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2017-2018 MPILP Officers

President: Molly Friedman
Vice President: Julia Kenny & Christina Smearman
Treasurer: Jenn Smith & Daniel Schutrum-Boward
Secretary: Ariel Neumann & Caleen Kufera
Co-Outreach Chairs: Linsey Rennie & Katie Flowers
Alumni Chair: Neda Saghafi
Community Service Chair: Lauren McLarney
Grant Writer: Madeleine Mietus
Summer Grant Coordinator: Lauren Oppenheimer
Booksale Chair: Chelsea Van Orden
At-Large Chair: Sarah Shepson
1L Reps:To Be Determined

MPILP Board Position Descriptions

The following information describes the general responsibilities of MPILP's officers. This information does not capture all the work completed by MPILP's board, including full board collaboration in Auction preparation. The Board meets on average once a month during the school year, but more frequently in the weeks leading up to the Auction in March. All board members have fiduciary duties as officers of a corporation, distinguishing MPILP Board positions from those of student organizations.



Maria Stamidis & Ali Best at
2 MPILP's Co-Presidents are responsible for the overall operation of the organization, and work closely with all members of the board, its faculty advisors, student attorneys, and the Law School Administration. The Presidents work very closely with Vice Presidents on all fundraisers, and are the primary coordinators of the Annual Goods and Services Auction. The Presidents also work carefully with the Treasurers. The Presidents represent MPILP to outside funders, including the Maryland Legal Services Corporation. The Presidents' role, in essence, is to oversee and participate in every aspect of MPILP and be fully informed of all issues that arise within the organization. Key to this role is organization, flexibility, fluency in MPILP's mission, ability to multi-task, and strong communication skills.

Vice President

Linda Morris & Lauren McLarney
2 The primary task of the Vice Presidents is to communicate regularly with the Presidents, participate in goal-setting, organization and event planning meetings, and to each head up one fundraiser (currently Yeungs and Wings and Chili Cook-Off). The Vice Presidents also play critical roles in Auction preparation. It is not unusual for VPs to give reports at board meetings, speak at MPILP general body meetings, and represent MPILP in public gatherings.


Lauren Oppenheimer & Reagan Greenberg
2 MPILP's Secretaries are responsible for taking minutes at MPILP board and general meetings, ensuring that MPILP meetings comply with its by-laws, and helping with other tasks as needed.


Victor Legorreta & Daniel Schutrum-Boward
2 The Treasurers are particularly significant to MPILP as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation. The Treasurers handle MPILP's day-to-day finances, which includes managing MPILP's bank account, processing donations, coordinating the financial aspects of the Auction, preparing financial information for requests for outside funding, and preparing MPILP's tax returns (with assistance from MPILP's student attorney and a CPA). The Treasurers work closely with MPILP's Presidents. Normally, one treasurer manages the tax aspects of MPILP and the other handles more of the day-to-day business operations.

Alumni Chair

Katie Farley
1This position is dedicated to continuing MPILP's relationship with Maryland Law alumni. The Alumni Chair is MPILP's primary liaison with its Board of Advisors, and is involved with alumni-related Auction preparation and publicity. The Alumni Chair works with the Law School's Alumni office.

Community Service Chair

Mylee Sabarre
1This position's primary responsibilities are to organize and facilitate community service opportunities for MPILP members and the larger school community. Past opportunities have included working on buildings with Habitat for Humanity, packaging food baskets at the food bank, and providing food to the homeless with Project Jumpstart. By raising school-wide awareness of the needs of the greater Baltimore area, the Community Service Chairs are able to provide students with a true sense of MPILP's mission.

Summer Grant Coordinator

Hannah Cole-Chu
1The Grants Coordinator is responsible for everything involved with the Summer Grant selection process, including updating the grant application, holding informational sessions, fielding questions from applicants and sponsoring organizations, assisting in the formation of the selection committee, holding the selection meeting, and maintaining a fair and unbiased process. Finally, this position is responsible for ensuring that grant recipients satisfy their volunteer hours to MPILP. This position requires organization and strict confidentiality as the selection process is anonymous.

At Large Chairs

Abbey Beichler & Julia Kenny
2The At-Large Chair is a position that does not have a set of defined tasks. At-Large Chairs are expected to provide extra support for MPILP's activities throughout the year. They are a part of the Auction Committee and play a big part in making sure the auction goes smoothly.

Grant Writer

Jenn Chapman
1The Grant Writer's primary responsibility is to prepare requests for funding on behalf of MPILP. The Grant Writer also regularly represents MPILP to outside funders, including the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, USGA, SBA, and the Cardin Foundation. This position works closely with MPILP's Presidents and Treasurer.

Booksale Chair

Erin Godwin
1The Booksale Chair is in charge of collecting donations of used textbooks for MPILP's booksale, running a booksale at the start and end of each semester, and selling donated books online.

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