Maryland Legal Aid has named Anais Taboas as its new pro bono program director/supervising attorney, Bobbie Steyer as its new director of advocacy for family law, Chijioke Akamigbo as the new managing director of the Maryland Center for Legal Assistance (MCLA), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Maryland Legal Aid, and Julianne Kelly Tarver as Maryland Legal Aid’s pro bono coordinator.
Taboas worked previously with the Florida Bar Foundation in Miami, where she was the South Florida Pro Bono Program Officer. There, she developed pro bono partnerships with members of the judiciary and private bar, law schools and legal services providers. Prior to that position, she served as a staff attorney and Private Attorney Involvement Coordinator at Florida Rural Legal Services in West Palm Beach and Fort Myers. She also worked as an associate for the law firm of Parrish & Yarnell, P.A. in Naples, FL. Taboas received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Florida International University in Miami and earned a law degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
Steyer served as Chief of MLA’s Intake Services in Baltimore since 2012 and was previously a supervising attorney. She specialized in domestic law first as an associate, then partner, in the Columbia firm of Weinberg, Schwartz, and Steyer. She was an advocate for victims of domestic violence as Legal Advocacy Director at ACCESS-York in Pennsylvania and with the House of Ruth for five years as staff and managing attorney. Steyer received a Bachelor of Arts from Penn State and earned a Juris Doctor from Widener University School of Law.
Akamigbo began at Maryland Legal Aid as a staff attorney in 2014 and was promoted a year later to supervising attorney. Prior to joining Maryland Legal Aid, Chijioke maintained his own law practice in Montgomery County, where he represented homeowner’s associations, small businesses and immigration clients. He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Law and The University of Iowa.
Before transitioning to her current role, Tarver was a staff attorney in MLA’s Baltimore City Domestic Law Unit for three years and in MLA’s Child Advocacy Unit for two years. As the Pro Bono Coordinator, she is responsible for recruiting pro bono attorneys statewide and assigning them pro bono cases.