Maryland Legal Aid

Founded 1911. Statewide, private, nonprofit law firm providing free civil legal services to low-income people statewide. Serves Baltimore City and Maryland’s 23 counties from 13 offices.
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Primary geographic focus: Maryland
Organization type(s): Provider
Acronym or short name: Legal Aid
Lists: LSC

Maryland Legal Aid is a private, non-profit law firm providing free legal services to low-income people statewide. We serve Baltimore City and Maryland’s 23 counties from 13 offices. Support for our services come from federal, state and local governments, foundations, law firms, the United Way, and from private donors.

Our firm handles civil (not criminal) cases, involving a wide range of issues, including custody, housing, public benefits, and consumer law. Many of our local offices represent children in CINA (Child in Need of Assistance) proceedings. Other vulnerable populations, such as senior citizens, migrant and seasonal farm workers, and nursing home and assisted living residents, also receive specialized representation.

We provide a variety of services including representation before federal and state trial and appellate courts, brief advice and counsel, and referrals to other sources of assistance. Maryland Legal Aid‘s mission is to provide high quality legal services to the State’s poor through a mix of services and to bring about the changes poor people want in the systems that affect them.


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Lawmakers seek legal aid for tenants facing eviction in Baltimore

Doug Donovan
Baltimore Sun
July 3, 2017
Del. Sandy Rosenberg and Baltimore City Councilman Robert Stokes, both Democrats, hope their efforts can generate momentum for an issue that has stalled in Maryland while gaining traction across the nation.

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Baltimore May Join Cities Supporting Low-Income Tenants in Eviction Cases

Jared Brey
July 21, 2017
The fund, which would need to be approved by voters as well as city council, is intended to give tenants a better chance of prevailing in eviction proceedings.

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Working out of the library, Maryland Legal Aid helps people grapple with issues only a lawyer can fix

Yvonne Wenger
Baltimore Sun
November 16, 2017
At the Lawyer in the Library clinic, a Legal Aid attorney helped Burns scrub his record of six charges and three traffic tickets. Now he has a new job with a fitness program.


3 Thoughts About Closing The Justice Gap

David Lat
Above the Law
July 18, 2018
Addressing this crisis requires cooperation and collaboration.

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Attorneys: Social Services again illegally keeping Baltimore foster children overnight in offices

Tim Prudente
Baltimore Sun
September 4, 2018
State law requires foster children sleep in a licensed facility, but the agency’s offices are not licensed. Such a sleeping arrangement is forbidden by the 1988 consent decree that resulted from the ongoing class-action lawsuit brought on behalf of the children.

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Advocates In Baltimore Help Expunge Arrests That Didn’t Lead To Charges

Mary Rose Madden
National Public Radio (NPR)
November 21, 2016
For years, thousands of people were arrested in Baltimore on charges that were dismissed when brought to court. But their records remained tainted with the arrests.

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Legal Aid: Despite errors in complaints, landlords win rent cases

Jean Marbella
Baltimore Sun
September 20, 2016
Landlords in the state have won cases in rent court despite failing to properly document claims, serve legal notice on tenants or prove that they are licensed to rent properties, according to a study released Tuesday by Maryland Legal Aid.


Poultry processing, a thankless job

Minor Sinclair
Baltimore Sun
February 9, 2016
A recent survey of over 60 poultry workers at several plants in the Delmarva region, conducted by Maryland Legal Aid and others, gives a gloom look into the poultry industry.

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New mobile app improves access to justice in Maryland

WMAR (ABC, Baltimore)
December 9, 2015
The Maryland Judiciary unveiled a new free mobile app designed to improve access to justice.

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Legal aid offers Lawyer in Library Program in west Baltimore

Lisa Robinson
WBAL-TV (NBC, Baltimore)
October 1, 2015
A program between the local library and civil legal aid offers offers legal support from divorces to expungements.

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