March 2023

By Kayla Williams, Managing Attorney

Law Day, held annually on May 1st, is a national day set aside to celebrate the rule of law. This year’s theme is “Cornerstones of Democracy: Civics, Civility and Collaboration.” As I reflect on this year’s theme, I can’t help but be grateful for all the individuals and organizations that we collaborate with daily to achieve our mission of providing quality civil legal services to lowincome individuals throughout Prince George’s and surrounding counties. Whether it be with bar associations, other nonprofits, Council Members, community partners, or legislators, we are often tasked with working together to reach a common goal. Our office recently had the opportunity to testify before Maryland legislators in favor of two bills which would further expand access to free representation to tenants and homeowners facing eviction and foreclosure. We also recently partnered with Jolene Ivey’s office and the City of Hyattsville to participate in Foreclosure and Eviction Prevention Housing Resources Workshops. Additionally, on April 29th, we are partnering with the Prince George’s County Bar Association and Reid Temple AME church to host an expungement clinic. CLS looks forward to furthering this year’s Law Day theme, and we are grateful to work with so many amazing organizations that help us do the work that we do.
If you are interested in learning more about our programs or events, please visit our website at or email Kayla Williams at

Pro Bono Call to Action

The Maryland Attorney General, Maryland Judiciary, Maryland State Bar Association and Maryland’s Access to Justice Commission have delivered an urgent call to action for pro bono services. Attorneys are strongly encouraged to take at least one pro bono case or a designated number of pro bono service hours over the next year to provide legal services in areas including housing and family law. All Pro Bono providers in Maryland, including CLS, are taking part in this call to action. The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland is helping to implement this call to action by matching interested attorneys with pro bono organizations throughout the state. For more information, visit

Eviction Prevention Programs

CLS is seeking attorneys to provide representation to tenants at their Failure to Pay Rent hearings through our sameday tenant representation program. Stipends are available. CLS provides training, malpractice insurance coverage, mentoring, and support to our volunteers. Outofstate attorneys are welcomed. CLS and the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland have put together a training on how to represent tenants in Prince George’s County rent court. This training includes Landlord/Tenant rules and perspectives, issue spotting in Failure to Pay Rent complaints, and practical advice for handling cases. If you wish to take this training, have questions about the program, or want to sign up to represent tenants at their rent court hearings, please contact Kayla
Williams, Esq. at Participating attorneys must commit to volunteer to staff two clinics or take two landlord/tenant cases within one year of completing the training. Beyond this volunteer commitment, a stipend of $100* will be provided to attorneys in exchange for their representation, with a potential maximum of $200 per day. *$100 per half day in court (AM or PM sessions)
Interpreters Needed
CLS is in need of interpreters to assist attorneys representing Limited English proficient clients. Training is available and no prior experience is required. We pay $30 per hour and up to 30 hours per case. For more information, please email
Civil Cases Available for Attorneys and Other Volunteer Opportunities
Through our Lawyer Referral Program, we refer income eligible clients to attorneys for representation in their domestic cases. Judicare funding provides funding to pay attorneys $100.00 per hour with a cap of $3,000 per case.* CLS allows you to bill twice during the case. CLS invoices Maryland Legal Services Corporation for your billed time. As a result, Judicare payments are usually paid a month after an invoice is submitted. CLS uses which allows for electronic payment for invoices. This funding program is administered by MLSC with funds from the Administrative Office of the Courts.
*For Judicare invoices received on or after April 1, 2022 the hourly rate will increase from $100 an hour to $120 an hour. Additionally, for cases closed on or after April 1, 2022, the cap on hours will be moved from 30 hours to 35 hours.

Foreclosure Prevention Program

CLS has funding for attorneys representing clients in Prince George’s County through our Foreclosure Prevention Program. In foreclosure prevention cases, the funding provides attorneys $80.00 an hour and up to thirty (30) hours of representation. Cases include representation at judicial proceedings, mediation preparation, representation at mediation, and negotiations. Additionally, funding is available for bankruptcy chapter 7, and other legal actions that may help the client save his home. If you are interested in being added to our foreclosure volunteer attorney pool, or require additional information, please email us at Training, mentoring and malpractice insurance is provided. Funding is available from a generous grant provided by MLSC.
*The hourly rate for foreclosure cases will increase from $80 an hour to $120 an hour with a cap of 35 hours per case.
Domestic Violence Wellness Program
Are you interested in building your practice by adding Protective and Peace Orders? Training is available. CLS’s domestic violence program places protective order and peace order petitioners and respondents with attorneys. CLS will provide mentoring to help you prepare your case. You will also be able to shadow one of the staff attorneys during Protective and Peace Order hearings. CLS’s Domestic Violence Legal Wellness Program places protective order cases, petitioners and respondents with attorneys. Attorneys receive $80 per hour with a cap of $500 per case. We ask that for each case that an attorney takes paid, that the attorney also take one pro bono. Please contact Marcie Mininberg, Esq., at for more information. *The hourly rate \ for DV cases is $120 an hour with a maximum of $750 per case.
Concluding Thoughts
CLS clients have limited means, but that does not negate the fact that they have significant legal issues that require legal representation. We encourage you to help bridge the Access to Justice gap by taking Judicare and pro bono cases. CLS provides our attorneys with training, mentoring, access to a litigation fund, and malpractice insurance. To join our volunteer pool, please apply on our website at or contact
Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County, Inc., is a nonprofit organization
established to provide quality legal services to lowincome residents of Prince George’s County,
MD. CLS provides direct legal services through the generous contributions of members of the
private bar. For more information about our funder, Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC)
and our Judicare Program, visit