Andrew Radding, President, The Bar Association of Baltimore City
Hon. Michael W. Reed, President, Baltimore Bar Foundation, Inc.
Rebecca B. Ripley, Chair, Young Lawyersâ€™ Division
The Baltimore Barrister Editor Carrie McMahon Freeman Chair, News Journal Committee
Committee Members Jamar R. Brown Katrin Hussmann Joshua H. Joseph Dean E. Merritt John H. Price, Jr. Roopesh Vijayan Katherine T. Sanzone, Executive Director Patricia A. DeGuilmi, Executive Assistant
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The Bar Association of Baltimore City Executive Council Andrew Radding, President Cynthia L. Leppert, President-Elect The Honorable Michael W. Reed, Vice President Robert D. Anbinder, Treasurer Gregory K. Kirby, Secretary Rebecca B. Ripley, Chair, Young Lawyers’ Division Gregory P. Currey, Chair Elect, Young Lawyers’ Division Arthur S. Alperstein, Esq. Warren S. Alperstein, Esq. Meighan Griffin Burton, Esq. Joshua Lawrence Caplan, Esq. Hon. Audrey J. S. Carrion Mary Cina Chalawsky, Esq. Adam Sean Cohen, Esq. Hon. Karen Friedman Tamara B. Goorevitz, Esq. Kristin P. Herber, Esq. Robert W. Hesselbacher, Jr., Esq. Michael R. Hudak, Esq. Darren L. Kadish, Esq. Mary T. Keating, Esq. Scott H. Marder, Esq. Dean E. Merritt, Esq. Yoanna X. Moisides, Esq. William J. Murphy, Jr. Marshall B. Paul, Esq. John H. Price, Jr. Todd M. Reinecker, Esq. Anthony F. Vittoria, Esq. A. David Zerivitz, Esq. Katherine T. Sanzone, Executive Director
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Message From the President
LexisNexis Research Tip
Andrew Radding, President, The Bar Association of Baltimore City
Bar Association of Baltimore City 2012 Annual Meeting
Member In the Spotlight
BABC Hospitality Suite at State Bar Covention
Around Town Calendar
The Bar Association of Baltimore City
Member In the Spotlight
The Honorable Michael W. Reed President, Baltimore Bar Foundation, Inc.
Member In the Spotlight
Rebecca B. Ripley, Esq., Chair, Young Lawyersâ€™ Division
Baltimore Bar Foundation Golf Outing Huge Success!
2011-12 Committee Reports
Research Tip J.W. Bennett
A Night in the Museum of Baltimore Legal History
Around the Office
Master William M. Dunn
Message from the President
Andrew Radding, President, The Bar Association of Baltimore City The following is the speech given by President Andrew Radding at the BABC’s Annual Meeting on May 30, 2012. Members of the bench, my fellow attorneys, honored guests, family members and my friends, thank you for attending the annual 132nd meeting of the Bar Association of Baltimore City. There are several important items to cover, but I want to do it in an expeditious manner to maintain your interest and attention and to get us promptly to our guest speakers. First, it is important to thank Kathy Sanzone and Patty Deguilmi for their outstanding work – as usual – on the annual dinner and all of the bar activities. As everyone knows, this association could not operate in its wonderfully efficient manner without the tremendous efforts of both of you. I also want to thank my partners at Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler for supporting me in my bar association activities, especially for the coming year. My involvement would be impossible without their assistance and participation. I want shift the focus for a moment to the persons who share our lives. No matter the label, our significant other makes it possible for us to concentrate on our professional responsibilities, while keeping us aware of the all-important personal and family portion of our lives. Without them, we would not be the persons we are professionally or personally. They encourage us when we are down; laugh at our jokes - and never allow us to get too taken with ourselves. I am extremely thankful to have shared my life with a special person for 40 years – and would like to recognize and thank 4
