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LIVING LEGAL LEGENDS
PRESIDENT COHEN’S SPEECH
The Honorable Alison L. Asti
Adam Sean Cohen
YOUNG LAWYERS’ DIVISION
HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
COURTHOUSES IN FILM
CIRCUIT COURT ASSIGNMENTS
By Jason T. Wasserman, Chair
MEMBER IN THE SPOTLIGHT
ANNUAL COMMITEE REPORTS
AROUND THE OFFICE
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
BABC NOMINATIONS FOR 2011
By Baltimore City Bar Committees
J. W. Bennett, David Gutierrez & David S. Goldberg
BABC Events Calendar; State, Local, Specialty Bar & Non-Profit Association Events; Around Town Events
BAR LEADERSHIP 2011-2012
Living Legal Legends By The Honorable Alison L. Asti
Once in a while, we attend an event which is truly memorable.The crowd is bustling with activity and anticipation, the setting is perfect, the food fantastic and the speakers spoke from their hearts and were truly moved by the occasion. This was how I would best describe the evening of March 16, when the Baltimore City Bar presented its first ever “Living Legal Legends” Awards at the Hyatt in Downtown Baltimore. The event drew nearly 700, anxious to mingle with and hear from the eleven honorees – Peter G. Angelos, Esq., Professor E. Clinton Bamberger, Jr., Paul D. Bekman, Esq., Hon. Robert M. Bell, Hon. Shirley B. Jones, Hon. Joseph H.H. Kaplan, Wilbur D. Preston, Jr., Esq., Hon. George L. Russell, Jr., Sheila K. Sachs, Esq., Shale D. Stiller, Esq., and Melvin J. Sykes, Esq. The audience was filled with distinguished lawyers and jurists, many of whom had not had an opportunity to get together, especially at a celebratory event such as this, for years. The mood was upbeat; the excitement contagious. The evening began with a cocktail reception which did not last nearly long enough to say hello and chat with the many friends and colleagues from over the years. The crowd was excited and engaged. The tables were beautifully set, with an elegant salad of mixed greens, strawberries and goat cheese. The Program book itself was an impressive work of art, with messages from federal, state and local officials and well written summaries of the impressive accomplishments of the honorees. Immediate Past President, Judge Lynn Stewart, was beaming with pride, as it was her dream to gather together leg(CONTINUED ON PAGE 5)
endary members of the bar and judiciary for the evening’s festivities. The National Anthem, sung by Nina Stewart, was a lovely personal touch, and Judge David Young delivered the Invocation. The star of the evening was Judge Charles E. Moylan, Jr., who made each introduction both personal and meaningful, with just the right element of humor! The honorees were humble and clearly touched by the event. Their remarks were touching and well received. You could hear a pin drop in the room! Kudos to our President Judge Stewart for having the idea to hold this event, and to the hard working Committee members, (Hon. Alison L. Asti, Chair, Michael J. Baxter, Esq., Mary Cina Chalawsky, Esq., Neil E. Duke, Esq., Robert T. Gonzales, Esq., Hon. Marcella A. Holland, Cynthia L. Leppert, Esq., Hon. Lynn K. Stewart, Kenneth L. Thompson, Esq., Thomas J.S. Waxter, III, Esq., and Katherine T. Sanzone, Executive Director) who made it a great success!
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President Cohen’s Speech
The following are remarks made by President Adam Sean Cohen at his installation on May 26, 2011
I cannot thank Judge Stewart enough. This organization is financially sound and fully energized. The brain child of Judge Stewart, the Living Legal Legends, will go down as one of the most successful bar events ever. Those in attendance were left in awe. Having a front row seat during her presidency was very intimidating and at the same time very educational. Thank you again Judge Stewart for a wonderful bar year and for your expression of support as I assume the presidency. I need to thank former BABC President William R. Levasseur, who is here tonight, and who gave me my shot back in 1996 to prove myself in the BABC when I first became an attorney and BABC member. Upon the urging of State Bar President James L.Thompson, I applied for and was chosen as a Fellow in the highly selective Leadership Academy, created by former BABC and MSBA President Robert Gonzalez. Mr. Gonzales, was assigned as my mentor and taught me everything he knew about being a leader. Mr. Thompson, and Mr. Gonzalez, thank you. In addition to death and taxes, the only other two things that are certain are Kathy Sanzone and Patty DeGuilmi. I can honestly say I have never seen them with anything but a smile. Always in control. Always focused. Always moving. They are the most amazing tandem in the business. I don’t know what I’d do without them and have asked them to text me each morning when they wake up, and, 6
at night when they go to bed. During my uncontested run for president elect I made several campaign promises, which I will now fulfill: First, my mother, and grandmother to my children, will now be known as “the first Bubby of the BABC” (Bubby means grandmother in Yiddish). Secondly, I promised my daughters that I would say their full names over the loudspeakers as they stood and waived to the crowd. Kira Amali Cohen and Tillula Mei Cohen, I love you both so much. A few miles away from this very room, my grandmother, Dorothy Stein was laid to rest a short while ago. Pound for pound, she was the most electrifying grandmother in the game. I know I speak for my family when I say we all wish she was here. She saved every city and state bar related announcement that ever contained my name dating back to 1996 and told me until she passed how proud she was of my bar related activities. I know she is watching and is wondering when are you going to stop talking so everyone can start dancing. I dedicate my bar year to my grandmother, Dorothy Stein. Mom and Dad, I have had the fortune of seeing you every day at the office for the past 15 years. Your sacrifice has allowed me to pursue bar related activities. Dad, as long as you have the ability to practice law, and as long as mom can tolerate the both of us, I will be by your side. I love you both and thank you for allowing me the opportunity to pursue all of my dreams. Surena knows that all to well and has made tremendous sacrifices over the years, to her own personal detriment, to allow me to pursue my professional goals. I can never thank her or repay her enough. I love you. This day would (CONTINUED ON PAGE 7)
not be possible without your support over the years. In a way, the generosity and understanding of my parents and family have enabled my bar addiction. I did say addiction. Quite frankly, to me, this annual meeting could have just as easily served as an intervention. I have my family, friends (some from elementary school), and professional colleagues in attendance. I stand before you and for the first time I can proudly state “my name is Adam Sean Cohen, and I am addicted to the Bar Association”. I hope that my first step of admitting my addiction helps other to come forward. Look at the dais. The people up here exhibit the tell tale signs of being an addict. These addicts love the bar association. These addicts need the bar association. Why though? What is so good about the bar association? Why is it so addictive ? I don’t have time to list every addictive ingredient. I will note that one of my favorite side effects is that the bar association facilitates the creation of professional resources across diverse practice areas. Professional resources are the key to a long, prosperous, and meaningful career. Friendship is the natural result of these interactions. Many of my friendships were created in this manner. Friendships allow lawyers to view one another with respect and as an advocate for a different position rather than as an enemy.
I am so thankful for what is has given to me and what it has done for others, that I have devoted my bar year to strategic planning. Facilitated by the American Bar Association, this process will help to map the BABC’s future direction. Aside from the wonderful work product that each committee already generates, the planning process will provide our board with the opportunity to focus on the BABC’s mission, and to ensure that the BABC’s services and programs actively serve that mission. This process will identify core strengths, create a common framework for volunteer and staff decision-making, energize the board, and create momentum for change. An ABA Bar Services facilitator will work with the BABC’s staff and other BABC leaders to develop commitment and support for the planning process, undertake an analysis of the internal and external environment, conduct on-site planning sessions, provide the BABC with a planning report, and monitor follow up efforts It is my hope that through this process, the Bar Association of Baltimore City will emerge stronger, more vibrant and more relevant so the present membership and future membership can enjoy the benefits that have made my bar membership essential. Thank you so much ! the barrister
Island Girl How to try a non citizen survivor benefit case. By John Price
You receive a telephone call from an old client (Ronald), who informs you that his son (Michael), who died while living in Bermuda a few years ago may have a daughter that was born one month after his death. The child, Tyra is now five years old. Ronald asks for your help - what do you do?
Ronald indicates that he and the child’s mother have made arrangements for his grandchild to be with him for one month in the summer and a month at Christmas. Therefore Tyra will be able to comply with the six month rule. (You instruct him to make sure the child’s passport is stamped to reflect her presence in the United States).
The first thing you should suggest is to establish that the child is, in fact, his grandchild. You direct him to first try to obtain DNA evidence to establish a direct DNA relationship between himself and Tyra. Since it is Bermuda, the most reliable way to prove a DNA relationship would be to use Cellmark Diagnostics in England. You instruct Ronald that when he arrives in Bermuda, he needs to have the local laboratory certify both his and Tyra’s blood samples to be sent to England. This will insure that there will be a chain of evidence for use in any court proceedings. Also instruct Ronald to have the DNA results notarized and that notarization flagged and authenticated by the U. S. Counsel in accordance with SG MCA 19 Section 102-109.
To obtain Social Security benefits for Tyra, the first thing on your “to do” list is to have Tyra’s mother contact the Social Security Administration and apply for a social security number for Tyra.
