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.

CLS Family Law Mentoring Clinic & Family Law in Maryland: Your Essential Toolkit Kick Off Party

CLS Family Law Mentoring Clinic

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Family Law in Maryland: Your Essential Toolkit Kick Off Party

June 5, 2018

from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Back by popular demand, and under the leadership of Nakia Gray, Esq., CLS is re-launching its mentorship program for CLS volunteer attorneys including updating our original training manual.

CLS’s Pro Bono Family Law Clinic was previously a collaboration with Barbara Jorgenson, Esq. from Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, P.A.  Nakia Gray was an active participant in our clinic and was mentored by Barbara. Nakia later joined Barbara’s firm, which resulted in a very successful career in family law.  In 2012, Barbara and Nakia created a training manual, How to Handle a Family Law Case from Start to Finish, complete with instructions, forms, and sample pleadings which has been used by CLS volunteer attorneys over the years. This successful guide has been updated with current laws, including the mutual consent grounds for divorce, limited scope representation, same-sex divorce and more.

Nakia eventually became a mentor and coordinator for the Clinic until 2015. CLS and Nakia have partnered again to bring back this popular program. The re-launch party will be held at Gray Legal, P.C., 9701 Apollo Drive, Largo, MD 20770.  Refreshments will be served.

To RSVP or additional information, please contact Jessica Quincosa at quincosa@clspgc.org *

CLS requests participants of the Family Law Mentoring Clinic to take at least 2 CLS cases in a year. The Clinic roundtable will provide time to discuss CLS cases as well as the attorney’s private cases.