THE ADVOCATE Newsletter of The Baltimore County Bar Association VOLUME XXIX, NO. 3
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE by Hon. Michael W. Siri Most members of the Baltimore County Bar Association partake in a continuous professional and personal juggling act, which is exacerbated by the arrival of the Fall. Gone are the dog days of summer and they are replaced with back to school night, children’s sports schedules, increased traffic, and increasing workloads. Even events that should be enjoyable create additional stress – whether its planning for the next Raven’s tailgate or coordinating a dinner with friends around work and life. Alas, the life of a lawyer is not easy and, in my opinion, tougher in the fall months.
You think about a case in the shower, on a run, before you go to sleep, when you wake up. So, in a profession that is all encompassing, can there really be a work/life balance?
In true lawyer fashion, the answer is both yes and no. I often joked that any vacation from work was merely procrastination for completing work because the work remains, only to be completed at a later date. In all seriousness, the balance of work and life for lawyers requires reframing traditional theories of work schedule and some mental At a welcome meeting with the gymnastics. Circuit Court and appellate law Scheduling personal time which clerks, a common theme involved requires one to leave early, the notion of work life balance. whether it is for Johnny’s For those in the legal profession, baseball game or a game of one does not simply clock out at foosball at the local bar, may the end of the day. The practice of require work to be performed law requires constant thinking and early in the day or late at night. analysis and research and editing Continued on page 2 and rethinking and reanalysis.
Inside This Edition Annual Charity Pg. Calendar of Events Pg. Committee News Pg. Court Notices Pg. Criminal Law Update Pg. District Ct Assignments Pg. E&T Kick-Off Pg. Family Law Meet & Greet Pg. Kick-Off Party Pg. Member Ads Pg. Member News Pg. Professionalism Pg. Ravens Tailgate Pg. Save the Date Pg. Wine & Whiskey Pg.
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PRESIDENTâ€™S MESSAGE by Hon. Michael W. Siri On the same token, mixing your professional and personal life can assist in finding the right balance. By creating personal relationships in professional settings can be beneficial to yourself and your career. Being an active member of the Baltimore County Bar Association, a person can both advance their career and have life. Want to help the community, but canâ€™t find the time? The BCBA organizes community service events where you will be volunteering with lawyers (i.e. potential referral sources, co-counsel, opposing counsel) and judges. Need to work out, you can partake in a BCBA sponsored exercise class or be a part of the BCBA 5k Turkey Trot Team. Happy Hour? Look for the Young Lawyers next get together. You get the picture. The BCBA can help you mix business with pleasure (solely in a platonic sense). Hon. Michael W. Siri BCBA President, 2019-2020
Call for Members! Are you a history buff or imagine yourself as an amateur sleuth? If so, the Historical Committee needs you! The Historical Committee is seeking all interested members to assist with cataloguing our archives and drafting a history of our association that will be unveiled during the 100th year celebration in 2021. As this is a large and important endeavor, we welcome the assistance of all BCBA members. If you are interested, please email Matt Nelson at email@example.com for more information!
2019-20 Officers President Pres-Elect Secretary Treasurer
Hon. Michael W. Siri Jay D. Miller Stanford G. Gann, Jr. John G. Turnbull III
Executive Council Lisa Y. Settles Sondra M. Douglas Richard Grason VI Robert K. Erdman, Jr. Tyler J. Nowicki Michelle D. Siri Rebecca A. Fleming, Immediate Past President Whitney E. Wilder, Young Lawyers’ Chair
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The Advocate Adam E. Konstas Committee Chair
Contributing Writers Michael Barranco Debra Cruz Mariela D’Alessio Alaina Storie Hon. Dorothy Wilson 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. Publication deadline: 10th of the month preceding publication.