Now that the lab results have come back indicating that Tyra is, in fact, Ronald’s grandchild. He asks if there are any Social Security benefits available for her. You explain that since his granddaughter is not a U.S. citizen and has been outside of the United States for a period more than six months, that no benefits would be payable (see 42.USC 202 (t). There are several exceptions to this. One being, if the alien is a citizen of a country which has a similar system to ours and those recipients can collect if they are out of the country for the duration of their absence (42 USC 202 (t). For a list of exceptions 42 CFR 404.463). If no exception exists, then the alien must have lived within the United States for a minimum of 30 days within the prior six months. 8
Then, with your clients permission, you contact Tyra’s mother for an interview. You must gather as much information as possible from the mother to establish paternity. You must also have her obtain a number of documents including the following: (1) Birth Certificate: (a) the birth certificate in this case did not list the father, it was therefore necessary to get a statement from the Ministry of Labor Register General of Bermuda explaining the reason for the absence of the father’s name on the Birth Certificate and have both the letter and the Birth Certificate authenticated as outlined above in SG MCA Section 19 102 - 109. (2) Death Certificate for Michael. Since he died in Bermuda, the Death Certificate will have to be authenticated as well as the other documents. (3) Birth Certificate for child’s mother. (4) Any Baptism or other church records for Tyra. In this case, she was baptized at Saint Johns Church in Pembroke, Bermuda and Michael was listed as the father. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 9)
(5) Statement from Mother regarding what, if any support the deceased parent provided for the unborn child. (6) Affidavits from Tyra’s father’s friends and relatives. These affidavits should state that the deceased parent acknowledged that the was the father of the unborn child. In this case, both the Mother’s affidavit and the others were all sworn at the U. S. Consuls Office and are therefore admissible.
the additional evidence as well as summarizing the evidence submitted (some social security attorneys prefer to file a prehearing brief) In either case, you must attach the exhibits A through Z as follows: RE:
Tyra SSN#: ________________
Michael (deceased) SSN#: __________ (7) Photographs of Paternal relatives that show a likeness between the paternal aunts and cousins to their grandchild. Photographs are discouraged by the Administrative Law Judge as well as most Courts, but I still find them persuasive. In this case Tyra could have been a clone of her paternal aunts. As soon as you receive the Social Security number, have the child’s mother apply for Survivor’s benefits for Tyra by contacting the Office of Cental Operations, P.O. Box 17769, Baltimore, Maryland 21235 giving them Tyra’s social security number as well as the Michael’s social security number. The application will initially be denied for lack of documentation. Prepare a Request for Reconsideration (SSA-561-U2) to appeal the decision, have it signed by the client and file it with the Social Security Administration. Include with the Request for Reconsideration any additional documentation you receive. Your application at this stage will probably again be denied. You may now appeal to an Administrative Law judge. At this point in the process, the claim will be handled efficiently and you will get a hearing date and the claim will be assigned to an Administrative Law Judge. The Office of Adjudication and Review will forward you a disk with all the exhibits that have already been scanned into the record. They will also send a barcode scan sheet to use when submitting additional documents. At this point in the process, I generally do a pre-trial brief by the way of a letter to the Administrative Law Judge submitting
Dear Judge Smith: The above-entitled case in an application for Survivors Benefits of . Tyra was born on August 25, 1996, her authenticated Birth Certificate is attached hereto as Exhibit “A” consisting of three pages. I have also enclosed herein the authenticated letter of the Register General of Bermuda attached hereto as Exhibit “B” consisting of three pages which explains why the father’s name is not listed on the Birth Certificate. Tyra’s mother is Shaune Cain, a resident of Bermuda (her authenticated Birth Certificate is attached hereto as Exhibit “C” consisting of two pages) and her father was Michael, a citizen of the United States who passed on 05/27/96 prior to Tyra’s birth . Exhibit “D” is the authenticated Death Certificate of Michael consisting of two pages. Tyra was baptized at Saint Johns Church in Pembrooke, Bermuda on 12/08/1996. The authenticated Baptismal Certificate is attached hereto as Exhibit “E” consisting of two pages and lists the child’s father as Michael. Mother will testify that Michael provided for his unborn daughter by taking the mother to the physician for prenatal care and paying for associated co-pays. Further, Michael purchased items for the nurser y (authenticated affidavits as attached hereto as Exhibit “F). Michael’s friends and relatives testimony indicates that he acknowledged the unborn child as his own (the authenticated affidavits of Donald, Alfreda Samuels, Larry, Susan Oatley, (CONTINUED ON PAGE 10)
Karen Troth and Heather Roth are attached hereto as Exhibits “G - L” consisting of 12 pages).
For the aforegoing reasons, Tyra Able is the daughter of Michael (deceased) and is entitled to survivors benefits.
I am enclosing herein photographs marked as Exhibit “M - 1 through 6” consisting of three pages. These photographs are of Tyra as well as those of her cousin and aunt showing their likeness.
Finally, in order to establish paternity, Tyra and her paternal Grandfather Ronald submitted blood samples to Cellmark Diagnostics in England. The results were conclusive that Trya Able is, in fact, the Granddaughter of Ronald (said results are attached hereto as Exhibit “N” consisting of 4 pages).
John H. Price Jr. Remember to have patience with your case, and good luck.
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Member in the Spotlight Hon. James F. Schneider
By Master Dunn
James Schneider has been a judge with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Mar yland since 1982. Prior to that, he served as a General Equity Master for the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City from 1978-1982, and as an Assistant State’s Attorney for Baltimore City from 1973-1978. Judge Schneider is a prolific writer, and has published numerous articles, most revolving around his favorite subject – legal history. He is the: Founder and Director of the Museum of Baltimore Legal History; Historian and Archivist for the Circuit Court for Baltimore City; and Chairman of both the Historical Committee and the Memorial Sub-Committee of the Bar Association of Baltimore City. His favorite title however is Dad (to Laura, 1991, and Caroline, 1993) and Husband (to Circuit Court Master Susan Marzetta). Last year, when Judge Schneider became sick, Master Marzetta donated a kidney to her husband, thus preserving his life and enabling him to continue serving the citizens of Baltimore as a Judge. That courageous act of kindness and love is duplicated by organ donors across the country every day. Are you an organ donor? Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland Law School: University of Baltimore, 1972 Pets: Four cats Favorite restaurant: Petit Louis If this were Sunday, what would you be doing? Church, reading, gardening and visiting friends Favorite ice cream: Vanilla with chocolate syrup
Favorite movie: Best Years of Our Lives (1946) Favorite food: Crab cakes Most memorable vacation: England (Honeymoon, 1987) Hobbies: Genealogy, music (40s and Big Band), gardening, reading history and literature, writing, movie musicals Last book read: Not in My Neighborhood; A Man Called Peter Book you are reading now: Intrigue (4 Spy Novels) Favorite childhood memory: Sunday drives with my parents and grandfather, and family get-togethers. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Lawyer One thing most people do not know about you? Mrs. Kennedy’s televised tour of the White House inspired me to become an amateur historian and to appreciate historical items and furniture. This led to a lifelong love of the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse. If you had to leave your house (never to return) with only three items, what would you take? An old family Bible, a book of postage stamps my grandfather gave me, and a photograph of my family. Orioles or Ravens: Ravens Walters or BMA: Can’t decide Hero: Lincoln, F.D.R. and Washington If you could live your life over, would you change anything? I would live more in the moment, and try to enjoy even some unpleasant duties and experiences.
Most famous person you met: I shook hands with John F. Kennedy in 1960 How has the Bar Association impacted your life/career? I met two of my best friends, Phil Sherman and Ted Miller, through the Bar Association. It also enabled me to serve as a historian of the Bar. Photo courtesy of the Maryland State Archives. the barrister
2010-2011 Committee Reports By Baltimore City Bar Committees
Government And Public Interest Lawyers Janine A. Scott and Brandon Thornton, Co-Chairs The Government and Public Interest Lawyers Committee (GPIL) had a very successful year. During the planning process, each committee member was contacted in order to generate program ideas and activities. As a result, the events planned were member driven. The GPIL Committee began the year with a Speed Networking event. This provided an opportunity to recruit new committee members and network. Additionally, the committee sponsored a panel discussion about becoming a judge. The panelists consisted of Baltimore City judges who previously worked as public interest and government lawyers. The recession has impacted lawyers who earn modest salaries. The committee addressed this by holding a personal finance workshop. At the workshop, attendees were given the opportunity to set financial goals and implement a strategy to achieve them. C o m m u n i t y service was stressed this year. Members donated food items to Karis House, a Baltimore City homeless shelter. On May 14, 2011, members volunteered to help build a home for Habitat for Humanity. The committee held its 6th Annual Awards Reception at Baltimore City Hall. The keynote speaker was Court of Special Appeals Associate Judge Shirley M. Watts. The recipient of the Government and Public Interest Lawyer of the Year Award was Maryland Legal Aid attorney Otelia Lynch Davis. Although this year was successful, the challenge remains in generating wider committee participation. Also, bar association dues hampers recruitment efforts, as many public and government attorneys have expressed an inability to pay. The Bar Association should consider waiving the membership dues altogether. The plan for next year is to highlight the work of government and public interest organizations. This will increase awareness of 12
pro bono opportunities in the public legal sector. Finally, we will include government and public interest-minded law students in GPIL committee activities.
