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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2013
Honorably discharged decades ago, a former Marine was living in a Baltimore homeless shelter, surviving with the help of $255 a month for a disability he suffered while in the service. Then he met Rochelle Richardson. Richardson, an attorney who works with the Homeless Persons Representation Project to provide indigent veterans free legal counsel, learned that the man had an outstanding claim for post-traumatic stress disorder. Richardson untangled his claim and submitted others for other unreported disabilities the former Marine sustained while he was in the corps.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | July 21, 2013
Honorably discharged decades ago, a former Marine was living in a Baltimore homeless shelter, surviving with the help of $255 a month for a disability he suffered while in the service. Then he met Rochelle Richardson. Richardson, an attorney who works with the Homeless Persons Representation Project to provide indigent veterans free legal counsel, learned that the man had an outstanding claim for post-traumatic stress disorder. Richardson untangled his claim and submitted others for other unreported disabilities the former Marine sustained while he was in the corps.
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | May 3, 2000
The Maryland Department of Human Resources will offer more than 10,000 Baltimore families the opportunity to challenge the reduction or termination of their welfare benefits this month after a lawsuit contended they were not adequately informed of their appeal rights. The class action suit was filed in March against the state agency and the city Department of Social Services, claiming the agencies had effectively denied the appeal rights of thousands of families taken off welfare rolls.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
Volunteer lawyers will provide free legal advice to the public on June 1 in Baltimore. The Pro Bono Day will held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Maryland Legal Aid offices, 500 E. Lexington St. No appointments are necessary. The lawyers will meet one-on-one with individuals for brief consultations on a variety of issues, including housing, government benefits, expungement, bankruptcy, consumer debt, wills, divorce and child support. Individuals are asked to bring relevant documents.
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May 10, 2013
Whether you are pro-choice or anti-choice, the fact remains that if a woman wants to terminate a pregnancy, she will find a way to do it ("After Gosnell, Md. should rethink late-term abortion," May 8). Filthy, unethical "clinics," such as the one run by Dr. Kermit Gosnell, are becoming more commonplace, unfortunately, as local legislatures continue to pass laws that make running a legal clinic just about impossible. That, coupled with so-called "prayer groups" harassing clinics and threats to the doctors' lives and lives of their families are making even early abortions hard to get and resulting in desperate women turning to places like Dr. Gosnell's.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | December 28, 1995
Seven Northwestern High School seniors are learning the intricacies of real estate law in an effort to take back vacant housing in their community from absentee owners.Each Wednesday this school year, the students -- most of them members of Mary Otho's first period social studies elective in criminal and civil law -- are excused from classes and instead spend 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the legal clinic, studying the law and learning how to use property records.This month, the students took their map of vacant properties in Northwest Baltimore to the Park-Reist Corridor Coalition, a citizens group.
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By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2003
The Baltimore County Police Department has started the formidable clerical task of tracking down 480 cases worked on by a former police chemist who has come under fire for her 1983 testimony against Bernard Webster, a Baltimore man whose rape conviction was recently overturned because of DNA evidence. Police officials said they want to evaluate whether Concepcion Bacasnot's work as a chemist - which a renowned legal clinic has criticized - was a problem in other cases besides Webster's.
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February 10, 1993
This is the text of Judith A. Wolfer's testimony before the Senate Executive Nominations Committee Monday evening.Good afternoon, Chairman Wagner, and members of the Senate Executive Nominations Committee. My name is Judith Wolfer and I am a partner in the law firm of Vecchia & Wolfer, located in Takoma Park, Maryland. I am here today to testify in opposition to the confirmation of Del. John Arnick to the Baltimore County District Court. As a result of certain interactions and conversations with Mr. Arnick during last year's legislative session, I am of the conviction that Mr. Arnick lacks proper judicial temperament to serve in a judicial capacity.
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2013
Volunteer lawyers will provide free legal advice to the public on June 1 in Baltimore. The Pro Bono Day will held between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Maryland Legal Aid offices, 500 E. Lexington St. No appointments are necessary. The lawyers will meet one-on-one with individuals for brief consultations on a variety of issues, including housing, government benefits, expungement, bankruptcy, consumer debt, wills, divorce and child support. Individuals are asked to bring relevant documents.
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By Sumathi Reddy and Sumathi Reddy,Sun reporter | January 14, 2008
After coming to terms with her transgender status, Wendy Moretz spent more than a year representing herself in a custody battle over her son during a divorce. Legal services would have helped her tremendously, the 37-year-old Baltimore County resident said. "If I had the services back when I first transitioned and [had] known where to go to find a lawyer that would have been willing to really fight for me, that would have helped tremendously," Moretz said. A group of Maryland lawyers and advocates is raising funds for the FreeState Law Project, an effort to start a law clinic that would provide direct legal services to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Marylanders.
