JustAdvice®, a UM Carey Law program that provides low-cost legal services to clients with moderate incomes, received Meritorious Recognition from the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, which administers the national Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access.
The annual award will be presented at the ABA’s Midyear Meeting on February 8 in Dallas. “The Brown Award recognizes programs and projects that employ innovative means to enable affordable access to legal services for those of moderate income, who do not qualify for legal aid yet lack the discretionary funds to pay the traditional costs of legal services,” according to an ABA spokesperson.
JustAdvice, just one of two organizations to receive Meritorious Recognition, was founded in 2010 and provides its clients advice on a variety of legal issues. With all services provided for a fee of just $10, the program has served more than 1,800 individuals in Baltimore and the lower eastern shore of Maryland.
The program also provides referrals to students and faculty at other University of Maryland Baltimore schools, including the schools of social work, medicine and pharmacy—an interdisciplinary approach that provides wrap around services to Maryland residents facing problems involving family law, housing, criminal, employment, insurance, elder law, tax, civil, and Social Security.
“The University of Maryland Carey School of Law is committed to serving Baltimore and other Maryland residents. JustAdvice is an excellent example of how we provide real solutions to people throughout the state,” said Dean Phoebe Haddon.
“I am delighted that this inter-professional program is being recognized nationally,” added adjunct faculty member Leigh Maddox, who oversees the JustAdvice program. “The dedicated volunteer attorneys and the tireless group of students who run JustAdvice are to be commended on achieving this honor.”