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ADR Committee M eeting, 4:30pm, Grand Jury Room, County Courts Building Bar Wars Trivia Competition, 5:30pm, 7 West Bistro Grille, Towson Lawyer in the Lobby Clinic, 4:30pm, County Courts Building Estates & Trusts Legislative Update, 5pm, Grand Jury Room Family Law-LGBTQIA Safe Spaces Training, 1 -4pm, Grand Jury Room Courts & Barr Office Closed —Columbus Day Investiture Ceremony for Judge Guido Porcarelli, 4pm, Ceremonial Courtroom #5 Technology Committee MDEC Town Hall, 5pm, Grand Jury Rm Bar Foundation Meeting, 3:30pm, Ceremonial Courtroom #5 Stated Meeting of the BCBA, 4:30pm, Ceremonial Courtroom #5 Pro Bono Clinic, BCPL, 9am -12pm, 1716 Merritt Blvd, Dundalk Professionalism Committee M eeting, 5pm, 210 W. Pennsylvania Ave, Ste 420, Towson Pro Bono Volunteer Appreciation Reception & Awards, 5pm, Pessin Katz Law, 901 Dulaney Valley Rd, Towson ADR & Estates & Trusts Movie Night -ADR in a Box, 5pm, Grand Jury Room Judicial Portrait Unveiling for Hon. Susan Souder, 4pm, Courtroom TBD CLE-Updates in Appellate Practice, 5pm, Grand Jury Room Retirement Party for Hon. Alexander Wright, Jr., 6pm, Grammercy Mansion, 1400 Greenspring Valley Rd, Stevenson, MD
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Civics & Law Academy, 8:30am, CCBC Dundalk Young Lawyers’ Chamber Chat, 12:30 p.m., Jury room TBD Court & Bar Office Closed —Veteran’ Day Family Law Committee, Extraordinary Medical Expenses, 6pm, Woodholme Country Club Lawyer in the Lobby Clinic, 4:30pm, County Courts Building Bench/Bar Committee Meeting, 8am, Wine & Whiskey Fundraiser, 6pm, Maryvale Preparatory School Professionalism Committee, Dos and Don’ts for Internet Marketing & Social M edia, 5pm, Zest Social Media Solutions, 215 Washington Ave, Towson Estates & Trusts Committee, Augmented Estate & Elective Share Update, 5pm, Grand Jury Room Annual Memorial Service, 3:30pm, Ceremonial Courtroom #5 National Adoption Day, 11am, Ceremonial Courtroom #5 Judicial Portrait Unveiling for Hon. Christian M. Kahl, 4pm, Courtroom TBD Professionalism Committee M eeting, 5pm, 210 W. Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 420, Towson Courts & Bar Office Closed for Thanksgiving Courts & Bar Office Closed for Thanksgiving
SCORERS NEEDED FOR MOCK TRIAL For over 35 years, the Bench and Bar of Baltimore County have assisted Baltimore County Public Schools in conducting one of the most successful high school mock trial competitions in Maryland. In mock trial, students prepare and present a legal case based upon materials provided by the Maryland Youth & the Law (MYLAW) a statewide organization which has administered the state competition in cooperation with the Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland State Department of Education since 1983.
The cases will be judged and scored by practicing attorneys. The matches are scored based on a scoring rubric and standards provided by MYLAW. The matches take place at the Baltimore County Circuit Courthouse. They begin at 4 p.m. and typically conclude by 6 p.m. The key to the success of this wonderful activity is your participation. We need volunteer attorney scorers! To volunteer, please contact Frank Passaro, Mock Trial Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org.
COURT NOTICES Towson District Court Move Date The Towson District Courthouse will temporarily move its staff and operations to the new Catonsville District Courthouse, located at 1 Rolling Crossroad in Catonsville, due to HVAC systems repairs scheduled to take place later this year. During the temporary move, all services provided at the Towson District Courthouse, including the commissionerâ€™s office, will temporarily move to the new Catonsville District Courthouse for a period of six months. Construction on the new Catonsville District Courthouse in Baltimore County is scheduled to be completed later this fall. The 130,000-square-foot facility, located on 5.9 acres in the Rolling Crossroads Professional Park, will have eight courtrooms. Convenient and free on-site parking is provided in an adjacent 425-vehicle parking garage. Additionally, the courthouse is accessible to commuters via the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) bus lines. For more information regarding bus routes and schedules, please visit the MTA website at https:// www.mta.maryland.gov/schedule or call the MTA at 410-539-5000.
During Towson District Courthouseâ€™s temporary closure and the transfer of court operations to the new Catonsville District Courthouse, the current Catonsville District Courthouse, located at 900 Walker Avenue in Catonsville, will remain open and fully operational. The system repairs that require the closure of the Towson District Courthouse are expected to take up to six months. Upon completion, Towson staff and court services will move back to the Towson District Courthouse and resume normal operations. The general public can email the court with questions, comments, and concerns about the temporary relocation to email@example.com. In addition to courthouse signage, FAQ sheets and transportation guides will be made available at all Baltimore County District Courthouses. For more updates on the courthouse move, follow the Maryland Judiciary on Twitter.
Honorable Dorothy J. Wilson Administrative Judge Baltimore County District Court
Register for the MDEC Town Hall on Wednesday, October 16th at 5:00 p.m. Click HERE to register online, visit www.bcba.org or send in the flyer . The Clerk of the Court, Julie Ensor and her staff will be addressing specific questions and concerns attorneys have about MDEC filing procedures in Baltimore County. Bring questions and we will see you there!
