EASTON — Meredith Lathbury Girard has joined Mid-Shore Pro Bono as the organization’s first-ever managing attorney.
Girard will oversee and manage all MSPB legal projects, including the Economic Stability Project, Elder Law Project, Family Law Project and Vulnerable Populations Assistance Project. According to a news release, this newly created position is critical to expanding Mid-Shore Pro Bono’s capacity to serve the community’s legal needs.
In addition to overseeing legal programs, Girard will help educate and empower MSPB’s volunteer attorney network, cultivate community partnerships and help raise funds to support programs and organizational sustainability.
“We are thrilled to welcome Meredith to this new role on our team,” said Sandy Brown, Mid-Shore Pro Bono executive director. “As a volunteer attorney since 2017, Meredith has been immersed in our work and has firsthand experience with our clients and their challenges. This position is crucial for MSPB to raise the level of service to our community, and Meredith is perfect for this position. She brings her legal expertise in environmental land use, real property and elder law, as well as a deep understanding of nonprofit services, especially on the Eastern Shore.”
Girard comes to MSPB following nearly eight years with the Town Creek Foundation, where she served as the senior program officer and led over $30 million in grant making to restore the Chesapeake Bay and reform the region’s food and agriculture system through policy advocacy, legal enforcement and communications.
Prior to her work with the Town Creek Foundation, she was the director of land acquisition and planning with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, where she led Maryland’s nationally recognized Program Open Space.
Girard’s land-use and environmental background also includes her roles as the director of land protection with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, vice president of conservation and general counsel for the Potomac Conservancy and a natural resources planner with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. She was the 2008 winner of the Aileen Hughes Award for Outstanding Leadership in Land Conservation.
Girard is a graduate of the Vermont Law School and Penn State University, and is a member of the Maryland and federal bars.
Girard is an active member of the community. She currently serves as co-leader of Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake Bay’s Troop 855 and co-chairman of Washington Regional Food Funders and Chesapeake Bay Funders Network, and has served on the Rural Maryland Council’s Grants Review Board and the steering team of the Chesapeake Foodshed Network.
Girard lives in Easton with her husband, Alan Girard, and three children. She enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping and sailing with her family.
Mid-Shore Pro Bono connects low-income individuals and families who need civil legal services with volunteer attorneys and community resources across the Eastern Shore. Founded in 2005, Mid-Shore Pro Bono is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. For more information or to make a donation, call 410-690-8128 or visit www.midshoreprobono.org.