Louise M. Carwell
Senior attorney for consumer law
Maryland Legal Aid Bureau
Louise M. Carwell has been with the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau for almost 34 years, all of her legal career, because she still looks forward to fighting for her clients in cases related to foreclosure prevention, consumer protection, tax sales, debt collection, and bankruptcy.
“I really enjoy what I do and have great clients who teach me so much,” said Carwell, who earned her law degree in 1984 from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in Cleveland. “I graduated from law school knowing that I wanted to work in a place where I could test myself and use the law in a stimulating and creative way. I am especially pleased when I can open up a host of solutions for a client who thought they had just one choice.”
Shortly after starting her career, Carwell worked with two other attorneys on a consumer class-action case that she calls one of her proudest accomplishments. The case was against a furniture and appliance store that sold to low-income residents and charged exorbitant interest rates. The settlement — which cost the store about $1 million — either returned money or gave a credit to the 6,400 people the lawyers were representing. The store eventually closed.
Carwell is also a founding member of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition, whose legislative work has led to changes in foreclosure, credit, collections, debt settlement, and banking for seniors. She is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and the University of Baltimore School of Law, and is recognized as a leading consumer advocate in Maryland.
Carwell is the senior attorney in the Legal Aid Baltimore City Housing/Consumer Law Unit. In addition to representing low-income clients, she trains the less experienced legal staff in her office.
I work on many issues with a new, younger group of employees who bring fresh ideas to the table. We are constantly looking for new ways to improve the rights of all people, and that makes my work exciting.”