Maryland Legal Aid awarded $911,000 cy pres

A group of consumer advocacy programs shared a $2.4 million court award from leftover funds from a consumer class-action lawsuit–with Maryland Legal Aid taking the lion’s share, the Washington Post reported today.

“Thirteen legal programs in Maryland that help clients facing evictions, wage disputes and other civil cases will share the money, helping buoy programs battered by ongoing public funding cuts and drops in foundation donations,” the article said.

Maryland Legal Aid in Baltimore received the largest amount — $911,000 — which its head, Wilhelm Joseph Jr., said will plug a funding hole linked to the current low interest rates on accounts that historically generate payments for legal aid programs. As rates dropped, so did the interest income on which Wilhelm’s groups and others heavily rely. ‘The great pain for me was watching our money decline just as more people needed our services,’ said [Joseph].”

To read the article, click here.


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