Technology Committee Dean E. Merritt, Chair The Technology Committee opened and began using social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn allowing our members to interact with the BABC and keep up to date on our various events through today’s social media channels. We are continuing to expand these channels and work with other groups to use them for everyone’s benefit. We are also currently looking to work with a social media marketing group to help us better and more efficiently utilize these technologies. The committee also put on a number of programs related to technology to help the Baltimore Bar. We held a successful CLE program entitled “Effectively Using Technology in the Courtroom” presented by Scott Marder with Duane Morris and James Watkins with TrialGraphix which helped trial lawyers better use technology and showed tips for creating and using presentations. We also held a CLE showing how to use electronic service in cases on LexisNexis File & Serve which is also used for Baltimore City’s Asbestos cases. The Technology Committee will continue to look into working with a new social media company, and would like to work with the other committees on any technology related programs and initiatives by lending its hand wherever needed. Next year the committee should also evaluate the website and the various ways emails are sent to membership.
Bench/Bar Committee Hon. Sylvester B. Cox, Jr. and Michelle Wilson, Co-Chairs The mission of the Bench/Bar Committee of the Baltimore (CONTINUED ON PAGE 13)
City Bar Association is to foster an improved relationship between members of the Baltimore City bench and practicing attorneys. The Bench/Bar Committee scheduled monthly meetings to be held on the first Tuesday of each month. The committee actually met in September, October, December, March and May of the Bar calendar year. All meetings were held in 510 Courthouse East. In addition, the District Court Bench/Bar sub-committee regularly conduct meetings to discuss district court issues. Judge Joan Gordon and David Zerivitz are cochairs for that committee. Master Dunn has completed the Practice manual for the Family Division. The Practice Manual is currently on sale. Best Practices in the Civil Division of the Circuit Court program was held on May 10, 2011. Judges Pierson, Cox and Miller along with Masters Mazzetta and Eisner presented on five topics/ issues dealing with the civil division. These topics included: Injunctions/Emergency Relief, Motions, Discovery, Special Assignment and Scheduling. The program was very well received by the approximately sixty attorneys who attended. During the last meeting of the members of the Bench/Bar Committee recommended the following: The head of the following offices (or designated representative) should be present at all meetings: • District Court Clerk’s Office • Circuit Court Clerk’s Office • Circuit Court Judge (Administrative Judge or the Administrative Judge’s Designee) • District Court Judge (Administrative Judge or the Administrative Judge’s Designee) • Court of Special Appeals Judge • Court of Appeals Judge The purpose of having these representatives at the monthly meeting would allow for issues and concerns to be addressed directly to the appropriate representative in hopes of effectuating change. The Clerk’s office is currently referring cases for mediation to other districts like Montgomery County. Some committee members feel that the clerk’s office should
be referring mediation cases to Baltimore City attorneys and that the Bench/Bar Committee take the position that Baltimore City attorneys should be the first attorneys recommended for mediation cases involving Baltimore City litigants. Once this position is adopted then the Bench/Bar committee should go address the issue with the clerk’s office and work to have mediation referrals made first to City attorneys. Inventory and Technology – There is continued concern among the members of the bench/bar committee as to what technology is available in the court (both in district and circuit). Is there equipment available at the courthouses? What equipment is available? Do the courtrooms charge for the use of the equipment/technology?
Business Law Committee David McIntosh Williams, Chair The Business Law Committee is now completing its second year of existence. The Committee has endeavored during the past year to refine its mission to seek improvement in the laws, regulations, policies and procedures affecting the conduct of business in the Baltimore City area. To that end, the Committee has focused on three principal areas. First, the Committee has addressed the completion in “WikiBooks” of what is now known as the Maryland Entrepreneur’s Guide. The Guide is a summary compendium manual of information on federal and Maryland financing and support programs for emerging companies. Initiated by Mark Sargent during his tenure as Dean of the University of Maryland Law School, what was then known as the “Maryland Entrepreneur’s Almanac” became an award winning project of the Emerging Companies Committee of the Section of Business Law of the Maryland State Bar Association and was published in 1996. The advent of the age of the Internet reinvigorated the manual, which had been languishing in paper copy form, when Bill McComas converted the Maryland Entrepreneur���s Guide into a “WikiBook” accessible (CONTINUED ON PAGE 14)
online. The Business Law Committee has now nearly completed the task of conversion, editing, and inserting links to public agencies and private organization mentioned in the manual. While some final editing is still needed together with decisions on editing policy and protocols, the Maryland Entrepreneur’s Guide is now essentially complete and accessible online at: http://en.wikibooks.org/w/index.php?title=The_ Maryland_Entrepreneur%27s_Guide&stable=1. A second Committee project is a program on “Minority and Women’s Business Certification” to be presented at a later date by Program Co-Chairs Martin B. King and Colleen Pleasant Kline, featuring speakers from the Maryland Department of Transportation, and MD/ DC Minority Supplier Development Council, the City of Baltimore Minority Women’s Business Opportunity Office, and the Baltimore District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Our Program Co-Chairs are well versed in the issues of concern in this area where the law meets business policy. The program promises to be worthy in all respects.The Committee has also focused on legislative issues over the past year.Three bills of particular interest to the business community were introduced in Annapolis, one of which was intended to reverse the decision in Shenker v. Laureate Educ. Inc., 411 Md. 317 (2009) concerning duties of directors of Maryland corporations. Only one of these bills, concerning revisions to the Maryland Limited Liability Act, made it through the legislative process to become law.This suggests there is quite a lot more the legal community can do in the future to improve the laws of Maryland conducive to business enterprise in and around Baltimore.
Criminal Law Margaret Mead and Dana Middleton, Co-Chairs This has been a very exciting year for the Bar Association of Baltimore City and the Criminal Law Committee. This year the Criminal Law Committee hosted/co-hosted the following events: Crimmigration 2011, Authenticating Electronic Documents, and the Criminal Law Appellate Update. One of the many high notes was hosting our first web-cast presentation, “Crimmigration 2011: Representing 14
the Non-Citizen Defendant in the Aftermath of Padilla v. Kentucky”. This forum was co-hosted by the Immigration Section of the Maryland State Bar Association. The presentation featured knowledgeable attorneys, who educated criminal law practitioners about the implications of Padilla v. Kentucky, provided tips for getting the best outcome for a criminal client, and post-trial avenues for the non-citizen defendant. While we are proud of the presentations the section put together this year, we are working towards creating a Criminal Law CLE program and a panel discussion about Baltimore City Mental Health Court next year. One positive change that would benefit this section is more joint sponsorship with other Committees and Bar Associations. This helps to increase the visibility of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, while giving us additional ideas for useful programs for criminal law practitioners.
Family Law Master Anna R. Benshoof and Hope Tipton, Co-Chairs The Family Law Committee of the Bar Association of Baltimore City had a productive year once again in 2010-2011. We continued to have our monthly luncheon meetings on the third Tuesday of each month each of which included an educational program. Our topics included a panel discussing the newly revised child support guidelines, a presentation of the Kaufman Alimony Guidelines by the Women’s Law Center, the connection between immigration issues and family law, a legislative update, as well as a case law update focusing on changes to family law issues. Our attendance at each luncheon averaged around 30 attendees, with one even having 39! A positive note was the number of new faces we began to see at each meeting. In April 2011, we once again had our Joint Dinner Meeting with the Bar Association of Baltimore County which was also well attended. Unfortunately, there is generally a fairly good turn-out of the Baltimore City and County Circuit Court benches sitting in the domestic docket at that dinner, but this year that was lacking, maybe because of the location of the din (CONTINUED ON PAGE 15)
ner this year (Hayfields Country Club as it was Baltimore County’s time to host and choose the location). Next year the committee will reach out to the Judges to get more of them to attend the Joint Dinner. We also had intended to have some more basic educational seminars as we had the previous year, but due to scheduling that never happened. It is, however, a goal for next year.
FEDERAL PRACTICE COMMITTEE Paul R. Kramer, Chair
The Federal Practice Committee had a very successful year putting on three programs and co-sponsoring a fourth. The programs were as follows: The first Program, “Gun Rights—The Second Amendment” was held on March 25, 2010. The Program was chaired by Thomas C. Beach, III and Francis A. Pommett. Guest speakers were The Honorable Frederick N. Smalkin, retired Judge from The United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and The Honorable Joseph F. Murphy, Jr., Judge for The Court of Appeals of Maryland. The Program was well-received and well-attended. The second Program “Grimm and Sandler on the New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure”, was held on December 13, 2010. It was chaired by Anthony F. Vittoria and Benjamin S. Salsbury. Due to the timely subject matter, the Program drew a huge crowd, which required the Program to be moved to the Ceremonial Courtroom in the Mitchell Courthouse. The third Program was held March 15, 2011 was chaired by Francis A. Pommett, “Do’s and Don’ts: Oral Argument at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit”. Speakers were The Honorable Andre M. Davis, Circuit Judge for The United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit; C. Christopher Brown, Esq., of Brown, Goldstein & Levy, LLP; and, Jonathan Biran, Appellate Chief, Unites States Attorney’s Office, District of Maryland. This was also a very successful and well attended Program. For this
Program and the Program on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure we invited the Federal Bar Association to be listed as co-sponsors, thereby encouraging participation by their members (and gaining additional publicity through their associations). Lastly, the Committee will co-sponsor the Program “Habeas Corpus: From England to Empire,” with The Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. This Program is scheduled to be held on April 21st at 5:00 p.m. In all,The Federal Practice Committee had very successful programs. All were well attended. Refreshments were served after each event, and opportunities to meet the speakers after each Program were provided. I recommend all committees can hold successful programs if timely subjects are chosen that are of interest to the general federal practitioner and/or those interested in federal law and procedure. Most importantly, there needs to be good advertisement of the program(s). I also recommend we bring the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association as a co-sponsor to encourage their members to attend (as well as encourage their members join our association).
