Celebrate Pro Bono Awards Reception 2013
On Thursday, October 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service will Celebrate Pro Bono by honoring volunteers, student interns, law firms and supporters at our annual recognition reception at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law’s Westminster Hall in Baltimore.
This annual event, held in partnership with the UMD Carey School of Law’s Leadership in Public Service and Maryland Public Interest Law Project, honors those who have made noteworthy contributions to the delivery of pro bono legal services over the past year. The reception also kicks off Maryland’s participation in the American Bar Association’s national Celebrate Pro Bono Week (October 20-26).
Guests will enjoy a catered buffet while networking with peers and listening to remarks from The Honorable Shirley M. Watts of the Maryland Court of Appeals.
Parking and Directions
From Route I-95 (North or South): Take Route. 395 (downtown Baltimore) and exit onto Martin Luther King, Jr., Blvd., staying in the right lane. At the fourth traffic light, turn right onto Baltimore St.; turn left at second traffic light onto Paca St.; turn right into the entrance for the Baltimore Grand Garage (visitor parking). There is also street parking available on Baltimore, Paca, Fayette and Greene Streets surrounding the law school.
Champions of Pro Bono
Friends of Pro Bono
MVLS will present attorney Sherwood R. Wescott, of the Law Offices of Sherwood R. Wescott in Salisbury, with its Volunteer of the Year Award to recognize his outstanding commitment to pro bono. Mr. Wescott has been an MVLS volunteer for five years and has accepted over 30 cases for clients needing legal assistance with domestic violence and home ownership issues. Mr. Wescott is a former police officer, professor and Assistant Public Defender who is deeply committed to his pro bono clients, community, and MVLS.
The attorneys of The Law Office of Grimm & Dorrill LLC in Timonium will be honored with our 2013 Law Firm of the Year Award for their extraordinary commitment to providing pro bono legal services to clients in a wide range of subject matter including family law, unemployment, landlord/tenant, wills, taxes, adult guardianship and consumer debt. Nancy Grimm and Bill Dorrill became MVLS volunteers in 2013 and have already accepted over 40 cases. Clients say Ms. Grimm and Mr. Dorrill provide heartfelt representation and undivided attention to their legal needs.
MVLS will present its Partnership Award to Jason Frank, President of Frank, Frank & Scherr LLC (with locations in Lutherville, Easton and Columbia) and Assistant Baltimore County Attorney for the Baltimore Department of Aging. Mr. Frank will be receiving this award in recognition of his special efforts to help MVLS expand its panel of elder law volunteers. Mr. Frank is a noted leader in the elder law field and generously shares his expertise with the MVLS community by donating his time to teach elder law at MVLS trainings. He also mentors MVLS volunteer lawyers new to this area of law.
MVLS will also recognize J. Allan Cohen of The Cohen Law Firm, A Professional Corporation in Baltimore City, Larry J. Feldman of the Law Offices of Larry J. Feldman, LLC in Baltimore County, Susan J. Klein of Gordon Feinblatt, LLC in Baltimore City and E. Hutchinson Robbins of Miles & Stockbridge, P.C. in Baltimore City, as 2013 recipients of MVLS’ Ten-Year Volunteer Award. This award acknowledges those exceptional volunteers who have accepted as least one case every year for ten consecutive years.