Pro Bono Group

Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Project

Date: 
Mon, 10/05/2015 - 8:00am - 4:30pm

What: Foreclosure Mediation Brief Advice Project -  A program that provides free brief legal consultations for homeowners facing foreclosure who do not have legal representation.
Sponsored by:
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), Civil Justice, with support from the       Department of Housing and Community Development

Where: Office of Administrative Hearings, Administrative Law Building, 11101 Gilroy Road, Hunt Valley, MD 21031 (Individuals are served on a first come first serve basis)
For more information contact Lonni Summers at 443-459-9037 or
lsummers@mvlslaw.org or visit the website at http://mvlslaw.org/get-legal-help/get-legal-advice/. 

Location
Location Name: 
Office of Administrative Hearings, Administrative Law Building
Address1: 
11101 Gilroy Rd.
City: 
Hunt Valley
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21031
Sponsor: 
MVLS, Civil Justice, Department of Housing and Community Development

Immigration Legal Services Open House

Date: 
Wed, 10/28/2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

ILS is growing!  The Young Lawyers Section invites you to enjoy refreshments, see what's new, and learn about volunteering opportunities.
Sponsored by: Esperanza Center Immigration Legal Services, MSBA Young Lawyers Section

Location
Location Name: 
Esperanza Center Immigration Legal Services
Address1: 
430 S. Broadway St
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MARYLAND
Zip: 
21231
Contact
Name: 
Adonia Simpson
Phone: 
4438253445
Sponsor: 
Esperanza Center Immigration Legal Services, MSBA Young Lawyers Section

Juvenile Expungements and Sealing Training

Date: 
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 9:30am - 1:00pm

What: Juvenile Expungements and Sealing Training - A new law came into effect last fall that permits juvenile expungements in certain circumstances. This training will provide the basics on how to proceed with requests for juvenile expungements and record sealing.
Sponsored by: Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, Office of the Public Defender

Where: Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS)
201 N. Charles Street, Suite 1400 Baltimore, MD 21201
For more information contact Susan Francis at (443)248-1560 or sfrancis@mvlslaw.org.
Register online by clicking on this link - https://mvlslaw.org/oct-2-juvenile-expungements-and-sealing/

Location
Location Name: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Address1: 
201 N. Charles St
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MARYLAND
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Susan Francis
Phone: 
443-248-1560
Sponsor: 
MVLS,

Senior Legal Services all-day estate planning clinic

Date: 
Thu, 10/01/2015 - 9:00am - 3:30pm

All-day estate planning clinic for low-income Baltimore seniors age 60+.
For more information contact Jacqueline Jones at 410-396-5278 or jjones@baltimorebar.org. Or visit Senior Legal Services Website - www.baltimoreseniorlegalservices.org
To register to have a Will or Advance Medical Directive drafted by an attorney at no charge, seniors should call SLS at 410-396-5278.

Location
Location Name: 
Keswick Multi-Care
Address1: 
700 W. 40th Street
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MARYLAND
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Jacqueline Jones
Phone: 
410-396-5278
Sponsor: 
Senior Legal Services, Bar Association of Baltimore City, Exelon, and, McGuire Woods, LLP

Free Brief Legal Advice for Nonprofits

Date: 
Sat, 10/03/2015 - 9:00am - 4:00pm

What: Free Brief Legal Advice for Nonprofits - University of Baltimore School of Law’s Community Development Clinic and Community Law Center are pleased to present free legal consultations and advice for nonprofits at our fall 2015 brief advice event.


Sponsored by: University of Baltimore School of Law Community Development Clinic, and Community Law Center

For more call (410.837.5653) or email communitylaw@ubalt.edu to schedule a 45-minute appointment. Walk-ins are welcome, but we cannot guarantee assistance without an appointment. Register here: http://communitylaw.org/Free+Brief+Legal+Advice+for+Nonprofits.

