Founded in 1985 as a referral organization, CLS started out by matching low-income residents of Prince George’s County with attorneys offering free legal advice. Since then, it has expanded exponentially, and now operates several walk-in clinics across the county. Staff and volunteer attorneys provide, in English and Spanish, free, brief legal advice to individuals with a variety of needs – whether the client is a domestic violence survivor pursuing a protective order, a day laborer seeking unpaid wages, a tenant who missed a rental payment, or a family facing foreclosure. And for just $25, those meeting income requirements can apply for a referral to receive full legal representation at no cost. Last year, CLS assisted in over 9,900 cases, but in today’s economy, demand far exceeds supply. Your support can help secure justice for even more of our deserving neighbors.

Headquarters: MD-Prince George's County

Where They Operate: MD-Prince George's County; Langley Park; Upper Marlboro; All of Prince George's County

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Native American; Other

Population(s) Served: All

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