THE ADVOCATE Newsletter of The Baltimore County Bar Association VOLUME XXVIII, NO. 6
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE by Rebecca A. Fleming WINES AND WHISKEY I know that Wendy Meadows wrote a great article about the Wines and Whiskey event, and I certainly do not want to step on her toes, but I must take this opportunity to personally thank the event committee; Julie Landau, Leanne Schrecengost, Mary Sanders, Craig Borchers, and Wendy. The event was fantastic and we raised over Twelve Thousand Dollars for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. That number does not include the ten percent of the wine and whiskey sales that Jenny Bradley from Bradley’s Wine & Spirits will also be donating. As I write this, our members continue to make purchases because Jenny has graciously agreed to continue to offer us the great prices on the wines and whiskeys that were offered at the event through the end of November. So, the total amount that we raised will continue to grow. I am amazed by the generosity of our sponsors, and
everyone who purchased a ticket, purchased wine or whiskey, or purchased raffle tickets at the event. While we always want our events to be well attended, I must say that this event was attended by some of the best that that this bar association has to offer. I enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with so many of my favorite members. If you did not attend this year, you should consider attending next year, because you really missed quite an evening. A MERRY, HAPPY EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE! Those who know me well, know that this is my favorite time of year. I watch ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ more often than anyone should. It is the only movie I have purchased through Fios, so it is on my television and I have been known to pull it up and hit “play” in the middle of the summer. Continued on page 2
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE by Rebecca A. Fleming My children understand that, although I watch it more often between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I do not consider it to be a Christmas movie, because the message is not really connected to Christmas – that all of us have an impact on this world; that we receive blessings from, and are a blessing to, more people than we realize; and that we should appreciate what we have and the life that we live. I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy Kwanzaa. Growing up on Long Island with dark, curly hair and a first name like ‘Rebecca’ people assumed I was Jewish and therefore, I was often wished a Happy Hanukkah. This Catholic girl has always thanked those who wished me a Happy Hanukkah. I do not celebrate it in my home, but I have celebrated it in the home of friends. And, honestly, I DO want to have a Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy Kwanzaa. I will take both, along with my Merry Christmas. I want all of my days to be happy, whether I am celebrating a holiday or not. I have never understood why anyone would find offense in being wished a happy day, no matter what the day was, or the reason for the well wishes. I hope that everyone reading this (and those who have already bypassed me and skipped to the calendar insert!) have a Merry Christmas, a Happy Hanukkah, and a Happy
Kwanzaa. I also hope you have a Happy Boxing Day. I notice that holiday appears on my (paper) calendar every year. I looked it up this year, and it derives from a time when British servants helped the Lords and Ladies with Christmas dinner and literally took home boxes and had the next day off. Now it is more of Canada, England and Australia’s version of Black Friday. Enjoy Boxing Day! If I missed a holiday in there, well then, I hope that day goes well for you, too. This season is something that we can all share, regardless of the holiday that each one of us is celebrating. While the holidays are secular for some, and deeply spiritual for others, this season is a time that we all celebrate with family and friends. I hope that this holiday season leaves each of you feeling like you are in the ending scene of “It’s A Wonderful Life.” I also hope to see many of you at the BCBA Annual Holiday Party, which will take place at Towson Tavern on December 6, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. And remember: no person is a failure who has friends. Rebecca A. Fleming, Esquire BCBA President, 2018-2019
E XECUTIVE C OUNCIL V ACANCY DEADLINE for submitting Letter of Interest is December 31, 2018 The Baltimore County Bar Association Nominations Committee is now accepting letters of interest for the Executive Council At-Large vacancy. A letter of interest should be addressed to the Nominations Committee, c/o Baltimore County Bar Association, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, Maryland 21204. Letters of interest should include a professional resume, a list of bar association activities, committee involvement and leadership positions and any additional information the applicant would like the Nominations Committee to consider. Deadline for submissions is December 31, 2018, 4:30 p.m. Letters can also be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2018-19 Officers President Pres-Elect Secretary Treasurer
Rebecca A. Fleming Michael W. Siri Jay D. Miller Stanford G. Gann, Jr.
Executive Council John G. Turnbull III Lisa Y. Settles Sondra M. Douglas Richard Grason VI Robert K. Erdman, Jr. Tyler J. Nowicki
Immediate Past President Craig R. Borchers, Young Lawyers Chair
The Advocate Ari J. Kodeck Committee Chair Adam E. Konstas Committee Vice -Chair
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Family Law, 12pm, Grand Jury Room, Tracing of Marital Assets Pro Bono Committee Meeting, 5pm, Women’s Law Center, 305 W. Chesapeake Ave, Towson Young Lawyers Holiday Lunch & Toy Drive, 12pm, Circuit Court, Ground Floor Lobby Holiday Party, 5pm, Towson Tavern, 516 York Rd Memorial Service, 3:30pm, Ceremonial Courtroom #5 Lawyer in the Lobby Clinic, 4:30 -6:30pm Historical Committee Meeting, 5pm, Grand Jury Room Bench/Bar Committee Meeting, 8am, 4th floor Judicial Conference Room
Portrait Unveiling for Judge Dana M. Levitz, 3:30pm, Circuit Court, 3rd floor courtroom TBD 18. Estates & Trusts Committee Holiday Party, 12pm 24-Jan 1 Bar Office Closed
Contributing Writers Michael Barranco Craig R. Borchers Thomas Bostwick Suzanne K. Farace Daniel Mayer Wendy S. Meadows Jasmine Pope Laurie Wasserman Matt Wyman
The Advocate is a monthly publication of the Baltimore County Bar Association informing its members about current events relating to law. Articles do not necessarily reflect the official position of the BCBA and publication does not constitute an endorsement of views expressed. The contents of advertisements are the responsibility of the advertisers and are not recommendations or endorsements by The Advocate.
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Courts and Bar Office Closed Family Law, 12pm, Grand Jury Room, ACES Test of Effects of Trauma MDEC Training, 4pm, Circuit Court, Courtroom TBD Lawyer in the Lobby Clinic, 4:30 —6:30 p.m. Bench/Bar Committee Meeting, 8am, 4th floor Judicial Conference Room Courts and Bar Office Closed Estates & Trusts, 5pm, Grand Jury Room, Ethical Consideration in the Representation of Clients with Diminished Capacity Young Lawyers, 5pm, Grand Jury Room, Growing Your Practice MDEC Registration, 9am —3:30pm, Circuit Court Law Library MDEC Registration, 9am —3:30pm, Essex District Court MDEC Registration, 9am —3:30pm, Catonsville District Court 97th Black Tie Banquet, 6pm, Martin’s Valley Mansion , 594 Cranbrook Rd, Cockeysville
Publication deadline: 10th of the month preceding publication.
