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Author Archives: Joe Surkiewicz

Without filing fees, a grim future for those who need civil legal help

Over the last three decades, Maryland has built one of the most robust, innovative and effective civil legal services systems in the U.S., in large part because of the support and leadership of the Maryland Legal Services Corp. Right now, ...

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UB Law’s Pretrial Justice Clinic tackles mass incarceration

Back in the news is Maryland’s cash bail system, long criticized for unfairness to low-income people stuck in jail waiting for trial while the affluent post bail and go home. Last fall, Maryland’s Attorney General Brian E. Frosh opined that ...

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Heartly House provides legal help to domestic violence victims at critical time

Heartly House is Frederick County’s only program that provides comprehensive services to victims of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. Services include emergency shelter, individual counseling, group counseling, an abuser intervention program, and a 24-hour hotline, which includes crisis ...

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MLSC to honor the best in civil legal aid

Every December, the Maryland Legal Services Corp. honors the best of the best: the folks who dedicate their professional lives to helping low-income citizens with free civil legal aid. They come from a group of professionals who are underpaid, work ...

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MVLS expands its tax clinic

Joe Surkiewicz

Imagine getting a $3,000 bill from the IRS, which insists your income was higher than reported on your tax return. And then think how much worse it would be if you were low-income and not a native English speaker. “A ...

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Joe Surkiewicz: Center focuses on a vulnerable population

  How can pro bono attorneys make a difference in the lives of young patients with neurodevelopmental and other disorders of the brain? For Jennifer Brennan, it was by helping an 11-year-old girl with a major brain injury hospitalized at ...

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