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May 10, 2013
Whether you are pro-choice or anti-choice, the fact remains that if a woman wants to terminate a pregnancy, she will find a way to do it ("After Gosnell, Md. should rethink late-term abortion," May 8). Filthy, unethical "clinics," such as the one run by Dr. Kermit Gosnell, are becoming more commonplace, unfortunately, as local legislatures continue to pass laws that make running a legal clinic just about impossible. That, coupled with so-called "prayer groups" harassing clinics and threats to the doctors' lives and lives of their families are making even early abortions hard to get and resulting in desperate women turning to places like Dr. Gosnell's.
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By Sumathi Reddy and Sumathi Reddy,Sun reporter | January 14, 2008
After coming to terms with her transgender status, Wendy Moretz spent more than a year representing herself in a custody battle over her son during a divorce. Legal services would have helped her tremendously, the 37-year-old Baltimore County resident said. "If I had the services back when I first transitioned and [had] known where to go to find a lawyer that would have been willing to really fight for me, that would have helped tremendously," Moretz said. A group of Maryland lawyers and advocates is raising funds for the FreeState Law Project, an effort to start a law clinic that would provide direct legal services to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Marylanders.
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December 18, 2005
The Bureau of Aging will sponsor legal aid walk-in clinics for seniors in need of legal advice. The next clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the bureau, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster. Information: 410-386-3800. Seniors in Action announces trips Seniors in Action Recreation Council has announced coming trips that are open to everyone. A deposit is required. Travel insurance is available. Trips not filled 30 days before the scheduled date will be canceled and deposits returned.
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By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2003
The Baltimore County Police Department has started the formidable clerical task of tracking down 480 cases worked on by a former police chemist who has come under fire for her 1983 testimony against Bernard Webster, a Baltimore man whose rape conviction was recently overturned because of DNA evidence. Police officials said they want to evaluate whether Concepcion Bacasnot's work as a chemist - which a renowned legal clinic has criticized - was a problem in other cases besides Webster's.
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By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | February 22, 2003
A prominent legal clinic for the wrongfully imprisoned is calling for an audit of hundreds of Baltimore County Police Department cases, contending that a former forensic scientist's erroneous testimony during a 1983 rape trial raises doubts about any conviction in which she played a role. Nina Morrison, director of the New-York based Innocence Project, said chemist Concepcion Bacasnot's testimony against Bernard Webster, the Baltimore man recently exonerated by DNA evidence, was "at the very least, suggestive of gross incompetence, and at worst, deliberate fraud."
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | May 3, 2000
The Maryland Department of Human Resources will offer more than 10,000 Baltimore families the opportunity to challenge the reduction or termination of their welfare benefits this month after a lawsuit contended they were not adequately informed of their appeal rights. The class action suit was filed in March against the state agency and the city Department of Social Services, claiming the agencies had effectively denied the appeal rights of thousands of families taken off welfare rolls.
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December 18, 2005
The Bureau of Aging will sponsor legal aid walk-in clinics for seniors in need of legal advice. The next clinic will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the bureau, 125 Stoner Ave., Westminster. Information: 410-386-3800. Seniors in Action announces trips Seniors in Action Recreation Council has announced coming trips that are open to everyone. A deposit is required. Travel insurance is available. Trips not filled 30 days before the scheduled date will be canceled and deposits returned.
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By Stephanie Hanes and Stephanie Hanes,SUN STAFF | February 22, 2003
A prominent legal clinic for the wrongfully imprisoned is calling for an audit of hundreds of Baltimore County Police Department cases, contending that a former forensic scientist's erroneous testimony during a 1983 rape trial raises doubts about any conviction in which she played a role. Nina Morrison, director of the New-York based Innocence Project, said chemist Concepcion Bacasnot's testimony against Bernard Webster, the Baltimore man recently exonerated by DNA evidence, was "at the very least, suggestive of gross incompetence, and at worst, deliberate fraud."
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By Kate Shatzkin and Kate Shatzkin,SUN STAFF | September 24, 1999
State officials will offer two months of free health benefits to thousands of former welfare recipients who might have been inappropriately denied Medicaid when they stopped getting government checks.Beginning next month, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will send medical assistance cards to 60,000 people whose Medicaid and welfare cases have been closed. The cards, good for November and December, will be accompanied by simplified forms aimed at getting low-income people to apply for Medicaid.
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By Joe Mathews and Joe Mathews,SUN STAFF | December 28, 1995
Seven Northwestern High School seniors are learning the intricacies of real estate law in an effort to take back vacant housing in their community from absentee owners.Each Wednesday this school year, the students -- most of them members of Mary Otho's first period social studies elective in criminal and civil law -- are excused from classes and instead spend 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the legal clinic, studying the law and learning how to use property records.This month, the students took their map of vacant properties in Northwest Baltimore to the Park-Reist Corridor Coalition, a citizens group.
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