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MLSC hosts 2019 annual awards reception

The 2019 honorees gather for a group photo during the Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s 2019 annual awards reception. Seated, from left, Cathy Hollenberg Serrette, 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). Standing, Amy Hennen, managing attorney for housing and consumer law at Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (Rising Star Award); Hans Löfgren, accepting on behalf of Ingrid Löfgren (Rising Star Award); Kaori Hirakawa, director of the Charles W. Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center (Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award); Mary Ellen Barbera, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, who presented the awards; and Nora Eidelman, deputy director of Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County (William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award). (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

The 2019 honorees gather for a group photo during the Maryland Legal Services Corporation’s 2019 annual awards reception. Seated, from left, Cathy Hollenberg Serrette, 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). Standing, Amy Hennen, managing attorney for housing and consumer law at Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (Rising Star Award); Hans Löfgren, accepting on behalf of Ingrid Löfgren (Rising Star Award); Kaori Hirakawa, director of the Charles W. Gilchrist Immigrant Resource Center (Herbert S. Garten Public Citizen Award); Mary Ellen Barbera, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, who presented the awards; and Nora Eidelman, deputy director of Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County (William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award). (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

From left, Herbert Garten, an attorney with Fedder and Garten Professional Association and former MLSC board chair, gets a photo with Kramon & Graham associates Marysia Pomorski, Megan Micco and Louis Malick and Natalie McSherry, far right, a principal with Kramon & Graham and MLSC board chair. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

From left, Herbert Garten, an attorney with Fedder and Garten Professional Association and former MLSC board chair, gets a photo with Kramon & Graham associates Marysia Pomorski, Megan Micco and Louis Malick and Natalie McSherry, far right, a principal with Kramon & Graham and MLSC board chair. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

From left, House of Ruth colleagues attorney Brandy Cannon, paralegal Shanel Hodge and attorney Mary Cox, enjoy their time at the MLSC’s 2019 annual awards reception. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

From left, House of Ruth colleagues attorney Brandy Cannon, paralegal Shanel Hodge and attorney Mary Cox, enjoy their time at the MLSC’s 2019 annual awards reception. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

John Nethercut, left, executive director of the Public Justice Center, poses for a photo with colleagues Dena Robinson, Francis D. Murnaghan Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellow, and Kathleen Elliott, director of development. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

John Nethercut, left, executive director of the Public Justice Center, poses for a photo with colleagues Dena Robinson, Francis D. Murnaghan Jr. Appellate Advocacy Fellow, and Kathleen Elliott, director of development. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

From left, Mark Scurti, associate judge with the District Court for Baltimore City and an MLSC board member; Mary Ellen Barbera, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals; and Sharon Goldsmith, executive director of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, pose for a photo. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

From left, Mark Scurti, associate judge with the District Court for Baltimore City and an MLSC board member; Mary Ellen Barbera, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals; and Sharon Goldsmith, executive director of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, pose for a photo. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

From left, Victor Velazquez, executive director of the Maryland State Bar Association; John Morrissey, chief judge of the District Court of Maryland; and Donald Tobin, dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, attended the MLSC’s 2019 annual awards reception. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

From left, Victor Velazquez, executive director of the Maryland State Bar Association; John Morrissey, chief judge of the District Court of Maryland; and Donald Tobin, dean of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, attended the MLSC’s 2019 annual awards reception. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

Sidney Butcher, left, associate judge with the District Court for Anne Arundel County and an MLSC board member, enjoys some time with Dana Williams, a partner with Heisler, Williams, & Lazzaro LLC and president of the Maryland State Bar Association. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

Sidney Butcher, left, associate judge with the District Court for Anne Arundel County and an MLSC board member, enjoys some time with Dana Williams, a partner with Heisler, Williams, & Lazzaro LLC and president of the Maryland State Bar Association. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

Cathy Hollenberg Serrette, center, associate judge with the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, poses for a photo with , Karen Murphy Jensen, left, retired judge with the Circuit Court for Caroline County, and Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr., executive director of Maryland Legal Aid. Serrette was given the Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award at the event. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

Cathy Hollenberg Serrette, center, associate judge with the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, poses for a photo with , Karen Murphy Jensen, left, retired judge with the Circuit Court for Caroline County, and Wilhelm H. Joseph Jr., executive director of Maryland Legal Aid. Serrette was given the Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award at the event. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

From left, Michelle Siri, executive director of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland; Jennifer Vido, executive director of the Harford County Bar Foundation; and Susan Francis, executive director of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, pose for a photo. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

From left, Michelle Siri, executive director of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland; Jennifer Vido, executive director of the Harford County Bar Foundation; and Susan Francis, executive director of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, pose for a photo. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

A crowd of nearly 200 guests listens to one of the speakers during the 2019 MLSC annual awards reception Dec. 9 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

A crowd of nearly 200 guests listens to one of the speakers during the 2019 MLSC annual awards reception Dec. 9 at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. (Photo by Guill Photo Inc.)

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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