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Susan Francis

Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Service

Panelist, Growing Leadership from Within: How to Attract, Retain, and Value Team Members

Susan Francis is the Executive Director of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, which removes barriers to justice through free civil legal help, community engagement, and advocacy for equitable laws.  Susan served as MVLS’ Deputy Director for over five years where she oversaw all aspects of the MVLS’ pro bono programs.  Prior to that, she served as the Foreclosure Prevention Project Manager at MVLS.  Susan is a 2011 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, and prior to being an attorney, she served as a development and communications director in a variety of public interest agencies.  Susan has over 25 years of non-profit experience primarily focused on poverty-related issues.  She serves on the Editorial Advisory Committee of the Maryland Bar Association, the Diversity Committee of the Bar Association of Baltimore City and on the Daily Record Editorial Advisory Board.  She is a member of the Baltimore City Commission on Aging and Retirement Education (CARE).  Susan has received the Legal Excellence Award for Advancement of Advocacy for Justice from the Maryland Bar Foundation, the Judge Robert M. Bell Award from the University of Baltimore Law School, and the Women’s Law Center 50th Anniversary Foundation of the Future Award.

Susan Francis