Recent Articles from Joe Surkiewicz
Howard County has an image problem: It’s too affluent — not a place most people associate with rape and domestic violence.
Thousands of people leave Maryland’s prisons each year with little more than $50 and a bus ticket. Where do they go?
Every year, the Maryland Legal Services Corp. recognizes the contributions of the legal professionals who strive to ensure justice for the least fortunate among us. For 2014, the awardees come from the judiciary, legal services providers, and a private law firm.
The Eastern Shore of Maryland consists of nine rural and bucolic counties and is home to less than one percent of the state’s lawyers. Yet the demand for civil legal services to help low-income people is high, especially with the recession and high unemployment.
Michael A. Brown, a principal in Miles & Stockbridge’s manufacturing and distribution practice in Baltimore, would like to change your views about homelessness.
Caught between a rock and a hard place — a growing need for civil legal help and declining resources — the Harford County Bar Foundation is looking to the community for support of its legal referral and reduced-fee programs.
Want to start farming in Baltimore? Don’t laugh — urban agriculture is big. But anyone hoping to start cultivating crops in the city should talk to a lawyer first.
For victims of domestic violence in Southern Maryland, it’s a lifeline. The Southern Maryland Center for Family Advocacy helps and supports victims, almost exclusively women, many of whom have been repeatedly assaulted, raped and emotionally abused by their partners.
If there’s one thing that people who work in civil legal aid know for sure, it’s that they don’t get any respect. It’s not because of what they do by helping clients get justice. It’s just that outside the legal profession, not many people know anything about civil legal aid.