Encourages Peers to Join their Support, providing voices for victims


August 7, 2023. Annapolis, MD – Maryland Crime Victims’ Resource Center (MCVRC) is proud to announce the Exclusive Presenting Co-Sponsorship of their Victims’ Rights Gala: Survivor Voices by Grant & Eisenhofer, P.A. and Jenner Law.

Executive Director, Kurt Wolfgang said, “We are honored and humbled to have these two outstanding firms serve as our lead sponsors for this capstone occasion. What a suitable partnership for this year’s gala theme “survivor voices”. These two firms have defended victims’ rights and interests in civil and criminal proceedings, giving victims voices and securing justice.”

Grant & Eisenhofer, P.A. is a national law firm that recently significantly expanded its sexual abuse/survivor’s advocacy practice with the addition of renowned Maryland litigator and survivor, Steven J. Kelly. Mr. Kelly is no stranger to MCVRC. When Steve was 14-years old, his oldest sister was raped and murdered. In the intervening 30 years, Steve became allies with MCVRC as a volunteer and cheerleader, then employee and board member.  Mr. Wolfgang said “Steve long has been a voice for victims. His advocacy, assistance and service to crime victims was recognized in 2008 when MCVRC awarded him with the Maryland Champion of Crime Victims’ Award. I am deeply grateful to consider him not only a friend, but an esteemed colleague.”

Jenner Law, headed by Robert Jenner, is a Baltimore-based law firm. Along with Grant & Eisenhofer, P.A., they collectively and creatively harness firm resources and know how to allow victim’s voices to be heard to hold abusers and enablers fully accountable. “Jenner Law is thrilled to share the role of presenting sponsor with Grant & Eisenhofer, P.A. in support of an absolutely indispensable, one-of-a-kind public interest law center, MCVRC, that serves with exceptional skill and deep compassion the citizens of our great state,” said Mr. Jenner. “We’ve been successfully working together on legislation and litigation focused on obtaining justice for victims and survivors,” he explained. “It is only fitting that on September 23rd we take the time to recognize MCVRC and all others focused on survivors.”

Mr. Kelly stated, “All of us at Grant & Eisenhofer, P.A. – literally from coast to coast – are so proud to be affiliated with Kurt, his fearless founder the remarkable Roberta Roper, and his entire team of talented attorneys and advocates who are among the unsung heroes fighting in the trenches for the rights of our state’s most vulnerable citizens. Last year was special as MCVRC marked its 40th anniversary, and this year – as it enters its fifth decade of public service – what could be more fitting than honoring those who overcame what at times seemed like insurmountable adversity to see the CVA finally become law, led by Delegate C.T. Wilson who compassionately and skillfully guided the bill through his committee? His Lifetime Achievement Award, to be presented at the event, is so well deserved.” He added, “We join Jenner Law in encouraging our peer law firms across the spectrum of practice throughout Maryland and our region, and businesses, organizations, and individuals throughout our communities, to join us in supporting the work of MCVRC. The extraordinary services they perform – on a budget that can best be described as ‘modest’ – on behalf of victims/survivors, benefit not just impacted individuals and families, but every aspect of our society.”

MCVRC’s 2023 Victims’ Rights Gala: Survivor Voices takes place Saturday, September 23rd at the Crowne Plaza Annapolis. The event is a fundraiser for MCVRC and will recognize the Lifetime Achievement of the Hon. C.T. Wilson, a survivor of child sexual abuse and fearless leader of the successful fight for passage of the new Child Victims Act (CVA) of 2023; the landmark ‘justice-for-survivors’ law that takes effect October 1st.

Sponsorship opportunities, as well as tickets, for the event can be purchased through the organization’s website.