my wife, Bonnie, who has made countless accommodations and personal sacrifices to further my professional career. Like your significant other has done for you, Bonnie consistently made sure that the family and personal parts of our lives were never forgotten. Bonnie – please accept this bouquet – not only for what you have done for me and for our family – but also as a symbol of all of the husbands, wives, and partners for what they continue to do for all of us. Twelve years ago, we all lived through what could have been a constitutional crisis, when we did not know for weeks who had won the presidential election. But the rule of law prevailed, a decision still debated, but accepted and followed. Less than one year later, an event occurred that changed this country and the world. The date was September 11, 2001. There is still and always will be debate over the actions our government took and continues to take in the war on terror. Here too, the courts have spoken, as well as the other branches of government. I don’t remember in the 44 years that I have been a lawyer as much interest and focus by the general public on the courts on a constant basis as in the first few years of this millennium. We all await at least 2 seminal and far reaching opinions from the Supreme Court in the next few weeks. They will be hotly debated but they will be the law. And they will be followed. Our own Maryland courts have issued rulings in the past several years that spark much debate. Yet, they too became the law we follow. We all can take pride in truly being a nation of laws. We can take further pride in the real meaning, which we all know, of the over-used Shakespearean directive of “first we must kill the lawyers.” So let’s bring this home. Our Bar Association is among the oldest in the country. We are extraordinarily proud of the diCONTINUED ON PAGE 5
versity of our members, not only in terms of race and creed, but in terms of our practices: private, governmental, public interest, criminal, civil, corporate. We could continue to list all of the subdivisions therein, but my speech would become very long. Baltimore remains the center of business litigation, both state and federal; estate planning, real estate practice and tax planning in Maryland. We have asked our members for indications of interest of new areas for our Bar, such as, committees dedicated to consumer law, disability law, business and commercial litigation, estates and trusts, employment law, intellectual property and taxation. Maryland does not have mandatory continuing legal education, but we have members who hunger for learning experiences relevant to their practices. Our organization remains heavily involved in these efforts. You will see and have easier access to more and more educational programs in the next year. We are intent on reversing a national trend and bringing the larger firms back to local Bar activity. I am pleased that several of my committee chairs are from the larger firms in the City. We are also pleased with the involvement of our bench. Three members of my executive council are sitting judges in Baltimore City. Many more attend our functions or teach in our CLEâ€™s. In the last five years of the recession or economic downturn, we have been fortunate that our association has grown, not shrunk. We intend to grow it even more and keep it among the most viable bar associations not only in the State, but in our Country.
By way of analogy, bar association activity is the equivalent of school extra-curricular activities. It cannot and should not detract from our primary focus which is doing the work of a lawyer: representing our clients, our institutions. Our jobs, in other words, what we are paid to do. However, Bar Association activity is invaluable in developing well-rounded lawyers.My list of Bar activities is a long one, but it is one compiled over 30 years of involvement. One cannot let the Bar Association become the primary part of our professional life. It is and must remain a valuable complement. But it is very valuable. No other profession, be it doctors, dentists, or accountants -no other profession performs near the pro bono publico work or the service based activities that we do. In addition, no other profession polices itself as strongly and efficiently as we do. In many ways, we are the guardians of the safety and the continued existence of our society. The very actions for which we are often denigrated, the so called legal technicalities, are indeed, actions that are taken to preserve and protect the constitution, to assist our clients be they rich or poor, private, corporate, public or any other category. During my tenure in office, nothing less than respect for the law and for the lawyers will be acceptable and we will not hesitate to speak out to inform the public of the good that we promote and protect. I know that I speak for all of you who came to this dinner tonight, when I say I could not be prouder of my profession or prouder to be a member of that profession. I love being a lawyer. I anticipate a great year ahead and, most importantly, look forward to working with all of you! Thank you!
