Chat With A Lawyer: Monica Best James and Nicole McConlogue on Consumer Rights Issues Such as Pay Day Loans, Predatory Lending and Consumer Debt Issues


Meet Monica Best James

Monica Best-James, Esq, Volunteer Consumer Protection Attorney and Senior Advisory at the Maryland Comptroller’s Office.  Ms. James’ current Professional Licenses are as follows: U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals – 4th Circuit, Maryland Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, United States District Court of Maryland.

Summary of Employment and Activities:
Currently, Chairman, Public Safety Committee of Bowie at City of Bowie, Md.; Previously, Director of Legislative Affairs at Maryland Comptroller’s Office; Previously employed at the Dept. of Labor Licensing and Regulation as Director of Legislative Services & Regulatory Affairs; Previously employed as Vice President of Government Affairs at Maryland Chamber of Commerce; Previously held the position of Associate General Counsel II at Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission; Formerly employed as Staff Attorney at Legal Aid Bureau, Md. and Staff Attorney at Neighborhood Legal Services Program, Washington, D.C.

Education: Leadership Maryland; Georgetown University Law Center/National Institute of Trial Advocacy Washington, D.C.; The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law Washington, D.C.; Wesleyan College Rocky Mount, N.C.; Camp Lejeune High School, North Carolina; Studied Okinawan Martial Arts (Black Belt) and Philippine Martial Arts. Memberships: Prince George’s County Bar Association (Co-Chair Mock Trial Program); J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association (Past Treasurer); Maryland State Bar Association (Pro Bono Resource Center Volunteer Attorney and Military Law Section); Member, The Bar Association of the District of Columbia; Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society.

Contact Info:

Monica Best-James, Esq
Senior Advisor
Maryland Comptroller’s Office, Courthouse
14735 Main Street, Room 083B
Upper Marlboro, MD 20772



Meet Nicole McConlogue

Nicole McConlogue, Esq., Consumer Protection Project Manager at the Pro Bono Resource of Maryland.











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