It seems there is a shortage, for a change, in lawyers, thanks to the overwhelming number of foreclosures.
[Circuit Court Clerk Robert P.] Duckworth said he felt certain a majority, if not almost all, of the individuals facing foreclosure proceedings in county courts don't have representation.
"Which says they probably can't afford to hire an attorney if they can't afford their mortgages," he said.
Gov. Martin O'Malley has introduced a bill to make mediation mandatory, requiring mortgage companies to participate in -- and pay for -- renegotiations of loans before pursuing foreclosure.