Member In The Spotlight The Honorable Michael W. Reed
Judge Michael Wilson Reed was appointed to the 8th Judicial Circuit, Baltimore City Circuit Court on October 20, 2011. Judge Reed received his law degree from The George Washington University School of Law in 1985. Prior to receiving his degree, Judge Reed graduated with honors from The College of the Holy Cross in Worcester Massachusetts with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. Upon graduation from law school, he served as legislative assistant to The Honorable Steny H. Hoyer of the 5th District of Maryland where he counseled the Congressman on environmental, energy and commerce, and judiciary issues. Judge Reed served as Legislative Counsel for the Maryland General Assembly. He joined the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office in 1988 where he worked for the Homicide Division, Sex Offense Task Force, and Felony Trial Division. Judge Reed entered the private practice of law at the Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, PC, from 1999 to 2007, where he litigated asbestos and product liability cases. In 2007, he joined the Maryland Office of the Attorney General. There he represented the State’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in litigation of cases involving the Tort Claims Act, medical malpractice, civil rights, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and equal employment cases. He was promoted to Senior Counsel in 2008. Thereafter, he returned to the practice of product liability law at the Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl before his appointment to the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. As an active member in the Baltimore legal community, he currently serves as the Treasurer of the Bar Association of Baltimore City and as a Trustee of the Baltimore Bar Foundation, Inc., and the Bar Associations’ Insurance Trust. He became a Fellow of the Baltimore Bar Foundation in 2007. He is an avid fan of lacrosse. Judge Reed is married to Deborah Baer. They are the parents of two children.
Full Name: Michael W. Reed Hometown: Washington, D.C. came to Baltimore in 1988 Undergrad: Holy Cross College, Worcester , Mass. Law School: George Washington University Married: Yes Deborah C. Baer Children: Nick 15, Emily 12 Pets: Eddie, dog, mini Pin-Jack Russell mix Favorite restaurant: Petite Louis If this were Sunday, what would you be doing? Singing in choir at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Church Favorite ice cream: Pitaschio Favorite movie: Recently enjoyed the Grey. Favorite is probably “Glory” Favorite food: BBQ Most memorable vacation: Alaska Denali and Mt. McKinley Hobbies: music and guitar, golf Book you are reading now: Common Ground Anthony Lukas Newell’s The Golf Instruction Manual Favorite childhood memory: Weeks spent at my Grandmother’s House in Rural Penn. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? A successful member of Congress Two places you would most like to visit: Brazil and Italy Orioles or Ravens: Huge Ravens Fan Movie or Book: Love a good book particularly history Hero: Charles Hamilton Houston, Esq. the noted civil rights lawyer
Member In The Spotlight Andrew Radding, President, The Bar Association of Baltimore City Andy grew up in a working class, blue-collar neighborhood, Sunnyside, Queens, New York City. Around the corner from him lived the movie actor, James Caan, who is a few years older than Andy, and Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the convicted Soviet spies, with whose children Andy attended elementary school. Andy received his Bachelors Degree from the Baruch School, City College of New York and his law degree from Boston University School of Law. He spent a year as a graduate Fellow in Prosecution and Defense at Northwestern University Law School, arriving in Chicago just as the infamous 1968 Democratic National Convention was to start.
Andy takes great pride in the fact that after serving for four years has head of the narcotics unit in the United States Attorney’s Office, the strength of street level heroin was such that individuals using for the first time, could not become physically addicted to the drug. Unfortunately, that situation did not last. Andy is also very proud of his representation of members of the Public Service Commission who were improperly terminated by the State Legislature of Maryland. During a twenty-one day period, Andy was retained by his clients, tried the case in Circuit Court, briefed and successfully argued the case in the Court of Appeals of Maryland. The case resulted in one-hundred and twenty-six pages of Opinion, and Andy’s clients prevailed by a vote of 6 to 1 in the Court of Appeals. Andy also takes great pride in being part of the legal team that argued a case, which established the “Fair Use Doctrine” in Copyright Law in the 4th Circuit.
After completing his Fellowship at Northwestern, Andy became Assistant Counsel to the United States House of Representatives Select Committee on Crime. Leaving that position after three years, to come to Baltimore as a Justice Department prosecutor, and then an Assistant United States Attorney. He left this U.S. Attorney’s Office and has been in private practice since 1977.
Andy and his wife, Bonnie, will be celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this October. They have two grown children, and three grandchildren.
Andy’s focus in private practice is white-collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation and the representation of professionals in administrative and regulatory proceedings and civil and licensing matters.
