Sarah Coffey Bowes
Civil Justice, Executive Director
Sarah Coffey Bowes, Esq. is a veteran non-profit manager with a strong background in programmatic growth, sustainability, and strategic planning. Sarah supervised the operation and continuous expansion of the award-winning Maryland Courts Self-Help Centers - a network of legal service centers operated via a contract between the Maryland Judiciary and Maryland Legal Aid’s subsidiary, the Maryland Center for Legal Assistance. Under her leadership, Maryland’s self-help centers grew from an experimental, pilot program to a robust, statewide network of 6 offices serving more than 80,000 Marylanders yearly.
Most recently, Sarah served as the Deputy Director of the Self-Represented Litigation Network (SRLN), a nationwide network of justice system professionals who work to improve access to justice for the unrepresented. Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where she received the Ward Kershaw Award for Client Advocacy.
Civil Justice, Deputy Director
Carrie McCully is the Deputy Director of Civil Justice, where she oversees the day-to-day operations of Civil Justice and its referral network. A longtime and dedicated advocate for the working poor in Maryland, Carrie was instrumental in creating the Foreclosure Brief Legal Advice project, which helped hundreds of homeowners obtain timely and affordable legal advice from foreclosure defense attorneys with no income restrictions.
She also managed the low bono foreclosure mediation representation program and the Of Counsel program. Prior to joining Civil Justice, Carrie worked for four years as a senior mortgage processor, and continues to speak at conferences for housing counselors about the many challenges faced by the working poor. She graduated from Lock Haven University with a B.A. in Journalism.
Program Manager, Maryland Justice Passport
Nicole Kiker is the Program Manager for the Maryland Justice Passport. She prioritizes the expertise of individuals who experience policies, barriers, and programs, and is passionate about learning and implementing these expert insights to ease future burdens. After researching administrative barriers to housing assistance and mobility programs at Johns Hopkins, Nicole looks forward to focusing on maximizing the impact of these insights for the Justice Passport.
Nicole earned her Bachelor's from Johns Hopkins in 2021, with honors in both of her majors, Political Science and International Studies. In her spare time, Nicole plays cello in the Baltimore Philharmonia Orchestra, cooks for her friends, and explores Baltimore's many coffee shops.
A2J Tech, CEO
Joseph Schieffer is the CEO of A2J Tech. Joseph can be found collaborating with advocates to develop user-centered solutions. As both a project manager and a programmer, Joseph is able to efficiently design and implement technology projects. Joseph has presented at the National Legal Aid & Defender Association Conference, the Legal Services Corporation Innovations in Technology Conference, the ABA/NLADA Equal Justice Conference, and the LGBTQ Legal Aid Summit.
Joseph has earned the Project Management Professional designation from the Project Management Institute and the Certified ScrumMaster designation from Scrum Alliance. He holds a MS in Business Administration with a Concentration in Entrepreneurship from the University of Florida and a BS from the United States Air Force Academy.