THR PROFESSIONAL LAWYER WHAT DOES PROFFESIONALSIM MEAN? By Debra Cruz A young lawyer entering the profession inquires, how prepared. Your opponent and the court will see your do I demonstrate “Professionalism” and still be a confidence and will be more likely to treat you with zealous advocate? Answer: Always be zealous, but respect. never be a jerk. 4) Stand firm. Always be respectful and IDEALS OF PROFESSIONALISM (Appendix courteous. Especially when opposing counsel is not being courteous or is attempting to bully you, when 19-B, Vol. II, Md. Rules Civ. Pro.) you take the high road, your professional behavior Professionalism is the combination of the core values will stand out to the court and jury alike. of personal integrity, competency, civility, 5) Think first. Count to 100 before independence and public service that distinguish sending a flaming email or making a caustic remark. lawyers as the caretakers of the rule of law. Don’t take the bait when another lawyer is being * * * * * * obnoxious. You may need to compromise your legal position to resolve a matter in your client’s best An attorney should: interest, but never compromise your integrity. * * * * * * Remember that when you get into the mud with a (1) act fairly in all dealings as a way of pig, you both get dirty and the pig likes it. promoting the system of justice; 6) Accept responsibility for your (2) understand that an excess of zeal may actions. If you wouldn’t be proud to see your words undermine a client’s cause and hamper the in a headline, don’t say them. If you make a administration of justice and that an attorney can mistake, acknowledge it. advocate zealously a client’s cause in a manner that 7) Make the telephone call. Resist the remains fair and civil; temptation to engage in email wars. Speaking to (3) know that zeal requires only that the your opponent by telephone or face-to-face demands client’s interests are paramount and therefore warrant more courtesy than hiding behind written words. use of negotiation and compromise, when appropriate, 8) Find (or be) a mentor. Mentors are to achieve a beneficial outcome, understanding that critical to the proper development of a lawyer. They yelling, intimidating, issuing ultimatums, and using an can provide advice and examples of how to handle “all or nothing” approach may constitute bullying, not difficult situations whether with clients, the court or zealous advocacy;… opposing counsel. Your reputation is your most valuable asset. Gaining a The practice of law, although rewarding, is also reputation for professionalism enhances you and the stressful. Handling yourself in a professional, civil profession by osmosis. How do you gain a reputation manner- especially when your opponent does not for professionalism? fosters better outcomes for our clients and makes the 1) Be prepared. There is no excuse for practice of law more rewarding and less stressful for lack of preparation and showing up prepared our clients. demonstrates to the court and your opponent that you are taking the matter seriously. 2) Listen carefully. Make sure you understand what is expected of you from the client, opposing counsel and the court. Ask questions where appropriate. 3) Take pride in what you do. Be confident (but not arrogant) - which is easier if you are
BAR YEAR KICK-OFF PARTY By Michael Barranco The Association kicked off the 2019-2020 bar year on September 4, 2019 with a well-attended party at the Charles Village Pub in Towson. Members were greeted at the door with a wealth of information concerning the upcoming bar year, including dates to save for BCBA events, flyers for upcoming events as well as contact information for BCBA staff, Executive Council Officers and At Large Members. BCBA President, Judge Michael Siri, and several Executive Council Members and Committee Chairs were available to mingle and discuss plans for the upcoming year. Also in attendance were the newly appointed District Court Judges, Bruce Friedman and Guido Porcarelli, in addition to Judge Siri. Representatives from the Y in Central Maryland also attended to promote wellness and the Y’s partnership this year with the BCBA. This included a celebrity appearance by the Y’s Turkey mascot, Trotter to promote the Y’s Thanksgiving Morning 5K Turkey Trot.
