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MVLS honors attorneys at annual Celebrate Pro Bono reception

The Celebrate Pro Bono award winners gather for a group photo during the event at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. (Photo courtesy of MVLS)

The Celebrate Pro Bono award winners gather for a group photo during the event at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore. (Photo courtesy of MVLS)

From left, Catherine Hopkin, Amy Hennen, Jane Santoni, Alex Bertinelli, Matthew Vocci, Chelsea Ortega, Chiara King and Joseph Githuku enjoy their time at the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service Celebrate Pro Bono awards. (Photo courtesy of MVLS)

From left, Catherine Hopkin, Amy Hennen, Jane Santoni, Alex Bertinelli, Matthew Vocci, Chelsea Ortega, Chiara King and Joseph Githuku enjoy their time at the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service Celebrate Pro Bono awards. (Photo courtesy of MVLS)

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service Executive Director Bonnie Sullivan displays a certificate of recognition presented to the group by Baltimore City Solicitor Andre M. Davis on behalf of the citizens of Baltimore during the Celebrate Pro Bono awards event. (Photo courtesy of MSBA)

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service Executive Director Bonnie Sullivan displays a certificate of recognition presented to the group by Baltimore City Solicitor Andre M. Davis on behalf of the citizens of Baltimore during the Celebrate Pro Bono awards event. (Photo courtesy of MSBA)

Dontrice P. Hamilton, Esq., center, was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award for her willingness to support MVLS clients in a variety of legal issues, including tax, expungements, collections, deed changes and family law matters. Joining Hamilton are the Hon. Mary Ellen Barbera, left, chief judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals, and Bonnie Sullivan, executive director of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. (Photo courtesy of MVLS)

Dontrice P. Hamilton, Esq., center, was the recipient of the Volunteer of the Year award for her willingness to support MVLS clients in a variety of legal issues, including tax, expungements, collections, deed changes and family law matters. Joining Hamilton are the Hon. Mary Ellen Barbera, left, chief judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals, and Bonnie Sullivan, executive director of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. (Photo courtesy of MVLS)

Kim Weinert, right, greets some guests at the American Visionary Art Museum before the Celebrate Pro Bono awards event. (Photo courtesy of MVLS)

Kim Weinert, right, greets some guests at the American Visionary Art Museum before the Celebrate Pro Bono awards event. (Photo courtesy of MVLS)

From left, the Hon. Doug Nazarian, a judge on the Court of Special Appeals; Mary Ellen Barbera, chief justice on the Court of Appeals; M. Natalie McSherry, a principal with Kramon & Graham; and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh were in attendance for the Celebrate Pro Bono awards event at the American Visionary Art Museum. (Photo courtesy of MVLS)

From left, the Hon. Doug Nazarian, a judge on the Court of Special Appeals; Mary Ellen Barbera, chief justice on the Court of Appeals; M. Natalie McSherry, a principal with Kramon & Graham; and Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh were in attendance for the Celebrate Pro Bono awards event at the American Visionary Art Museum. (Photo courtesy of MVLS)

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, third from left, poses with members of the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, named Firm of the Year at the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service’s annual Celebrate Pro Bono awards. (Photo courtesy of MSBA)

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, third from left, poses with members of the Maryland Office of the Attorney General, named Firm of the Year at the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service’s annual Celebrate Pro Bono awards. (Photo courtesy of MSBA)

Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service welcomed 260 guests to the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore Oct. 10 for its annual Celebrate Pro Bono awards ceremony.

The awards program recognizes Maryland-based attorneys dedicated to donating their time and resources to help low- and moderate-income Marylanders navigate civil legal challenges.

Baltimore City Solicitor Andre M. Davis presented MVLS, the largest provider of pro bono civil legal services to low-income Marylanders, with a certificate of recognition during the ceremony on behalf of the citizens of Baltimore.

The award underscores MVLS’ and its volunteer attorneys’ commitment to helping Marylanders and the Baltimore City community in a range of civil cases. The Hon. Mary Ellen Barbera, chief judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals, and Attorney General Brian Frosh made remarks on the importance of pro bono services and the positive effect  it has on our communities.

Award winners included Maryland Office of the Attorney General, named Law Firm of the Year for its long-standing support of MVLS and participation in the organization’s bankruptcy bypass and expungement clinics; Dontrice P. Hamilton, Esq. and the Law Office of Dontrice P. Hamilton named Volunteer of the Year for her willingness to support MVLS clients in a variety of legal issues, including tax, expungements, collections, deed changes and family law matters; Thomas J. Minton, Esq. and Goldman & Minton, P.C. awarded Partnership of the Year, for Minton and his firm have been long-time supporters of MVLS and have accepted many consumer cases consistently with MVLS for the past 10 years and he was instrumental in naming MVLS a cy pres recipient of a significant settlement in October 2017; and Christopher N. Moran, Esq. of Venable LLP, chosen as Young Lawyer of the Year for his willingness to support MVLS’ clients by taking 20 cases since he joined the organization’s volunteer panel in January 2016 and being a key volunteer for MVLS’ Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic program.

In addition, the 10-Year Volunteer Award, which acknowledges exceptional volunteers who have accepted at least one case every year for 10 consecutive years, was given to Michael F. Connolly, Esq. of the Law Offices of Michael F. Connolly; Kenneth Davies, Esq., of Wright, Constable & Skeen LLP; University of Baltimore School of Law Saul Ewing Civil Advocacy Clinic; Thomas Mulinazzi, Esq., of the Mulinazzi Law Office LLC; and Marty Voelkel-Hanssen, Esq., of the Law Office of Marty Voelkel-Hanssen.

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