Historical Committee The Honorable Judge James F. Schneider, Chair The Memorial Committee, a subcommittee of the BABC’s Historical Committee, organized the Association’s annual memorial services. This year’s service was held on May 12, 2011 before the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Twenty-two members of the Bar were memorialized: John Carroll Broderick; Andrew J. Burns, Jr.; F. Duncan Cornell; Patrick J. B. Donnelly; Alexander Gordon, IV; Emanuel H. Horn; Joseph I. Huesman; Max H. Lauten; Patrick V. Murphy; John J. Neubauer, Jr.; The Honorable John N. Prevas; Paul J. Reed, Jr.; Harris M. Rosen; Paul N. Sameth; Royal G. Shannonhouse; Joseph Silverman; Richard E. Sigler; John J. Sweeney, Jr.; George T. Tyler, III; Norman V. Waltjen, Jr.; (CONTINUED ON PAGE 16)
William I. Weston; and Jack M. Willen. Opening remarks were made by the Honorable Martin P.Welch, Chief Judge, Circuit Court for Baltimore City. The Honorable Lynn K. Stewart, BABC President and The Honorable Jaems F. Schneider, Chair, Historical Committee. Members of the committee presented the Memorial Minutes as photos of the deceased were projected in a lovely presentation. Seconding addresses were made by The Honorable William D. Quarles, Jr. and The Honorable Joan Bossmann Gordon, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland and the District Court for Baltimore City, respectively. The Honorable Emanuel Brown responded on behalf of the Circuit Court Bench and the program was concluded by Chief Judge Welch. Family, friends, and members of the Bar attended the services. A reception followed in Kaplan Court.
Judicial Selections Mary T. Keating, Chair The Judicial Selections Committee has met only once this, to interview candidates for the Court of Special Appeals. The committee meets as needed to interview candidates for openings on the District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City, the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, and the Court of Special Appeals, where the appellate opening is a Baltimore City seat or an at-large seat. In some years the committee is very active, but the meetings all revolve around the timing of the openings. Meetings are scheduled so that the candidates interview with our committee prior to their interview with the applicable Judicial Nominating Commission. The committee consists of active Baltimore City lawyers, diverse by practice area, gender, race, age and experience level. The members devote many hours to studying the applications, participating in interviews with the committee, and deciding on a rating and descriptive explanation to provide to the Governor and the Judicial Nominating Commission. The members’ experience with specific candidates, as well as the attributes of an effective judge, prove helpful to our input and, we hope, improve the process and the ultimate selection of the judge. I have 16
no recommendations to make concerning alterations to the process. Our committee members take their duties seriously, and we often present judicial candidates with a room of twenty or more lawyers. The collective wisdom of such a group is designed to provide the best possible assessment of a candidate’s application. As to future activities, the committee last year co-sponsored a forum on the judicial selection process, and I would recommend that at suitable intervals we become involved again.
Lawyer Referral and Information Service Avery B. Strachan and Scott B. Baron, Co-Chairs LRIS made three guest appearances on Channel 2’s Good Morning Maryland this year with Adam Sean Cohen, Scott Baron, Alicia Gipe and FJ Collins appearing on the show. In March 2011, LRIS was featured in the Baltimore Sun for its involvement in a U.S. Department of Labor initiative called, Bridge to Justice. Mr. Collins and Ms. Gipe were featured in the article. LRIS conducted its first ever collection process which sought to collect overdue fees from delinquent members. This collection process has brought in an estimated $4,000 in debt owed to LRIS. For events, LRIS sponsored a CLE Program, Rejuvenating Your Practice, which took place in October 2010 with Patricia Yevics, from the MSBA, as its guest speaker. LRIS also initiated a Google advertising campaign to increase exposure and call volume. In December 2010, LRIS held its annual Appreciation Luncheon to honor and recognize all of its volunteers and members serving on its reduced fee panels. For fiscal year 2010-11, LRIS has made a total of 3,257 referrals, and counting. Traditionally, statistics have shown that LRIS’ referrals make up a one-third of the total volume of calls received. Accordingly, it is estimated that LRIS has received and helped over 9,000 calls this year. To date, LRIS has brought in more fees than budgeted, and it appears as though LRIS will be on target for dues and advertising fees. LRIS is currently in the middle of conducting its last audit for the year. Therefore, finishing (CONTINUED ON PAGE 17)
totals on financials are pending the conclusion of that audit.
Legislation Committee Katherine Kelly Howard and Brian Rudick, Co-Chairs The BABC Legislative Committee had a very robust Legislative program this bar year. BABC President, Hon. Lynn Stewart addressed the Baltimore City Council in October and Vice President Andy Radding testified before the Baltimore City House Delegation in March, each providing legislators with vital information on the services that the BABC can provide to Baltimore City’s residents. The elections of November, 2010 resulted in the reelection of Governor Martin O’Malley, but brought changes among legislators in many Districts, including Baltimore City. With 998 Senate Bills and 1355 House Bills introduced during the Session, the BABC Legislative Committee reviewed extensive legislation affecting the legal profession and substantive practice areas. The most pervasive issue facing lawmakers in the 2011 Session was the looming budgetary gap. The legal profession, the Judiciary’s budget and allocations to Legal Services organizations were and remain vulnerable to cuts and the BABC has joined with others in fighting to protect these funds There will be a Special Session in the fall focusing on Federal Redistricting; however, other subjects can be taken up during that time. The Legislative Committee plans to meet during the summer and fall to produce a legislative program for the Council’s review and to monitor the Special Session.
Living Legal Legends Committee The Honorable Alison L. Asti, Chair The Living Legal Legends Committee worked for nearly a year and a half planning the very successful Living Legal Legends event that was held on March 16, 2011. Approximately 675 guests joined the Association in recognizing the 11 recipients of the award who were selected from an extensive list of excellent nominations from the
Baltimore legal community based on the following criteria: enhancing the public’s understanding of the legal system; respect for their life-long adherence to the highest ethical standards; demonstration of professionalism throughout their career; inspires others as a role model; recognized as a leader in the legal community and the community in general, and at least 30 years commitment to the legal profession. Those honored as Baltimore’s Living Legal Legends were: Peter G. Angelos, Esquire; Professor E. Clinton Bamberger; Paul D. Bekman, Esquire; The Honorable Robert M. Bell; The Honorable Shirley B. Jones; The Honorable Joseph H.H. Kaplan; Wilbur D. Preston, Jr.; The Honorable George L. Russell, Jr.; Sheila K. Sachs, Esquire; Shale D. Stiller, Esquire; and Melvin J. Sykes, Esquire.
Legal Services to the Elderly Jeffrey M. Dier and Cathleen C. Opel, Co-Chairs The overall goal of the Legal Services for the Elderly Committee is to support the Legal Services for the Elderly Program in providing legal services and education to qualified Baltimore City seniors. This year we worked on the following: (1) The Committee made a concerted effort to foster volunteer attorneys to assist the Program counsel in representing senior clients, particularly in specialized areas such as bankruptcy, consumer rights, foreclosures, etc.We assigned members of the Committee to contact City Bar Association members to identify volunteers and collect pertinent information. (2) We supported the Program counsel in his efforts to secure grants for the Program by offering advice and reviewing proposals, including those to the Bar Foundation and Weinberg Foundation. (3) On October 21, 2010 we had a reception at the Saul Ewing law firm to honor volunteers and build support from public officials and members of the legal community for the Program. (CONTINUED ON PAGE 18)
(4) On April 16, 2011 we conducted our annual Law Day Conference for over 200 seniors. Many organizations participated with booths and there were presentations on a variety of legal topics including estate planning and the avoidance of economic crimes. Seniors were also given the opportunity to ask an attorney about legal questions. Our committee had monthly meetings to brainstorm on how to improve the Program and plan activities. Our work included designing a website, interacting with elder law bar associations in other jurisdictions, and reviewing proposed legislation that touched on issues of concern to seniors.
Membership Committee Co-Chairs: Mark Scurti & Greg Kirby The membership committee held meetings throughout the bar year starting in the summer of 2010. We instituted a number of new programs to benefit our members, including a new online membership card that can be printed out from the member’s only section for the convenience of our members. The card provides access to discounted services and products throughout the year under a new program called “Tips and Treats”. The 20102011 year provided discounts for skiing at Ski Round Top, office depot supplies, savings at Dogwood Restaurant in Hampden, the Maryland State Fair, Medieval Times, and Center Stage to name a few. In addition, members could access essential practice tips from the various substantive committees of the association. Our membership budget for dues revenue was exceeded this year as was our total number of members bringing membership to 2243. Some of the success is attributable to a phone a thon calling lapsed memberships and encouraging them to renew. Given an economic climate where choices are being made among various associations, we are proud that our membership grew.