Ravens Tailgate By Michael Barranco On Sunday, September 15th the BCBA once again hosted a successful tailgate party before the new look Ravens faced off against the Arizona Cardinals featuring the return of former Ravens’ defensive standout, Terrell Suggs, aka T-Sizzle, in the season opener. Located in its usual prime location on Lot H, and with flags flying high, members gathered for the tailgate on this sunny and warm day to enjoy good company and several tables of food and drink offerings to share. Notable offerings included Rob Erdman’s pulled pork, Sandy Steeves’ hamburger sliders, Ralph Sapia’s wings and plenty of other delicious dishes. Fans at the game were treated to a pre-game flyover of two A-10 Warthog jets flown by the Maryland Air National Guard. Although the game was closer than expected, the Ravens held on to a 23-17 win over the resilient Cardinals who were led by the impressive passing attack of top overall draft pick, quarterback, Kyler Murray. For the Ravens, Lamar Jackson continued to stand out with a record setting performance, passing for 272 yards and rushing for a career high 120 yards. Jackson completed passes to nine target receivers during the game, including many impressive completions by tight end Mark Andrews and a late in the game, victory ensuring, 41 yard pass to Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. The home crowd decibel level helped the Ravens’
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CRIMINAL LAW UPDATE By Matt Wyman This case involves the distribution of child pornography when the sender is a minor themself, and the subject of the pornographic material. S.K. was a minor. She sent a video of herself performing a sexual act to some friends. Ultimately she was charged with distribution of child pornography and was adjudicated delinquent. There were lots of new criminal cases coming out of the appellate courts the past couple of months. Below, I’ve summarized some of the more relevant cases from the latest Amicus Curiarum. The first case made the news last month regarding the police’s ability to search a car based on a small amount of marijuana. Michael Pacheco v. State of Maryland, No. 17, September Term 2018, filed August 12, 2019. Opinion by Barbera, C.J. Pacheco was parked behind a laundromat after hours. Police approached as his vehicle was suspicious in the area at that time. They immediately noticed an odor of recently burnt marijuana, and a joint in the center console. Officers testified that it was clearly less than 10 grams. Officers ordered him out of the car, and searched the vehicle and his person. They located cocaine in his pocket and he was charged accordingly. The Court of Appeals held that since the possession of less than 10 grams is no longer a criminal offense, that officers may not arrest the Defendant and conduct a search incident to that arrest. The court was careful to distinguish between this matter, and one where something may be found in the vehicle. Officers may be permitted to search the vehicle in such circumstances, but a person enjoys a higher level of privacy on their person. In re S.K., No. 41, September Term 2018, filed August 28, 2019. Opinion by Getty, J.
S.K. argued on appeal that the law was not intended to prosecute someone for sending material of themselves, regardless of the content. The Court stated that CR § 11-207(a)(4) does not contain an exception for those circumstances. On another issue, the court also concluded that the term “film” can also mean digital media, and is not restricted to analog. Wilfredo Rosales v. State of Maryland, No. 6, September Term 2018, filed April 17, 2019. Opinion by Getty, J. Rosales was charged with several crimes related to an assault. He was alleged to be a member of the MS-13 gang as was his victim. The State attempted to block the introduction of the victim’s prior convictions for conspiracy to commit assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering and threatening to commit a crime of violence in aid of racketeering as the crimes were neither infamous nor relevant to his credibility. The Court of Appeals ultimately ruled that prior convictions for violent crimes in aid of racketeering activity would be impeachable under MD Rule 5-609 as they do pertain to the witness’s credibility. However, while this expands the law for future litigants, Mr. Rosales was not so fortunate. The Court held that in light of the overwhelming amount of other evidence against him, the error was a harmless one that did not influence the jury verdict since the Jury already knew the victim was a gang member based on his testimony.
CRIMINAL LAW UPDATE By Matt Wyman Richard Brendoff v. State of Maryland, No. 578, September Term 2018, filed August 1, 2019. Opinion by Leahy, J. Brendoff is one of several cases bringing up provisions on the Justice Reinvestment Act, and their applicability in regards to violations of probation. Brendoff was granted relief under Health General § 8 -507 to enter a drug treatment facility to fulfill his sentence. While there, he missed 6 appointments. He was charged with violating his probation for the missed appointments. The State contends that the missed appointments amount to absconding, a nontechnical violation. The Judge agreed, and sentenced Brendoff to 10 years that were previously suspended.
person. The court used the four prong approach of Bell v. Wolfish, 441 U.S. 520 (1979) to determine the validity of the search. In examining the scope, manner, justification and place of the search, the Court determined that the search did violate the fourth amendment. This was not a full cavity search, a female officer was used, and she was secreted as much as much as possible to help ensure her privacy. Nevertheless, the court determined that since there was probable cause to arrest her based on the alert, she should have been arrested and searched in the private at the police station, not the side of the road.
The Court of Special Appeals held that when a patient is in a treatment facility under Health General § 8-507, he is supervised by Parole and Probation for the purposes of the Court, not the treatment facility. The case was remanded to determine if Brendoff in fact absconded by “willfully evading his probation agent” instead of the treatment facility. Shawna Lynn Faith v. State of Maryland, No. 1040, September Term 2018, filed August 2, 2019. Opinion by Berger, J. Faith was stopped for a traffic violation. Ultimately the police suspected narcotics and had a K9 unit respond, which alerted to the vehicle near Faith’s door. Officers then asked for a female officer to come and conduct a “female search” of her, which yielded a condom full of cocaine that had somehow ended up in her genitals. The female officer who searched Faith secreted her from the road, and did not remove her clothing fully, but noted that the condom was evident upon looking inside of Faith’s underwear as it was “hanging out, like down in her underwear”.
