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MdVLA Board President Cynthia Blake Sanders Honored for Pro Bono Service

(BALTIMORE MD – April 21, 2014) Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts announced today that Ober|Kaler awarded its 2013 Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award to Cynthia Blake Sanders, an attorney in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. Cynthia donated nearly 400 hours to pro bono matters in 2013. Her work has included significant time as president of, and a lecturer for, Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (MdVLA). She is a presenter for MdVLA’s “Mind Your Business” program, a business and law series designed for artists and sponsored by PNC Bank. Cynthia also inaugurated a law clinic staffed by law students and MdVLA volunteer lawyers. In addition to the many hours contributed to MdVLA, she has handled a number of cases pro bono for individuals. In honor of Cynthia’s work, Ober|Kaler will make a $5,000 contribution in her name to the MdVLA. MdVLA Executive Director called the award to Sanders “richly deserved.”   Sanders is an amazing volunteer with a deep well of empathy for artists, Semmes said, stemming from the fact that before she was a lawyer she herself was a MICA-trained artist.  Not only was Sanders a client of MdVLA in her days as head of security for MICA, she also volunteered for the organization when she was a law student and at one point was even executive director. She was also a key part of its revitalization in 2005. Established in 2007, the Ober|Kaler Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to acknowledge outstanding pro bono legal service contributions as measured by the number of pro bono hours worked, the quality of the work and results obtained. Cynthia is an experienced intellectual property and entertainment attorney at Ober|Kaler. She focuses her practice on copyright, trademark, advertising, arts and media law matters, and technology transfers. She counsels a broad range of clients involved in creative endeavors — from designers to publishers, ad agencies to educational institutions, and interactive companies to film producers. She was recently selected for the 2014 editions of Maryland Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America. She serves on the boards of the American Advertising Federation’s Baltimore Chapter and the Baltimore School for the Arts.