There will be multiple MDEC Registrations Fairs offered in Baltimore County to any attorneys who have not yet registered for electronic filing. The Registration Fairs are as follows: Monday, January 28, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m. in the Circuit Court Law Library Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 9:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m. at Essex District Court
There will be an MDEC Go-Live Presentation offered by Chief Judge John P. Morrissey of the District Court of MD. The training will be held on Wednesday, January 9th at 4:00 p.m. in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Due to space availability, registration is required. Please visit our website at www.bcba.org to register or CLICK HERE.
Wednesday, January 30, 9:00 a.m.—3:30 p.m. at Catonsville District Court. THE ADVOCATE
NOTICE TO THE BAR—CHRISTMAS VISITATION DISPUTES By Hon. Ruth Ann Jakubowski The Family Law Judges, Judges Cox, Cavanaugh, Nagle, Alexander, King and Truffer will be available to consider Christmas visitation disputes from Monday, November 19, 2018 through Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Only cases that have an ORDER in place on custody/visitation are eligible for Christmas visitation dispute resolution. To obtain intervention of the Court, contact Abigail Cohen, Family and Civil Case Manager, by email at email@example.com, or by Fax at 410-2962362. The following information should be provided, in writing, to Ms. Cohen: 1.
Name of the Case
What the last order, if any, states with regard to visitation
Name and telephone number of attorney or party on the other side
What efforts (stating facts) you have made to reach an agreement with the other side.
The specifics of what you are requesting as relief
The specifics of what the other side has offered, if anything
Ms. Cohen will review the file to determine the appropriate handling to include mediation or referral to a Family Law Judge. If mediation is unsuccessful, the case will then be referred to a Family Law Judge for further handling. Once you are assigned a Judge, you may contact the Judge’s chambers on the next business day. If a case has been filed along with a response but no custody Order is in place, then the parties may contact the Office of Mediation at 410-887-6570 to schedule a mediation session on the issue of holiday access.
FAQ’s and important information regarding e-filing can be found on the Judiciary’s website: http:// www.mdcourts.gov/mdec/efiling.html
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BENCH/BAR UPDATE by Suzanne K. Farace The October meeting of the Bench/Bar Committee took place on October 11, 2018. The Meeting was called to Order by Vice Chairperson, Christopher Nicholson, at 8:04 a.m. In attendance were: Christopher Nicholson, Judge William Somerville, Harry Chase, Magistrate Judge Wendy Schenker, Mary Roby Sanders, Judge Dorothy J. Wilson, Gregory Gaskins, Scott Shellenberger, Donald Zaremba, Bruce Friedman, Julie Ensor, Judge Kathleen Gallogly Cox, Leonard Shapiro, Debra Cruz, Administrative Law Judge William Evans, Jennifer Aist, Suzanne Farace, Debra Thomas, Maria Fields, Stephanie Medina, Laurie Wasserman, Raphael Santini, Rebecca Fleming, and Carl Gold. Reporting for the Circuit Court, Administrative Judge Kathleen Cox reported that Stephanie Medina has joined the court as the Deputy Court Administrator (coming from the Circuit Court for Baltimore City), replacing Richard Abbott. In addition, Annamaria Walsh has joined the Office of Family Mediation as the new Director, replacing Wendy Sawyer.
Safety Art., Sec. 5-603. They can be filed at the District Court and are similar to Protective Orders and Peace Orders. After hours, the Commissioners will hear the matters. Law enforcement and health care providers may bring these actions as can private citizens. The Court in Towson has seen several of these filings already, mostly from law enforcement officers. The Court must find a reasonable ground at the Temporary Hearing and clear and convincing evidence to grant the Final Order. Firearms must be surrendered to law enforcement. The Order will not appear on the public case search, and medical and psychiatric records will be kept confidential, but these cases are scheduled on the same docket as other Protective Orders and Peace Orders and are held in open court. This new law does not replace the procedure for petitioning to hold a person who is a danger to themselves or others; it is specific to danger caused by firearms.
The Installment Payment Plan for traffic violations issued by uniform citation also went into effect Tim Sheridan, Circuit Court Administrator, reported October 1, 2018. Md. Ann. Code, Cts. & Jud. Proc. that both Circuit and District Court are readying for Art., Sec. 7-504.1. If an individual is delinquent on MDEC which launches in Baltimore County on payment of fines in excess of $300, they may February 19, 2019. In January and February, everyone request an installment plan. There are some in the courthouse, including the Judges and the clerks, exceptions (such as camera tickets). The request will be going to seminars offsite for training. Tyler does not require that a Judge be involved but rather Technologies will be offering trainings for members of people can deal directly with the Clerk’s Office. the Bar as well. The Courtrooms will all be equipped The Clerk's office will communicate with the MVA for MDEC, but Judge Bailey’s Courtroom will also be (such as if there is a suspension). However, the fully equipped with monitors. The Plaza Project MVA may still take action if there is another basis (such as a points accumulation). In the event of a should be completed by Thanksgiving. suspension, there may still be a communication Julie Ensor, the Clerk of the Circuit Court, reported timing lag, so if it is a court matter, attorneys may that they are in the process of undergoing the data still want to request deferred payments. A party conversion to MDEC, with very few issues. There are cannot combine circuit and district court fines and five vacancies in the Clerk's office currently, so they costs. are a little behind in docketing. With the MDEC testing being done on weekends, they are unable to The Catonsville Courthouse is progressing nicely schedule overtime right now to get more current on the and it is scheduled for opening in the Summer, 2019. docketing. Reporting for the District Court, Administrative Judge Dorothy Wilson reported that as of October 1, 2018, the law has gone into effect regarding Extreme Risk Protective Orders (ERPOs). Md. Ann. Code, Public THE ADVOCATE
Maria Fields, Administrative Clerk for the District Court, reported that they are working hard on MDEC and reducing dockets for the upcoming transition. The court has seen an increase in the use of copies of old subpoenas with Michael Esposito’s
BENCH/BAR UPDATE by Suzanne K. Farace name on them. These subpoenas will be rejected by the court, so be forewarned. Becky Fleming, President of our Bar Association, reported for the Executive Council that on the next dues notice there will be a chance to choose whether you wish to receive the Advocate as a digital copy or a hard copy. The Bar Association is having a Pro Bono Celebration on October 23rd at the law offices of Pessin Katz. Steve Silverman, Esquire from Owings Mills will be getting the award. Accepting for him will be Bonnie Sullivan from MVLS. On November 3rd, the Bar Association is fielding a team for the Out Of Darkness Walk for Suicide Prevention at Rash Field downtown. The Bar website has a popup that will provide all of the information. You can walk the two miles, donate, sponsor, etc. The annual Wines and Whiskey event will be held on November 8th at Maryvale Preparatory School. There are still some sponsorships available. The Bar Association's Memorial Service is scheduled for November 15th at 3:30 p.m. in the Ceremonial Courtroom, with a reception afterward. Members are encouraged to come out and honor bar association members who have passed away. For the Office of Administrative Hearings, Judge William Somerville indicated that this summer two Administrative Law Judges have retired and a third has announced their retirement. OAH advertised for the vacancies and has received over 130 applicants. Also, if you have an MVA hearing and are requesting the introduction of body camera footage, you will need to call the court ahead of time and advise them so that the case may be specially set for one hour. You will also need to bring the footage with you. Lenny Shapiro, reporting for the Criminal Law Committee, pointed out that when multiple citations are given to a defendant, MDEC requires that an attorney enter his or her appearance, file discovery notices, etc. for each individual citation. The question was asked as to whether there is any way to change this requirement so that the filings can be grouped together. Maria Fields indicated that she would discuss the matter with the MDEC officials.
