Nearly 200 people gathered on Dec. 9 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel to celebrate Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s 2019 annual awards reception. MLSC presented awards to five individuals and one organization, recognizing significant contributions to civil legal services and access to justice for low-income Marylanders.
Award winners included Cathy Hollenberg Serrette, an associate judge with the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County (Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award); Nina Shore, chief attorney of Maryland Legal Aid’s midwestern Maryland office (Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award); Amy Hennen, managing attorney for housing and consumer law at Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (Rising Star Award); Ingrid Löfgren, director of the Homeless Youth Initiative with the Homeless Persons Representation Project Inc. (Rising Star Award); Kaori Hirakawa, director of the Charles W. Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center (Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award); and Nora Eidelman, deputy director of Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County (William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award).
MLSC Board Chair M. Natalie McSherry, a principal with Kramon & Graham, and Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera presented the awards.
The mission of MLSC is to ensure low-income Marylanders have access to stable, efficient and effective civil legal assistance through the distribution of funds to nonprofit legal services organizations. MLSC administers the Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts program in Maryland. In fiscal year 2019, MLSC-funded organizations assisted more than 205,000 Marylanders with civil legal issues.
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