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Staff Profile: Kiah Pierre

By Nataly Karimi | December 9, 2021

Where did you grow up, and what brought you to Baltimore/Maryland? I started out in Baltimore City, on the east side in Cedonia, but moved to Harford County when I was seven. I claim Bel Air, Maryland as my hometown, but I couldn’t wait to get out of the suburbs and I followed my family…

Board Profile: Anika Jones, Esq.

By Nataly Karimi | December 8, 2021

I am in-house counsel for Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley is a global financial services firm with over 68,000 employees based in strategic locations around the world. The Firm’s Wealth Management division provides advice to individual investors and institutions alike to help our clients reach their individual financial goals. As an attorney within the Firm’s Global…

Staff Profile: Jennifer Mercer, Esq.

By Nataly Karimi | November 10, 2021

I grew up in Lutherville, Maryland. I was born here and have never lived elsewhere! My Baltimore roots are many generations deep. My Bachelor’s is from UMBC (go Retrievers!), where I majored in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on women’s issues and law. My JD is from the University of Maryland School of Law. I…

Volunteer Profile: David Dirks, Esq.

By Nataly Karimi | October 12, 2021

After graduating from law school some time ago, I decided to take the Maryland bar exam in February 2020.  The COVID-19 pandemic progressed, and we were on lockdown when the results were released – I passed, yet I found myself unsure of how I could transition out of my then-current career into the practice of…

Staff Profile: Thomas Azari

By Nataly Karimi | October 12, 2021

  Where did you grow up?   I grew up in Rockville, Maryland  What brought you to Baltimore?   I came to Baltimore for college, and I’m currently finishing up my undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Where did you go to school and what was your major/focus?   I major in Political Science with a focus on Law and Justice. I am looking to go…

Volunteer Profile: Nancy Hudes, Esq.

By Nataly Karimi | September 9, 2021

ESG Legal Solutions, LLC is a majority woman-owned firm that is owned and operated by attorneys providing experienced law and non-law professional advice in the emergent and all but exploding space of Environmental Social Governance (ESG). I actually pivoted my practice into the ESG space during the pandemic. That is, I started this new practice…

Volunteer Profile: Fina Santa-Maria

By Nataly Karimi | August 10, 2021

I am originally Cuban. My parents took us out of Cuba in 1960, fleeing from the Cuban Revolution and the lack of freedom that resulted from it. I grew up in Puerto Rico, so my first language is Spanish, but I learned English from about the fourth grade and up. I graduated from the University…

Press Release: Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland Among Nine Recipients of Johns Hopkins University Innovation Award to Stabilize Communities in Baltimore

By Nataly Karimi | July 8, 2021

CONTACT: Sharon Goldsmith, Executive Director sgoldsmith@probonomd.org | 443.703.3048        Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland Among Nine Recipients of Johns Hopkins University Innovation Award to Stabilize Communities in Baltimore  BALTIMORE, MD – Last week, the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland was one of nine recipients of the Johns Hopkins University’s Innovation Fund for…

PBRC in the News: Maryland lawyers anticipate eviction surge but uncertainties remain

By Nataly Karimi | July 7, 2021

  Courtroom Advocacy Project (CAP) team members, Director Katherine Davis, Esq., and Staff Attorney Melissa Chiasera, Esq., were quoted in The Daily Record in an article by Eric Neugeboren. The article explains the perspectives of various Maryland legal aid providers on the looming eviction crisis and how they anticipate they will respond in order to…

The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland’s 22nd Annual Partners for Justice Conference Prioritizes Confronting Barriers to Justice Head On

By Nataly Karimi | July 6, 2021

In an unprecedented year, the barriers confronting low-income and marginalized Marylanders have been laid bare. The long-felt ramifications of the COVID-19 health crisis and the protests for racial justice in the wake of George Floyd’s murder have exposed faults in our justice system and left many questioning where true justice lies in the legal system.    The Pro Bono Resource…