The School of Law will co-host a Baltimore celebration of pro bono and public service with the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) on October 27 at 6 p.m. The event will honor 31 students participating in the summer Maryland Public Interest Law Project (MPILP), as well as attorneys promoting and providing pro bono legal service to the Maryland community.
The reception will be held in Westminster Hall, registration is required. To RSVP, email Lia Bernstein.
Among the awards to be presented by MVLS includes two School of Law graduates. Senator Ben Cardin '67 will be presented with a special pro bono award and Lawrence D. Coppel '69, a partner at Gordon Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger and Hollander, will receive the leadership award for his work as treasurer of MVLS’ board of directors and for improving services to low-income people in bankruptcy cases. Judge Albert Matricciani '73 of the Court of Special Appeals will deliver a keynote address.
This event is co-sponsored by MVLS as well as the School of Law's Career Development Office, Leadership in Public Service Program, and MPILP. The event is part of the first annual National Pro Bono and Public Service Celebration, a weeklong celebration (October 25-31, 2009) sponsored by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service to honor the difference that pro bono lawyers make throughout the country, justice system, community, and the clients they serve. The week has also been dedicated by the ABA to the quest for more pro bono volunteers to meet the ever-growing legal needs of the nation's most vulnerable citizens.