On behalf of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, Harry Chase reported that the following assignments are in effect: Judge Melissa Phinn – Head of Criminal Judge Kendra Ausby – Head of Family Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill – Head of Civil Judge Emmanuel Brown – Head of Juvenile The City Circuit Court is also increasing its security. On behalf of the Harford County Bar Association, Deborah Schubert submitted a written report regarding what was discussed at their last Bench/ Bar meeting on September 25th. There are some issues with the consistency of the timing of the emergency orders being granted in the Circuit Court at the request of self-represented litigants versus attorneys. Kim Fleming, the Chair of the Harford County Bar Association, will request a meeting with Judge Angela Eaves to discuss the matter. Scheduling conferences are now being set for January 15, 2019 or later. The small library on Level A is now open. New entrances have been built in for the Circuit Court and security has been increased. By July 2019, Level B will be the Jury Room area. There is no information on the contested judicial election nor on the Governor's appointment to fill the vacant bench seat. .Laurie Wasserman, Chair of the Family Law Committee, indicated that the Committee is off to a busy and productive start of the year. There is a dinner meeting scheduled for October 17th to discuss the new tax laws and the effects on resolving family law matters. On November 14th, there is a dinner meeting on the Strategic Analysis of Custody and Psychological Evaluations.
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BENCH BAR UPDATE continued By Suzanne K. Farace On November 27th at 5:00 p.m., as part of the Fall Mini-Series on Special Challenges – Mental Health Issues, there is an evening program on Identifying Domestic Violence Issues with a panel of speakers. Craig Borchers, Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee, submitted a written report indicating that there is a Happy Hour scheduled on November 25th at The Point in Towson and that they are having their annual Holiday Lunch and Toy Drive at the courthouse on December 5th from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Harry Chase, on behalf of the Portrait Committee, was pleased to announce a first, that is, that we will have a portrait unveiling of a Judge who will be present. On October 22, 2018, Judge J. Norris Byrnes’ portrait will be unveiled and on October 29, 2018, Judge Patrick Cavanaugh’s portrait will be unveiled. Additional portrait unveilings will be announced in the near future. The following committees did not have official reports: the Baltimore County Office of Law, the Magistrate Judges, the Orphan's Court (except that Judge William Evans did indicate that MDEC did not include that court), the Office of the State's Attorney, and the Office of the Public Defender. There was no old business discussed. The only new business was to extend congratulations to our Bar Association's former President, Robert J. Thompson, for his recent appointment to the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County. The meeting was adjourned at 8:48 a.m. The next meeting will be held on November 8, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. at a location to be announced later.
COUNTY COUNCIL UPDATE By Thomas Bostwick Greetings! The members of the Baltimore County Council are grateful for the opportunity to update the County Bar on the activities of our County’s legislative body. Your seven member County Council serves as the independent Legislative Branch of County government. The Council meets year-round, generally in bi-monthly Legislative Sessions (held at night) and bi-monthly Work Sessions (held during the day). All proceedings are open to the public, and the Legislative Session is broadcast on BCTV (Comcast & Verizon channel 25). The Council’s Website at www.baltimorecountycouncil.org provides helpful information as well.
At its Legislative Session on November 19, 2018, the County Council approved the following:
Bill 84-18 – TIGER Grant – The Council approved a supplemental appropriation of federal funds totaling $20 million to the TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery program) Grant Gifts and Grants Fund program. These federal grant funds will be used to support port upgrades and infrastructure improvements at the Tradepoint Atlantic site in Sparrows Point, which include upgrading rail connections to allow direct transfer of cargo from shipping vessels to rail or trucks, implementing changes to facilitate transfer of liquid commodities, strengthening bulkheads, undertaking maintenance dredging to allow deep water vessels access to the marine terminal, and providing general site improvements. The $20 million TIGER grant requires a $30.5 million private match, which Tradepoint Marine Development, LLC will provide. No County
matching funds are required. Bill 92-18 – Open Space Fees – In 2016, the Council approved Bill 73-16, which comprehensively revised Section 32-6-108 of the County Code, dealing with the provision of open space and the authorization for developers to pay a fee in certain cases instead of providing open space. The law provides that if it is not feasible for a developer to meet open space requirements, the developer shall pay a fee to Baltimore County to be used in the same Councilmanic district where the development is located. Twenty percent of the cash fee collected is to be allocated to NeighborSpace, which is a non-profit that works with the County and communities to protect and improve land for parks, gardens, trails and natural areas within Baltimore County's Urban Rural Demarcation Line (URDL). Currently, NeighborSpace may use 30% of the allocated funds for operating costs. The law also requires NeighborSpace to file an annual report with the County Auditor detailing the use of its allocated funds. Because much of the land NeighborSpace acquires is through donations rather than purchases, the use of its allocated funds needs to shift to maintenance of those properties and additional programming associated with its open space mission. Hence, Bill 92-18 removes the 30% ceiling on its use of waiver fees for operating costs, though the Council will continue to monitor the use of those funds through the annual report with the County Auditor.
YOUNG LAWYERS CHAMBER CHAT By Craig R. Borchers
On November 1st, the BCBA Young Lawyers Section and MSBA Young Lawyers Section Membership Committee teamed up to host the latest in a long tradition of Chamber Chats at the Circuit Court. For this installment, Judge Justin King and Judge Colleen Cavanaugh met with a small group attorneys and law clerks over a delicious spread of sandwiches and cookie from Cunningham’s Café. A special thanks to the MSBA YLS Membership Committee for sponsoring the event which provided the lunch and allowed for the program to be free to members. This Chamber Chat, like the many before, offered a wonderful opportunity for members of the bar to speak casually and informally with the judges and get to know them on a more personal level. As one would expect, Judge King and Judge Cavanaugh were such gracious guests who offered invaluable
advice and insight based from not only their experience on the bench, but also their extensive careers prior to taking the bench. The conversation ranged from civility and preparation to work/life balance and even the Judges’ memories from their experience on the election trail. One will never go wrong paying attention to, and implementing, the various bestpractice tips that were highlighted that afternoon. We cannot thank Judge King and Judge Cavanaugh enough for giving of their time and sharing their experiences and advice. Please keep an eye out for future Chamber Chats coming in 2019. We welcome lawyers, young and old, to join us in these invaluable and fun Chats.
