Monthly Archives: July 2012

Free services for homeless and at-risk for homelessness

On Thursday, Aug. 2,  Baltimore Project Homeless Connect is offering free services to the homeless and people at risk for homelessness at M&T Bank Stadium. The free event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Services offered include obtaining ID and birth certificates, resume and job assistance, basic health care, legal advice, food stamps, community resources, personal well-being, and housing information. A free box lunch will be provided.

For more information, call 410/895-1563 or email


Pro bono solo donates his fee award

Towson solo attorney Danial V. Schmitt donated $3,000 to three civil legal programs–money from attorney fees he’d received in the settlement of a landlord/tenant dispute he’d handled pro bono.

Ann Lembo, chief attorney in Maryland Legal Aid’s Baltimore County office, said this was the first time a lawyer donated attorneys’ fees back to the organization in a pro bono case,” the Daily Record reported today. The other organizations getting donations are the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service and the Maryland Disability Law Center.

“This is the first [donation back], and we are very happy,” Lembo said. “We are just really surprised Dan did that and donated the funds to us as well as a couple other legal organizations. And he got a great result for the client, too.”

Schmitt represented a woman in a case against her landlord, the article continued. A sewage backup in the house she was renting damaged her clothing, personal possessions and electronics. She filed suit initially on her own, seeking $5,800 for property damage and failure to return her security deposit.

“It was just such an outrageous situation,” Lembo said. “We thought she needed help, and we would have loved to be able to help her, but we are just swamped with calls.”

“Dan always does a great job for his clients,” Lembo added. “He always treats them with the utmost respect. In this case, he really went above and beyond for a pro bono client. We are really happy to have his help.”

To read the article (behind a pay wall), click here.

Weinberg Foundation staff picks Legal Aid for grant

A staff member at the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation selected Maryland Legal Aid as a recipient of a $10,000 grant, The Baltimore Sun reported earlier this week. It’s one of a unique block of grants that turns 16 eligible Weinberg employees into grant makers by allowing them to give $10,000 to the nonprofit of their choice.

Marci Hunn, program director for workforce redevelopment, has worked five years for the Owings Mills-based foundation, which annually provides millions in grants to nonprofits that serve the economically disadvantaged,” the article said. “This marks the fourth year she has been eligible for the give-away program and her enthusiasm has not waned, she said.

“‘I am thrilled by it each time,'” Hunn said.

“In the past, she has chosen nonprofits that deal with jobs training. But this year, the mother of a newborn and a pre-schooler looked for an organization that assists children. She chose Maryland Legal Aid and asked that her grant be directed to Donna’s Place at the agency’s Baltimore city location. The space provides the agency’s youngest clients, who most often are in foster care, with toys, computers, books, puzzles, paper and crayons and other things to help them relax and learn, according to its website. For several weeks in the summer, staff devote three mornings to reading to the children and creating a craft project.

“‘We can choose any group within our guidelines,’ Hunn said. ‘When I looked around, I found so many gaps for children in foster care and really wanted to do something for them. Small things can really make a difference for these children. Donna’s Place is a sweet opportunity for these kids and gives them a respite from worry.'”

To read the article, click here.

Legal Aid’s Wilhelm Joseph tapped as a “Most Admired CEO” by Daily Record

Legal Aid Executive Director Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr.

Maryland Legal Aid executive director Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr. was selected by The Daily Record as a Most Admired CEO in the nonprofit, over $10 million revenue category. The inaugural event will take place Sept. 13, beginning at 5:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the Inner Harbor.

Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs will honor 30 men and women who were nominated by their colleagues and associates. The nominees were evaluated in terms of leadership and vision, competitiveness and service, community leadership and service, financial performance and growth and corporate leadership and board service.

Nominees were broken down into six categories: private companies with 150 or more employees, private companies with 51 to 149 employees, private companies with 50 or fewer employees, public companies, nonprofits with more than $10 million in annual revenue and nonprofits with less than $10 million in annual revenue.

“The Daily Record is proud to add Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs to our list of prestigious events,” said Suzanne E. Fischer-Huettner, publisher of The Daily Record. “We think it is especially important that the people being honored are not only successful in every way but are also admired within their organizations for what they do.”

Tickets may be purchased at or by calling 443-524-8100 or by emailing Tickets are $75 plus tax until Sept. 6. After that date they are $79 plus tax.

Click here to visit the Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs event page.

Legal advice is free in Hagerstown today

HAGERSTOWN, Md. – Legal advice at a price all families can afford? It’s free! Maryland Legal Aid is holding a Pro Bono Day in Hagerstown today, where volunteer attorneys will provide answers and guidance on legal issues ranging from business law to child custody to Social Security disability.

Katie Cox is a paralegal who will attend the event. She says many problems can be solved without going to court.

“A lot of times, people need some information about whether they even have a claim. Some things can be resolved in mediation. We’re actually going to have a mediation service there.”

Cox says demand has been highest lately for family law. About one-third of 148 people who showed up at a similar event in Frederick earlier this week asked questions about divorce and domestic issues. Today’s offering is the first time Legal Aid has done a Pro Bono Day in Washington County.

Maryland Legal Aid takes cases based on issue area and income level, focusing on people in the greatest need. Even middle-income families may find it difficult to afford professional legal services, however. Cox says sorting out the details can help.

“This is a good starting step for a lot of people. You can come, get some advice, figure out what direction you need to head in, and you’ll also be able to get some other resources.”

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service will also be on hand to connect people with private attorneys who offer free services.

Registration is not required. Pro Bono Day is scheduled between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. at the Department of Social Services, 122 N. Potomac St. Cox advises bringing related documents along.

To hear an audio version of this Public News Service story, click here.

Legal Aid hosts Pro Bono Day in Hagerstown July 19

Maryland Legal Aid’s Midwestern Maryland office will host a Pro Bono Day on July 19, the Hagerstown Herald-Mail reported this week.

“From 4 to 8 p.m., volunteer attorneys will be at the Department of Social Services, 122 N. Potomac St., to provide answers and advice on issues including family law, landlord-tenant disputes, foreclosures, business law, Social Security disability and other topics, said Katie Cox, a paralegal with Midwestern Maryland office of the Legal Aid Bureau Inc.,” the article said.

“There is no charge to attend and no registration is required.

“Pro bono is short for the Latin ‘pro bono publicus,’ or ‘for the public good,’ according to Black’s Law Dictionary. It often refers to work done by attorneys on a volunteer basis.

“’I’ve seen the greatest need is for family law,’ said Cox, a category that can include divorce, domestic relationships, child support and child custody. However, with a lackluster economy, Cox said many low-income individuals and families are also in need of advice on debt collection, bankruptcy and foreclosure, she said.”

To read the entire article, click here.

Free legal clinic in Frederick

Pro Bono Day–a free legal clinic–will be held  Monday, July 9, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Midwestern Maryland office of Maryland Legal Aid in Frederick.

Volunteer attorneys will be on hand to provide individual  free consultations in  the areas of family law, landlord/tenant, wills & advance directives, bankruptcy, workers compensation, foreclosures, business law, employment, real estate, Social Security disability, consumer, immigration, criminal expungements, government benefits, and serious traffic and MVA issues.

The event is sponsored by the Bar Association of Frederick County in partnership with Legal Aid.

There is no charge to attend and registration is not required. Bring any relevant documents with you.  For more information call 301-694-7414.

Location: Maryland Legal Aid, Inc.
22 South Market Street, Suite 11
Frederick , Maryland 21701