I've been a board member for 3 years. In that time, I've consistently been impressed by the CLC; its mission, its leadership and its phenomenal staff are all equal components in its consistent success. The highlight of my year is our annual city-wide bus tour of representative clients. Again and again, I'm blown away by how much CLC has helped community groups throughout Baltimore be it a greening project or the abatement of a nuisance. I'm proud to be a small part of such a worthwhile organization.
I am an attorney in private practice who takes cases from the CLC on a pro bono basis. I am proud to work with such a great organization to provide much needed legal services to community associations.
The Community Law Center recently helped a neighborhood organization in Baltimore City to reclaim an abandoned city park and to secure follow -through of promised funding for a basketball court and playground equipment. Neighborhood residents strongly supported the project and are delighted. Community Law Center delivers significant legal help to many area non-profits in a very cost effective way.
The Community Law Center provides a unique service in the Baltimore region. The Community Law Center represents organizationals (not individuals) on a reduced fee or pro bono basis, providing legal services on a wide range of legal issues through its staff attorneys and through a large network of volunteer attorneys. As the Board Chair, I am well positioned to evaluate how the organization is run and believe it to be extremely efficient. Money donated to the Community Law Center is well spent and will directly impact the organization's programs and help its clients.
Community Law Center provides legal assistance to non-profit community organizations throughout Maryland. The passion and commitment of Community Law Center staff and its clients turns houses into homes, empty lots into gardens and playgrounds and addresses into communities.
The Book Thing was able to move from renting a 950 sf. basement to buying a 7000 sf. warehouse. What would've cost days of research and thousands of dollars ended up costing $100(?) and a few hours. The CLC lets nonprofits better fulfill their missions by providing the expertise that so few grassroots organizations have.
I am a retired attorney. For 40 years I represented persons and organizations that could not afford to employ an attorney. I have known the Community Law Center from its creation by Anne Blumenberg almost 30 years ago. It was and is unique; representing organizations rather than individuals. The CLC led the battle against drugs and liquor outlets in poor neighborhoods, CLC marshaled forces to restrict advertising of alcohol in residential neighborhoods, CLC led the battle in courts and the legislature to remove lead paint from homes and created the now nationally renowned Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning. Most recently the CLC helped to create an ngo to aid juvenile offenders for whom I am an advisory board member. Their publications taught the novice executive director and board members how to form and govern an ngo. I have been involved with the CLC as a board member, as a mentor of new attorneys and as a client. It is a very good law office with excellent administration and very good lawyers. Lawyers want to work at and with the CLC. It has no trouble recruiting accomplished attorneys in private practice to accept cases without charging a fee. The CLC is a respected voice in the community, the City Council and the State Legislature. Anne Blumenberg has retired. Kristine Dunkerton has succeeded her. The staff and board have increased and strengthened.
I am a fourth generation Baltimorean, and I know that Community Law Center's contributions to my City over the past 25 years have been vital to every community revitalization effort in that time. I have worked at the Community Law Center for the past six years, and am amazed at the dedication of the staff attorneys to the communities they serve. Every neighborhood needs the services Community Law Center provides!
As an annual donor to Community Law Center, I have been impressed to witness the positive impact they have on Baltimore's neighborhoods as well as nonprofits all over Maryland. On many occasions, if it were not for Community Law Center, neighborhoods would be unrepresented and not have the support necessary to follow through with the improvements and initiatives they have undertaken. It is so important for communities to have a strong advocate in Community Law Center, especially when other private and governmental resources are abandoning those that need it most.