In Memory of Peter Coleman, Esq.
On May 23, 2017, we lost our dear colleague and long-time volunteer, Peter Coleman.
Peter was a devoted volunteer with the Homeless Persons Representation Project (HPRP). Since 2011, Peter provided pro bono legal representation to clients in HPRP’s project removing criminal record barriers to employment and housing through expungement. Peter was known amongst HPRP’s staff for his unique ability to connect with our clients and put them at ease. Peter’s unfailing kindness was matched only by the excellent quality of the legal representation he provided.
In the 6 years he volunteered with HPRP, he provided legal representation in over 65 legal matters aiding persons struggling with homelessness. He volunteered regularly at HPRP’s legal clinics at Our Daily Bread Employment Center and the Franciscan Center in Baltimore City. His commitment was contagious and he recruited several colleagues to join HPRP’s Pro Bono Program, which they continue to do to this day.
For his dedication and extraordinary kindness to HPRP’s clients, Peter was awarded HPRP’s Outstanding Volunteer Attorney Award in 2014. Over the course of his legal career he served as a law clerk to The Honorable Karen Murphy Jensen of the Circuit Court of Maryland (Caroline County), and was a prosecutor, litigator, and most recently an attorney for the federal government. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and student leader of the Maryland Public Interest Law Project (MPLIP) at the law school.
He will be deeply missed by HPRP’s Staff, Board and fellow volunteers.
His public obituary is available here.