Past-Presidents Committee Mary Alice Smolarek, Chair The Committee of the Past-Presidents of the Bar Association of Baltimore City met on October 6, 2010. The Bar Association of Baltimore City’s Annual Presidential Awards are presented to two BABC members who have selflessly undertaken community, civic, and/or charitable service which brings honor to the profession, and who have devoted time and energy to the Bar Association of Baltimore City through substantial work on BABC committees, or other exemplary service to the Association. Mark Scurti requested support of the committee to create focus groups to study the question of bar membership. The focus groups would bring together individuals in small groups to review what services are valuable to bar members and aspects where the Bar Association could improve and attract more members. The focus groups will be derived from a mix of members and non-members of the association. The committee approved the formation of the focus groups with Mark Scurti to be responsible for heading the project and reporting back to the committee.
Professional Ethics Committee Hon. Joan Bossmann Gordon, Chair The Professional Ethics Committee provides advice on the interpretation and application of the Rules of Professional Conduct for Lawyers through the operation of a telephone ““hotline”” service, announcing the volunteer names each month in the Daily Record and on the website. During the 201-2011 bar year, the committee met quarterly and, in addition to staffing the Ethics Hotline, provided articles of interest on professional ethics issues for BABC publications. The Committee also developed a continuing legal education program on the timely topic of ethics and social media for members of the Baltimore bar.
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Alternative Dispute Resolution
Mary Cina Chalawsky, Chair
Alan Abramowitz, Chair
The Program Committee had another very busy year, beginning with the annual End of Summer Reception in September 2010. All members of the Association are invited to that event at no cost. In November 2010, the Committee hosted the Association’s annual Supreme Court Group Admission. The Committee also worked with the Past Presidents’ Committee’s in planning the annual Past President’s Luncheon on November 23, 2010, as well as with the Living Legal Legends Committee in planning the very successful Living Legal Legends event on March 16, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. The final program of the year was the Annual Meeting held on May 26, 2011, at which Adam Sean Cohen was installed as President of the BABC.
The ADR committee, which now encompasses the old Fee Arbitration Committee, has had a busy year. The committee has co-sponsored educational programming with the Baltimore County Bar’s ADR committee and has expressed its opinion on relevant draft legislation. But, the major accomplishment this year has been a complete re-work of the Fee Arbitration Rules. Special thanks go to Andy Cooper, Esquire for heading the sub-committee and resolving many thorny issues to the satisfaction of almost everyone.
Sponsorship Committee Christopher R. West, Chair
Workers Compensation Warren S. Alperstein, Chair The Committee was excited to have held a very well attended happy hour program at Mick O’Sheas on May 16, 2011.
The Bar Association’s sponsorship program started about eight years ago. Up until last year, we held an annual Managing Partner’s lunch at the Center Club. While the food was delicious, the lunch hour left little time for the Managing Partners to interact, and the program tended to consist of BABC officers talking at the Managing Partners about BABC activities. This past year, we tried a different approach. We held a Managing Partners Dinner. It started with a cocktail reception and then moved into a private dining room, where everyone enjoyed dinner together, and then everyone participated in an interactive program about the use of social media to generate business. The reports from those who attended the dinner were that the evening was a big success and that the program in particular was very interesting and useful.
During the program, Commissioner Ken Macleay addressed various topics including new regulations from the Commission, developments in Vocational Rehabilitation regulations, recent case law, and new guidelines relating to disclosure of claimant’s statements made to nurse case managers. The open Question and Answer session was very informative as well. We were also very excited with the high turnout of both claimant and defense attorneys.
The sponsorship program was very successful this year, with sponsorship of over $50,000. This represented the largest number of firm sponsors since the program began and the largest amount of money pledged as well.
9/29/2010 Social Media Is Here to Stay – Help Your Clients Manage the Risks 10/14/2010 Rejuvenating Your Practice 12/13/2010 Grimm and Sandler on the New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Continuing Legal Education Marian C. Hwang, Chair The CLE Committee presented the following CLE Programs and Lectures with the assistance of other BABC Committees.
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12/16/2010 DUI Demystified From Intake to OAH 1/26/2011 Crimmigration 2011: Representing the Non-Citizen Defendant in the Aftermath of “Padilla v. Kentucky” 2/23/2011 Effectively Using Technology in the Courtroom 3/3/2011 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Legal Issues for Direct Representation 3/15/2011 Do’s and Don’ts: Oral Argument at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 3/21/2011 Crimmigration 2011: Representing the NonCitizen Defendant in the Aftermath of Padilla v. Kentucky 3/29/2011 Long Term Care Insurance: What You and Your Clients Need to Know
3/30/2011 Personal Finances: How to Make it on a Government/Public Interest Attorneys Salary 4/28/2011 The Ins and Outs of State E-Filing 4/28/2011 Criminal Law Appellate Update 5/10/2011 Best Practices in the Civil Court at the Circuit Court for Baltimore City
Around the Office Ober|Kaler Nominated for Award in Excellence for Healthcare Law Ober|Kaler is pleased to announce that its Health Law Group was one of only five firms nominated by Chambers USA for the 2011 USA Award in Excellence for Healthcare Law. Ober|Kaler is also pleased to announce that the firm has relocated their office to 100 Light Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21202.
Saul Ewing Associate Honored With 2011 Alex Fee Memorial Pro Bono Service Award
Jacqueline L. Allen, Esquire, an associate with Saul Ewing LLP, in the firm’s Business and Finance Department, has been named the recipient of the Alex Fee Memorial Pro Bono Service Award by the Maryland State Bar Association for her efforts on behalf of Maryland’s homeless population. Sharon Sirota Rubin, Esquire, has joined the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene as Special Counsel for the Division of Recoveries and Financial Services, where she will oversee Medicaid recovery. Sally B. Gold, Esquire, is pleased to announce that Alicia Leibowitz Bickoff, Esquire, has joined the firm as an associate. Ms. Bickoff will focus her practice on family law.
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July 1, 2011. Amy M. McClain, Esquire with the firms Real Estate Department and Housing Group, and Robert A. Scott, Esquire with the Litigation Department have been elected partners to the firm effective July 1, 2011. John H. Denick, Esquire, has been elected to the Board of Trustees of CHAI, an agency of The Associated: Jewish Federation of Baltimore. Mr. Denick also serves on the Executive Board of Governors of The Center Club, The Lyric Foundation and The Pikesville Greenspring Community Coalition. McGuireWoods LLP announces that Baltimore partner Jenifer Stearman, Esquire, has been appointed chair of the board of visitors for the University of Maryland Children’s Hospital. She has been involved with the UMCH board for seven years and served as vice chair of the board for the past two years. Venable LLP announces that experienced trial attorney Kenneth L. Thomspon has joined the firm as a partner in the firm’s Baltimore office. He arrives from the Baltimore office of DLA Piper, where he was also a partner. Mr.Thompson has an extensive trial background that spans commercial, product and white collar matters, both nationally and in Maryland. If you would like to be included in future issues please send your submissions to info@ baltimorebar.org.
John Laria, Esquire, became Managing Partner of Ballard Spahr LLP’s Baltimore office on July 1, 2011. Mr. Laria succeeds Raymond G. Truitt, Esquire, who has been named Managing Partner for Finance and Operations for the 475 attorney law firm effective the barrister
New Members January 2011 – June 2011 Jay Abarbanel , Esq. Angela Alexander , Esq. Edward L. Armstrong , Esq. Edward V. Arnold , Esq. Lindsey Balogh , Esq. Mary Bearden , Esq. Hendrick Bedigian , Esq. Marc Bentzen , Esq. Gregg L. Bernstein , Esq. Alicia Leibowitz Bickoff , Esq. Ronald L. Briggs, Jr. , Esq. Nicole K. Brown , Esq. Jessica P. Butkera , Esq. Andrew W. Capelle , Esq. Himedes V. Chicas , Esq. Deena Cooper , Esq. Laura T. Curry , Esq. Michelle R. Daley , Esq. Eleanor Dayhoff-Brannigan , Esq. Pamela J. Diedrich , Esq. Molly K. Eagen , Esq. Elliott Engel , Esq. Yulia Fedorovaj, Law Student A. Simone Fields , Esq. Ashley Gaudiano, Law Student Sara Gillmer , Esq. Joseph K. Githuku , Esq. Melissa Goldmeier Laurie B. Goon , Esq. Renee C. Guckert , Esq. Jonathan Harris, Law Student Hobbs Horak , Esq. Erynn Huff , Esq. Carol Johnson , Esq. Ricardo R. Johnson , Esq. Joshua H. Joseph , Esq. Joshua Kahn, Law Student Christian W. Kintigh , Esq. Nicole Lauren Zeichner Larin , Esq. Amy Beth Leasure , Esq.