Undergrad: Baruch School, City College of New York - now Baruch College
Andy has been active in Bar Association activities since joining the United States Attorney’s Office, and over the past forty years has served in numerous positions as an officer or committee chair in the Federal Bar Association, United States Attorney’s Alumni Association, Maryland State Bar Association and of course, the Bar Association of Baltimore City. Andy is also a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Maryland Criminal Defense Lawyers and the American Bar Association. Andy has spent twenty years as a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the University of Baltimore Law School.
Married: to Bonnie (Levinson) Radding - 40 years this coming October
Full Name: Andrew Radding Hometown: New York City
Law School: Boston University School of Law
Children: Judy Collins and Josh Radding - three Grandchildren, Charlie, Xan, and Harry Favorite restaurant: La Scala If this were Sunday, what would you be doing? Sunday, New York Times, news talk shows and gym. Winter - watch football. Summer - at the community pool. CONTINUED ON PAGE 8
Favorite movie: Lots of great ones. Godfather I and Midnight Cowboy - top the list. Favorite food: mostly anything my wife cooks Most memorable vacation: Two weeks in Egypt touring before and after our son’s wedding in 2006 Hobbies: None really - just not enough time Most interesting case tried/heard: Arguing a case that resulted in 4th Circuit law on “Fair-use” in Copyright law. Also, representing members of a state commission who were improperly terminated by the state legislature - 126 pages of opinion - we won. Last book read: Decision Points, by George W. Bush
If you had to leave your house (never to return) with only three items, what would you take? Definitely my wife - the others are tougher Orioles or Ravens: Both Walters or BMA? BMA Movie or Book: Hard to choose - I read every night and I love to go to the movies Any tattoos: No Most embarrassing story: Way too embarrassing to even remember - I’ve repressed it! Most famous person you met: Dalai Lama
Book you are reading now: Steve Jobs Biography
Any fears? I fear ever not doing my best
When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? Lawyer
How has the Bar Association impacted your life/career? I have made great friends and had the opportunity to serve my profession - hopefully advancing its objectives and those of its members.
Two places you would most like to visit: Israel; the Amazon
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Rebecca B. Ripley, Esq., Chair, Young Lawyers’ Division Rebecca B. Ripley recently launched the Maryland office of Cordell & Cordell, a national law firm exclusively practicing domestic law, where she is an associate attorney. She was admitted to the practice of law before the Maryland Court of Appeals in 2007, and previously practiced as an associate attorney with The Cohen Law Firm, where she managed cases in areas of general civil practice, ranging from domestic law to civil litigation to estate administration. Prior to pursuing a legal career, Rebecca worked in costume and theatre management, including four seasons with The Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. and one season with Arena Stage. She is also an alumnus of the Texas Shakespeare Festival and the Tony Award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival. She has had the privilege of working with Ty Burrel, Kelly McGillis, Judith Light, Avery Brooks, Danny Pino, and other accomplished actors of stage and screen. Rebecca graduated Magna Cum Laude from Denison University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts, focusing her studies on theatrical performance, management and direction. When Rebecca gave up the limelight and decided to pursue a career in the law, she was accepted to the University of Maryland School of Law, which awarded her a scholarship as a “Leadership Scholar.” After receiving her law degree in 2007, Rebecca decided to make Baltimore her home. A proud resident of the Mount Vernon Historic District, she is devoted to her professional and civic communities. Rebecca’s activity with the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Bar Association of Baltimore City began while she was in law school. Since then she has served as Member-at-Large, Secretary, and Chair-Elect of the Young Lawyers’ Division Executive Committee, and is a prior Chair of the Public Service Committee. In 2010 she was honored to receive the Presidential Award for her continued service to the Bar and the Baltimore Community. She also had the privi-
