On October 13, Brown, Goldstein & Levy partner Andy Freeman attended the Maryland Legal Aid Equal Justice Council’s 23rd annual awards breakfast. The event recognized the attorneys, firms, and community partners who have led efforts to expand access to justice for all Marylanders. Legal Aid’s new Executive Director, Vicki Schultz, presented the EJC’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Wilhelm Joseph, who retired after serving 26 years as MLA’s Executive Director.
Andy was pleased to join other members of the Maryland legal community in celebrating the tireless efforts of Legal Aid, its lawyers and staff, and its partners in the fight for more equitable access to representation. Before and after the awards ceremony, Andy spoke with Chief Judge Matthew Fader, other judges, Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, and other law firm leaders to plan the future success and longevity of efforts to improve access to justice.
Maryland Legal Aid is the largest provider in the state for free legal services and is the state’s third largest law firm. As one of the first legal service organizations to adopt a human rights framework to its mission, it works to address major concerns including affordable housing, living wages, and accessible healthcare.
The Equal Justice Council primarily consists of attorneys in the private bar dedicated to supporting MLA and promoting equal access to justice for Maryland’s economically disadvantaged and vulnerable residents. Members work to increase pro bono involvement, participate in educational programs, and connect with other community organizations to support their clients.
Similarly, Andy is dedicated to expanding access to justice. He is part of the BGL team representing the Harlem Park Three, a group of three Baltimore men who were exonerated after each spending 36 years in prison for a murder they did not commit. At 108 combined years, the Harlem Park Three have collectively served more years than any other wrongful-conviction case in the history of the United States.
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Andy Freeman is known for obtaining justice for his clients. He has won numerous verdicts, judgments and settlements of millions, tens of millions and in one case, over one billion dollars by mastering the relevant law and getting to know his clients, their problems and the evidence in their cases. Other lawyers bring Andy cases that present complicated combinations of law and facts or that require making new law.