Kory H. Lemmert , Esq. Patricia M. Lesnick , Esq. Jennifer S. Lubinski , Esq. David N. Mabrey , Esq. Kevin B. Mattingly , Esq. Yoanna X. Moisides , Esq. Frank Muher , Esq. Nikola Nable-Juris, Law Student Caitlin Kelly Nicholl , Esq. Kerry A. O’Neill , Esq. Joseph Owens ,Esq. Jaymin Parekh , Esq. Joseph M. Peterson , Esq. Shawn Poe, Law Student Susannah Prucka , Esq. Merrilyn Ratliff , Esq. Neerja Razdan , Law Student Matthew P. Reinhart , Esq. Yosef C. Salazar , Esq. Michelle R. Sawyer , Esq. Matthew Schroll , Esq. Peter W. Sheehan, Jr., Esq. Patrick Sheridan , Esq. Anna Skelton , Esq. Callie L. Smith , Esq. Patrick Carey Smith , Esq. Nicholas C. Sokolow , Esq. Matthew Somers , Esq. Sahmra A. Stevenson-Smith , Esq. Rachel Stewart , Esq. Kelly Swanston , Esq. Ashley Tinnell, Law Student Thomas J.Visone , Esq. Mary Elizabeth Watkins , Esq. Darren H. Weiss, Esq. Justin Williams , Esq. David Earl Williams. Jr., Esq. Thomas McCray Worrall , Esq. Jonathan Evan Yoffe , Esq.
Research & Practice Tips By J.W. Bennett, David Gutierrez & David S. Goldberg Bar Library Research Tip The year was 1840 and the President of the United States was Martin Van Buren. The lawyers of Baltimore who had been unsuccessfully petitioning the governmental powers that be to establish a law library, in the best traditions of America took the matter into their own hands and formed the Library Company of the Baltimore Bar. Over 22
the course of the past 171 years the Bar Library has served the legal research needs of the City and State. It has served as the means by which the “playing field” was leveled, allowing sole practitioners and small firms access to material that would otherwise be unavailable to them. The history of the Library is a proud one. In 1886 (CONTINUED ON PAGE 23)
Everett Waring, the first African American to be admitted to practice in Maryland, became a member of the Library, years before he would be admitted by the State. Mr. Waring was eligible for Library membership by virtue of his having been admitted to the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City. In 1902, Etta Haynie Maddox became a member of the Bar Library just days after being admitted as the first woman to practice law in the State of Maryland. My first research tip to all of you is simply to utilize a resource that judges, lawyers and clerks have been relying on for 171 years, the Baltimore Bar Library. There are five terminals that allow you to access an extensive Westlaw package as well as wi-fi access for those who would rather search on their own laptops. The Library is in the process of adding Westlaw Next. The Library’s book collections are extensive, and if there is something that we do not have that you think we should, we will more often than not order it. A member of the Bar for twenty-six years, an online researcher for as long as online has been around, I am here to help you in any way that I can. Call me at 410-727-0280, e-mail me at jwbennett@barlib. org, or just stop by the Library (Mitchell Courthouse – Room 618), to find out more.
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PRACTICE TIP HOW TO . . . AGREE TO EXTEND DISCOVERY BEYOND THE COURT’S DISCOVERY DEADLINE. The short answer is to not do it. If you do, you will be doing so at your own peril. How will the court view such extension? As the parties agreed without the court involvement to go beyond the discovery deadline why would the Court want to intercede in the event the parties do not abide by that agreement? A prudent attorney would file a motion with the Court asking for the extension and only agree to an extension with the Court’s blessing.
iPad Tips for Attorneys Here is the tips for this month. Applications for your iPad supplied to us by David S. Goldberg, Esq., at firstname.lastname@example.org
10 iPad apps for attorneys at: LexisNexis Research Tip Enhanced navigational tools. When you are searching in codes, analytical treatises and other structured materials, you can run a full-text search or click through the table of contents (TOC). The TOC approach has several features to help you review documents and return to the TOC quickly and easily: • Search the table of contents or the full text of the document • Click + to expand the TOC or click – to collapse it • View link lets you return to the TOC from the text of a document • Jump to a particular TOC level with one of the links that show your hierarchical path
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Young Lawyers’ Division News By Jason T. Wasserman, Chair
As I settle into my new role as the Chair of the Young Lawyers’ Division for the 20112012 term, I am excited about all we have to look forward to in the coming year. Following last year’s success under the leadership of Josh Lemerman, this Year’s YLD Executive Council will see the return of several of its long standing members, as well as an influx of many fresh new faces representing diverse legal backgrounds. With our energized team in place and initial planning underway, we look to have extensive calendar for the coming year packed with excellent educational, social, networking, and public service programs and events. Although we have always had strong leadership, I have unfortunately noticed that participation and attendance within the YLD has waned in recent years. Accordingly, my primary goal for the coming year is to combat this drop off and strive to get as many young lawyers involved with our organization beyond being just a simple dues paying member and see a significant increase in attendance at our programs and events across the board. The YLD is comprised of numerous committees, including: Continuing Legal Education (CLE), Events, Public Education, Public Service, Membership, and our two newly reinstated committees, Communications and Policy & Planning. For the coming year our Events Committee is working on plans for several great social/networking gatherings, such as our 4th annual Wine Tasting, an O’s 24
Bullpen party, our inaugural October Fest Beer Tasting, a variety of Happy Hours, and of course our grand event, the Annual Holiday Party and Silent Auction. The Public Service and Public Education Committees have planned a host of charitable events aimed at giving back to and educating the community and underprivileged children, and are already hard at work on this year’s Children’s Holiday Party, which will again be at the Maryland Science Center. Additionally, this year the Communications Committee has been reinstated and charged with the task of taking advantaged of social media outlets such as Facebook, Linked In, and Twitter to better communicate with and serve the YLD members. I encourage you to “Like”, “Connect”, and “Follow” us. Further, this committee will be offering publishing opportunities to all members who wish to submit interesting articles for publication in the Baltimore Barrister, online, and in the Daily Record. For those of you who are not aware, the BABC defines a Young Lawyer as one who is under the age of thirtyseven (37) prior to the start of the Bar year or one who has been admitted to practice law in Maryland for less than five (5) years. Our leadership is comprised of newly admitted attorneys as well as those who have been in practice for several years and likewise, our programs are designed to cater to same demographic. Our variety of committees, programs, and events offer something for every member of the YLD. As an initial step to increase the participation and leadership opportunities within the YLD, I have virtually doubled the size of the YLD Executive Council. For the first time ever, I have appointed vice chairs to assist each committee chair, in order to share the leadership responsibilities, reduce the total work load, and to ensure continuity and (CONTINUED ON PAGE 25)
knowledge sharing for the committees from year to year. However, this initial step is not enough. Our committees cannot function as actual committees without the participation of the greater YLD bar members. As such, I encourage every young lawyer to complete and return the sign-up forms emailed out to you on June 20th to identify your area(s) of interest and specify which committee(s) you would like to become involved in. Alternatively, you may reach out to me or any other member on the YLD Executive Council and I assure you that we will get you involved. We have found that most partners of large and small law firms vigorously support their associates’ involvement in the Bar Association, see a value to their participation, and will gladly fund their involvement and time commitment to Bar-related events. Therefore, do not be shy when approaching your partners or supervisors with your desire to become more active or to
attend an event! The YLD has become an invaluable resource in providing me with the opportunity to supplement my legal education, meet, socialize, and network with attorneys and Judges of all ages and backgrounds, serve my community, and become a leader in the Bar. I have found it extremely easy to become involved in the BABC and I am amazed that my nominal investment of time has become so rewarding to my career. I encourage you to contact us and get involved!
GPIL Commitee Members Help Build Habitat Home
In keeping with their mission of professional development and community service, members of the Bar Association of Baltimore City Government and Public Interest Lawyers Committee helped build a Habitat for Humanity Home in the Sandtown community of Baltimore City. “As government and public interest attorneys, we interact with people who lack affordable and decent housing”, says Janine Scott, Chair of the Government and Public Interest Lawyers Committee. “When you drive by many of the low income areas in Baltimore City, you see boarded up and abandoned homes that could be rehabbed to provide suitable homes for needy families. The fact that Habitat for Humanity seeks to make a difference in the local community, one house at a time, made it a no-brainer for the Committee to donate a few hours of our time to help build a home.”
Photo Caption. GPIL Committee Members in front of the Habitat Home from left to right: Jesse Halvorsen, Uwe Sharf, Janine Scott, and Brandon Thornton.
