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Yeluri honored by her law school as a “Champion of Justice”

Swapna Yeluri, HPRP’s director of pro bono programs, was one of three “outstanding legal luminaries” honored by the Roger Williams University School of Law as a Champion of Justice. Swapna, a 2007 RWU Law graduate, was recognized for her “impact … Continue reading

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Paving the way for veterans’ discharge upgrades

HPRP volunteer attorney Jim Richardson (center), our go-to expert on veteran discharge upgrades, stopped by the office yesterday to help review discharge upgrade cases before we assign them to pro bono attorneys. Jim is a 12-year veteran of the U.S. … Continue reading

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With his lawyer’s help, a homeless veteran starts “a new beginning”

A homeless Baltimore veteran is now entitled to health care benefits and received an 80-percent, service-connected disability rating, thanks to Swapna Yeluri, his HPRP attorney. The 41-year-old man (who suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome) currently resides in a homeless shelter. … Continue reading

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A disabled woman and her family will get public housing

A disabled and homeless Baltimore woman and her young family were granted a “reasonable accommodation” request with the help of her HPRP lawyer. The story: The Housing Authority of Baltimore City informed the woman that she was not eligible for … Continue reading

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Fasanelli receives Cardin Award from MLSC

HPRP executive director Antonia Fasanelli (left, with Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera) was awarded the Benjamin L. Cardin Distinguished Service Award by the Maryland Legal Services Corp. earlier this week. The Cardin Award is given annually to … Continue reading

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Melissa Loomis joins HPRP

HPRP welcomes Melissa Loomis, who recently joined our staff  as a staff attorney for the One Baltimore for Jobs (1B4J) project. She will be focused on helping clients at Baltimore City job training centers obtain expungement of their criminal records. … Continue reading

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Vote YES on Baltimore City’s Question J!

More than 18,000 signatures were collected to get Question J, which asks voters to amend the Baltimore City Charter to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund, on the Election Day ballot. Let’s make the Trust Fund, a key tool to … Continue reading

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With the help of his pro bono attorney, a veteran gets a tenfold increase in benefits

With HPRP’s help, a veteran who suffered a knee injury while serving in the U.S. Army in the 1980s saw his monthly disability payments increase more than ten times, along with a six-figure retroactive award! “In June 2008, he had … Continue reading

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MD Judiciary: Legal services providers can now link unrepresented litigants to live chat

Services are available Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Lawyers will answer questions about civil District and Circuit Court matters including landlord and tenant, family law (divorce, custody, child support, guardianship, name change), small and large claims, … Continue reading

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Welfare reform turns 20 in Maryland

By Michelle Madaio In October 1996, Maryland adopted new laws for providing cash assistance to families in need (following Congress enacting the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act in August 1996). Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (in Maryland called … Continue reading

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