Maryland Legal Aid (MLA) named Frank Vitale acting supervising attorney and Danielle Chappell and Cristen Sargent as acting lead attorney.
Vitale joined MLA as a staff attorney in the Montgomery County office in 2015 where he focuses on housing and consumer issues. He also serves as co-chair of the Housing and Human Rights task forces, and was named MLA’s senior attorney for human rights in 2018. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Massachusetts in 2010. Following a year of service as an AmeriCorps volunteer, Frank received his law degree from Northeastern University School of Law in 2014, where he also interned with MLA’s Human Rights Project while a student.
Chappell has been a staff attorney with MLA for 12 years and has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney. Based in the organization’s Anne Arundel County office, where she practices family law, Chappell has also worked at the MLA-managed Family Law Self-Help Center in the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County. Earlier in her career, she was a staff attorney in MLA’s Baltimore City child advocacy unit.
Before joining MLA in 2018 as a staff attorney in MLA’s Montgomery County office, Sargent was a senior staff attorney at Land of Lincoln Legal Aid in East St. Louis, Illinois and a child advocacy attorney for Voices for Children in St. Louis. She has also worked as an Attorney Advisor with the Social Security Administration and a staff attorney with Farmworker Legal Services of New York. Sargent received her undergraduate degree from Hamilton College and her law degree and graduate degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis.
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