leged of doing pro bono work for Maryland Volunteer Lawyer Services, Judicare, Free State Legal Project, and Legal Services for the Elderly. In addition to her work with the BABC, Rebecca is a senior volunteer with the Maryland Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and a member of the Mount Vernon Belvedere Association. She has two rescued Snowshoe cats, predictably named after characters in a Shakespearean play. Full Name: Rebecca Brannan Ripley Hometown: I was born in Columbus, Ohio, but moved to Kettering, Ohio when I was 6. We moved again to Mesa, Arizona when I was 15. My parents continue to live in Mesa, but I returned to Ohio for undergrad. I guess I would have to say I am divided between the Midwest and the Southwest. Undergrad: I graduated magna cum laude from Denison University in Granville, Ohio in 1999. I have a BFA in performance art. Law School: University of Maryland, Class of 2007. Pets: I have two Snowshoe Cats, named Titus and Tamora, which I adopted from the Maryland SPCA. Favorite restaurant: It is a close call between City Café and Woodberry Kitchen If this were Sunday, what would you be doing? Ideally I would be volunteering at the Maryland SPCA, but sometimes my boyfriend and I need the time to catch-up on work, so we have a study date. Favorite ice cream: Taharka Brother’s Key Lime Pie Favorite movie: The Lion in Winter (the original version with Peter O’Toole and Katherine Hepburn) Favorite food: Grilled asparagus. CONTINUED ON PAGE 10
Most memorable vacation: When I was growing-up my parents always rented the same cabin for several weeks on Lake Mindemoya on Manitoulin Island in Ontario, Canada. My brother and I were basically allowed the run of the area; catching frogs, going fishing, and swimming all day. My grandparents came with us, alternating years between my maternal grandparents and my paternal grandparents. The years all blur together, but it was always a great family experience. Most interesting case tried/heard: The very first case that I was first chair on was a third-party custody case that got through Judicare. I represented the mother, and a friend of mine represented the father, and we got to work together to defend against the claims of the third party seeking custody who were former neighbors of the mother. I am still friends with my client, and I love being able to report how well she and her son are doing. Last book read: The Hunger Games Trilogy. Book you are reading now: I love to read, but don’t have much time that allows me to sit still, so I am a big fan of audio books. I am currently listening to Steven King’s The Stand. I caught a cold as I began to listen to it, which only made it all the creepier. When you were a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? After I got too tall to be a jockey, I wanted to be James Herriot – a vet, an author, and a Brit. Or an archeologist. One thing most people do not know about you? I am selfbanned from E-bay. Auctions seem to inspire me to new and costly levels of competitiveness. Two places you would most like to visit: The United Kingdom and Cairo. If you had to leave your house (never to return) with only three items, what would you take? My iPad, my iPad charger, and my tool box. Orioles or Ravens: Let’s go Caps! Walters or BMA: The Walters. Ariadne Deserted on the Isle of Naxos by Hans Schuler is one of my favorite sculptures.
Movie or Book: The book is always better. Hero: My parents, no matter how cliché that may be. Any tattoos: Does the graphite mark in the palm of my hand left from when I inadvertently stabbed myself with a No. 2 pencil count? Biggest regret: Discovering E-bay. Most embarrassing story: When meeting the parents of a former boyfriend, I was trying to tell them an amusing anecdote about my housemate’s Volvo. We had shared a bottle of wine before dinner, and I, not being used to drinking wine, was a little tongue tied. Let’s just say that I kept having trouble saying the make of the car and it became a very different anecdote. If you could live your life over, would you change anything? No. Most famous person you met: Dustin Hoffman, right before auditioning for scholarship at Pepperdine University. He then watched part of my audition, telling my mother I was “doing just great.” Any fears? Sharks. I blame Steven Spielberg. How has the Bar Association impacted your life/career: The Bar Association has enriched my life and my career in more ways than I can do justice in one little article. I credit the Bar with providing opportunities to develop friendships, not just networks; to becoming part of a community, not just living in one; and to developing my skills as an attorney, not just padding my resume.
BABC Hospitality Suite at State Bar Convention June 13-15, 2012
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Baltimore Bar Foundation Golf Outing Huge Success!
