The Maryland Legal Services Corporation, which supports providing civil legal assistance to low-income Maryland residents, honored UM Carey Law professors Brenda Bratton Blom and Peter Holland December 3 at its annual award ceremony.
Bratton Blom received the Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes outstanding public interest attorneys who provide, promote or manage civil legal services. She is an instructor in the law school’s Community Justice Clinic, which works with community-based organizations, schools, the courts, prosecutors and defenders to reduce violence and reclaim communities in crisis. She shared the award with Lisae C. Jordan, acting executive director of the Maryland Coalition Against Sexual Assault.
Holland ‘92, visiting professor and principal of the Holland Law Firm, received the Arthur W. Machen, Jr. Award for his significant contributions to consumer law. The award honors an attorney, usually in private practice, who renders extraordinary service by providing civil legal services to the poor or improving the service delivery system to them. Holland handles cases of on mortgage fraud, predatory lending, foreclosure rescue scams and debt collection harassment. His peers voted him a “Maryland Super Lawyer” in the field of consumer law in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
Established 30 years ago by the General Assembly, the Maryland Legal Services Corporation has made grants totaling over $164 million to help provide services in nearly two million legal matters for Maryland families.