Location
Location Name: 
University of Baltimore Angelos Law Center
Address1: 
r, 1401 N. Charles St.
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Phone: 
410.837.5653
Sponsor: 
Community Law Center, University of Baltimore School of Law Community Development Clinic

Breaking Barriers 2015

Date: 
Thu, 09/24/2015 - 5:30pm - 9:00pm

On Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC) will hold its signature community event, Breaking Barriers. This year, our central theme will be the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Breaking Barriers celebrates the achievements of individuals and organizations engaged in the struggle for the legal rights of people with disabilities, while highlighting the work that lies ahead. In recognition and celebration of the ADA’s 25th anniversary, we will screen Independent Lens’ outstanding documentary “Lives Worth Living” chronicling key events leading to the passage of the ADA. A revered leader of the disability rights movement who features prominently in the film given her contributions to the ADA and other achievements, Judith Heumann, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights at the U.S. State Department, will be present to accept MDLC’s “Lorraine Sheehan Lifetime Achievement Award.” Congressman Steny Hoyer who was instrumental to passing this landmark civil rights law will accept the Public Policy Award, Sidley Austin LLP will receive the Legal Advocate Award, and the Grassroots Advocate Award will be dedicated to the late MDLC attorney Gayle Hafner and presented to Thomas Hicks of Helping Other People through Empowerment (HOPE).

Breaking Barriers brings together people from the disability, legal, nonprofit and business communities from across the state. This event will be held at the University of Baltimore’s modern, accessible Wright Theater and Bogomolny Room, conveniently located at Mount Royal and Maryland Avenues in Baltimore. Our event tickets will be reasonably priced to attract a broad audience and include scrumptious food and drink.

For more info, visit: http://www.mdlclaw.org/news-events/breaking-barriers.
For tickets, see: http://breakingbarriers2015.brownpapertickets.com.

Location
Location Name: 
University of Baltimore Student Center
Address1: 
21 West Mount Royal Avenue
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Contact
Name: 
Virginia Knowlton Marcus or Lea Gilmore
Phone: 
410-727-6352
Sponsor: 
Maryland Disabilty Law Center

PRO BONO CLINIC -- BALTIMORE COUNTY

Date: 
Sat, 10/24/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Sponsor: 
Baltimore County Bar Association Pro Bono Committee, Maryland Legal Aid, MVLS

For-Profit Educator Will Pay the U.S. $13 Million to Settle Fraud Claims

Department of Justice

Office of Public Affairs


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

For-Profit Education Company to Pay $13 Million to Resolve Several Cases Alleging Submission of False Claims for Federal Student Aid

Settlement Resolves Allegations and Administrative Claims Involving Schools in Five States

Education Affiliates (EA), a for-profit education company based in White Marsh, Maryland, has agreed to pay $13 million to the United States to resolve allegations that it violated the False Claims Act by submitting false claims to the Department of Education for federal student aid for students enrolled in its programs.  EA operates 50 campuses in the United States under various trade names, including All State Career, Fortis Institute, Fortis College, Tri-State Business Institute Inc., Technical Career Institute Inc., Capps College Inc., Driveco CDL Learning Center, Denver School of Nursing and Saint Paul’s School of Nursing, which provide post-secondary education training programs in several professions in the states of Alabama, Florida, Maryland, Ohio and Texas. 

“Today’s settlement is an excellent example of cooperation among multiple offices of the federal government to achieve a result that protects federal student aid funding and the interests of individual students,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Benjamin C. Mizer, head of the Justice Department’s Civil Division.  “Schools have an obligation to live up to their commitment to the government and their students when they accept federal student aid funds.”

The government alleged that employees at EA’s All State Career campus in Baltimore altered admissions test results so as to admit unqualified students, created false or fraudulent high school diplomas and falsified students’ federal aid applications, and that multiple EA schools referred prospective students to “diploma mills” to obtain invalid online high school diplomas.  These allegations also led to criminal convictions of two All State Careers admission representatives, Barry Sugarman and Jesse Moore, and a test proctor, Jacqueline Caldwell. 

“Students who apply for federal financial aid to attend trade and professional schools are required to show that they have the necessary skills to complete the educational program and work in the field,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein of the District of Maryland.  “This settlement resolves the government's allegations that Education Affiliates defrauded the government by changing students' test scores and enrolling students with invalid diploma mill high school ‘diplomas’ ordered online.”

“The various cases that were settled here include numerous allegations of predatory conduct that victimized students and bilked taxpayers,” said Under Secretary Ted Mitchell of the U.S. Department of Education.  “In particular, the settlement provides for repayment of $1.9 million in liabilities ordered by Secretary of Education Arne Duncan that resulted from EA awarding federal financial aid to students at its Fortis-Miami campus based on invalid high school credentials issued by a diploma mill.  Secretary Duncan made clear that such abusive behavior would not be tolerated, and we will continue to work with the Justice Department and other federal agencies to ensure that postsecondary institutions face consequences when they violate the law.”