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Faith was convicted of possession with intent to distribute cocaine. She challenged the search of her
ESTATES & TRUSTS COMMITTEE KICK-OFF PARTY By Mariela D’Alessio Fellow members of the Estates and Trust Committee, including the Honorable Arthur M. Frank and Juliet G. Fisher, gathered for the annual Fall Kick-Off Event on September 17th, 2019 to celebrate the upcoming 2019-2020 Bar Year. The event was generously sponsored in part by Mariela C. D’Alessio of Smith, Gildea & Schmidt, LLC and was well attended. A portion of each ticket sale will be donated to the Y of Central Maryland. A good time was had by all!
Save the Date November 20 5:00 p.m. Grand Jury Room, Circuit Court Estates & Trusts Committee Update on Augmented Estate & Elective Share THE ADVOCATE
FAMILY LAW COMMITTEE ANNUAL MEET & GREET By Alaina Storie Family Law Judges, Magistrates and Attorneys enjoyed another successful Meet and Greet, held this year on September 17, 2019 at Eagleâ€™s Nest Country Club. This is always one of our most well attended events because it gives everyone the opportunity to not only network, socialize and reconnect after a busy summer during the cocktail hour, but also continue the conversations during dinner (i.e., no formal program). This yearâ€™s Meet and Greet was generously sponsored by Hertzbach and Company. Alaina Storie is the Family Law Committee Chair for this current bar year. She started the evening by welcoming the crowd, and announcing the upcoming programs planned for the rest of the calendar year (October 11th, November 12th, and December 3rd). The Hon. Ruth Ann Jakubowski introduced our newest Magistrate, Dilip Paliath, who will be focusing on CINA, Juvenile and Family matters. She also gave us helpful tips related to MDEC, especially in light of the latest Odyssey upgrade, which ended up sparking an impromptu Q&A session, bringing Judge Cox into the discussion as well. Judge Jakubowski also announced that for court-funded Best Interest Attorney cases, the hourly rate will increase to $200 with a cap of $2,000, and the cap for privilege attorneys will increase to $750. The rest of the evening was relaxed, with many sticking around after dinner ended to chat with friends. The Family Law Committee is looking forward to a great year, and we hope for a great turnout at all of our upcoming programs.
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WELCOME DILIP PALIATH, BALTIMORE COUNTY MAGISTRATE By Jennifer Bowman challenges he will face on the other side of the bench. Having had years of experience as a litigator, Magistrate Paliath brings with him a sensitivity to the challenges lawyers face in the court room and emphasized that he will always allow attorneys to try their case. In his free time Magistrate Paliath enjoys traveling, spending time with his two daughters and his wife, Tracey, and watching movies— especially from the Marvel Universe. The Baltimore County Bar Association is excited to welcome Baltimore County’s newest Magistrate, Dilip Paliath, to the bench. Magistrate Paliath is a life-long Baltimore resident and in true Baltimore fashion when asked where he went to school he proudly stated “Calvert Hall,” where he was class valedictorian and still serves on the Alumni Association. It appears as though he was destined for this appointment as he wrote in his senior class year book that he wanted to be “the best lawyer money couldn’t buy.” To achieve this goal, he took several years away from his hometown, attending Boston College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and then on to law school at the University of Virginia.
In closing, Magistrate Paliath’s “Endgame” for the lawyers that appear before him is a simple ask: be prepared, know your cases, know the law, and be respectful of one another and the Court.
Upon graduating from law school Magistrate Paliath embarked on an illustrious legal career dedicated to serving the residents of the State of Maryland. Among other positions, Magistrate Paliath worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore County, Legislative Officer for Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., and Chief Counsel to the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention. Since leaving the Governor’s Office, Magistrate Paliath has been in private practice representing litigants in a wide range of matters including estate planning, criminal defense, and business law. Magistrate Paliath has been excitedly preparing for his new role and is looking forward to the interesting
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Lawyer in the Lobby Clinic Wednesday, October 9 4:30â€”6:30 p.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-337-9100. Thank you to our volunteers for September:
Keith Franz Richard Lebovitz James Nolan, Jr. E. David Silverberg
The 2019-2020 Lawyer Referral & Information Service Panel Application is now available. Contact Rae Wyatt at email@example.com if you are interested in participating in Lawyer Referral. All current panel members will receive the new application via email. CLICK HERE for panel application, rules, and minimum qualifications. Do you practice the following areas of law? Would you like more clients? If soâ€” Lawyer Referral needs you! Civil Rights (includes Abuse of Power, Americans with Disabilities Act, False Imprisonment, HIPPA violations, Other Human Rights/discrimination) Consumer Law (includes Class Action, Credit Problems, Identity Theft, Lemon Law, Repossessions, Warranties) Intellectual Property Patent, Trademark)
