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Law movers – 7/9/12: Ivey chair of MLSC

Ivey chair of MLSC

Glenn F. Ivey

The Maryland Legal Services Corp. has elected Glenn F. Ivey, a partner at Venable LLP and former state’s attorney for Prince George’s County, as chair. He succeeds F. Vernon Boozer, who served as MLSC chair for nine years. As chief prosecutor for Prince George’s County, Ivey created specialty prosecution units targeting domestic violence, gangs, gun violence and economic crime and launched intervention and prevention programs aimed at reducing youth crime. He has served as chairman of the Maryland Public Service Commission, assistant U.S. attorney in the Department of Justice and is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. The Maryland Legal Services Corp. was established by the General Assembly in 1982 to receive and distribute funds to nonprofit organizations that provide civil legal assistance to low-income persons. MLSC has made grants totaling more than $164 million to help provide services in nearly 2 million legal matters in areas of family, housing, consumer, employment, health care and other civil legal matters.

Glenn F. Ivey

Education:Princeton University, Harvard Law School.

Resides in: Cheverly.

What are the biggest challenges facing MLSC? “Securing adequate funding to enable Maryland’s legal aid providers to best serve the increasing number of Marylanders needing civil legal assistance.”

How does MLSC make its biggest impact? “By funding a network of high-quality programs that help low-income Marylanders faced with issues impacting basic human needs.”

Recent vacation: Paris.

Favorite book: “Home” (Toni Morrison).

Favorite quotation: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” (Martin Luther King Jr.)


Mary V. Murphy, deputy state’s attorney in Howard County, has been elected president of the Howard County Bar Association. Murphy is a veteran prosecutor in the circuit court division where she has prosecuted felony cases from homicides and child abuse to narcotics and property crimes. In 2008, she was appointed deputy state’s attorney. From 1997 to 2008, Murphy supervised a felony prosecution team consisting of four attorneys and an investigator. She has been associated with the State’s Attorney’s Office since 1991, when she was hired as an assistant state’s attorney. She is the past president of the Litigation Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association and was elected secretary of the Criminal Law Section Council of the MSBA.

Harriet E. Cooperman, co-chair of Saul Ewing LLP’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Practice and chair of its Employment Litigation Practice, has been named one of the 100 Most Powerful Employment Lawyers in the United States by Lawdragon and Human Resources Executive. This is the third consecutive year that Cooperman has been named to the list, titled “The Guide to World-Class Employment Lawyers.” Cooperman represents businesses, associations and governmental entities in a wide variety of labor and employment law matters. She is vice chair of the State Higher Education Labor Relations Board, and has been a member of the board since its inception in 2001. Cooperman is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers.

Pessin Katz Law P.A. in Towson has hired two attorneys, Aidan F. Smith and Kambon Williams. They are joining the firm’s Litigation Group.

Smith graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Before joining Pessin Katz, Williams was a New York state prosecutor and Appellate Court attorney.

Karen Ellsworth, an attorney with Columbia’s Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett and Scherr LLP, has joined the board of the United Seniors of Maryland Education Foundation. The foundation promotes the well-being of Maryland seniors through education, dissemination of information about state legislation and demonstration projects.

William E. Carlson, president of Baltimore’s Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler and head of the firm’s Business Department, has been elected chair of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Section of Business Law.