Judicare-Family Law Reduced-Fee Panel

MVLS administers a family law reduced-fee program called Judicare in Baltimore City, and Anne Arundel, Calvert, Carroll, Cecil, Charles, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, St. Mary’s, Somerset, Washington, Wicomico and Worcester counties in response to the large number of unrepresented litigants in the family courts, especially in highly contested family law disputes. Attorneys must have at least three years of family law experience to participate in this project.

My volunteer attorney gave me strength to keep pushing to do what was best for my children and was a never ending resource for me in addition to all the hard work she put in preparing my divorce. I cannot say enough about grateful I am to her for her dedication, professionalism, compassion, knowledge and wisdom.

The Judicare Project funds pro bono legal services programs to pay attorneys up to $1,600 per case representation. Attorneys are paid at the rate of $80 per hour for the first 20 hours of representation in a contested family law matter. The attorney must then provide the next five hours pro bono. For matters that require additional time for resolution, attorneys are eligible for an additional 15 hours of paid representation at $80 per hour.

Judicare attorneys must accept one pro bono case for every Judicare case accepted. The pro bono cases are generally uncontested or less complicated than Judicare cases. To inquire about joining the Judicare attorney panel, contact MVLS Deputy Director, Susan Francis, at 443-451-4084 or sfrancis@mvlslaw.org.