JUDICIAL PORTRAIT UNVEILING FOR JUDGE PATRICK CAVANAUGH By Ari Kodeck
On October 29, 2018, the Baltimore County Bar Association continued its new tradition of honoring living retired judges by unveiling the portrait of retired Circuit Court Judge Patrick Cavanaugh. Judge Patrick Cavanaugh appeared proud as one of his daughters, Judge Colleen Cavanaugh, gave remarks from the bench to a packed courtroom. Attended by many friends, family, fellow jurists and members of the bar, sitting Judge Cavanaugh delivered heartfelt and joyful remarks. Harry Chase opened the ceremony by stating that he enjoyed practicing before Judge Cavanaugh before turning to Judge Colleen Cavanaugh to deliver the response from the bench. Judge Colleen Cavanaugh noted that her father taught her the humanity of the law and the importance of treating all litigants with empathy and compassion. Raising three daughters prepared retired Judge Cavanaugh for his time on the bench, instilling patience and adaptability. He brought a common sense, albeit hard and “hammer-like” ethics to the bench, and his sheer enjoyment of people was evident in his approach. Judge Patrick Cavanaugh thanked the artist, Katherine Meredith for her superb efforts and liked the enhanced hairline in the portrait. He thanked his first law clerk Kevin Lawlor and several other law clerks, including our own Robert K. Erdman, Jr., David M. Stallings and David F. Luby, his secretary of twenty-eight years in private practice, Dayle Gifford and his judicial assistant Sandy Clisham. All three daughters attended, coming from as far as South Carolina, as well as five grandchildren (out of 8!). We look forward to seeing Judge Patrick Cavanaugh’s portrait grace the walls of the Circuit Court.
IN CHAMBERS WITH THE HONORABLE KEITH R. TRUFFER by Michael S. Barranco The Honorable Keith R. Truffer has served as Associate Judge in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County since February 11, 2016. He was born in Baltimore, Maryland, received his Bachelor of Arts from Mount St. Mary's University in 1978 (graduating cum laude) and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1982. He then served as law clerk to the Honorable John E. Raine Jr. before beginning his long career in private practice with the law firm of Royston, Mueller, McLean & Reid LLP, where was a partner from 1990 until being appointed to the Circuit Court. When asked what he enjoys the most about serving as a Circuit Court judge, he said many things came to mind. One aspect he particularly enjoys is interacting with lawyers and litigants in ways to help streamline the litigation and trial process. “One of the roles of a judge is to make the trial of a case less stressful and more efficient.” He also finds it satisfying when litigants leave his courtroom knowing they were given an opportunity to be heard. Judge Truffer believes that win or lose, it is important that “people feel like they were listened to by the judge.” In terms of what he considers the most challenging part of being a Circuit Court judge, Judge Truffer noted that criminal sentencing decisions involve a multitude of factors that judges are called upon to weigh, including the many sentencing options and alternatives that are available. He believes that few lawyers, except those heavily engaged in the field of criminal law, have a full appreciation of the complexity and demands of this process. However, THE ADVOCATE
Judge Truffer says that he was pleasantly surprised at how quickly he was able to transition from private practice to the role of the judge. “I learned something about myself — that I was able to assimilate easier than I had imagined.” Judge Truffer’s advice to young lawyers is to try to find points of agreement with opposing counsel. “It is always easy to disagree. The challenge is to try to find things to agree upon and to stipulate to those points of agreement.” Judge Truffer believes there are several reasons to make this effort. “First, you look competent to the judge by streamlining and getting to the true issues in the case. Secondly, making the effort helps you focus on your case and understand it better before going to court. It may put the case in a different light. Thirdly, having this conversation sets up a vehicle to resolve a case overall.” Judge Truffer encourages lawyers to talk and listen to one another, both in court and out of court. “The hardest part of lawyering is good listening” but Judge Truffer believes that if you develop this skill you will be a better lawyer and obtain better results for your clients. In difficult child custody cases, Judge Truffer occasionally utilizes a unique technique to try to resolve disputes. After obtaining the full consent of all parties and attorneys, he speaks to each of the parties individually in the privacy of his chambers. He lets the parties have their say and engages in “active listening.” He finds that more often than not, once the parties have “said their peace” they are more open to resolving the issues. “Every person has a story to tell, and they just want to tell it.” Also, by speaking to the parties privately in his chambers rather than taking testimony in open court, this avoids the “wounds and scars” that often results if the testimony turns personal and hostile. Judge Truffer observed that when it comes to the issue of child custody issues, “it is not about winners and losers, it is about the care and welfare of
IN CHAMBERS WITH THE HONORABLE KEITH R. TRUFFER by Michael S. Barranco the children.” If you have appeared before Judge Truffer recently, you might have noticed that his right arm is in a sling, due to recent surgery on his shoulder. Judge Truffer injured his shoulder pursuing one of his greatest passions outside the courtroom—that is pick-up basketball. For many years he has played with different groups, at times driving a long distance to other counties to reach the game. When pressed to rate his skills, he conceded that he considers himself to be a good ball handler, shooter and defender. Besides the love of the sport, he enjoys the social aspect of the competition. For many years Judge Truffer has been very active in both the Baltimore County Bar Association and the Maryland State Bar Association, serving in various leadership positions and on many
committees. For years he wrote a monthly feature in The Advocate on the subject of professionalism, and in 2006 he was awarded the J. Earle Plumhoff Award. In June of this year Judge Truffer was installed as the 125th President of the Maryland State Bar Association. Much has been written already about Judge Truffer’s initiatives with the MSBA this year. Nevertheless, he hopes one of the hallmarks of his tenure is the formation of a Strategic Vision Committee to help guide the long-term priorities of the MSBA. Judge Truffer is also seeking to enhance lawyer well-being and lawyer assistance programs, in particular promoting a greater awareness of mental health issues, depression and alcohol and drug abuse issues which afflict many of Maryland’s lawyers, judges, and law students. Although there are many demands on his time, Judge Truffer says he is grateful for the opportunity to serve the MSBA.
Editor's Note: Each judge profiled is asked a set of questions. Judge Truffer’s answers are as follows: Favorite Restaurant(s):
Tommy’s Pizza in Gettysburg
Favorite Sports Team(s):
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
Favorite type of music or Artist:
Rock, country, blues, swing, reggae
Station on your car radio right now:
Sirius - Coffeehouse
Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation
Truman by David McCullough
To Kill a Mockingbird
Travel destination still on bucket list:
If you could meet one person, living or dead, who would you want to meet:
If you had not gone into the law, what profession would you choose:
MLB closer (talent notwithstanding)
Member of the Baltimore County Bar who has passed he misses the most:
Richard Ayres “Dick” Reid
WINE & WHISKEY FUNDRAISER By Wendy S. Meadows Nearly 100 members of the Baltimore County Bar Association gathered together on Thursday, November 8, 2016, one of the first cold nights in November, to enjoy an evening full of wine and whiskey and fundraise for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Guests were greeted by the cool strings of smooth jazz as they filtered in, courtesy of the Just Friends ensemble. Music, dressy attire, good food, and drinks leant to a truly festive atmosphere and it became clear this was the first holiday event of the season!
