Legal Help

MLSC does NOT provide legal advice or legal services. If you are seeking legal help, you should contact the organizations listed below and review resources at the People’s Law Library web site.

Maryland legal services providers that receive grants from MLSC are listed here with links to descriptions and contact information.

MLSC-Funded Legal Services Providers

Allegany Law Foundation, Inc.
Alternative Directions, Inc.
Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center
Baltimore Bar Foundation – Senior Legal Services
Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.
CASA de Maryland
CASA, Inc. (Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused)
Catholic Charities of Baltimore
Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
Civil Justice, Inc.
Community Law Center
Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County
Disability Rights Maryland (formerly Maryland Disability Law Center)
FreeState Justice
Harford County Bar Foundation
Heartly House, Inc.
Homeless Persons Representation Project
HopeWorks
House of Ruth Maryland
Legal Aid Bureau
Life Crisis Center
Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center
Maryland Public Interest Law Project
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, Inc.
Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Inc.
Montgomery County Bar Foundation
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
Public Justice Center
St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center
SARC (Sexual Assault/Spouse Abuse Resource Center)
Sexual Assault Legal Institute
Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy
University of Maryland / HIV Project
Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services Program
Women’s Law Center

MLSC does NOT provide legal advice or legal services. If you are seeking legal help, you should contact the organizations listed below and review resources at the People’s Law Library web site.

Descriptions and Contact Information

Maryland legal services providers that receive grants from MLSC are listed here.

Allegany Law Foundation, Inc.

Executive Director: Melissa Buskirk
110 Greene Street
Cumberland MD 21502
Phone: 301-722-3390 Fax: 301-722-3393
E-Mail: info@alleganylaw.com
Web site: www.alleganylaw.com

Allegany Law Foundation serves low-income clients through the efforts of a small in-house staff and a panel of attorneys handling cases on a pro bono or reduced-fee basis.

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Alternative Directions, Inc.

Executive Director: Michelle Kelly
2505 North Charles Street
Baltimore MD 21218
Phone: 410-889-5072 Fax: 410-889-5092
E-Mail: adi.legal@verizon.net
Web site: www.alternativedirectionsinc.org

Alternative Directions provides free legal assistance, primarily family and domestic legal issues, to persons in prison or recently released from incarceration. The program also provides monthly workshops to prisoners on legal rights and responsibilities.

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Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center

Executive Director: Naznin Saifi, Esq.
1627 K Street NW Suite 610
Washington DC 20006
Phone: 202-393-3572 Fax: 202-393-0995
E-Mail: naznin.saifi@apalrc.org
Web site: www.apalrc.org

The Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center addresses the legal needs of low-income, limited English proficient Asian Americans in Maryland and uses MLSC funds to represent low-wage workers and victims of domestic violence in Maryland.

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Baltimore Bar Foundation Senior Legal Services

Executive Director: Katherine Sanzone
111 North Calvert Street
Baltimore MD 21202
Phone: 410-396-5277 Fax: 410-332-8468
E-Mail: info@baltimorebar.org
Web site: www.baltimoreseniorlegalservices.org

The Baltimore Bar Foundation’s Senior Legal Services program provides free legal representation and advice to Baltimore City residents 60 years and older.

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Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc.

Executive Director: Robert Strupp
2530 North Charles Street Suite 200
Baltimore MD 21218
Phone: 410-243-4400 Fax: 410-889-8653
E-Mail: rstrupp@bni-maryland.org
Web site: www.bni-maryland.org

MLSC’s grant supports BNI’s operation of its statewide landlord/tenant counseling hotline.

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CASA de Maryland

Executive Director: Gustavo Torres
Senior Director of Human Services: George Escobar
8151 15th Avenue
Hyattsville MD 20783
Phone: 301-431-4185 Fax: 301-408-4123
E-Mail: gescobar@wearecasa.org
Web site: www.wearecasa.org

CASA receives MLSC funding for its Employment Rights Project, which assists Latin Americans and other day laborers in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties and Baltimore City with employment-related legal issues.

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CASA, Inc. (Citizens Assisting and Sheltering the Abused)

Executive Director: Vicki A. Sadehvandi
116 West Baltimore Street
Hagerstown MD 21740
Phone: 301-739-4990 Fax: 301-790-0064
E-Mail: casa.incorp@myactv.net
Web site: www.casainc.org

MLSC funding supports the CASA Legal Services Program, which provides legal assistance to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Washington County.

