Attention MD LAWYERS: Annual IOLTA Compliance Mailing Issued by the Court of Appeals

January 7th, 2016

Jan. 10, 2017 – The Maryland Court of Appeals has issued a compliance mailing to every attorney on active status admitted to the practice of law in Maryland. This mailing contains the annual IOLTA Compliance Report form along with the Pro Bono Reporting form. Both forms can be completed online and must be submitted by February 15, 2017.

For more information about mandatory IOLTA reporting and forms, see Compliance Reporting, Compliance FAQs and Compliance – Quick Links. For more information or questions, contact the IOLTA Hotline at 410-576-9494 or toll free at 800-492-1340.

Legal Services Events 2017

December 28th, 2015

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

February

2/16/17- University of Baltimore School of Law and University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law – 2017 Public Service Legal Career Fair, 3 – 5 p.m., Westminster Hall, University of Maryland Carey School of Law, Baltimore. For more information, contact La Shea Blake at lblake@law.umaryland.edu.

March

3/23/17 – Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service – March Madness Benefit, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore. For more information, see mvlslaw.org/2017benefit.

April

4/6/17 – Maryland Public Interest Law Project – Annual Goods and Services Auction, 6 – 9 p.m., Westminster Hall, University of Maryland Carey School of Law, Baltimore. For more information, see https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2017-auction-maryland-public-interest-law-project-tickets-30501434612.

4/19/17 – Women’s Law Center of Maryland – 11th Annual Wine & Chocolate Event, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m., Westminster Hall, University of Maryland Carey School of Law, Baltimore. For more information, see www.wlcmd.org/get-involved/fundraising-events/wine-chocolate.

4/30/17 – Community Law Center – 30th Anniversary Party, 4 p.m., Sherwood Gardens, Baltimore. For more information, see communitylaw.org/event-tickets.

May

5/3/17 – Homeless Persons Representation Project – 2017 Jane Harrison Speaker Series on the Importance of Housing featuring Dan-el Padilla Peralta, PhD – 514 North Charles Street, Baltimore, 5:30-7:30. For more information see www.hprplaw.org/end_homelessness/2017_speaker_series.

5/16/17 – Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. – 58th Annual Meeting & FUNraiser! 6 – 8:30 p.m., Temple Oheb Shalom, 7310 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore. For more information, call 410-243-4468.

5/17/17 – Maryland Legal Aid – Equal Justice Council 20th Annual Equal Justice Awards Breakfast, Camden Yards Warehouse, Baltimore, 7:45 – 9 a.m. For more information, see http://www.mdlab.org/news-events/ejc-20th-annual-awards-breakfast.

5/18/17 – Pro Bono Resource Center – 2017 Maryland Partners for Justice Conference, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore. For more information, see probonomd.org/trainings-events/conference/.

June

6/13/17 – CASA de Maryland – 5th Annual Justice Awards Night, 225 Seventh St SE, Washington, DC, 6 – 8 p.m. For more information, see www.wearecasa.org/justiceawards.

6/22/17 – Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center – 19th Anniversary Celebration, China Garden, 1100 Wilson Boulevard, Rosslyn VA, 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. For more information, see https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ee6ipyfqbb4ede94&oseq=&c=&ch=.

October

10/4/17 – Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service – Celebrate Pro Bono, American Visionary Art Museum, 800 Key Highway, Baltimore, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. For more information, see https://mvlslaw.org/celebrate-pro-bono-2017.

November

11/1/17 – Women’s Law Center – Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony, Delta Hunt Valley, 245 Shawan Road, Hunt Valley, 6:00 p.m. For more information, see www.wlcmd.org/get-involved/fundraising-events/annual-meeting-awards-ceremony.

Governor Appoints Aileen Eskildsen to MLSC Board

May 8th, 2017

Aileen Eskildsen.webMay 8, 2017, Baltimore, MD – Governor Larry Hogan has appointed Aileen M. Eskildsen,  CPA, of Carroll County, Director and Professional Development Coordinator at Ellin and Tucker, to the Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s nine-member Board of Directors.

Ms. Eskildsen oversees the firm’s professional development program to build and retain high quality talent and guides more than 100 staff at all levels to build leaders, foster communication and assist young professionals. She was a principal in the firm’s audit, accounting and consulting department and a leader in the technical standards committee.

She created the giving back committee, which provides community service and donations to over 40 charitable organizations.

She has shared insights on female millennials in the workplace in the Baltimore Business Journal. She is on the advisory boards of Towson University and Loyola University.

Ms. Eskildsen received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Towson University and was named one of the Top 100 Women by the Daily Record.

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 $260 million to help provide services in more than 2.7 million legal matters for Maryland’s families in areas of family, housing, consumer, employment, health care and other civil legal issues impacting basic human needs. ###

MLSC Seeks Nominations for Annual Awards

May 8th, 2017

May 8, 2017 –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 low-income Marylanders. In recognition of outstanding contributions by Maryland individuals and organizations that provide or support justice to low-income Marylanders, MLSC has created five awards to be given annually, as follows:

The Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award, given to an attorney (usually in private practice) who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to increasing access to justice and improving the civil legal services delivery system for low-income Marylanders

The Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award, given to an outstanding public interest lawyer whose career has been dedicated to providing, promoting or managing civil legal services to low-income Marylanders

The Rising Star Award, given 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

The William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award, given to a non-attorney who has demonstrated outstanding service representing the civil legal needs of low-income Marylanders or by expanding access to justice

The Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award, given to an entity or organization that is not regularly engaged in the delivery of civil legal services to low-income Marylanders but has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to increase access to justice

Nominations for the 2017 awards must be submitted to MLSC not later than June 15, 2017. Awards will be presented at an Awards Ceremony in the fall.

For online nomination forms, printable 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.

Governor Appoints Violet Apple to MLSC Board

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 Announces 2016 Legal Services Awards

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. ###

Media Sponsor: The Daily Record

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Governor Appoints New MLSC Board Member

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.