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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