On Monday, June 25, 2012, the Baltimore Bar Foundation hosted its annual golf outing at The Country Club of Maryland, raising nearly $9,000 to help support law related programs and public service projects that benefit the legal community and the citizens of Baltimore. The success of this event could not have been possible without the support of our players and many sponsors. The Baltimore Bar Foundation takes pleasure in publicly acknowledging the generosity of the following sponsors of the 2012 golf outing: (Law Firm Club Sponsors) Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones, P.A.; Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP; The Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl; Ober Kaler, P.C.; Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A.; Semmes, Bowen & Semmes; Tydings & Rosenberg, LLP; (Platinum Sponsors) Docu Print Imaging; Franklin/MorrisAssociates, LLC; Gore Brothers Reporting & Video Company, Inc.; (Diamond Sponsors) Kelly Benefits Strategies, A Division of Kelly & Associates Insurance Group, Inc.; (Gold Sponsors) Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC, (Silver Sponsors); Cornblatt, Bennett, Penhallegon & Roberson, P.A.; Gallagher Evelius & Jones, LLP; McKenon Shelton & Henn, LLP; Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White; (Gift Sponsors) Baltimore Bar Foundation Trustees; Baltimoreâ€™s Tremont Historic Venue & All-Suite Hotel; Bella of Canton; Chesapeake Shakespeare Company; Country Club of Maryland; Gore Brothers Reporting & Videoconferencing, Inc.; Hyatt Regency of Baltimore; Legal Images of Baltimore; and Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP.
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2011-12 Committee Reports Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee
March 13, 2012, the Committee voted to change the structure of the Committee moving forward so that it would operate more like an Assembly with various Committee members acting as liaisons to all the relevant agencies, etc. The Committee engaged in lengthy discussions over what agencies and or issues should be considered for Committee liaison assignments. The following finalized list of liaisons was voted on and approved at the May 8, 2012 Committee meeting:
The ADR Committee continued to sponsor education programs with the Baltimore County ADR Committee. A program on Mediating with Counsel Present was particularly successful.
a.) Administrative Office of the Circuit Court
Goals for the year were:
1.) Civil 2.) Criminal 3.) Family 4.) Juvenile
Alan Abramowitz, Chair The Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (ADR) had a very eventful year. After a three year experiment, it was decided that the Fee Arbitration Committee should return to being a separate committee. In addition, the Executive Committee voided the Rule changes for the Fee Arbitration Committee which had been passed at the end of last year.
1. Advocating for the existing Circuit Court Mediation programs, to assist the Circuit Court in expeditious resolution of cases on its docket;
b.) Circuit Court Bench (Four liaisons to handle the Circuit Court issues below)
c.) Circuit Court Clerk’s Office
2. Monitoring relevant rules and proposals which affect ADR within the Court systems and the larger Baltimore legal community;
d.) District Court Bench (Four liaisons to represent each Courthouse)
3. Meeting with the Administrative and other interested Judges to determine how the ADR Committee can expand the rolls of mediators and their effective use by the Court; and
1.) North Avenue 2.) Patapsco 3.) Wabash 4.) Fayette
4. Coordinating with business groups, nonprofit agencies and other bar association groups interested in improvement of the Baltimore City legal environment the business Advocating for the expansion of ADR in all areas of conflict.
Bench Bar Committee
Judge Kendra Y. Ausby and Avery B. Strachan, Co-Chairs The Bench Bar Committee had a very successful year. The Committee met five separate times and had an average attendance at each meeting of twenty people. This year, the Committee faced the difficult challenge of determining a way for the Committee to be more effective and/or to better serve the needs of BABC members. There was much debate on this issue over the course of the first three Committee meetings. On
e.) Orphan’s Court f.) City Solicitor’s Office g.) Office of the State’s Attorney h.) Office of the Public Defender i.) Young Lawyers j.) Sheriff ’s Office Once the above list had been finalized, the Committee voted that all liaison appointments should be made by the incoming president and should wait until the BABC Committee assignCONTINUED ON PAGE 17
ments for the 2012-2013 had been made. Concerns were expressed by multiple members that in order for this new structure to work, liaisons should be appointed as soon as possible. In addition to tackling the challenging job of changing the way the Committee operates, the Committee successfully hosted a CLE on April 16, 2012: “Nuts and Bolts of Civil Practice in the District Court.” There were 38 people in attendance. This CLE was done in a “town hall” format, with three Judges and one lawyer serving as presenters and a moderator. Due to the success of this CLE, and particularly the format of this CLE, the Committee discussed doing other CLEs on different topics in the same “town hall” format next year.
