – University of Baltimore School of Law and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law – 2014 Public Service Legal Career Fair, 3 – 5:30 p.m., University of Baltimore School of Law, 1401 N. Charles Street, Baltimore. For more information, contact Emily Rogers at erogers@ubalt.edu or 410-837-4404.

March

3/27/14 – Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service – March Madness, 6 – 9 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore. For more information, see www.mvlslaw.org/tickets or contact Stephanie Austin at 443-451-4065 or saustin@mvlslaw.org.

April

4/2/14 – Maryland Public Interest Law Project, Inc. – Annual Goods & Services Auction, 6 – 9 p.m., University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Westminster Hall, 500 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore. Save the date.

4/2/14 – Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County – Pro Bono Awards Reception & Silent Auction, 6 – 8 p.m., Federal Courthouse, Greenbelt. For information, contact conway@clspgc.org or 240-391-6532, ext. 10.

4/12/14 – Bar Association of Baltimore City Senior Legal Services – Law Day for Seniors, 8 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., District Courthouse, 5800 Wabash Avenue, Baltimore. For information, call 410-396-5278 or email jjones@baltimorebar.org.

4/28/14 – Homeless Persons Representation Project - Annual Volunteer Appreciation Reception, 5 – 7 p.m., University of Baltimore Angelos Law Center, 12th Floor, 1401 N. Charles Street, Baltimore. For more information, contact jhartenstein@hprplaw.org or 410-685-6589, x24.

May

5/15/14 – Pro Bono Resource Center – 16th Annual Maryland Partners for Justice Conference, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Save the Date. For more information, contact Kiah Pierre at 443-703-3046 or see http://www.probonomd.org.

5/21/14 – Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. – 55th Anniversary Celebration and Annual Meeting, 5:30 – 9 p.m., Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys, Baltimore. Save the Date. For more information, see www.bni-maryland.org.

June

6/5/14 – CASA de Maryland - 2nd Annual Justice Awards Night, 7 – 9 p.m., Citi Rooftop Terrace, 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20004. Save the Date. For more information, see http://www.casademaryland.org.

October

10/15/14 – Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service – Celebrate Pro Bono, 6 – 8 p.m., Westminster Hall, Baltimore, MD. For more information, see www.mvlslaw.org.

10/29/14 – Women’s Law Center – 2014 Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, 5:30 p.m., Grand Historic Venue, 225 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. For more information, see www.wlcmd.org.

December

12/8/14 – Maryland Legal Services Corporation - Annual Awards Reception, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Grand Historic Venue, 225 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD. For more information,  contact Harriet Robinson at 410-576-9494, ext. 1004, or hrobinson@mlsc.org.

2015 Preview – Save the Dates

March

3/26/15 – Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service – March Madness, 6 – 9 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore. For more information, see www.mvlslaw.org/tickets or contact Stephanie Austin at 443-451-4065 or saustin@mvlslaw.org.

May

5/14/15 – Pro Bono Resource Center – 16th Annual Maryland Partners for Justice Conference, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Baltimore Convention Center, 1 West Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Save the Date. For more information, contact Kiah Pierre at 443-703-3046 or see http://www.probonomd.org.

Sen. Cardin Lauds MLSC in Congressional Record

Monday, January 14th, 2013

In honor of the 30th anniversary of the Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC), Senator Benjamin L. Cardin lauded MLSC’s accomplishments in the Congressional Record on December 20, 2012. Cardin stated, “As chairman of Maryland Legal Services Corporation from 1988-1995, I know firsthand the extraordinary service they provide to Marylanders.” He noted the increased importance of MLSC’s mission as more people are in need of civil legal services and gave examples of people around the state that have benefited from services by the nonprofit legal services organizations that receive funding from MLSC. See the entire statement in the Congressional Record of the 112th Congress: Senate, Vol. 158, No. 165.

Governor Appoints Mark F. Scurti to MLSC Board

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

December 13, 2012, Baltimore, MD – Governor Martin O’Malley has appointed Mark F. Scurti to the Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s nine-member Board of Directors for the remainder of a three-year term.

Mr. Scurti, a member of Pessin Katz Law, PA, concentrates his practice in bankruptcy proceedings, debt restructuring and same-sex law as well as estate planning and family law. He is a past president of the Bar Association of Baltimore City and has served on the Maryland State Bar Association Board of Governors and bar sections and committees. Mr. Scurti provides numerous hours of pro bono counsel and is a past board member of the Pro Bono Resource Center. He graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law and has been practicing law for over 20 years.

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. It is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Senate. From its inception, MLSC has made grants totaling over $182 million to help provide services in nearly 2 million legal matters for Maryland’s families in areas of family, housing, consumer, employment, health care and other civil legal matters.