Civil Justice, Inc
Cheryl Hystad is the Executive Director of Civil Justice, Inc., non-profit organization that works to increase the delivery of legal services to low and moderate income individuals while promoting a statewide network of solo, small firm and community based lawyers. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law. She started her career as an attorney at Maryland Legal Aid, a statewide legal services program, handling consumer and housing cases. She left Legal Aid to teach in the Civil Clinic at the University of Baltimore School of Law and then entered private practice. She has litigated numerous cases involving predatory lending, mortgage foreclosures, debt collection, automobile repossessions, and bankruptcy.
In 2000, Ms. Hystad helped to found and became the first executive director of the Maryland Consumer Rights Coalition. In that position, she focused on legislative and policy advocacy on a wide range of consumer issues. In 2006, she became the director of advocacy for Maryland Legal Aid. She provided mentoring and support for Legal Aid’s 145 attorneys and directed Legal Aid’s impact advocacy, including litigation, legislative and appellate work.
Ms. Hystad has served on numerous commissions and boards including the Maryland Foreclosure Task Force, The Maryland Home Ownership Preservation Task Force, the Consumer Council of Maryland, the Consumer Federation of America, the Baltimore Homeownership Preservation Coalition, the Maryland Coalition for Financial Literacy, and the Women's Law Center.