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The wine lovers had a true plethora of wine to choose from (29!!), ranging from sparkling, to dry, to smooth. The 19 Crimes Winery was especially popular (and if you bought a bottle, be sure to download the app to learn about the crime committed on the label of your bottle!), as was the Llama Malbec. Guests who were really lucky had the opportunity to sample and buy “the Veuve.” Whiskey lovers also had amazing choices. Of note, Bradley’s Wine and Spirits served a very limited bottle of Whistle Pig, “The Boss Hog,” valued at $599.99 a bottle. While some attendees did not the grit to truly appreciate it, those that did were given a very special treat of an extra pour. All guests had the opportunity to purchase wines and whiskey at heavily discounted prices, just in time for all of their holiday meals. Everyone ended the evening gorging themselves on the amazing chocolates provided by Kirchmayr Chocolatier.
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This year, our annual fundraiser benefitted The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Melanie Varady, from AFSP greeted the crowd and discussed the interrelation of depression and suicide and talked about the benefits of self-care to help aid in the prevention of suicide. She also urged everyone to capture the National Suicide Prevention Hotline Number in their phone so any of could share THE ADVOCATE
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WINE & WHISKEY FUNDRAISER By Wendy S. Meadows
CRIMINAL LAW UPDATE By Matt Wyman Ronald Baez v. State of Maryland, No. 351, September Term 2017, filed August 31, 2018. Opinion by Raker, J. Baez was driving a vehicle in Prince George’s County that was stopped for having an illegal (beyond 35%) tint. Baez did not dispute the level of the tint, but argued that the police lacked probable cause to conduct a traffic stop because his vehicle was registered in Virginia, where the tint would have been legal. The Circuit Court denied Baez’s motion to suppress the stop, which led to his conviction for various drug offenses stemming from the almost 800 grams of marijuana found in the vehicle. The Court of Special Appeals affirmed the conviction. The Court noted in their decision that if the police have a reasonable, articulable suspicion that the vehicle is violating the traffic law, they can stop the vehicle regardless of where it is registered. The state argued both that the police have a right to stop based on unsafe conditions, and to investigate further. Aaron Bradds & Samuel Hill v. Dionne Randolph, Warden, Nos. 77 & 78, September Term 2018, filed September 28, 2018. Opinion by Nazarian, J. This is an important case dealing with bail reviews that often tend to get denied without a hearing in neighboring jurisdictions. The Defendants were arrested on several theft and burglary related charges. They were each given a cash bail by the commissioner which neither could afford. Each went before a District Court Judge the following day and had their bails further increased. Neither THE ADVOCATE
Defendant had the ability to pay any type of cash bail. Each had sporadic employment, and minimal means. Both Defendants filed writs of habeas corpus to the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, and each was summarily denied without a hearing. Bradds and Hill both appealed that denial. The Court of Special Appeals reversed the Circuit Court’s decision to deny bail, and granted a new hearing on the matters. The Court held that under the 2017 modifications to the rules on cash bails, they were required to consider other less restrictive means, and the Defendants’ ability to pay, which they clearly could not in this case, essentially making the $25,000 and $50,000 bails respectively “No Bail” cases. The Circuit Court may have decided to hold the Defendants without bail in light of their prior records, the dangerousness of their crimes, or their perceived flight risk. A cash bail however is only to be used to ensure the Defendants’ appearance, not to prevent their release. No word on whether either one is still incarcerated at this point. State of Maryland v. Travis Sanders, No. 2742, September Term 2015, filed September 4, 2018. Opinion by Reed, J. The Sanders case primarily deals with health benefits, but in relation to a Defendant’s commitment in a criminal case. Because of that relation, I will briefly summarize the case here, but as always, I advise reading the full opinion if this is an issue you should happen to encounter. Sanders was charged with several sexual offenses in Baltimore County. He entered a plea of Not Criminally Responsible. He was then found to be incompetent to stand trial, and a danger to himself and others. As such, he was remanded to the care of
CRIMINAL LAW UPDATE By Matt Wyman the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene through the Spring Grove Hospital. While at Spring Grove, the Defendant applied for assistance through Developmental Disabilities Administration (“DDA”) services. He was denied these services. During a further competency hearing, the Defendant argued he was improperly denied these services, and the Circuit Court agreed, ordering the services through the DDA. The appeal involves whether the Circuit Court had the authority to order the Defendant to be eligible to receive DDA Services. The Court held that while the Court has authority to order the Defendant to be held, and to receive services necessary to restore his competency and ensure his safety, it lacks the authority to order further services through the Department. John Schlick v. State of Maryland, No. 1376, September Term 2017, filed
September 20, 2018. Opinion by Raker, J.
Schlick filed a Post-Conviction in Baltimore City alleging ineffective assistance of counsel for failure to file a Motion for Modification of Sentence within 90 days of his conviction. He won, and the Court offered the remedy of allowing him to file the belated motion at that time. That motion was filed, within five years of the original sentencing date, however the hearing was not held until after five years. At the hearing the Court agreed with the State that it now lacked authority to hear the motion as the statutory time had passed. The Court of Appeals reversed the Circuit Court’s decision. In this case, since the matter was a subject of a Post-Conviction, which has a ten year time frame, there is a clear conflict with the five year requirement for a Modification of Sentence. Thus, the Court has the discretion to hear the matter on its merits.
Mark Your Calendars! The Baltimore County Bar Association’s 97th Annual Black Tie Banquet (‘The Prom’) will be held on Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at Martin’s Valley Mansion on Cranbrook Road in Cockeysville. Please note that this is
A NEW LOCATION!
