The Homeless Persons Representation Project, a nonprofit law firm working to end homelessness in Maryland, has elected Emily J. Vaias to its board of directors. Vias is a partner with Linowes and Blocher in Bethesda, practicing land use, zoning, municipal and administrative law in Maryland and the District of Columbia. She has served as a member of the firm’s Management Committee since 2012 and is an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. Vaias is a past president of the Commercial Real Estate Women, Baltimore Chapter. For nearly 20 years, she has provided pro bono legal services to HPRP and received the 2001 Pro Bono Service Award from the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.