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COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES OF PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, INC. (CLS)

By Nora C. Eidelman, Deputy Director

We are proud to introduce our newest staff members to our CLS team!

 

Norah Sloss, Esq. joined CLS in February 2018 as a staff attorney.  She staffs our Domestic Violence Legal Wellness Program. Ms. Sloss received her Juris Doctor from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, D.C. in May 2016 with a concentration in Family Law. Some of her honors include: Outstanding Contribution to Columbus Community Legal Services Award 2016; The Marathon Award for Extraordinary Dedication and Service to the Law School Community 2016; The Extra Mile Award for Outstanding Service to the Law School Community 2015.  Prior to joining CLS, Ms. Sloss was as staff attorney at the National Center for Victims of Crime, Washington D.C.

 

Priscilla Henderson joined CLS in August 2017 as a legal assistant. She staffs our Foreclosure Prevention ProgramMs. Henderson received a GED Diploma form Brunswick Community College in Bolivia, North Carolina. Prior to joining CLS, Ms. Henderson worked for United States Census Bureau in Lumberton, North Carolina as a Bilingual Field Representative. 

Corelle M. Anderson joined CLS in January 2018 as a paralegal.  He staffs our Lawyer Referral Program/Family Law Program.  Mr. Anderson received a Paralegal Certificate from the Widener University Delaware Law School, Wilmington, DE. 2016.  He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (Minors: African-American Studies and Spanish) from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, West Chester, PA.  Prior to joining CLS, Mr. Anderson held the position of Discovery Paralegal for the Weitz & Luxenberg, P.C., Cherry Hill, NJ.  He is a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Gamma Theta Lambda chapter and currently holds position of Chapter Secretary.            

Flor Ceron Oliva most recently joined CLS in February 2018 as legal assistant to work in our Lawyer Referral Program/Family Law Program.  Ms. Ceron graduated as an Executive Bilingual Secretary for both the Spanish and English languages at Prince George’s Community College.  She continues to attend Prince George’s Community College.  Previously, Ms. Ceron joined CLS in early 2017 to work in our Foreclosure Prevention Program but left to pursue her studies.  We are delighted she rejoined CLS and are happy to have her back as a member of our team.

FUNDING AVAILABLE FOR REPRESENTATION IN FORECLOSURE MEDIATION

CLS has funding or attorneys representing clients with mediation in Prince George’s County foreclosure cases.  The funding provides attorneys $80.00 an hour up to ten hours for representation. Funds cover foreclosure mediation including mediation preparation, representation at mediation, and negotiations.  As clients schedule mediation, CLS will contact attorneys in our foreclosure volunteer pool. If you are interested in being added to our foreclosure volunteer attorney pool or require additional information, please contact Michael Udejiofor at 240-391-6532, ext. 1 or udejiofor@clspgc.org.  Training, mentoring, malpractice insurance is provided.  Funding is available from a generous grant provided by Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC). 

Please mark your calendars for the next 2 CLS Monthly Family Law Clinic for Practitioners:

March 13, 2018 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Guest Speaker to be announced shortly. The Monthly Family Law Clinic for Practitioners is a monthly series of guest speakers providing tips and guidance for CLS volunteer attorneys and held at our main CLS office located at 6301 Ivy Lane, Suite 720, Greenbelt, MD 20770. Dinner and refreshments will be provided. To RSVP or for additional information, please contact Jessica Quincosa to register at quincosa@clspgc.org

Please note that we will hold our Monthly Family Law Clinic for Practitioners on the second Tuesday of every monthOur next Clinic is scheduled for April 3, 2018. 

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 pays the attorneys’ fees.  Attorneys receive $80.00 per hour for the first 20 hours/$1,600.00 per case.  The next 5 hours on a case, will count as pro bono hours.  After the five pro bono hours, CLS may pay for up to an additional 15 hours at the rate of $80.00 per hour from Judicare Supplemental Funds, until funds are depleted.  Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) provides the funding for our Judicare program.  For more information about MSLC and the Judicare program, please visit https://www.mlsc.org/

CLS's domestic violence program places protective order and peace order petitioners and respondents with attorneys. Limited funding is available for attorneys providing representation in these cases. 

CLS encourages attorneys to take pro bono cases. CLS has requests for landlord tenant, wills as well as other civil legal cases. CLS can place cases with attorneys based on the attorney's preferred case type.

CLS also has volunteer opportunities at our Brief Advice clinics. Expand and grow your practice by volunteering around your schedule. 

 CLS clients have limited means but have real legal issues that require representation. Help CLS bridge the Access to Justice Gap by taking Judicare or Pro bono cases. CLS provides our volunteer attorneys training, mentoring, access to a litigation fund, monthly practitioner's clinics, and malpractice insurance.  To learn more about our opportunities, please contact Nora C. Eidelman, at 240-391-6532, ext. 5.

 Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County, Inc. (CLS) is a non-profit organization established to provide quality civil legal services to low-income residents of Prince George’s County.  CLS provides direct legal services through the generous contributions by members of the private bar.  Additionally, CLS operates free Brief Advice Clinics throughout the County, including in the  Prince George's County Circuit Court, Room 2435 M, the Prince George’s County Multi-Services Center in Langley Park and in Suitland’s Windsor Crossings Apartments.  For referrals of low-income residents of Prince George’s County to CLS programs, our hotline is 240-391-6370. Intake is Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Online applications are available at www.clspgc.org. For more information about our services, please contact Nora C. Eidelman, at 240-391-6532, ext. 5.

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