BCBA WRAPS UP A SUCCESSFUL 2018 CIVICS & LAW ACADEMY PROGRAM By Adam Konstas Despite a minor delay caused by an early season snow storm, the BCBA Public Speakers and Awareness Committee managed to wrap up its final Civics and Law Academy on November 16, 2018 at CCBC Dundalk, hosting over 100 students in total from Dundalk, Eastern Tech, Patapsco, and Randallstown High Schools, as well as the BCPS Upward Bound program. The November session built upon the success of the October 12, 2018 session at CCBC Owings Mills, which drew students from Loch Raven and Pikesville High Schools as well as the BCPS Upward Bound program. At both sessions, members of the bench and the bar volunteered to teach lessons on the following topics: Law in the Cyber Age, Power and Empowerment, Rights and Responsibilities, Free Speech, and Law and Justice. Students at both sessions were also treated to a thought-provoking presentation from Kathrin Olbrich, the Maryland and Delaware Area Director of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. After the students rotated through their choice of civics lessons, a representative from CCBC spoke to the students about the many opportunities CCBC provides, including the option to earn college credits during high school as well as the many programs offered after graduation. Overall, the BCBA Public Speakers and Awareness Committee, with tremendous help from both the Community College of Baltimore County and Baltimore County Public Schools, reached over 200 students from across Baltimore County to engage in discussion and debate about core democratic values, rights, and responsibilities as citizens. The Public Speakers and Awareness Committee thanks the many volunteers who took time to teach and engage with students and thanks both CCBC and BCPS for their partnership. THE ADVOCATE
TALK SAVES LIVES-AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION TALKS TO BCBA By Laurie Wasserman In the United States, someone dies by suicide every 40 seconds. In Maryland, someone dies by suicide every 15 hours. These sobering facts were shared with BCBA members during a “Talk Saves Lives” presentation by Tammi Ginsberg, LCPC, President of the Maryland Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), on October 8, 2018. AFSP is the designated charity for the BCBA this year. The statistics on suicide are staggering. The Center for Disease Control reports that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US and for every death by suicide, 25 others attempt suicide. There is not one single cause for suicide. The large majority of those who die by suicide have a mental health condition. But a mental health condition, in and of itself, is not indicative of suicide risk. One in every four people have a mental health condition, yet most do not commit suicide. It is important to understand the perspective of a suicidal person. When a person is considering suicide, they have reached a crisis point. They are desperate to escape pain and their thinking is very limited. Studies of brains in the individuals who have died by suicide demonstrated a difference in structure and function than those who died by other causes. Individuals with access to mental health care, family and community support, problem skills and cultural and religious beliefs have a higher chance of preventing suicide. In rural areas, where access to mental health care is limited, there are higher incidents of suicide than in suburban areas. Yet, even when there is access to mental health care, only two out of every five people with mental health conditions seek treatment. THE ADVOCATE
The most important thing you can put between a suicidal person and their way of ending their life is TIME. You can help someone contemplating suicide by having a conversation with them. It is okay to ask that person if they are considering suicide. Don’t be afraid of using the word “suicide”. When you talk to someone contemplating suicide, make sure the person knows you are concerned. You should be there to listen to their story. You can encourage mental health services, and even take it one step further by helping them call a mental health professional. Other resources can be the Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK), the Maryland Crisis Hotline (dial 211), or texting TALK to 741741. You should avoid minimizing the person’s feelings, trying to convince the person that life is worth living (as it makes them feel even more guilty) or trying to advise them how they can “fix” the problem. As well intended as it may seem, it could make the situation worse. You should not assume others are going to reach out and do something to help. You may be the only person who knows this information and therefore you need to trust your gut and act accordingly. If you think suicide is imminent, stay with that person until help is secured. Remove or limit access to any lethal means and call 911. People need to pay attention to those around them and recognize that even if things seem fine, they may not be that way. Look for changes in behavior such as changes in sleep patterns, increased substance use, giving away possessions, isolation, and withdrawing from activities that one typically enjoys. If you see these signs—talk to the person. Talking can save lives. For more information on suicide prevention go to www.afsp.org.
NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY By Jasmine Pope
Just before the Thanksgiving holiday, on November 17, 2018, National Adoption Day, families and children across the country had something extra to be thankful for. Here, in Baltimore County, thirteen children found permanent, forever homes with nine families.
Circuit Court, and the Baltimore County Department of Social Services.
Guests were treated to musical selections by the Baltimore Gamer Symphony Orchestra, led by Conductor Tad Howley. The ceremony, and subsequent reception, was sponsored by the Baltimore County Bar Association, the Baltimore County
Mouse and BCBA member, Larry Polen singing and playing his guitar. It was a truly heartwarming event, reminding us all that there are wonderful, selfless people in the world, who are willing to share their love with others.
The Honorable Karen Pilarski moved the entire crowd to tears with her kind, and aptly appropriate words, while the Honorable Sherrie Bailey signed off on each of the adoptions, making it official for each The ceremony took place in Ceremonial Courtroom of the nine families. Each child was gifted a teddy No. 5 in the Old Courthouse in Towson, MD. Prior to bear and a backpack with supplies and each family the ceremony, The Honorable Sherrie R. Bailey and was gifted a bouquet of flowers. the Honorable Karen A. Pilarski, gracefully flitted Immediately following the ceremony, the families through the crowd, introducing themselves to the and their guests, were invited to a Luncheon in the families and children, all while doing what they each Old Courthouse, complete with entertainment loved do best, making people feel comfortable and at ease. by children and adults alike: Mickey and Minnie
ATTORNEY HEALTH & WELLNESS DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON By Daniel A. Mayer and Hayley Porter, Psy.D. Ah, the holidays. A time filled with seasons greetings, lights, music, peppermint-everything, Black Friday shopping, gift buying, and of course, oh happy joy---family time. Somewhere in the middle of all that, you’re supposed to be a practicing attorney juggling a busy caseload, multiple deadlines, meeting your billable hours, client meetings, court appearances, all before the end of the year. Combine that with the afore-mentioned family, and the holiday season can be a very stressful time for practicing attorneys. To quote Clark Griswald from the always classic Christmas Vacation, “I don't know what to say, except it's Christmas and we're all in misery.” Let’s be honest, the last thing you have time to do is lose your sanity trying to balance everything. Despite our busy schedules at the end of the year, there are a number of steps attorneys can take to make it through the holiday season chaos unscathed. One of the most important suggestions and the easiest to accomplish is getting a good night’s sleep. If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep---a solid 7 to 9 hours ---you are putting yourself at risk for a whole host of other issues. From increased risk of high blood pressure to issues with concentration, memory, focus, changes in mood, and even a propensity for weight gain, you don’t have time to not get a good night’s sleep A second suggestion is moderating your alcohol intake. For most attorneys, alcohol is just a part of the holiday season, what with the many different holiday parties, holiday functions, happy hours, and family events that we all attend. This holiday season, enjoy the drinks, it’s part of the festivities; but try to keep an eye on your consumption especially late into the evening. Alcohol can have a detrimental effect on your sleep (even more reason to get a good night’s sleep) and on your overall health. You don’t have time to be run down this season, and excessive consumption can lead to just THE ADVOCATE
that. Besides alcohol, what’s the other staple of the holiday season party circuit? That’s right---food! This may seem like the ultimate paradox at this time of year; but as with everything else, it’s all about moderation. It may be next to impossible to not eat some of the excessive amounts of delicious foods and desserts served at everything from the company party to holiday dinner. However, perhaps skip the third helping of pecan pie, something I struggle with. The best way to counter the alcohol, food, and stress is to exercise. With everything going on, who has time to go to the gym? Remember that there are so many other ways to not fall into the sedentary trap. Meditate in the morning or evenings, do some yoga in your living room, go for a brisk run (or a walk!), take the steps instead of the elevator, you can even take a lap or two around the office. Finally, maybe the most important change you can make is this: be in the moment. If ever there was a time of year to step away from the office, the phone, the email, the clients, and focus on something more, it’s now. If you have kids, or a family of any sort, this is the time to be with them and enjoy the moment. It’s cliché, but, still true, to say that one day, these are the memories you are going to have, or wish you had. Being a father has taught me that time moves way too fast and I’ve learned to appreciate the fleeting moments, even the frustrating ones. So, if you’re just home for the holidays or on Christmas vacation, embrace the moment with your family and loved ones. Work will always be there waiting at the office, it can wait one more day. And if you find yourself having a Grinch moment, if the family is getting on your nerves, take a deep breath and take moment for yourself as well.
