A total of 225 guests came to the American Visionary Arts Museum in Baltimore Oct. 15 as the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) held its annual Celebrate Pro Bono awards program.
The event recognized the accomplishments and dedication by volunteer attorneys and community partners, who deliver life-changing services to Maryland residents who may not have the resources to pay for attorney fees. These volunteers and partners are helping to keep families together, people in their homes and creating new futures for many residents. They are recognized for their dedication to helping the Marylanders and MVLS hopes their stories inspire other attorneys to donate their time and expertise.
Because of the generosity of sponsors and donors, more than $38,500 was raised to support life-changing access to justice for Marylanders in need across the state.
Award winners included Betsy Simon, Z-HAP (Partnership of the Year); Franzella Hayward Starkey (Volunteer of the Year); Anthony May, an associate with Brown, Goldstein & Levy LLP (Young Lawyer of the Year); Leonard Kelly (Community Impact Award); Anthony May, an associate with Brown, Goldstein & Levy LLP (Young Lawyer of the Year); and Matt Vocci, Jane Santoni and Chelsea Ortega, founding members of Santoni, Vocci, & Ortega LLC (Law Firm of the Year).
Bonnie Sullivan, the recently retired executive director of the MVLS was given a Special Recognition Award for her years of service to the organization. In addition, the group also recognized Christopher R. Rahl and James Wiggins as 20-Year Award winners and Stanley Alpert, Alan Bloom, Gary L. Compton, MVLS Board of Directors President Lawrence D. Coppel, Kenneth Davies, Jason Morton and Thomas Mulinazzi with 10-Year Awards.
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