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Joan M. Bellistri

Anne Arundel County Public Law Library

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Joan M. Bellistri is the director of the Anne Arundel County Public Law Library in the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. She is a member, and past chair, of the Self Represented Litigation Network Law Librarians’ Working Group; the public member of the Maryland Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Pro Bono Service; a member of the Court Access and Community Relations Committee Self-Represented Sub-committee; a member of the Pro Bono Coordinating Council; and a member, and past chair, of the Anne Arundel County Local Pro Bono Committee. Joan instituted the weekly MVLS sponsored “Lawyer in the Library” program and has partnered with the Anne Arundel County Public Library to offer the program twice a month in two branches. The program is now offered remotely using Anne Arundel County Public Library Zoom rooms. Joan was awarded the Maryland Legal Services Corporation, William L. Marbury Outstanding Advocate Award in 2016; was a Pro Bono resource Center (PBRC) 25th Anniversary Honoree in 2015; received the Maryland Access to Justice Commission Judicial Branch Excellence Award in 2011;  the Maryland Pro Bono Service Herbert S. Garten Pro Bono Special Project Award in 2010; and the Anne Arundel Bar Association President’s Award in 2009. Joan has a B.A. and M.L.S. from the University of Maryland, College Park.

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