Annalies Winny

Freelance journalist based between Baltimore, MD, New York City and Monrovia, Liberia, covering the impact of development and public policy on citizens, from industrial fishing in West Africa to England’s ‘free schools’ to America’s debt collection and bail systems. News writer for Global Health NOW from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Alum of London and its beloved local, The Hackney Citizen


The Economist, The Guardian, VICE News, HuffPost, CityLab, American Bar Association Journal, Prospect magazine, Baltimore City Paper, Hackney Citizen and others. 


Only Line of Defense: In confusing world of civil debt proceedings, volunteer attorneys pick up the slack

On a Tuesday morning last Spring, Judge Mark Scurti took the bench at the District Court for Baltimore City before dozens of defendants summoned to small claims court: Some navigated the crowded courtroom with canes, some with partners and fussing children in tow, and others alone. Many were in work uniforms, ready to head straight to a shift. Others were there to speak on behalf of their elderly parents who'd been sued by creditors, having taken the morning off work. Like most days, almost every defendant in the courtroom is black.

Maryland goes high-tech to recruit pro-bono attorneys

At a recent fundraiser for the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, a spokeswoman for the organization roamed the March Madness-themed party with a virtual reality headset made of cardboard. She encouraged guests to place it over their eyes, transporting them into a 360-degree courtroom training experience, and eagerly awaited feedback. Did this perspective make it easier to fathom the experience of a pro bono attorney? Would it encourage you to join up?
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