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Catholic Charities of Baltimore

Executive Director: William J. McCarthy, Jr.
Director of Esperanza Center: Valerie Twanmoh, Esq.
Esperanza Center
430 South Broadway
Baltimore MD 21231
Phone: 410-534-8015 Fax: 410-675-1451
E-Mail: imlserv@catholiccharities-md.org
Web site: www.catholiccharities-md.org

Catholic Charities of Baltimore Immigration Legal Services Project provides client screening, counseling and legal representation for low-income persons with immigration problems in the Baltimore metropolitan area in a wide array of immigration matters.

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Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington

Executive Director: Msgr. John Enzler
Senior Program Manager: Jacqueline Rishty, Esq.
Immigration Legal Services
12247 Georgia Avenue
Silver Spring MD 20902
Phone: 301-942-1790
E-Mail: jacqueline.rishty@catholiccharitiesdc.org
Web site: www.catholiccharitiesdc.org

Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington Immigration Legal Services uses MLSC funds to provide legal assistance and representation to low-income persons with immigration problems residing primarily in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.

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Civil Justice, Inc.

Executive Director: Cheryl Hystad, Esq.
520 West Fayette Street Suite 410
Baltimore MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-0174 Fax: 410-706-3196
E-Mail: chystad@civiljusticenetwork.org
Web site: www.civiljusticenetwork.org

Civil Justice offers assistance to low and moderate income Maryland consumers with foreclosure, auto repossessions, student loan debt and other legal issues. MLSC’s one-time grant supports development of a website to assist foreclosure prevention services.

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Community Law Center

Executive Director: Kristine Dunkerton, Esq.
3355 Keswick Road Suite 200
Baltimore MD 21211
Phone: 410-366-0922 Fax: 410-366-7763
E-Mail: kristined@communitylaw.org
Web site: www.communitylaw.org

CLC provides legal counsel and representation to nonprofit organizations that represent issues of low-income people and are unable to afford private counsel. MLSC’s grant also supports CLC’s pro bono project.

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Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County

Executive Director: Neal Conway
6301 Ivy Lane Suite 720
Greenbelt MD 20770
Phone: 240-391-6370 Fax: 240-391-6356
E-Mail: info@clspgc.org
Web site: www.clspgc.org

Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County provides civil legal assistance to low-income persons of Prince George’s County through a panel of pro bono and reduced-fee attorneys.

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Disability Rights Maryland (formerly Maryland Disability Law Center)

Executive Director: Virginia Knowlton Marcus
1500 Union Avenue Suite 2000
Baltimore MD 21211
Phone: 410-727-6352 Fax: 410-727-6389
E-Mail: feedback@disabilityrightsmd.org
Web site: www.disabilityrightsmd.org

Disability Rights Maryland provides free representation for children and adults with disabilities statewide with legal problems related to their disabilities.

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FreeState Justice

Executive Director: Patrick Paschall, Esq.
231 East Baltimore Street Suite 1100
Baltimore MD 21202
Phone: 410-625-5428  Fax: 410-625-7423
E-Mail: ppaschall@freestate-justice.org
Web site: www.freestate-justice.org

FreeState Justice provides legal assistance to low-income lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Marylanders in employment discrimination, estate planning, family law matters, name and gender changes, and other matters. FreeState also seeks to educate the broader legal community about LGBT issues, enabling it to better represent LGBT clients.

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Harford County Bar Foundation

Executive Director: Jennifer Vido
17 West Street Suite 130
Bel Air MD 21014
Phone: 410-836-0123 Fax: 410-836-7117
E-Mail: hcbf@harfordcountybarfoundation.org
Web site: www.harfordcountybarfoundation.org

The Harford County Bar Foundation operates a pro bono and reduced-fee legal services program, providing intake and referral services to low-income persons with civil legal problems.

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Heartly House, Inc.

Executive Director: Inga James
PO Box 857
Frederick, MD 21701
Phone: 301-662-8800 Fax: 301-663-4334
E-Mail: ijames@heartlyhouse.org
Web site: www.heartlyhouse.org

Heartly House is a private nonprofit agency serving victims of domestic violence, rape and sexual assault in Frederick County. MLSC funds are used to provide legal services to low-income victims of domestic violence.