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ADR COMMITTEE October 2, Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Grand Jury Room October 23, ‘ADR in a Box’-A Night at the Movies, Grand Jury Room, 5:00 p.m. February 3, Committee Meeting, 4:30pm, Grand Jury Room February 19, Joint Dinner Program with Family Law Committee, 6pm March 5, 2-Hour Mediation Training, 4:30pm, Grand Jury Room ADVOCATE COMMITTEE Please submit any ideas for articles to Rachel Ruocco at firstname.lastname@example.org or Adam Konstas at email@example.com 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 Chris Nicholson, 410-339-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org. CRIMINAL LAW COMMITTEE Stay tuned for more programming information CLE COMMITTEE October 29, Appellate Decision Overview, 5pm, Grand Jury Room March 31, Bar Complaints –How to avoid them and What to Do When You Receive One, 5pm, Grand Jury Room
ESTATES & TRUSTS COMMITTEE October 10, Legislative Update from Register of Wills, 5pm, Grand Jury Room November 20, Elective Share Background, 5pm, Grand Jury Room January 15, Custody vs. Guardianship Joint Program with Family Law Committee, 12pm, location TBD February 13, Ethical Considerations, 5pm, Grand Jury Room April 21, Panel on Elective Share, 5pm, Grand Jury Room May 20, Annual Dinner, 5:15pm, Country Club of Maryland FAMILY LAW COMMITTEE October 11, LGBTQIA Safe Spaces Training, 1-4pm, Grand Jury Room November 12, Extraordinary Medical Expenses, 6pm, Woodholme Country Club December 3, Mental Health Providers; the Various & Sundry Complications, 12pm, Grand Jury Room January 15, Joint Program with Estates & Trusts Committee, 12pm, PK Law January 23, Our Family Wizard, 12pm, Grand Jury Room February 19, Joint Program with Family Law Committee on Mediation, 6pm, Vito’s March 25, SOLDIER-Working with Emotional Clients, 6pm, Country Club of MD April, Multi-Jurisdictional Dinner, 6pm, Woodholme Country Club May 14, Case Law & Legislative Update & Happy Hour, 4:30pm HISTORICAL COMMITTEE November 13, Committee Meeting, 5pm, BCBA Mezzanine Level If you are interested in taking part in the planning of our 100th Anniversary Celebration, please contact Matt Nelson at email@example.com.
ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE November 14, Wine & Whiskey Fundraiser, 6-9pm, Maryvale December 5, Holiday Party, 5pm, Towson Tavern
Committee News LAW DAY COMMITTEE Law Day theme for 2020 is Your Vote, Your Voice, Our Democracy: The 19th Amendment at 100. May 1, Law Day Breakfast, 7:30am, Martin’s Valley Mansion May 1, Law Day Noon Ceremony, 12pm, Ceremonial Courtroom #5
PRO BONO COMMITTEE Submit nominations for the Pro Bono October 19, Pro Bono Clinic, 9am-12pm, Dundalk Public Library October 22, Pro Bono Award Celebration, 5pm, Pessin Katz Law April 4, Pro Bono Clinic, 9am-12pm, Woodlawn Public Library
LRIS COMMITTEE The 2019-2020 LRIS Panel Registration and Renewal Packet can be found HERE. Contact Rae Wyatt at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like it emailed to you.
PROFESSIONALISM COMMITTEE October 21, Committee Meeting, 5pm. 210 W. Pennsylvania Ave, Suite 420, Towson November 18, Ethical Violations in Online Marketing, Advertising & Social Media, 5pm November 25, Committee Meeting, 5pm, 210 W. Pennsylvania Ave, Towson
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE Online Membership Application can be found here 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.
BCBA members who will be honored at next year’s service on November 21, 2019 at 3:30 p.m. Howard A. Roland Jim Beach III Hon. John G. Turnbull II The reception for family, friends and BCBA members 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. NEGLIGENCE, INSURANCE & WORKERS’ COMP COMMITTEE October 8, Anatomy of a PI Case Lunch Series Part 1: How to Evaluate a Case/Getting the Good Client, 12pm, Grand Jury Room November 7, Anatomy of a PI Case Lunch Series Part 2: Litigation & Medical Billing, 12pm, Grand Jury Room December 3, Anatomy of a PI Case Part 3: Case Studies, 12pm, Grand Jury Room
PUBLIC AWARENESS & SPEAKERS COMMITTEE AKA CIVICS & LAW ACADEMY November 1, Civics & Law Academy, 8:30am, Dundalk Community College December 6, Civics & Law Academy, 8:30am, Owings Mills Community College REAL PROPERTY COMMITTEE Stay tuned for more programming information SOLO & SMALL FIRM COMMITTEE November 19, Toolbox for Hanging Out a Shingle, 5pm, Grand Jury Room STATE & LOCAL LAWS (SLLZ) COMMITTEE February, Meet & Greet with the County Council April, Joint Dinner with Real Property TECHONOLGY COMMITTEE October 16, MDEC Town Hall, 5pm, Grand Jury Room YOUNG LAWYERS COMMITTEE November 8, Chamber Chat with Judges Cox & Jakubowski, 12:30pm, Jury Room TBD December 4, Holiday Party Toy Drive, 12pm, Circuit Court Gound Floor Lobby April 5, Bull & Oyster Roast & Silent Auction, 26pm, Towson American Legion
MEMBER NEWS Assistant Bar Counsel, Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland
Staff Attorney, Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland
The Office of Bar Counsel is seeking applicants for Assistant Bar Counsel. This attorney investigates allegations of attorney misconduct or incapacity; presents complaints to Peer Review Panels; represents the Commission at trial in circuit courts throughout the State and before the Court of Appeals; and performs other duties as directed by Bar Counsel. Applicants should be able to manage a substantial caseload independently and must possess excellent communication, research, analytical and writing skills. Admission to the Maryland Bar and substantive litigation experience required. Benefits include medical insurance and pension plan. Email cover letter, resume and two writing samples to email@example.com. Resume must be received by close of business 10/11/2019. E.O.E.
