Hope Tipton is the Executive Director of the Maryland Legal Services Program (MLSP) for the Department of Human Resources (DHR). MLSP ensures legal representation in the Circuit Courts (state-wide) to children in Child In Need of Assistance (CINA) and Termination of Parental Rights (TPR) cases and disabled adults having adult guardianships pursued against them.
Prior to coming to DHR in January 2013, Ms. Tipton was the founding Director of Project HEAL and an attorney with Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS). Project HEAL (Health, Education, Advocacy and Law) is a partnership with The Johns Hopkins Childrenís Center (Hopkins Childrenís). Established in September 2003, Project HEAL is Marylandís only medical-legal partnership. Project HEAL offers on-site legal services and brief advice for patients at Hopkins Childrenís as well as consultations and advocacy training programs for health care professionals in a clinical setting. Project HEAL is also an award-winning program, receiving the Pro Bono Resource Center: Herbert S. Garten Special Project Award in 2005 and MVLS Special Partnership Award: Special Project of the Year in 2004.
Ms. Tipton has an expertise in family, special education, housing, public benefits, social security, and estate planning law. She has taught Written and Oral Advocacy at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law since January 2008. She also teaches the Judicial Internship Program seminar at the University of Baltimore School of Law and has taught courses to students in the paralegal studies program at Baltimore City Community College. In addition, Ms. Tipton was a senior attorney at the Maryland Disability Law Center (MDLC) in the mental health unit from August 2000-September 2003.
Ms. Tipton is very active in the Bar Association for Baltimore City (BABC) and Baltimore Womenís Bar Association (BWBA). She holds leadership positions in both bar associations and sits on numerous BABC committees. Ms. Tipton was named by the Daily Record as one of Marylandís Leading Women for 2012. She received the Pro Bono Award for Baltimore City/Baltimore County/Carroll County from the Womenís Bar Association and the BABC Presidential Award in 2011.
Ms. Tipton is the former Board President for Main Street Housing (MSH). The mission of MSH is to develop quality, safe, affordable, and permanent housing for individuals with psychiatric disabilities. She was a member of the Board of Directors for MSH from 2006-2011 and instrumental in helping MSH develop housing for individuals with psychiatric disabilities in Baltimore City. Ms. Tipton, in her spare time, also gives back to her community through various services projects with Hopkins Childrenís, University of Maryland and Baltimore Schools of Law, Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), BABC, and local soup kitchens and homeless shelters.
Ms. Tipton received her Juris Doctor from Syracuse University College of Law and is a member of the Maryland State Bar and Supreme Court of the United States Bar.