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Senior Legal Services hosts fundraiser

Now in its twenty-third year, Senior Legal Services — a joint program of the Baltimore Bar Foundation and the Bar Association of Baltimore City — hosted its first fundraising event on May 1 at the Inner Harbor offices of Tydings & Rosenberg LLP.

With a panel of 122 volunteer attorneys and a paid staff of one director, one full-time paralegal and one part-time staff attorney, SLS organized pro bono services to a total of 1,289 low-income elderly clients in the last 12 months, according to the keynote address from CBS Sports broadcaster Scott Garceau. Also on hand for the sports-themed event, “Having a Ball for Seniors,” was former Orioles All Star outfielder Al Bumbry.

John Roberts, center,  accepts his Volunteer of the Year Award from CBS broadcaster Scott Garceau,  left, and Baltimore Bar Foundation President Bob Anbinder. (Tom Bond)

John Roberts, center, accepts his Volunteer of the Year Award from CBS broadcaster Scott Garceau, left, and Baltimore Bar Foundation President Bob Anbinder. (Tom Bond)

Two lawyers were recognized at the event as Volunteers of the Year:

— John Price, of the Law Offices of John H. Price Jr., was honored for nearly a decade’s worth of services, including handling grandparents’ rights and SSI cases, helping out with the annual Law Day for Seniors event, and authoring the Know Your Legal Rights book for seniors.

— John Roberts, a partner at Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, started volunteering in 2012 and has already taken 10 pro bono cases, including one in which he helped a 91-year-old client, who had been financially abused by relative, avoid both foreclosure and bankruptcy and find alternate housing.

Also at the event, SLS announced a new partnership with Exelon and McGuire Woods to conduct all-day estate planning clinics at Baltimore senior centers each quarter.