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MLSC announces 2012 legal services awards

The Maryland Legal Services Corporation announced its 2012 legal services awardees, to be honored at MLSC’s annual awards reception, Celebrating Thirty Years, Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.  at the Radisson Plaza Lord Baltimore Hotel.

Herbert S. Garten will receive the Robert M. Bell Medal for Access to Justice, named for the chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals. Peter A. Holland of the Holland Law Firm will receive the Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award for his significant contributions in the area of consumer law.  The Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award will go to Brenda Bratton Blom, professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and Lisae C. Jordan, acting executive director of Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault. The William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award for a non-attorney who has demonstrated outstanding service representing the rights and legal needs of low-income persons will be presented to John Wheeler, an intake specialist and paralegal at the Maryland Disability Law Center for the past 30 years. The Maryland Office of the Attorney General has been named as this year’s recipient of the Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award for its long-standing leadership in access to justice initiatives.

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 $164 million to help provide services in nearly 2 million legal matters for Maryland’s families in areas of family, housing, consumer, employment, health care and other civil legal matters.

Former MSBA president Herb Garten receives award from bar presidents

Herb Garten (left), James P. Nolan

Herbert S. Garten, a former Maryland State Bar Assoc. president and Legal Services Corp. board member, was honored with the 2011 Fellows Award from the National Conference of Bar Presidents. The award was presented during a luncheon at the recent American Bar Association meeting in Atlanta.
The award recognizes the accomplishments of a past bar president who has demonstrated a continuing commitment to leadership, service, the work of the organized bar and the purposes of the National Conference of Bar Presidents.
Mr. Garten is a past president of the Maryland State Bar Association and a founder of the Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center. He is the president of the Baltimore law firm Fedder and Garten, P.A.

Throughout his legal career of nearly 60 years, Mr. Garten has been a champion of legal services. From 1994 until 2003, Mr. Garten chaired the Maryland Legal Services Corporation. In 2003, he was appointed to the LSC Board of Directors, serving for seven years. He is currently a member of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission, the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents, the Federal Bar Association and the American Judicature Society.