COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICES OF PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, INC. (CLS)
By Nora C. Eidelman, Deputy Director
We are proud to introduce the newest staff member of our CLS team!
Catrina C. Aquilino, Esq. joined CLS in February 2018 as a staff attorney. She staffs our Latino Outreach Program. We are delighted to have her rejoin CLS; she was our Legal Intern in the summer of 2010. Ms. Aquilino received her Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2010. She is Spanish fluent and French conversational. Some of her honors included: Journal of Environmental Law, Staff Editor and Inter-American Human Rights Moot Court. She received a B.A. in History and Modern Dual Languages (Spanish and French), magna cum laude in 2008 and minored in Political Science, Latin American Studies from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. She is an active member of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association’s Board of Directors, Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland Criminal Defense Attorney Association, Prince George’s County Bar Association and the Anne Arundel County Bar Association. Prior to joining CLS, Ms. Aquilino was employed at the Law Office of Eugene M. Zoglio, P.A. in Bowie, and was a Panel Attorney for the Office of the Public Defender for Prince George’s County. She previously clerked for the Honorable Nicholas E. Rattal of the Prince George’s County Circuit Court.
Please mark your calendars for the next 2 CLS Monthly Family Law Clinic for Practitioners:
April 3, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Guest Speaker to be announced shortly. The 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 email@example.com.
Please note that we will hold our Monthly Family Law Clinic for Practitioners on the second Tuesday of every month. Our next Clinic is scheduled for May 8, 2018 and our Guest Speaker will be the Honorable Julia B. Weatherly and will make a presentation on Tricks and Traps for proving income.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Training, mentoring, malpractice insurance is provided. Funding is available from a generous grant provided by Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC).
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.