The Office of Bar Counsel is seeking applicants for Staff Attorney. Duties include reviewing and evaluating complaints alleging attorney misconduct or incapacity; overseeing conditional diversion compliance; serving as conservator of client files; investigating allegations of the unauthorized practice of law; and other duties as directed by Bar Counsel. Excellent research, writing, organization and communication skills are required. Maryland Bar required. Benefits include medical insurance and pension plan. Email cover letter, resume and two writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resume must be received by close of business 10/11/2019. E.O.E.
MEMBER NEWS MEMBERS ON THE MOVE
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS! Law Students:
2-Plus Years in Practice
Sarah P. Belardi
Jenifer Lynn Mindel
Azzeez Emmanuel Shodeinde
The Law Office of Laurie M. Wasserman.
Nicholas John Comaromi
Ken C. Gauvey
Shimon Akiva Kafka
Sarah Zadrozny is now with
Kevin C. Salkowski 1st Year Attorneys James Almon
Stephanie Langston and Emily Koning were hired as Associates Attorneys for
John Schueider Thomas Tompsett, Jr.
Melissa Nichole Paddy Colin Charles Smith
Matthew Thomas West
Jessica Marie Whitney
John Francis Simanski
The Law Offices of Frank F. Daily, P.A. 11350 McCormick Road Executive Plaza III, Suite 704 Hunt Valley, Maryland 21031 410-584-9443 (phone) 410-584-9619 (fax) email@example.com www.frankdailylaw.com
Jessica Marie Whitney The Honorable Sally D. Adkins (Ret.) has joined The McCammon Group, a leading provider of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services in the mid-Atlantic region. Stuart Cherry is now with Rifkin Weiner Livingston, LLC 2002 Clipper Park Road, Suite 108 Baltimore, MD 21211 Office: 410-769-8080 Cell Phone: 443-510-9114 www.rwllaw.com
Judge Adkins recently retired after over twenty years of distinguished judicial service. She served admirably on three levels of the Maryland court system, most recently as a Judge of the Court of Appeals. Prior to her ascension to the Court of Appeals, Judge Adkins first served as an Associate Judge for the Circuit Court for Wicomico County and then as a Judge of the Court of Special Appeals. She enjoyed a successful general law practice before her election to the bench, and throughout her legal career Judge Adkins participated in numerous statewide and local bar associations and committees, including as a Past President of the Wicomico County Bar Association. Judge Adkins now brings this exemplary record of experience and dedication to The McCammon Group to serve the mediation, arbitration, and special master needs of lawyers and litigants in Maryland and beyond.
Office Available in the Heart of Towson Opportunity to own your office in Towson Core at 606 Baltimore Ave. 1,302 SF. Prime location for law firms and CPA offices. On site reserved parking and public parking available. Newly renovated common area hallways, main lobby and elevators. Walking distance to Baltimore County Courts, shopping and restaurants. Close proximity to Towson University, Goucher College, GBMC, and UM St. Joseph Medical Center. Condo suite 404 available. Price: $195,300. Will consider lease.
Contact Chris Smith at 410-472-3510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR THE J. EARLE PLUMHOFF PROFESSIONALSIM AWARD The Professionalism Committee is requesting nominations from Bar Association Members for the annual recipient of the J. Earle Plumhoff Professionalism Award, which will be presented at the Annual Black Tie Banquet on January 30, 2020. Recipient of this award must be: A Baltimore County Bar Association
Past Recipients 1984
Myles F. Friedman – FIRST RECIPIENT
Richard A. Reid
Leon Berg (presented at Family Law dinner)
Keith R. Truffer
Carolyn H. Thaler
member at least 5 years;
2008 Jennifer B. Aist
Have made professional contributions to Baltimore County Bar Association activities;
Christopher W. Nicholson
Kristine K. Howanski
Harris J. “Bud” George
Mary Roby Sanders
Robert L. Hanley Jr.
