CLS Welcomes New Officers and Board Members, Adds New Effort to Save Tenants from Unlawful Evictions for Unpaid Rent

Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County, Inc. (CLS), is proud to announce our new officers and board members. CLS’s new president, Constance L. Belfiore, Esq. is not a new fixture at CLS, even though she was just elected. Constance was the original Executive Director of the Law Foundation of Prince George’s County – the predecessor organization to CLS. Under her leadership, the Law Foundation grew into a premiere legal services organization. She was a vital force in the growth and expansion of programs at Law Foundation. We are delighted to have Constance back at the helm of the board with her years of experience and historical knowledge of CLS. CLS’s new board is a diverse group of attorneys with varied legal backgrounds.

The full slate of officers for 2018-2019 includes:
President, Constance L. Belfiore, Esq.
Vice-President, Nakia V. Gray, Esq., Nakia Gray Legal, P.C.
Treasurer, Edwin Shim, Esq., Law Office of Thomas, Shim & Associates LLC.
Secretary, Steven Smitson, Esq., Smitson Law LLC.

Cristina Caron-Moroney, Esq., Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., P.A.
Joseph A. Compofelice, Jr. Esq., MarcusBonsib LLC.
Alanna Dennis, Esq., Anne Arundel County Government
Magistrate Paul Eason, Circuit Court of Prince George’s County
Lindsey K. Erdmann, Esq., McNamee Hosea
Alexander Geraldo, Esq., Robinson & Geraldo
Joseph J Gigliotti, Esq., Law Offices of Joseph J. Gigliotti
Clifford B. Glover III, Esq., McNamee Hosea
Eleanor Hunt, Esq., Joseph Greenwald and Laake PA
Doyle Niemann, Esq., Office of the State’s Attorney for Prince Georges County
Hon. Ann Wagner-Stewart, District Court of Maryland for Prince George’s County
Hon. Julia B. Weatherly, Circuit Court of Maryland for Prince George’s County

CLS’s mission is to educate, represent and empower low-income members of the Prince George’s County Community regarding civil legal matters. Currently, CLS is piloting a Rent Court Lawyer of the Day project, coming to the Prince George’s County District Court in Hyattsville, which will provide same-day free legal representation to tenants in failure to pay rent hearings. The Maryland Legal Services Corporation (MLSC) generously provided funding for this pilot project.