Monthly Archives: September 2011

Belafonte preaches to the choir at Legal Aid’s 100th gala

Entertainer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte

From Maryland Legal Aid board member Erek Barron, Esq., in the Daily Record:

“The Maryland Legal Aid Bureau celebrated its centennial anniversary Saturday night in Baltimore and keynote speaker Harry Belafonte struck a beautiful chord. Both Belafonte and Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm Joseph actually sang together on stage,” Barron wrote in the “Generation J.D.” blog.

“Belafonte entertained the crowd but also offered serious sentiments stemming from his experience as an international human rights activist,” Barron continued. “The message was right on time for an organization reenergized around a human rights framework.

“Belafonte acknowledged that he was ‘preaching to the choir.’ But he quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, saying, “it’s important that you preach to the choir because if you don’t they could stop singing,” Barron wrote.

To read the entire post, click here.

(From left to right, Pamela and Harry Belafonte, Taria and Erek Barron.)


Baltimore Sun: A Busy 100th for Legal Aid

The lead story in the business section of today’s Baltimore Sun focuses on Maryland Legal Aid on its centenary.

“As Marylanders lose jobs, homes and savings, they are turning in record numbers to the state’s largest provider of legal services to the poor,” wrote reporter Andrea Seigel. “The Maryland Legal Aid Bureau, which celebrates its 100th anniversary this month, enters its second century with a growing caseload involving the newly needy.”

“They are coming out of the woodwork,” said Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr., the agency’s executive director. “You have people who are formerly middle class and for the first time in their lives, they have lost their jobs.”

To read the article, click here.

Legal Aid scores at top court on centenary eve

Maryland Legal Aid scored a win for low-income Marylanders at the Court of Appeals on the eve of its 100th birthday (celebrated at a gala in Baltimore Saturday night).

The top court held that the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development must give state residents a full contested case hearing before revoking their federal low-income housing vouchers, the Daily Record reported.

“We’re real happy about the decision,” said Maryland Legal Aid lawyer Robert McCaig, the chief attorney of the Lower Shore office in Salisbury. “Hopefully this is going to help a lot of low-income people who really need to have a disciplined and fair hearing.”

Friday’s decision arose from the case of Tonya Walker v. Department of Housing and Community Development in the Wicomico County Circuit Court.  McCaig represented Walker in her fight against the revocation of her housing voucher.

To read the article, click here.

Harry Belafonte headlines Legal Aid centennial event

Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte, the featured guest at Legal Aid’s Centennial Celebration on September 24, is as well known for his activism and pursuit of social justice as he is for his acting and musical talent. His album “Calypso” made him the first artist in history to sell more than a million LPs. He won a Tony award for his Broadway debut in “John Murray Anderson Almanac” and an Emmy for “An Evening with Belafonte,” in which he was also the first black producer in television. He was also awarded the National Medal for the Arts by President Bill Clinton.

The Centennial Celebration is at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Also featured is internationally renowned artist Josee Nadeau, who will be painting live on stage during the event.

Marc Steiner interviews Wilhelm Joseph

Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr.

Yesterday’s Marc Steiner Show featured a segment on Maryland Legal Aid’s upcoming centenary celebration with executive director Wilhelm Joseph, University of Baltimore law professor Jose’ Anderson (author of an upcoming history of Legal Aid) and Ned Bamberger III from M&T Bank (the centenary event’s lead sponsor).

To listen to the podcast, click here.


Legal Aid’s Centennial Celebration

Hot off the press: A 32-page supplement in today’s Daily Record about Maryland Legal Aid’s 100th anniversary celebration this Saturday night at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott Hotel. The magazine includes a brief history of Legal Aid and the list of 100 Champions of Human Rights and Justice who will be honored at the event.

The featured speaker is entertainer and human rights activist Harry Belafonte, along with internationally renowned artist Josee Nadeau, who will be painting live on stage during the evening. To purchase tickets, click here. To view the supplement, click here.

Internationally renowned artist Josee Nadeau in Baltimore for Legal Aid’s 100th celebration

Artist Josee Nadeau

Josée Nadeau is an internationally renowned artist, whose impressionistic style and larger-than-life paintings grace the homes of many avid art lovers and collectors, including celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Clint Eastwood, Frances Fisher, Pierce Brosnan, David Hyde Pierce and many more.

Nadeau is donating her time and talents to Maryland Legal Aid, the state’s largest provider of free legal services to the poor, abused children and the elderly, at its centenary celebration Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Baltimore Waterfront Marriott. Nadeau created a painting to commemorate Legal Aid’s 100th  anniversary, which be unveiled by Gov. Martin O’Malley and entertainer/activist Harry Belafonte at the event. Additionally, Nadeau will be reunited with Belafonte (she painted with him at a previous event) and will be painting live on stage while he delivers remarks on human rights.

The Montreal-born Nadeau has been published in more than 25 countries. She has enjoyed sold-out gallery shows and regularly participates in art exhibitions. One of her pieces, The Bull, was featured at the entrance to New York Art Expo in 2010. Nadeau also contributes to charitable events around the world. At benefits in Montreal and on Broadway in New York she has painted to the accompaniment of live orchestras. These performances have included honoring Harry Belafonte and HRH Crown Princess Katherine of Serbia, among many others. The defining period of her career came during her 10 years in Paris and Giverny, where she had a permanent studio on the grounds of Monet’s Gardens, the personal estate of French Impressionist artist Claude Monet. Nadeau was the guest artist and protégé of the Curator- in-Chief, Gerald Van der Kemp, the French art expert who saved the Mona Lisa from destruction by the Nazis, and later masterminded the restoration of Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles and then Monet’s Gardens.

Nadeau’s unique blending of music, motion and art began when George Harrison, the lead guitarist for The Beatles, sang to her for four hours at the home of Guy Laliberté, the founder of Cirque du Soleil, saying she was his muse that night. From that night music became an important part of her work.

For more about Nadeau, go to her website.