The settlement agreement also resolves allegations related to EA schools in Birmingham, Alabama, Houston and Cincinnati, including violations of the ban on incentive compensation for enrollment personnel, misrepresentations of graduation and job placement rates, alteration of attendance records and enrollment of unqualified students. 

“Using fake high school diplomas is a particularly insidious abuse of the federal student aid system,” said Inspector General Kathleen Tighe of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General (OIG).  “Students received only a worthless piece of paper.”  Tighe commended the efforts of OIG staff and Department of Justice attorneys, whose outstanding investigative work led to this significant settlement.

The settlement resolves five lawsuits filed under the whistleblower provisions of the False Claims Act, which permit private citizens to sue on behalf of the United States and share in the recovery.  As part of this resolution, the five whistleblowers will receive payments totaling approximately $1.8 million.    

The settlements were the result of a coordinated effort by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices of the District of Maryland, the Southern District of Texas, the Northern District of Alabama, Southern District of Ohio and the Middle District of Tennessee, as well as the Civil Division’s Commercial Litigation Branch, and the Department of Education and its OIG.     

The cases are captioned United States ex rel. Roman v. All State Career, Inc. and Education Affiliates, Inc., Civil Case No. JKB-10-1730 (D.Md.); United States ex rel. Thomas v. Education Affiliates, Inc., Civil Case No. JKB-14-332 (D.Md.); United States ex rel. Andrews v. Education Affiliates, Inc., et al., Civil Case No. H-13-2366 (S.D. Tex.); United States ex rel. Atkins, et al. v. Fortis Institute and Education Affiliates, LLC, Civil Case No. CV-14-1107-S (N.D. Ala.); and United States ex rel. McArthur, Gruff & Associates LLC v. Education Affiliates, Inc., Civil Case No. 1:14-CV-977 (S.D. Oh.).  The False Claims Act claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability. 

AS A RESULT: Some of our clients may be eligible for: 

1) False certification relief.  Apparently this school falsely certified non-h.s. graduates through fake diploma mills, and most students had no idea this was illegal.  NYLAG just filed a false cert. application on behalf of similar students.  This is a big issue, and the Dep’t has so far stated that it will not grant false cert. discharges to these students under current regs. because there is no longer any ability-to-benefit program for student loans. 

2) Defense-to-repayment claims.  These students may benefit from the new procedures that the Special Master is working on.  You might be able to help these students through clinics or by representing them, once these procedures are out.

Thanks Donna Bernstein for passing this on ...

Replevin Question

This is somewhat obscure (at least for Legal Aid practice) but I have a replevin question.  Defendant has some personal property and plaintiff claims ownership.  Plaintiff won at the show cause hearing.  The judge set bond.  Plaintiff can't pay it and filed a motion to waive, which was denied.  Neither party asked for a merits trial.  There has been no action for 13 months.  Defendant doesn't want to ask for a trial because she might lose at trial and she has the property.  Defendant hesitates to file a motion to dismiss for lack of prosecution because when the plaintiff receives it she might suddenly be moved to ask for a trial.  Question:  Does the plaintiff have to take action to keep the case alive?  Does the show cause hearing judge's order last forever?  For 12 years like any other judgment?

Identifying Immigration Relief While Interviewing an Unaccompanied Child

Date: 
Tue, 07/28/2015 - 1:30pm - 4:00pm

IMMIGRATION LAW TRAINING

LIVE TRAINING

IDENTIFYING IMMIGRATION RELIEF WHILE INTERVIEWING AN UNACCOMPANIED CHILD

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

This short-term pro bono training opportunity is great for attorneys licensed in any state who want the chance to connect with the unaccompanied children immigrant community. Spanish-speaking students and professionals who can provide interpreting services are also welcome to attend.

UAC 7.28

IDENTIFYING IMMIGRATION RELIEF WHILE INTERVIEWING AN UNACCOMPANIED CHILD
Co-sponsored by: Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), Catholic Charities of Baltimore – Immigration Legal Services Esperanza Center, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, and the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 | 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM
The Learning Commons, 1415 Maryland Avenue, Room 201, Baltimore, MD 21201
*Attendees must agree to participate in the Brief Advice Clinic in Baltimore Immigration Court during two separate dockets within 1 year of training.
*CLICK HERE to register online!