MEMBER NEWS ASSOCIATION SPONSORED GROUP DENTAL PLAN OFFERED BY ICS-INSURANCE Did you know that we are currently offering an Association Sponsored Group Dental plan through Dominion Dental? Association plans enable us to enhance the benefits of being a member of the BCBA. These plans would allow us to offer group products with more liberal underwriting and potentially lower cost than products available on the individual market. In the past we have offered association sponsored Long Term Care and Life Insurance coverage and are considering investigating the opportunity to offer an association Health Insurance plan. If you have interest in any of the mentioned products, please reach out to Rachel Ruocco, Executive Director 443-652-3228 or send an email to her at email@example.com.
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A MESSAGE FROM THE LRIS DIRECTOR By Rae Wyatt It is hard to believe that I have been the Director of Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS) for almost six months already. It has been a wonderful experience thus far, and I want to start by thanking not just the Lawyer Referral Panel Members but all members of the BCBA for the warm welcome and wisdom you all have shared. In October, I had the pleasure of attending the 2018 National Lawyer Referral Workshop in Philadelphia. It was certainly an enlightening experience and I learned a lot about how a Lawyer Referral Service should be run. I was told that while not all members of BCBA will become members of Lawyer Referral, all members should be aware of what we do. Therefore, I would like to take this opportunity to elevate our visibility to the members of the BCBA. First and foremost, we pride ourselves in being in the business of providing a public service to as many members of the public as possible with referrals to our panel attorneys and/or to legal service agencies, community based organizations and other resources that can provide help with the public’s legal issues. The more the public uses our services, the more they will appreciate the service provided by the BCBA. The end result is that our local community establishes not just a relationship with the BCBA but appreciation, respect and trust for that which the BCBA stands. If you are not a member of the Lawyer Referral Service, you may be asking yourself if it is really worth joining. I’ve heard comments from members such as, “People who call Lawyer Referral don’t have the money to pay a lawyer.” My answer to this is that while sometimes this is true, if the clients we refer out to our panel members don’t pay, we wouldn’t exist. But, I didn’t want you just to take my word for it, so I decided to run some numbers of payments that have actually been received since I THE ADVOCATE
became Director of LRIS. The following is a representation of the percentage fees collected from June 5th thru November 16th; the date in which I am writing this:
As you can see, the Lawyer Referral Program has collected $11,019.38 in a little over five months. But what does this mean for you, the lawyer? Well, since our panel lawyers only have to send us 10% of the fees they receive from referred clients, this means that our Lawyer Referral Panel Members have collaboratively received over $ 110,193.80 in legal fees since June 5th. So, is becoming a member of Lawyer Referral really worth it? In my opinion, you will never know unless you give it a try. I have plans on using many of the ideas I learned at the National Lawyer Referral Workshop to help build our Lawyer Referral Program to its fullest potential. Getting more BCBA members to join is just the beginning, and it is never too late to sign up. Please reach out to me for more information and/or an application. firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-337-9100. “Being a lawyer is not merely a vocation. It is a public trust, and each of us has an obligation to give back to our communities.”- Janet Reno
Committee News ADR COMMITTEE Stay tuned for programming news. ADVOCATE COMMITTEE Please submit any ideas for articles to Rachel Ruocco at email@example.com or Ari Kodeck at firstname.lastname@example.org BENCH/BAR COMMITTEE This committee (appointed by the BCBA Presidents) meets the second Thursday of each month, 8 a.m., in Judicial Conference Room 412. If there are issues to be brought to the attention of this committee please contact Chairperson Fred Allentoff, 443-588-0066 or email@example.com. CRIMINAL LAW COMMITTEE Date TBD, 5pm, Baltimore County Detention Center Programs, Grand Jury Room. February 7, 5pm, 4th Amendment, Grand Jury Room March 21, 5pm, Effective Cross Examination, Grand Jury Room CLE COMMITTEE February 5, 5pm, How to Build a Million Dollar Practice, Grand Jury Room March 3, 5 pm, Joint Program with ADR Committee April 23, 5pm, Accounting & Bookkeeping for Lawyers ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE December 6, 6 pm, Holiday Party, Towson Tavern May 29, 12pm, Golf Tournament, Eagle’s Nest Country Club ESTATES & TRUSTS COMMITTEE December 18, Holiday Lunch January 22, 5pm, Ethical Conduct, Grand Jury Room February 12, 5pm, Fiduciary Responsibilities, Grand Jury Room May 21, 5pm, Annual Dinner
FAMILY LAW COMMITTEE December 4, 12 pm, Brown Bag Lunch, Tracing of Non-Marital Assets, Grand Jury Room January 8, 12 pm, Brown Bag Lunch-ACES Test, Grand Jury Room February 12, 12pm, Brown Bag Lunch on Parent Coordinators, Grand Jury Room February 19, 6 pm, Collecting on Judgements, Woodholme Country Club March 21, 6pm, Sexual Abuse Allegations, Liberatore's Restaurant April 17, 6pm, Multi Jurisdictional Dinner May 16, 5 pm, Legislative Update & Happy Hour, Grand Jury Room LAW DAY COMMITTEE May 1, 7:30 am, Breakfast May 1, Noon Ceremony, Ceremonial Courtroom #5 This year’s theme is Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society Nominations are being sought for the Law Day Award and the Judith P. Ritchie Award. Nominations must be submitted in writing to the Bar Association Office no later than 4:30 P.M. on Friday, January 4th. Each nomination should include information in support of the candidate. Nominations will be reviewed by the committee for recommendations and forwarded to the Executive Council for selection. Awards will be presented at the Law Day Noon Ceremony on May 1st. Law Day Award Criteria are: 1. Bar Association Member 2. Impact on the status or administration of the law 3. Participated in bar related activities over the course of several years 4. Service to the Bar Association over the course of several years Judith P. Ritchie Award Criteria are: 1. Bar Association member. 2. Significant constructive impact on Bar Association activities during the past year. 3. Largely unrecognized for these efforts. 4. Adding to the proficiency, respect and reputation of the Bar Association.
