Rochelle E. Richardson

The Project

The goal of our project is to establish a new medical-legal partnership by opening a new legal clinic to serve homeless and at-risk veterans at the VA Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Our project will involve outreach efforts to increase awareness of veterans’ rights, including visiting homeless shelters and developing informational materials. It will also involve recruiting and training law students and attorneys to assist with outreach, intake, and representation. In establishing this clinic, we aim to reduce homelessness among veterans by providing access to legal representation in claims for state, federal, and VA disability benefits and state health insurance.

The Project

This project seeks provide a multi-disciplinary approach in serving economically disadvantaged individuals to improve their standard of living by removing legal barriers to employment such as expungement or sealing of criminal records, corrections of errors in criminal records, addressing the loss of a driver’s or occupational license, correction of errors on credit reports and repairing a poor credit report.

This project is important because it eliminates continuous punishment for minor mistakes. Many individuals are unable to obtain employment due to mistakes in the past, which led to criminal charges, poor credit, or loss of a driver’s license. This project will allow individuals a fresh start and an opportunity to improve their quality of life.

Fellowship Highlights

LaTri-c-ea worked in court to remove these barriers, work with clients to address any social issues that may also prevent them from obtaining employment, connect clients to outside agencies for further assistance, and follow up with the client to ensure that they have been able to find gainful employment.

The Project

Sylvia has a passion for advocating for those who have been unfairly treated, and whose needs and concerns have been often forgotten, or not addressed at all. Drawing upon her experience working in Real Property Law—specifically in Housing Authority Issues, Landlord/Tenant Cases, Fair Housing Discrimination, and Estates—Sylvia built the capacity of tenants in eligible HUD Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Properties, allowing them to engage with management and community organizations regarding their rights, responsibilities, and options for improving their homes and communities.

Fellowship Highlights

Throughout her Fellowship, Sylvia built the capacity of Tenants and Tenant organizations, strengthening knowledge of their rights in regards to being a tenant and/or part of a tenant organization in a RAD property, and as a result, developing their understanding of how to address their needs and concerns to HUD and/or Owners/Management. Sylvia also strengthened Tenant organizations through leadership development, provision of resources, and legal aid; assisted Tenant and Tenant organizations during/after the RAD conversion process, allowing them to address their concerns to HUD and/or Owners/Management; and improved the relationship between Tenants/Tenant organizations and HUD and/or Owners/Management.

Media

Sylvia Davenport has joined the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland as a staff attorney