Baltimore Courthouses in Film By Dean Merritt
There is much history surrounding the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouses, known as the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse and Courthouse East (the old Baltimore United States Post Office), but the courthouses have also become famous in cinema when Hollywood has come to town. One of the most well-known movies filmed in the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouse was And Justice for All (1979) starring Al Pacino as a young idealistic lawyer forced to defend a judge accused of rape. The film includes the famous line “You’re out of order! You’re out of order! The whole trial’s out of order!” and was filmed in numerous courtrooms and hallways of the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse. A lesser known film, The Distinguished Gentleman (1992) starring Eddie Murphy and Baltimore born and Towson University grad, Charles S. Dutton, was filmed in the courtroom on the 6th floor of the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse. The rotunda style courtroom with marble from the Vatican mines and a Tiffany stained glass window on the ceiling was draped in red cloth and made to look like the Library of Congress. Live Free or Die Hard (2007) also known as Die Hard 4 starred Bruce Willis in his recurring role as John McClane. The inside of the courthouses were not used but the area on Calvert Street between the two courthouse buildings, known as Battle Monument Park was used in a wild car chase scene where McClane was actually supposed to be in Washington, DC. The courthouses have also been used for crime dramas including writers David Simon and Ed Burns’ HBO series The Corner (2000) and The Wire (2002-2008). The show often used local actors and figures including one
scene that starred former Governor Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. as a security guard sitting at the Lexington Street exit of the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse telling the show’s “Mayor Carcetti” that the Governor will see him. The Courthouses were also used extensively in another crime drama, Homicide: Life on the Street (19931999) which used many parts of the courthouse including Judge Marcella Holland’s courtroom and chambers. While not to be confused with the NBC series above, director David Mamet’s film Homicide (1991) also used the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouses. In The Bedroom Window (1987), a thriller starring Steve Guttenberg, Isabelle Huppert, and Elizabeth McGovern, some scenes take place in the Mitchell Courthouse on the first and second floor and one of the courtrooms as well. Other notable films that used the Baltimore City Circuit Courthouses include director Barry Levinson’s Avalon (1990); For Richer or Poorer (1997) starring Tim Allen and Kirstie Alley; Her Alibi (1989) with Tom Selleck; and The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979) with Alan Alda and Meryl Streep. So the next time you are at the movie store, browsing Netflix or On Demand, try checking out one of the above movies and see what areas of the courthouse you can spot. Or did we miss any? Were there any other movies or television shows filmed in the Circuit Court houses? Any in the District Courthouses around the city? Or do you have any memorable scenes from the above movies and shows that took place in or around the courthouse? Write me, and let us know and we’ll include them in our next issue: Dean.Merritt@LexisNexis.com Thank you to the Baltimore Film office for assistance assembling this list.
19th Annual Maryland Inter-County/Baltimore City Bar Association Softball Tournament Benefiting Camp Friendship
The 19 th Annual Softball Tournament will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2011, at Watkins Park in Largo, Maryland. The Tournament is a remarkable day for the bar and Camp Friendship. All proceeds benefit the Carol Jean Cancer Foundation, which oversees the operation of Camp Friendship for cancer stricken kids. All are welcomed to attend.
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Circuit Court for Baltimore City Revised Assignment of Judges January 3, 2011 through December 30, 2011 (Updated: June 3, 2011) Court
Judge At Large
Judge Marcella A. Holland, AJ
396-3836 & 3837
396-5140 & 5141
Judge David W. Young
396-5076 & 5077
Judge W. Michel Pierson, JICC
396-4916 & 4917
Judge Emanuel Brown
396-1776 & 1777
Judge Yvette M. Bryant, JICFD
396-5102 & 5103
Judge Edward R. K. Hargadon
396-5070 & 5071
Judge Pamela J. White
396-5056 & 5057
Judge Stephen J. Sfekas
Judge Wanda K. Heard
396-4918 & 4919
Judge Stuart R. Berger
396-5008 & 5009
Judge Lynn K. Stewart
396-5052 & 5053
Judge Charles J. Peters
396-5080 & 5081
Judge Althea M. Handy
396-5054 & 5055
Judge George L. Russell, III
Judge Timothy J. Doory
396-5112 & 5113
Judge John Philip Miller
396-5066 & 5067
Judge Martin P. Welch
396-5082 & 5083
Judge Gale E. Rasin
396-5132 & 5133
Judge Marcus Z. Shar
396-5100 & 5101
Judge Yolanda Tanner
396-5074 & 5075
Judge Alfred Nance
396-4020 & 4021
Judge Audrey J. S. Carrion
396-5130 & 5131
Judge Kendra Y. Ausby
396-4627 & 4631
Judge Robert B. Kershaw, JICJ
Judge Lawrence Fletcher-Hill
396-6826 & 6843
Judge Sylvester Cox
545-3766 & 3767
396-5060 & 5061
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Judge Evelyn Omega Cannon
545-6235 & 6236
Judge Marcella A. Holland, AJ
396-3836 & 3837
Judge M Brooke Murdock, JICCr
545-0115 & 0116
Judge Barry G. Williams
545-3516 & 3517
Judge John Addison Howard
545-0887 & 0888
Judge Videtta A. Brown
Judge Paul E. Alpert
Judge Hilary Caplan
396-4716 & 1187
Judge David Ross
Judge Dennis McHugh/L. Daniels
Judge John M. Glynn
Judge Carol E. Smith
Judge John Carroll Byrnes
Judge Ellen M. Heller
Judge Thomas J. S. Waxter
Judge A. Owen Hennegan, Jr.
Judge Teaette Price
Judge Paul Smith
Judge Bonita J. Dancy
Judge Joseph H. H. Kaplan
Judge Clifton J. Gordy
Judge Joseph P. McCurdy
Judge Allen L. Schwait
**Judge Tanner will be selecting a courtroom after Jan. 1, 2011
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Calendar of Events BABC Events Calendar; State, Local, Specialty Bar & Non-Profit Association Events; Around Town Events BABC Events Calendar September 5, 2011 Labor Day – Bar Headquarters closed September 6, 2011 Executive Council Meeting – 12:00PM September 7, 2011 Milton Talkin Lecture Series – 12:00PM September 13, 2011 YLD Council Meeting – 12:00PM September 21, 2011 Baltimore Bar Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting – 12PM September 21, 2011 End of Summer Membership Reception – 5PM October 3, 2011 Recognition Breakfast for Volunteer Settlement Attorneys – 8:30AM September 10, 2011 Columbus Day – Bar Headquarters closed October 11, 2011 YLD Council Meeting – 12PM, Crab Feast at Nick’s Fish House– 5:30PM October 12, 2011 Milton Talkin Lecture Series October 19, 2011 Executive Council Meeting – 12:00PM
Mark Your Calendars! November 2, 2011 Supreme Court Group Admission November 19, 2011 Adoption Day Program November 22, 2011
December 13, 2011 YLD Holiday Party for Homeless Children
State, Local, Specialty Bar & Non-Profit Association Events August 21, 2011 Monumental City Bar Foundation Scholarship Golf Classic. Contact Erica LeMon 410-235-2220/Ron Richardson 410-951-7168 September 13, 2011 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Bar Association of Maryland Recognition Ceremony www.msba.org/links/ md/specialty.lgbt September 15, 2011 Maryland Defense Council Past Presidents’ Reception www.mddefensecounsel.org September 22-24, 2011 Maryland State Bar AssociationLocal & Specialty Bar Conference, Lancaster, PA www.msba.org October 19, 2011 Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service Reception 6:00 p.m. www.mvlslaw.org October 25, 2011 Women’s Bar Association – Howard County Chapter Reception in Honor of Judge Diane O. Leasure 6:00 p.m. www.wba-md.org February 18-25, 2012 Maryland State Bar Association Midyear Meeting Panama www.msba.org June 13-16, 2012 Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting Ocean City, MD www.msba.org
Past Presidents’ Luncheon December 8, 2011 Annual Holiday Party sponsored by the YLD (CONTINUED ON PAGE 31)
Around Town Events Wednesday, August 10, 2011 8:30 - 11:45 Movies on the Pier - Let Me In (Broadway Pier, Fells Point) Thursday, August 11, 2011 4:30 - 11:00 Flicks from the Hill - Ace Ventura - Pet Detective (American Visionary Art Museum, Hughes Family Outdoor Theatre) Friday, August 12, 2011 5:30-7:30 PM Summer LIVE! Concert series (Harborplace Amphitheater) Saturday, August 13, 2011 8:00 - 11:00 PM Summer LIVE! Concert series (Harborplace Amphitheater) Wednesday, August 17, 2011 8:30 - 11:45 Movies on the Pier - Twilight - Eclipse (Broadway Pier, Fells Point) Thursday, August 18, 2011 4:30 - 11:00 Flicks from the Hill - Men in Black (American Visionary Art Museum, Hughes Family Outdoor Theatre) Friday, August 19, 2011 5:30-7:30 PM Summer LIVE! Concert series (Harborplace Amphitheater) Wednesday, August 24, 2011 8:30 - 11:45 Movies on the Pier - Black Swan (Broadway Pier, Fells Point) Thursday, August 25, 2011 4:30 - 11:00 Flicks from the Hill - The Pink Panther (1963) (American Visionary Art Museum, Hughes Family Outdoor Theatre) Friday, August 26, 2011 5:30-7:30 PM Summer LIVE! Concert series (Harborplace Amphitheater) Saturday, August 27, 2011 8:00 - 11:00 PM Summer LIVE! Concert series (Harborplace Amphitheater) Thursday, September 1, 2011 5:30 PM WTMD 1st Thursdays Concert Series (Mt. Vernon Park) Friday, September 2, 2011 5:30-7:30 PM Summer LIVE! Concert series (Harborplace
Amphitheater) Saturday, September 3, 2011 8:00 - 11:00 PM Summer LIVE! (Harborplace Amphitheater) Saturday, September 10, 2011 8:00 - 11:00 PM Summer LIVE! (Harborplace Amphitheater) Saturday, September 17, 2011 8:00 - 11:00 PM Summer LIVE! (Harborplace Amphitheater) Saturday, September 24, 2011 8:00 - 11:00 PM Summer LIVE! (Harborplace Amphitheater) Saturday, October 1, 2011 8:00 - 11:00 PM Summer LIVE! (Harborplace Amphitheater) Saturday, October 8, 2011 8:00 - 11:00 PM Summer LIVE! (Harborplace Amphitheater) Saturday, October 15, 2011 8:00 - 11:00 PM Summer LIVE! (Harborplace Amphitheater) Saturday, October 22, 2011 8:00 - 11:00 PM Summer LIVE! (Harborplace Amphitheater) Saturday, October 29, 2011 8:00 - 11:00 PM Summer LIVE! (Harborplace Amphitheater)
BABC Accepting Nominations for 2011 Presidential, Dorsey and Brent-Mitchell Awards Awards to be Presented at November 22 Past Presidents’ Luncheon
Presidential Award In 1996, the Bar Association of Baltimore City established its prestigious Presidential Awards. These awards are presented annually to “unsung heroes” (one of whom must be a member of the YLD) who 1) selflessly undertake community, civic an/or charitable service which brings honor to the profession, and/or 2) who have devoted time and energy to the Bar Association of Baltimore City through substantial work on BABC committees, or other exemplary service to the Association. Charles H. Dorsey, Jr. Mentor Award In 1997, the BABC established the Charles H. Dorsey, Jr. Mentor Award which may or may not be awarded annually, to a member of the Association who meets the following criteria: 1) served as a longtime mentor or teacher of other lawyers, 2) by example has demonstrated a commitment to the community of lawyers by following the precept that the practice of law is a “noble and learned profession”; and 3) always worked to communicate, with clients an colleagues at the bar the highest
standard of conduct to fulfill the ideals of our society and the profession. Margaret Brent-Juanita Jackson Mitchell Award Building on the legacies of Margaret Brent and Juanita Jackson Mitchell, the Bar Association of Baltimore City created the Brent-Mitchell Award to recognize women lawyers and judges who have surmounted substantial barriers to achieve professional excellence. The Award may or may not be awarded to an individual who 1) exemplifies the pioneer spirit of Margaret Brent and Juanita Jackson Mitchell; 2) has achieved a high degree of success in the filed of law; and 3) has paved the way for women in law. If you would like to nominate someone to receive any of the above awards, please request a nomination form by calling BABC headquarters at 410-539-5936, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit our homepage at www. baltimorebar.org .