Committee News LRIS COMMITTEE Please renew or consider joining the LRIS at this time. Application can be found on the website: LRIS Application. Contact Rae Wyatt at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-337-9100 for more information.
NEGLIGENCE, INSURANCE & WORKERS’ COMP COMMITTEE Stay tuned for programming news.
The 2018-2019 LRIS Panel Registration and Renewal Packet is now available. Join now! Current panel members, remember to renew!.
PRO BONO COMMITTEE December 4, 5pm, Committee Meeting, Women’s Law Center, 305 W. Chesapeake Ave, Towson April 27, 9am-1pm, Pro Bono Day, Woodlawn Library
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Online Membership Application can be found here
PROFESSIONALISM COMMITTEE March 28, 5pm, Sexual Harassment, CVP, Towson
MEMORIAL COMMITTEE Please notify Rachel Ruocco at the Bar Office of the passing of any BCBA member. If this information is received in a timely manner, it will be emailed to all members. Thank you.
PUBLIC AWARENESS & SPEAKERS COMMITTEE AKA CIVICS & LAW ACADEMY Civics & Law will resume in the Fall of 2019. Please contact Rachel Ruocco if you are interested in participating.
Those members who will be honored at next year’s service on December 11, 2018 at 3:30 p.m., include:
REAL PROPERTY COMMITTEE Stay tuned for programming news.
W. Lee Thomas Henry J. Myerberg Philip I. Klein Ellen P. Rosenberg Judge Dana M. Levitz Lawrence Melfa JR Francomano, III Donna C. Baust Kevin Kamenetz Edward Pinder
SOLO & SMALL FIRM COMMITTEE Stay tuned for programming news. STATE & LOCAL LAWS (SLLZ) COMMITTEE February, Meet the County Council April, SLLZ Annual Dinner TECHONOLGY COMMITTEE Stay tuned for programming news.
If you know of any other BCBA Member who passed away (since August 15, 2017), please advise Rachel Ruocco immediately, so they can be included in the service. Thank you. The reception for family and friends to honor and remember loved ones will be held immediately following the service. Monetary contributions are greatly appreciated to support the Memorial Reception, and can be made payable to the BCBA, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204. Donors will be acknowledged on the printed program.
YOUNG LAWYERS COMMITTEE Holiday Lunch & Toy Drive, December 5, 12-2 pm, County Courts Building Bull & Oyster Roast, March 31, 2-6 pm, Towson American Legion Last Thursday Happy Hour 5pm, The Point, 523 York Rd, Towson. Come join young lawyers, judicial law clerks, and a special monthly guest to relax and network. February 28 March 28 April 25 May 30 June 27
BALTIMORE COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT LAW LIBRARY NEWS NEW TITLES
The following titles were added to the law library’s collection:
The library staff received the following new Micpels which are located behind the reference desk:
BEING WATCHED: legal challenges to government surveillance / Vagle, Jeffrey – New York University Press, 2017. KF 5399 .V44
ADVANCED BUSINESS LAW INSTITUTE, 2018 CRIMINAL LAW UPDATE, 2017
DMCA HANDBOOK: for online service providers, websites, and copyright owners, 2nd edition / Mableson, Connie – ABA, 2018. KF 3030 .1 .M33 FINDING THE ANSWERS TO LEGAL QUESTIONS, 2nd Edition / Tucker, Virginia; Lampson, Marc – American Library Association, 2018. LLP KF 240 .T83 HOW TO PLAY THE GAME WHAT EVERY SPORTS ATTORNEY NEEDS TO KNOW / Heitner, Darren – ABA Book Publishing, 2018. KF 3408 .S66 .H45
CURRENT TRENDS AND CREDITOR RIGHTS IN CONSUMER DEBT COLLECTION, 2017 ELECTRONICALLY STORED INFORMATION (ESI) – WHAT LAWYERS NEED TO KNOW, 2016 EMPLOYMENT LAW INSTITUTE, 2018 HEALTH CARE DECISION MAKING, 2016 PLANNING FOR PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES,
Lawyer in the Lobby Clinic December 12 4:30—6:30 County Courts Building, 1st Floor, 401 Bosley Ave, Towson Lawyer in the Lobby is held the 2nd Wednesday of every month. Walk-ins are assisted in General Civil and Family Law matters. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Rae Wyatt at email@example.com or 410-337-9100. Thank you to our volunteers for November: Frederic Cook Richard Lebovitz Gregg Mosson Laure Ruth THE ADVOCATE
Running Club. Monthly runs will be held on the last Thursday of each month. August â€“ May, 5:30 p.m., meet in Patriot Plaza. December-February, meet at 401 Washington Avenue, Lobby. We recommend that runners bring reflective gear, headlamps, etc. Please RSVP to Craig Borchers, firstname.lastname@example.org, thanks.
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MEMBER ADVERTISEMENTS PERRY HALL/NOTTINGHAM. Real Estate Firm is hiring a title processor for residential real estate closings. Some experience in real estate closings, real estate title work and/or residential lending preferred but not required. Salary commensurate with experience; pleasant work environment. Please send resumes to Lisa Eisemann, Esq. at firstname.lastname@example.org , or mail to Moore, Carney, Ryan & Lattanzi, L.L.C. Attn: Lisa Eisemann; 9649 Belair Road; Suite 302; Nottingham, MD 21236 REISTERSTOWN. Office(s) available for rent. Includes electric and use of conference room/library, reception area & kitchen. Secretary/paralegal assistance and expense sharing opportunities also available. For more information, call Scott Westerberg at 410-526-7373. TOWSON. Towson office space available to share. Large, windowed office and secretarial space, shared reception area and conference room, copier, internet, etc. available. Free parking and easy access to I-695. Contact Rich Desser at 410-821-5435x104 or email@example.com. TOWSON. Office for Rent: $850/mo for one office with reception area in attractive, well-maintained building. $1,000/mo to add an additional office not attached to main suite. Includes electricity, but not phone or internet. One block from circuit courthouse, one block from Towson circle. More info at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-2079272. TOWSON. Office for rent in the heart of Towson. One block from the Circuit Court. Rent includes one parking space. Available in September 2018. Rent is negotiable. Call 410-494-1494 to schedule a tour. Ask for Dilip. TOWSON. Up to three furnished offices for rent one block from the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Share use of conference room, reception area, kitchen and copy machine. Includes parking and all utilities. Call Cynthia at 410-3825910 for more information. LUTHERVILLE/TIMONIUM. Seeking reputable subtenant to share office suite in nice building in Lutherville/Timonium. Fully furnished partnerâ€™s office (2 available), includes internet, receptionist, use of conference room and free parking in a pleasant low key environment. If interested, please contact Randy Wase, 410-828-8500 or Randy@Waselaw.com.