Location
Location Name: 
The Learning Commons
Address1: 
1415 Maryland Ave.
Address2: 
Room 201
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Cate
Phone: 
Hulme
Sponsor: 
Kids In Need of Defense (KIND), Catholic Charities of Baltimore – Immigration Legal Services Esperanza Center, Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition, and the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
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LGBTQ LEGAL ISSUES: FAMILY LAW & DISCRIMINATION

Date: 
Fri, 07/10/2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

LGBTQ Law

LIVE TRAINING

LGBTQ Legal Issues: Family Law & Discrimination

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINELGBTQ Law 6.20.15


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

Location
Location Name: 
The Meeting Room at Kahler Hall
Address1: 
5440 Old Tucker Row
City: 
Columbia
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21044
Contact
Name: 
Kiah Pierre
Phone: 
4108370379
Sponsor: 
Free State Legal, LGBT Bar Association, Pro Bono Resource Center of MD
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MARYLAND TENANT/LANDLORD LAW

Date: 
Wed, 06/24/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

Tenant/Landlord Law

LIVE TRAINING

Maryland Tenant/Landlord Law

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

TenantLandlord 6.24.15

Co-sponsored by: Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc. (BNI), Waldman, Grossfeld, Appel & Baer, P.A., and the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
University of Baltimore School of Law, 1401 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
*Attendees must submit a $25 non-refundable fee and agree to edit and update sections of BNI’s State and Local Guide by October 31, 2015.
*CLICK HERE to register online

Location
Location Name: 
University of Baltimore School of Law
Address1: 
1401 N. Charles St.
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Kiah Pierre
Phone: 
443-703-3046
Sponsor: 
Baltimore Neighborhoods Inc., Pro Bono Resource Center, Waldman, Grossfeld, Appel & Baer,P.A.

New Pro Bono Program From the SSA

A new pro bono program seeks volunteers to act as representative payees.  A flyer is attached.  For more information, go to http://www.socialsecurity.gov/payee/probonopilot.htm.

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Immediate Job Opening for Community Outreach Coordinator

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

Baltimore, Maryland

Community Outreach Coordinator

 

Immediate opening for a Community Outreach Coordinator at Maryland Volunteer Lawyer’s Service (MVLS). The Community Outreach Coordinator works closely with the Deputy Director and program staff to represent MVLS in the communities we serve across Maryland and to expand public awareness of the free legal services our volunteer lawyers provide.  The Community Outreach Coordinator’s responsibilities include working closely with MVLS management, staff and volunteers to increase the organization’s visibility, to promote and build relationships within the communities we serve and to expand the reach of our programs to underserved communities.  The Community Outreach Coordinator also will plan, coordinate and attend outreach events with a focus on targeting individuals who are eligible for services through the MVLS Foreclosure Prevention and Consumer Protection Project. The Community Outreach Coordinator reports to the Deputy Director, but is expected to also work closely with program, development and communications staff.

 

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS), founded in 1981, is the oldest and largest volunteer legal services organization in Maryland.  The mission of MVLS is to provide quality civil legal services to Marylanders of limited means. 

 

Job Description:

-        Responsible for planning and executing comprehensive outreach activities to support MVLS pro bono programs in coordination with MVLS program staff

-        Build on existing relationships and forge new ones with nonprofits, civic groups, businesses, the faith community, block clubs and other organizations and individuals

-        Manage relationships with program directors and communication personnel from legal services organizations and housing counseling agencies to coordinate outreach efforts

-        Plan innovative community education and engagement activities to stimulate program involvement in targeted communities

-        Identify new communities and partners for outreach efforts and develop and implement an outreach plan to engage those identified

-        With the MVLS senior staff, support media events to promote the core pro bono program

-        Attends various outreach events, regional fairs and conferences to promote MVLS programs

-        Assist in design, creation and distribution of MVLS program and project information to the public, including public libraries, courts, nonprofits, government agencies and other legal services providers

-        Assist staff in updating the organization’s website and social media regularly with information about outreach events, program announcements and news surrounding the program

 

 

Job Skills:

-        Excellent written and oral communication skills essential

-        Ability to draft clear written content for use on the program website, social media and print materials

-        Able to confidently speak to and communicate with diverse audiences

-        Excellent computer, data entry, and organization skills

-        Must be detail oriented and able to manage organization and distribution of a variety of outreach materials

-        Team player able to work with staff, volunteer lawyers and community partners

