Jessica A. Quincosa, Esq.
Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County
During her first year of leadership at Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County, Jessica Quincosa developed a new domestic violence program, received funding for a rent court pilot program and increased fundraising.
“As an executive director, I get to assist individuals in difficult situations with attorneys that make a difference in their lives,” Quincosa said. “I have the opportunity to connect two individuals that may change each other’s lives professionally and personally.”
She has increased the number of residents receiving assistance and relaunched a mentoring program for CLS’ volunteer attorneys.
“As a first-generation American born, I feel lucky to have had so many opportunities to succeed,” Quincosa said. “My parents taught me to work hard and to try even if failure was a possibility.”
The new domestic violence program will help survivors of violence get a fresh start, including assessing and identifying their civil legal needs.
Quincosa previously served as a supervising attorney at the Maryland Court Self-Help Center of Maryland Legal Aid, where she assisted more than 18,000 Marylanders representing themselves in their cases.
Outside of her role directing the legal services agency, she is also a leader in the community. She is a board member of the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association and past president from 2016-2017. She is also an active member of the Maryland State Bar Association, including section council on Delivery of Legal Services Section, a committee member of Judicial nominations and co-chair of its Leadership Academy.
She serves as co-counsel of the Tahirih Justice Center, a national nonprofit providing legal services to those fleeing violence.