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A2JC thanks Governor Hogan and urges him to fund Access to Counsel in Maryland

Maryland Matters, June 3, 2021 - “By making access to counsel the law in Maryland, Governor Hogan and our legislative leaders have underscored the important role legal representation plays in reducing evictions,” Reena Shah, the executive director of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission, said in the release. “Hundreds of thousands of Marylanders are on the precipice of an eviction tsunami. We thank the Governor for his leadership and urge him to fund the legislation, so we can see the impact this legislation is capable of delivering.”

A2JC Executive Director goes deep into the civil justice crisis and the work of the Access to Justice Commission with the Maryland Association of Justice

Trial Reporter, Maryland Association for Justice, Spring Issue 2021, p.17, The Promise of Civil Justice for All, an Interview with Reena Shah:

A2JC Executive Director explains the need and utility of the Civil Justice for All Story Map to WBAL NewsRadio

WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5, May 24, 2021 - The lack of civil justice data is a barrier to civil justice for al. Reena Shah, executive director for Maryland Access to Justice Commission, says said she thinks some "80% of Marylanders don't know that they need legal advice on civil issues and furthermore, unlike criminal cases, there is NO right to an attorney in civil cases." Shah adds, "Unfortunately, this leaves many people who must navigate the civil justice system on their own, many times with dire outcomes."

Press Release: Maryland Access to Justice Commission premieres a new data and story tool 

A2JC is proud to premiere our "Civil Justice for All: An Essential Part of COVID-19 Pandemic Recovery" story map, which dissects topics & data surrounding civil justice issues – another outcome of our work w/ MD AG @BrianFrosh on the COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force.

Watch: Attorney General Brian Frosh interviews Reena Shah, A2JC's Executive Director
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh talks to Reena Shah, Vice Chair of his COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force, about Reena's passion for justice and the work of the Commission.  
"Maryland AG Frosh leads coalition with plan to stop ‘serial evictions’ and help families get through the coronavirus."

The Baltimore Sun, January 11, 2021. "During a news conference [on January 11th], Frosh called attention to the proposal raising fees for landlords to file for eviction. Frosh wants the General Assembly to raise the fees from $15 to about the national average of $120. The proposal also would block landlords from passing those higher fees on to tenants."

"El Fiscal General de Maryland, Brian E. Frosh, publicó hoy el informe final del Grupo de Trabajo de Acceso a la Justicia del COVID-19."
January 11, 2021. Latin Opinion Baltimore provides information about the Task Force Final Report in Spanish. 
"With Pandemic Causing Housing Issues, Maryland AG Aims to Address the Headache. {Video}"
January 11, 2021. Salisbury's ABC-47 discusses the impact of the crisis on Maryland's Eastern Shore and the help provided by efforts of the Task Force. Additional funding has enabled Habitat for Humanity Wicomico County to begin offering legal services.
"Attorney General’s COVID-19 Access to Justice Task Force releases final report.", January 11, 2021. “As our country battles COVID-19, the greatest burdens have fallen on communities of color and those struggling to find a path out of poverty. This pandemic has shined a harsh light on the injustices in our country in our economic, housing, health care, and criminal justice systems, and underscored the immediate need to address these inequities,” said Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Task Force. 
"Maryland task force targets civil justice system’s ‘systemic failings and inequities.'"
WTOP Radio, January 11, 2021. "When pandemic-related restrictions on evictions are lifted, [Attorney General] Frosh said hundreds of thousands of Marylanders face homelessness. Maryland has about 665,000 evictions a year, but only about 825,000 rental units."
"Maryland AG Report Outlines How State Should Help Residents Recover From Impacts Of COVID-19 Pandemic. {Video}."
January 11, 2021. WJZ-13 CBS Baltimore explores personal stories of those hit hard by the looming eviction crisis, and lists several of the recommendations included in the Task Force Final Report to address housing, economic security, health and hunger, safety, and access to civil justice.
Maryland Perspectives with Amelia Ryerse features A2JC ED, Reena K. Shah
January 10, 2021. Radio. WIYY, 98 Rock, BaltimoreInterview on Maryland Perspectives with Amelia Ryerse, featuring Reena Shah, A2JC ED.
Spotlight on Maryland with Gina Crash features A2JC ED, Reena K. Shah and MSBA CEO Vic Velazquez
January 3, 2021. Radio. WWMX/Mix 106.5, Lite 102.7, WJZ-FM, the Fan (Entercomm Radio)
Interview on Spotlight on Maryland with Gina Crash featuring Reena Shah, A2JC ED and Vic Velazquez, MSBA CEO, with various times in the morning on 4 radio stations.


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