August 6, 2014 at 1:27 pm EDT | by Steve Charing
FreeState Legal’s Merki to step down
Aaron Merki, FreeState Legal Project, gay news, Washington Blade

Aaron Merki, one of the founders of FreeState Legal, will step down as executive director in October. (Washington Blade file photo by Steve Charing)

Aaron Merki, one of the founders of FreeState Legal, will step down from his post as executive director, which he has held for two years. FreeState Legal is a Baltimore-based non-profit legal services organization that works to improve the lives of Maryland’s low-income LGBT community.

“This has been an incredibly exciting time, and we – all of us – have built the organization into a national model for LGBT legal services and systemic advocacy,” said Shannon Avery, chair of FreeState Legal Project, Inc.

Avery, an associate judge in the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City, said Merki “has decided to move on to the next phase of his career.”

Merki will continue as executive director until October. The board of directors has convened an executive search committee. Any questions or concerns should be sent to Avery at

“Serving as the executive director of FreeState Legal has been an enormous privilege,” Merki told the Blade.

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