Executive Director of Maryland Legal Services Announces Retirement

    The executive director of the Maryland Legal Services Corporation announced her retirement from the agency Monday.

    Susan Erlichman, who has been with Maryland Legal Services for 32 years, will retire effective July 31.

    “Susan Erlichman is a giant among all leaders of [Interest on Lawyers Trust Account programs] and other funding entities for civil legal services,” Natalie McSherry, chair of the Maryland Legal Services Corporation Board, said in a statement.

    The board of directors has stood up a search committee to look for Erlichman’s replacement.

    Susan Ehrlichman

    Maryland Legal Services is the largest funder of legal aid for low-income state residents involved in civil suits in the state. Erlichman served as its director for 17 years. During her tenure, she helped to more than triple the organization’s budget and assisted in the creation of a partnership between the Administrative Office of the Courts to grow Maryland’s Judicare Family Law program.

    “We have been incredibly blessed to have had the benefit of her leadership for so many years,” McSherry said.

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    Hannah Gaskill
    Hannah Gaskill received her master’s of journalism degree in December 2019 from the University of Maryland. She previously worked on the print layout design team at The Diamondback, reported on criminal justice in Maryland for Capital News Service and served as a production assistant for The Confluence — the daily news magazine on 90.5 WESA, Pittsburgh’s NPR member station. Gaskill has had bylines in The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post and The Chicago Tribune, among other publications.Before pursuing journalism, she received her bachelor’s of fine art degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2016. She grew up in Ocean City.