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Homeless Persons Representation Project

Executive Director: Antonia Fasanelli, Esq.
201 North Charles Street Suite 1104
Baltimore MD 21201
Phone: 410-685-6589 Fax: 410-625-0361
E-Mail: afasanelli@hprplaw.org
Web site: www.hprplaw.org

Homeless Persons Representation Project provides staff and pro bono assistance in a range of housing and other legal matters to clients in at risk for homelessness as well as to those in homeless shelters in Maryland.

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HopeWorks

Executive Director: Jennifer Pollitt Hill
5457 Twin Knolls Road Suite 310
Columbia MD 21046
Phone: 410-997-0304 Fax: 410-997-1397
E-Mail: jpollitthill@wearehopeworks.org 
Web site: www.wearehopeworks.org

The HopeWorks (formerly Domestic Violence Center of Howard County) receives funding from MLSC to support its legal services project, which serves low-income domestic violence victims.

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House of Ruth

Executive Director: Sandi Timmins
Legal Clinic Director: Dorothy Lennig, Esq.
2201 Argonne Drive
Baltimore, MD 21218
Phone: 410-889-0840 Fax: 410-889-9347
E-mail: dlennig@hruthmd.org
Web site: www.hruth.org

House of Ruth’s Domestic Violence Legal Clinic provides legal assistance to low-income victims of domestic violence from offices in Baltimore City and Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. The clinic also provides technical assistance and training to spouse abuse centers and interested community organizations statewide.

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Legal Aid Bureau, Inc.

Executive Director: Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Esq.
500 East Lexington Street
Baltimore MD 21202
Phone: 410-951-7777 Fax: 410-951-7778
Web site: www.mdlab.org

Established in 1911, LAB is Maryland’s primary provider of civil legal services to low-income persons. The MLSC grant is used to fund attorneys and paralegals providing general civil legal assistance to low-income persons throughout Maryland.

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Life Crisis Center

Executive Director: Michele J. Hughes
PO Box 387
Salisbury, MD 21803
Phone: 410-749-0632 Fax: 410-548-9496
E-mail: mhughes@lifecrisiscenter.org
Web site: www.lifecrisiscenter.org

The Life Crisis Center, a comprehensive domestic violence and rape/sexual assault program for the Lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, serving Wicomico, Worchester and Somerset counties, uses MLSC funding for legal assistance, advocacy and representation to victims of domestic violence.

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Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center, Inc.

Executive Director: Russell Butler, Esq.
1001 Prince George’s Boulevard Suite 750
Upper Marlboro MD 20774
Phone: 301-952-0063 Fax: 301-952-2319
E-Mail: rbutler@mdcrimevictims.org
Web site: www.mdcrimevictims.org

Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center, Inc. is a statewide victims’ rights organization, which receives MLSC funding to disseminate information on victims’ rights to all Marylanders and provide specialized legal services to indigent crime victims.

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Maryland Public Interest Law Project

Co-Presidents: Maria Romas and Ali Best
Advisor: Teresa Schmiedeler, Esq.
University of Maryland Law School
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-8393 Fax: 410-706-4045
E-mail: mpilp.pres@law.umaryland.edu
Web site: www.law.umaryland.edu/studentorg/mpilp

MPILP, located at the University of Maryland Law School, encourages law students to enter public interest law practice and offers law students from the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore paid summer internships at public interest organizations of their choice.

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Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Executive Director: Bonnie Sullivan, Esq.
201 North Charles Street Suite 1400
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-539-6800 Fax: 410-837-0431
E-Mail: info@mvlslaw.org
Web site: www.mvlslaw.org

MVLS is a statewide program that serves low-income persons with a variety of civil legal problems through a referral program that places clients with volunteer or reduced-fee attorneys.

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Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence, Inc.

Executive Director: Jeanne Yeager
8626 Brooks Drive Suite 102
Easton MD 21601
Phone: 410-690-3222 Fax: 410-479-2064
E-Mail: jyeager@mscfv.org
Web site: www.mscfv.org

The Mid-Shore Council receives MLSC funding for its reduced-fee legal services program for low-income victims of domestic violence in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties.

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Mid-Shore Pro Bono, Inc.

Executive Director: Sandy Brown
8 South West Street
Easton MD 21601
Phone: 410-690-8128 Fax: 443-385-0210
E-Mail: sabrown@midshoreprobono.org
Web site: www.midshoreprobono.org

Mid-Shore Pro Bono receives funding from MLSC to provide pro bono and reduced-fee services in Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s, and Talbot counties.

