The Maryland Public Interest Law Project, Inc. (MPILP) is a 501(c)(3) student-run non-profit providing summer funding for students to work in unpaid public interest internships. 2023 is our 35th year supporting University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law students. We are proud of MPILP grant recipients' dedication to serving at-risk and needy communities through public interest legal work.

Our general goals are to educate students about the numerous opportunities to practice public interest law, to reinforce their commitment to the rewarding field of public interest law, and to encourage the pro bono efforts of law firms.

MPILP's primary activity is administering summer grants to students working in public service legal positions. MPILP encourages students to build experience in non-profit legal agencies serving communities that are underserved and underrepresented.These grants are made possible through the generosity of the Maryland Legal Service Corporation (MLSC), and the donations we receive from our fundraising events and campaigns including our Annual Goods and Services Auction.

In 2023, MPILP administered a total of $160,000 in summer grants to 29 University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law students who completed 10,000 hours of public interest legal work.

For more information please contact:

Maryland Public Interest Law Project
500 West Baltimore Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-706-8393

2023-2024 Executive Board

Co-Presidents: Gus Glazov (3L) and Becca Wells (3L)
Co-Vice Presidents: Cate Wilkins (3L) and Sami Semiatin (2L)
Treasurer: Cole Shardelow (3L)
Secretary: Evelyn Austin (3L)
Co-Development Chairs: Mark D’Ostilio (2L) and Rosemary Ardman (3L)
Summer Grants Coordinator: Jill Petee (3L)
Outreach Chairs: Samantha Fairbanks (3L) and Bonnie Poirier (3L)
Community Service Chair: Hafsah Mansoori (2L) and Eleanor Meschino (3L)
Advisor: Director Teresa Schmiedeler

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