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MCDD Partners with UB School of Law

UB Initiative

From left: Professor Angela Vallario, Maureen van Stone and UB law students Kelly Mccrea, Sarah Bordner, Brittany Strickland, Meghan Meyer, Robert Mitchel, Christopher Stock and Suraj Vyas. Photo courtesy of U.B. Law

In July, the University of Baltimore Foundation awarded a $20,000 Fund for Excellence grant for a new joint initiative between the University of Baltimore School of Law (UB) and the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities (MCDD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute. The program brings together UB law students, volunteer attorneys, Kennedy Krieger students, and family members of young adult patients who, due to neurodevelopmental conditions and other disorders of the brain, have unique legal needs related to appropriate legal documents, planning for the future, or access to public benefits.

Left unaddressed, these legal needs may have a profound impact on the health and welfare of Kennedy Krieger patients, students, and families. Pro-bono services provided by UB may include powers of attorney, advance medical directives, advance directives for mental health, and estate-planning matters, such as wills and special-needs trusts.

MCDD associate director and attorney Maureen van Stone said, “This project provides an excellent opportunity not only to help families here at Kennedy Krieger, but also to provide real-world learning opportunities for aspiring young attorneys. Training is central to our mission at the MCDD, and I am thrilled to be working on the project with my colleagues at UB.”

The law firm of Conti, Fenn & Lawrence, LLC, also joined the initiative by offering to host trainings for volunteer attorneys at their firm, support the seminars, provide on-site legal services, and allocate their annual donation to UB School of Law to help fund this initiative.

For more information about the partnership, contact Maureen van Stone at or 443-923-4416. To donate to the initiative or volunteer for one of the seminars, please contact Professor Angela Vallario at or 410-837-4619.

MCDD Newsletter 2016: Issue Two