-        Comfortable working with diverse populations in a variety of settings

-        Client-centered customer service skills are essential to success in this position 

-        Experience organizing outreach and educational campaigns

-        Spanish language skills a plus

 

Abilities:

-        Maintain effective working relationships with non-profit and corporate business partners, the public and other agencies

-        Communicate effectively

-        Plan, schedule and organize multiple priorities and a high volume of work

-        Routine statewide travel required, though primarily in Central Maryland

-        Some evening and weekend hours required

 

Education and Experience:

-        Bachelor’s degree from accredited college or university

-        One to three year’s experience in the design and implementation of public outreach program or related experience

-        Proficient in Microsoft Office suite of software programs

-        Demonstrated commitment to underserved communities/experience with nonprofits and/or legal services is a strong plus

-        Experience with social media campaigns and website updates is a plus

Compensation:

Mid-$30,000s

How to Apply:

Please email resume, cover letter, salary requirements, and at least 3 professional references to mvls@mvlslaw.org. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. No telephone calls, please.

Post Judgment Collections Training for Attorneys

Date: 
Thu, 06/25/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

This training will focus on helping consumers collect on judgments, like security deposits, and helping consumers defend against collection. Topics include wage garnishments, bank garnishments, defenses and best practices. There is no fee to attend but each participant will be asked to accept one post judgment case from Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service over the next year.

Register Online

Location
Location Name: 
University of Baltimore School of Law
Address1: 
1401 N. Charles Street, Room Al102
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Lonni Summers
Phone: 
(443) 451-4064
Sponsor: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
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Untangling Titles: Navigating Title Transfers, Deed Issues, and Estate Administration

Date: 
Tue, 06/23/2015 - 9:00am - 4:30pm

Training will cover the following:

  • The probate process
  • Drafting a simple deed
  • Dealing with fraudulent deeds
  • Lease purchase agreements
  • Quiet title auctions

More information and register online

Location
Location Name: 
University of Baltimore School of Law
Address1: 
1401 N. Charles Street, Room Al102
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Margaret Henn
Phone: 
mhenn@probonomd.org
Sponsor: 
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

The Intersection of Family Law and Bankruptcy Training for Attorneys

Date: 
Thu, 06/18/2015 - 9:00am - 12:00pm

This training will bring together a family law practitioner and a skilled bankruptcy attorney to discuss the intersection between these two areas of law. Topics will include bankruptcy 101, property and other asset issues when your client or adverse party files bankruptcy, adverse proceedings – what are they and how do they overlap with the family court matter, drafting settlement agreements to protect your client’s best interests, and post judgment matters including enforcing settlement agreements or court orders.

This training is free, but requires the acceptance of one MVLS Chapter 7 bankruptcy or family law case within a year of the training. Attorneys can choose which legal area they prefer to accept the case.

Register Online

Location
Location Name: 
University of Baltimore School of Law
Address1: 
1401 N. Charles Street, Room Al102
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
Maryland
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Susan Francis
Phone: 
(443) 451-4084
Sponsor: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
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Tax Controversy Training for Attorneys

Date: 
Fri, 06/05/2015 - 9:00am - 1:00pm

The course will be taught by experienced tax attorneys, Gerald Kelly and Cheri Wendt-Taczak; IRS Local Taxpayer Advocate, James Leith; and Assistant Manager-Hearings and Appeals, Comptroller of Maryland, Jay Maschas. While the training will cover handling tax cases generally, the focus of this session will be on the mechanics of advocating for the taxpayer who is battling with tax collection issues.

 

There is no fee to attend but each participant will be asked to accept one tax controversy case over the next year. See www.mvlslaw.org/litcfy15 to register online.

Location
Location Name: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
Address1: 
201 N Charles Street
Address2: 
Suite 1400
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Cheri Wendt-Taczak
Phone: 
443-451-4061
Sponsor: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
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Celebrate Pro Bono

Date: 
Tue, 10/20/2015 - 6:00pm

Volunteer Awards Ceremony jointly sponsored by MVLS and Leadership in Public Service, University of Maryland Carey School of Law and Maryland Public Interest Law Project

Location
Location Name: 
Westminster Hall
City: 
Baltimore
State: 
MD
Zip: 
21201
Contact
Name: 
Stephanie Austin
Phone: 
443-451-4065
Sponsor: 
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and UMD Carey School of Law
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