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Civil Justice gets new executive director

Baltimore-based Civil Justice, a nonprofit heavily involved in efforts to get homeowners better legal protections and representation, has a new executive director.

Leigh Maddox, a retired Maryland State Police captain who teaches at the University of Maryland School of Law, starts Thursday.

Maddox has been working with student attorneys at the school since 2008, after a career with the state police that included infiltrating the Ku Klux Klan. She earned her law degree from the University of Maryland in 2004.

Civil Justice aims to increase access to legal help statewide. In recent years it has focused on foreclosure problems, defending borrowers and training more than 1,400 lawyers interested in helping homeowners. Its previous director, Phillip Robinson, joined a law firm in Frederick.

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