Civil Legal Aid in Maryland – The Facts

Five common myths about civil legal aid is debunked.

Op-Ed (Maryland)

Bonnie Sullivan
Baltimore Times
July 1, 2015
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Tags: Access to Justice, Benefits of Legal Aid, Benefits of Legal Aid: Economic, Pro Bono

Organizations mentioned/involved: Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS)


This sentiment remains true today in Maryland, as the income gap between rich and poor continues to grow ever wider. Without a doubt, civil legal aid is needed now more than ever. We can speak about the need for more civil legal services for Maryland’s low-income residents, but the real underlying need is for people to be educated on what civil legal aid can do to help address fundamental legal issues most of us will face in a lifetime.

Marylanders – at all income levels and in all professions – need a better understanding of what civil legal aid does, who it helps and why there’s such a significant need in our state.

A key to education is debunking common misconceptions. Here are five common myths our organization – Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) – often hears.