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UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT AMENDMENTS TO LOCAL RULES 39(a), 30(b), 31(d) 31(d).
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The proposed amendment to Local Rule 39(a) reduces the maximum rate for copy costs claimed by a prevailing party for briefs and appendices from $4.00 per original page to $.15 per copy for all filing and service copies required by the court. The proposed amendment aligns the maximum rate with the copy rate generally charged in the Richmond area and encourages economical methods of copying. For ease of reference, the proposed amendments to Local Rule 30(b) consolidate the filing and service requirements for appendices in one local rule, and the proposed amendments to Local Rule 31(d) consolidate the filing and service requirements for briefs in one local rule. The proposed amendments will take effect on September 1, 2011. Interested parties may submit comments on or before August 25, 2011, to: Patricia S. Connor, Clerk U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit 1100 E. Main Street, Suite 501 Richmond, Virginia 23219 The Fourth Circuit Rulebook can be found here /s/ Patricia S. Connor Clerk
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Supreme Court of the United States Wednesday, November 2, 2011 $315 Per Applicant Includes: Supreme Court Admission Fee - $200 Bus Transportation to and from Supreme Court Breakfast at the Supreme Court Swearing-In Oral Arguments Group Photograph Refreshments To qualify for admission to the Supreme Court, you must have been admitted to the practice of law for three years prior to date of application. The Court permits only one guest per applicant in the Courtroom. The cost for guests is $100 per person and includes transportation, breakfast, admission to oral arguments, and refreshments. REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO 12 APPLICANTS â€“ REGISTER NOW! For more information, or to receive a formal application and instructions, call Bar Headquarters immediately at 410-539-5936, or email email@example.com. Applications are due at BABC headquarters by September 2, 2011. No refunds will be granted after application deadline.
The Bar Association of Baltimore City Leadership 2011-2012 Adam Sean Cohen, President The Cohen Law Firm Andrew Radding, President-Elect Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC Cynthia L. Leppert, Vice President Neuberger, Quinn, Gielen, Rubin & Gibber, P.A. Michael W. Reed, Treasurer Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl Robert D. Anbinder, Secretary Department of Law, Baltimore City Jason T. Wasserman, Young Lawyers’ Division Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, LLC Rebecca B. Ripley The Cohen Law Firm
Alternative Dispute Resolution Alan Abramowitz, Bouland & Brush, LLC Bench/Bar Hon. Kendra Y. Ausby, Circuit Court for Baltimore City Avery B. Strachan, Silverman,Thompson Slutkin & White, LLC Budget & Finance Michael W. Reed, Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl Continuing Legal Education and Events Gregory K. Kirby, Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos Marian C. Hwang, Miles & Stockbridge, P.C. Judicial Selections Kelly Hughes Iverson, Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP Lawyer Referral and Information Service Todd Reinecker, Miles & Stockbridge, P.C. Legislation Katherine Kelly Howard, Regional Management Brian J. Rudick, Rudick Law, LLC Long Range Planning Andrew Radding, Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC Membership Master William M. Dunn, Circuit Court for Baltimore City Darren L. Kadish, Kadish & Kadish, P.A. Personnel Cynthia L. Leppert, Neuberger, Quinn, Gielen, Rubin & Gibber, P.A. Pro Bono and Access to Legal Services Kristin P. Herber, Tydings & Rosenberg, LLP Yoanna X. Moisides, Legal Aid Bureau Professional Ethics Edwin L. Keating, III, Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones, P.A. Technology Dean Merritt, LexisNexis® File & Serve Elected Members Arthur S. Alperstein, Alperstein & Diener, P.A. Charles M. Blomquist, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office Joshua L. Caplan, Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos Gregory P. Currey, Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew, P.A. Hon. Joseph H.H. Kaplan, Circuit Court for Baltimore City - Retired Members-At-Large Sidney A. Butcher, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office J. Allan Cohen, The Cohen Law Firm Mark F. Scurti, Hodes, Pessin & Katz, P.A. Immediate Past President The Honorable Lynn K. Stewart, Circuit Court for Baltimore City ABA Delegate Thomas J.S. Waxter, III, Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP Treasurer, Young Lawyers’ Division Michael R. Hudak, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office
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Substantive Law Committees 2011-2012 Business Law David McIntosh Williams, Gorman & Williams Criminal Law Margaret A. Mead, Mead, Flynn & Gray, P.A. Dana M. Middleton, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office Family Law Hope Tipton, Legal Aid Bureau Federal Practice Anthony F.Vittoria, Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, P.C. Worker’s Compensation John H. Price, Jr., Law Offices of John H. Price, Jr.
Special Committees 2011-2012
Government and Public Interest Lawyers Janine A. Scott, Legal Aid Bureau Historical Hon. James F. Schneider, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland Legal Services to the Elderly Jeffrey M. Dier, Department of Social Services Cathleen C. Opel, Saul Ewing, LLP News Journal Carrie M. Freeman, Bouland & Brush, LLC Nominating Thomas J.S. Waxter, III, Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP Past Presidents Hon. Lynn K. Stewart, Circuit Court for Baltimore City Sponsorship Christopher R. West, Semmes, Bowen & Semmes
Young Lawyers’ Division Council 2011-2012
Jason T. Wasserman, Chair Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, LLC Rebecca B. Ripley, Chair-Elect The Cohen Law Firm Michael R. Hudak, Treasurer Baltimore City’s State’s Attorney’s Office Joshua L. Caplan, Secretary Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos Immediate Past Chair Joshua A. Lemerman, Randall & Sonnier, LLC Elected Member Gregory P. Currey, Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew, P.A. Members-At-Large Rachel E. Stafford, Project HEAL, Kennedy Krieger Institute Jocelyn S. Szymanowski, Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew, P.A. Matthew J.Youssef, Alexander & Cleaver, P.A. Committees Continuing Legal Education Merrilyn E. Ratliff, Chair, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP Jocelyn S. Szymanowski,Vice Chair, Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew, P.A. Communications Matthew J.Youssef, Chair, Alexander & Cleaver, P.A. Events Meighan Griffin Burton, Chair, Wright, Constable Skeen, LLP Anna Skelton,Vice Chair, Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, LLC Membership Fabian D. Walters, Jr., Chair, McKennon, Shelton & Henn LLP Melissa Goldmeier,Vice Chair, Law Clerk, Circuit Court for Baltimore City Michael R. Hudak,Vice Chair, Baltimore City’s State’s Attorney’s Office Policy & Planning Gregory P. Currey, Chair, Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew, P.A. Public Education Rachel E. Stafford, Chair, Project HEAL, Kennedy Krieger Institute Alicia Wilson,Vice Chair, Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, LLC Public Service Joshua L. Caplan, Chair, Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos