Governer Martin O'Malley(center) with MSBA President Thomas C. Cardaro(right) and
Sharon E. Goldsmith, Executive Director, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland
Volunteer attorney Karl-Henri Gauvin tells of his efforts to help injured Baltimore City Firefighter Stephen Hersl(left) avoid foreclosure.
On October 27, 2009, Governor Martin O’Malley declared the week of October 25-31 as Pro Bono Week in Maryland, at a special press conference where he thanked Maryland volunteer lawyers for their tremendous pro bono efforts to help families battling against the foreclosure crisis. The Governor commended the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, MSBA’s pro bono arm; Ward Coe, head of the Judiciary’s Pro Bono Committee; MSBA President Thomas C. Cardaro; all of MSBA’s volunteer lawyers; and many other leaders in the state’s legal services community.
“Thank you for opening your hearts to help people who otherwise wouldn’t have a chance,” the Governor told the volunteer lawyers. “It is a tribute to you as the people who defend the common good.”
A volunteer attorney, Karl-Henri Gauvin, then shared one of his pro bono stories on helping an injured Baltimore City firefighter fight to keep his home, then the firefighter, Stephen Hersl, thanked Gauvin and all of the attorneys who help through pro bono service. Chief Judge Robert Bell, Maryland Court of Appeals, then declared pro bono week “a celebration of the job volunteer lawyers in Maryland are doing, contributing their time to make life better for people. The challenge is to do more so more families can be helped.” Bell urged all attorneys to volunteer.