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MLSC Awards Reception – Dec. 8, 2014 – R.S.V.P.

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Maryland Legal Services Corporation
Annual Awards Reception
Monday, December 8, 2014
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5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Grand Historic Venue, 225 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

Featuring Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera

AWARD WINNERS

Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award
Hon. Ben C. Clyburn, , retired Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland

Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award
Alyssa R. Fieo, Maryland Disability Law Center
Sharon E. Goldsmith, Pro Bono Resource Center

William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award
Barbara A. Coleman, Maryland Legal Aid
Neal T. Conway, Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County

Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award
Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP

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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. ###

MLSC Announces 2014 Legal Services Awards

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

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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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 Annual Awards – Dec. 8, 2014 – Save the Date

Friday, September 12th, 2014

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Annual Awards Reception
Monday, December 8, 2014

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Grand Historic Venue, 225 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

For more information about sponsorship and registration contact: Harriet Robinson, 410-576-9494, ext. 1004 or hrobinson@mlsc.org.

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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.

MLSC Seeks Nominations for 2014 Awards

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JUNE 30, 2014

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 the poor. In recognition of outstanding contributions by Maryland individuals and organizations that provide or support justice to the poor, MLSC has created four awards to be given annually, as follows:

  • The Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award
  • The Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service
  • The William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award
  • The Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award

Nominations for the 2014 awards must be submitted not later than June 16, 2014 to MLSC. Formal awards will be presented at an Awards Ceremony in the fall.

For online nomination 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.

Legal Services Events 2014

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.

FY 2015 MLSC Funding Information Meeting Jan. 30

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

December 26, 2013 – 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 2015 (July 1, 2014– June 30, 2015) must submit an application no later than March 14, 2014.

MLSC will hold a meeting to discuss the grant application process, general funding policies and the forecast for MLSC’s FY 2015 funding level with grantees and other interested persons on Thursday, January 30, 2014, 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 Grants.

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MLSC Announces 2013 Legal Services Awards

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

October 9, 2013 –The 2013 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 9, 2013, 5:30-7:30 PM at the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

Manuel R. Geraldo of Robinson & Geraldo Law Offices will receive the Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award for his significant contributions in private practice and public service. This award is given annually to an attorney, usually 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 2013 honorees are Carolyn S. Malinowski, managing attorney of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, and Barbara A. Samuels, managing attorney of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland.

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 Nancy F. Aiken, Ph.D., executive director of CHANA (Counseling, Help Line, and Aid Network for Abused Women) and Angelique Green-Manning, managing legal advocate of the House of Ruth Maryland.

The Open Society Institute Baltimore has been named as this year’s recipient of the Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award for its positive impact throughout the community and the commitment to access to justice through the support of many MLSC grantees. The Garten Award honors an entity or organization not regularly engaged in the delivery of legal services to low-income persons for its ongoing leadership in access to justice.

MLSC will present an Award of Special Recognition to Delegate Guy J. Guzzone, member of the House Appropriations Committee and chair of the Subcommittee on Public Safety and Administration, for his leadership in the successful passage of legislation to increase the Abandoned Property Fund allocation for the MLSC Fund.

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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