Judge Robert J. Steinberg
Herbert R. O’Conor III
Drake C. Zaharris
Carl R. Gold
Dominick A. Garcia
Judge Vicki Ballou-Watts
Have made contributions of time and re sources that have gone largely unnoticed; and High marks for dignity, integrity and civility. Nominations forms can be found here and should be sent to the Bar Office. Deadline for submission is November 16, 2018. Contact Rachel Ruocco at email@example.com or Professionalism Committee Chair, Bill Alcarese at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Did you know that every year, the Public Speakers and Awareness Committee partners with Community College of Baltimore County and hosts Civics and Law Academies for Baltimore County Public School students? If you would like to get involved in reviewing the materials or in being a presenter, contact Chair, Laurie Wasserman at email@example.com.
Do you have ideas for better Bar Programming? We want your input! Contact Rachel Ruocco at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-337-9100 with your creative, engaging ideas.
Paul E. Alpert, Retired Judge Available for Mediation and Arbitration Former Judge of District Court, Circuit Court and Court of Special Appeals
National Adoption Day
Saturday, November 23 11:00am
Ceremonial Courtroom 5
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BCBA Committee Planning Meetings took place in June and July We want to hear from you! Your input is important to us in planning a successful Bar Year.. If you are unsure what committees you are on, contact the Bar Office at 410-337-9100 to find out.
Check the calendar at www.bcba.org/calendar/ as programs are added frequently!
Signature Sponsors The Baltimore County Bar Association continues its Signature Sponsor program, which enhances the opportunities for our sponsors, as well as our members. This singletier program provides more engagement between our sponsors and our members. Each Signature Sponsor can host an event during the year, thereby reducing the cost of the event for members while providing added benefits. Sponsorships help the Bar Association maintain its current dues level despite the increasing costs of providing top-shelf legal education programs, social events, networking opportunities and Bar Office services available in the County Courts Building. If you know of a business that would be interested in one of these limited sponsorship opportunities, please contact Rachel Ruocco (410) 337-9100 or rruocco@bcba,org).
YOUR AD COULD BE HERE! Contact Rachel Ruocco at email@example.com or 410-337-9100 for advertising rates and to place your ad.
LAW PRACTICE FOR SALE Sole practitioner based in Columbia, active for 42 years. Focus on Estate Planning, Probate and Elder Law, some traffic/dui. Have extensive client list and many wills on file. Contact for details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Divorce, or probating an estate. Your client has options when it comes to the real estate. Hawk Mortgage Group can help you and your client sort out the options and strategies they have at hand, to help at this time â€Ś and down the road. Jeffrey T. Hawk, President 443-619-7900 - Office 410-241-7071 - Cell Jeff@hawkmortgagegroup.com
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MEMBER ADVERTISEMENTS CATONSVILLE. Office Space for Rent. Catonsville, 1002 Frederick Road, 2nd floor office. Private entrance, semi private restroom, use of conference room and kitchen on first floor. Free parking. Would be a great satellite office. Please contact Lou Weinkam, Jr. at 410-744-3256 ext. 103. TOWSON. 309 Allegheny Avenue. 2nd floor offices with private restroom, 3 regular offices, partially furnished, 1 executive office (can be made into five offices) fully furnished. Private restroom. Tenant will have available to them a conference room, print/scan/fax center and kitchenette on 1st floor. Additionally, 2nd floor has 2 private entrances, 5 free parking spaces, and approximately 800 sq. ft. of combined dry/secure storage on 3rd floor and basement. TOWSON. Sublease available one block from courthouse. Space in excellent condition. Spacious conference rooms, 34 offices, reception area, copy/supply room, and kitchen. Sublease until August, then take on new lease. Rent negotiable. Contact email@example.com to schedule a tour or get more information. TOWSON. Office for Rent: $990/month for one office with reception area right off the elevator. Located in Towson within walking distance to courthouse. Newly renovated and furnished. $1,200 to add an additional office connected to entire suite. Includes electric, internet and one parking space. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-825-7400.
TOWSON. Three Office Spaces Available: Rent one office, four offices with reception area, or whole floor. Two blocks from circuit courthouse. Free parking. Rent and utilities are negotiable. More info at email@example.com or 410-207- 9272. TOWSON. Office sharing available. One block from Courthouse. Use of phone system, copier, fax and secretarial available. Please call Beverly at 410-296-6820. 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