Maryland Legal Aid’s Equal Justice Council honored Ballard Spahr last week with the Pacesetter Award at its 17th Annual Recognition Breakfast. The award recognizes the firm’s outstanding leadership and contributions to Maryland Legal Aid.

“This award recognizes our continuing commitment to Legal Aid,” said Jon M. Laria, Managing Partner of the firm’s Baltimore office. “While we view this commitment to be a central responsibility of the profession, we are honored to be recognized for our effort.”

Maryland Legal Aid is a private, nonprofit law firm that offers free legal services to low-income residents. Lawyers and volunteers from its 13 offices handle civil cases involving custody, housing, public benefits, and consumer law. The Equal Justice Council was formed in 1997 by Maryland private attorneys to counsel Maryland Legal Aid and to promote equal access to justice by increasing and diversifying the organization’s resources.

Each year, Ballard Spahr attorneys contribute more than 30,000 hours of pro bono legal services to a range of recipients including nonprofit organizations, low-income individuals, and arts groups. In 2013, lawyers from the Baltimore office devoted 2,258 hours to pro bono service, or 3.88 percent of its total time.

Ballard Spahr’s Baltimore office serves corporate, institutional, and entrepreneurial clients in the areas of business law, commercial litigation, labor and employment, public and project finance, securities, and real estate. Its real estate practice, representing clients locally, regionally, and nationally, is regarded as one of Maryland's best, ranked repeatedly by Chambers USA in the highest tier among Maryland law firms.

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