The Wall Street Journal law blog reported on a new law in California which provides a right to counsel in civil cases such as child custody cases. My first thought of course was, how in the world would California of all places afford this given their woeful finances? Next, I wondered which state would follow next. Everyone well knows that an indigent (low-income) person who is arrested is entitled to a public defender representation. Typically in civil cases, however, people of limited means are often without the funds to hire an attorney and there is a huge shortage of pro bono services and legal aid agencies to provide representation. There are resources for people who meet qualifications, and you must act fast if you hope to find a pro bono attorney. Do you think Maryland should provide attorneys to poor people for civil matters? If so, should there be a screening process for cases without merit?