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Montgomery County Bar Foundation

Executive Director: Julie Petersen
27 West Jefferson Street
Rockville MD 20850
Phone: 301-424-7651 Fax: 301-217-9327
Web site: www.montbar.org

The Montgomery County Bar Foundation operates pro bono and reduced-fee programs in which attorneys are recruited to take pro bono cases in their area of expertise. The Foundation also conducts community outreach to Montgomery County’s growing immigrant population.

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Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland

Executive Director: Sharon Goldsmith, Esq.
520 West Fayette Street
Baltimore MD 21201
Phone: 410-837-9379 Fax: 410-385-2616
E-mail: sgoldsmith@probonomd.org
Web site: www.probonomd.org

PBRC is a statewide pro bono support center that coordinates pro bono training and activities, maximizes volunteer attorney services to low-income Maryland residents and provides support for pro bono programs throughout the state. PBRC also administers a litigation expense fund for other pro bono and reduced-fee programs throughout Maryland.

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Public Justice Center

Executive Director: John Nethercut, Esq.
One North Charles Street Suite 200
Baltimore MD 21201
Phone: 410-625-9409 Fax: 410-625-9423
E-mail: nethercutj@publicjustice.org
Web site: www.publicjustice.org

The Public Justice Center provides legal services and systemic advocacy to confront the laws, practices and institutions that cause injustice, poverty and discrimination. Current projects focus on tenants, workers, immigrants, youth in the criminal justice system, homeless children seeking education, families and individuals needing health care, and the furtherance of a right to counsel in civil cases.

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St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center

Executive Director: Gerard J. Joab
321 East 25th Street
Baltimore MD 21218
Phone: 410-366-8550  Fax: 410-366-8795
E-Mail: gerardj@stambros.org
Web site: www.stambrose.org

St. Ambrose Legal Services Program, a project of St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center, provides free legal assistance to low-income homeowners who are in danger of losing their homes.

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SARC (Sexual Assault/Sexual Abuse Resource Center)

Executive Director: Luisa Caiazzo-Nutter
Project Director: Gwendolyn Tate, Esq.
PO Box 1207
Bel Air MD 21014
Phone: 410-836-8431 Fax: 410-838-9484
Email: lcn@sarc-maryland.org
Web site: www.sarc-maryland.org

MLSC funding supports the SARC Legal Services Program, which provides legal services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Harford County.

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Sexual Assault Legal Institute

Executive Director: Lisae C. Jordan, Esq.
PO Box 8782
Silver Spring MD 20907
Phone: 301-565-2277 Fax: 301-565-3619
E-Mail: lcjordan@mcasa.org
Web site: www.mcasa.org

The Sexual Assault Legal Institute is part of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault and provides comprehensive legal assistance to victims of sexual assault throughout the state.

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Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy

Executive Director: Laura Joyce
PO Box 760
Hollywood MD 20636
Phone: 301-373-4141 Fax: 301-373-4147
E-Mail: lauraj@smcfa.net
Web site: www.smcfa.net

The Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy provides legal services to low-income clients of St. Mary’s, Calvert and Charles counties, primarily in the area of domestic violence.

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University of Maryland / HIV Project

Clinical Director: Michael Pinard, Esq.
Contact: Deborah Weimer, Esq.
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-8340 Fax: 410-706-5856
E-Mail: dweimer@law.umaryland.edu

The MLSC grant to the University of Maryland Clinical Law Office helps fund its HIV Legal Representation Project, in which law students provide legal services to persons with AIDS and HIV infection in Baltimore City.

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Whitman-Walker Health Legal Services Program

Executive Director: Don Blanchon
Program Director: Amy Nelson, Esq.
1701 14th Street NW
Washington DC 20009
Phone: 202-939-7627 Fax: 202-939-7651
E-Mail: anelson@whitman-walker.org
Web site: www.whitman-walker.org

The Whitman-Walker Health’s Legal Services Program provides pro bono legal assistance to persons living with HIV/AIDS. MLSC funding supports services to residents of Maryland.

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Women’s Law Center, Inc.

Executive Director: Michelle Daugherty Siri, Esq.
305 West Chesapeake Avenue Suite 201
Towson MD 21204
Phone: 410-321-8761 Fax: 410-321-0462
E-mail: msiri@wlcmd.org
Web site: www.wlcmd.org

The Women’s Law Center was established in 1971 to meet the special legal needs of women. MLSC funds are used to operate a statewide Family Law Hotline and to administer a Judicare project, matching private attorneys with low-income individuals seeking representation in contested custody and other contested family law matters.

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