Business Law Committee
David McI. Williams, Chair The Business Law Committee has been primarily devoted to the successful completion of its principle project – transformation of The Maryland Entrepreneur’s Guide into a concise one-stop online source book of federal and Maryland programs and services for entrepreneurs, emerging companies, and growth businesses available as a dynamic resource in Wikibooks. Within the past year, much progress has been made. The Guide has benefited from a new URL (which links to the Guide’s pages in Wikibooks) and has been restructured so that each chapter is now a separate page linked to the table of contents so as to permit internal navigation in the Guide. Appropriate disclaimer and “no legal advice” sections have been added and color graphics have transformed the Guide into a truly professional product of which the Committee is more than a little proud.
the MSBA’s Bar Bulletin (May, 2012), and The Daily Record (March, 12 2012 and June 4, 2012). Representatives of the Governor’s Commission on Small Business and the Economic Alliance of Baltimore have attended Committee meetings in order to learn about the Guide. We are presently at work on further publicity. Currently the Committee is endeavoring to secure awareness of the Guide among the community of governmental agencies, educational institutions, and other economic development non-profit organizations referenced in it. Law firms are establishing links to the Guide which will help promote the Guide’s search engine optimization so that it may be prominent and easily found online. With these efforts it is hoped the Guide will help fulfill the Committee’s goal of promoting Maryland, and particularly the Baltimore area, as a center of innovation and entrepreneurial business enterprise.
Continuing Legal Education and Events Committee
Marian C. Hwang and Greg K. Kirby, Co-Chairs The Continuing Legal Education Committee had a successful year, prepared a membership profile to identify CLE needs/ interests of its members, and sponsored 14 CLE programs for the Milton Talkin’ lunchtime series and more in-depth programming, not including less formal committee sponsored programs or YDL programs. Two programs were taped and are available through the Bar Association as webinars. Another program was sponsored in collaboration with the Baltimore City Bar Library. These programs covered a wide array of practice areas, including civil practice, employment law, DUI, ethics in social media, electronic evidence, reasonable The Guide’s success has resulted from the work of an active fees, domestic violence, fraud in workers compensation cascore of Committee members collaborating with an even more es, guardianship, screening cases, structured settlements and active group of University of Maryland Law School students other workers compensation matters. Presenters represented under the guidance of Professor Michelle Harner. Represen- a broad and impressive spectrum of practices and experiences, tatives of the University of Maryland Business Law Society, including judges and distinguished lawyers. and subsequently the University of Maryland Journal of Business Law and Technology, have accomplished remarkable In addition, the following programs and events were planned achievements with technical aspects of the Guide, including and executed by the Committee: Annual End of Summer Reformatting, and graphic presentation, and helping publicize ception; Crab Feast; Supreme Court Group Admission Cerit. The students helped conduct, for instance, presentations emony; and the Annual Meeting. to the Executive Council of the Bar Association of Baltimore City and the Business Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Criminal Law Committee Association. These efforts have resulted in links to the Guide Margaret A. Mead and Dana Middleton, Co-Chairs from each of those associations’ web pages, as well as articles In line with our mission to provide information and legal eduabout the Guide in the BABC’s Barrister (February, 2012), cation to practicing attorneys, the Criminal Law Committee CONTINUED ON PAGE 18
began the 2011-2012 with a review of concerns and topics for the criminal law practioner. There are a variety of aspects of criminal law that the committee continues to seek to present to the members. For the past three years, the committee has sought to bring case law updates and practical pointers to the members. The Criminal Law committee met on October 5, 2011 and reviewed potential programs for the upcoming year. In January, 2012 the Criminal Law Committee teamed up with the MSBA Correction Reform Section Council for panel discussion about the newly established Mental Health Court. It was an informative discussion about the evolution and philosophy of the Mental Health Court, such as eligibility requirements, procedural issues, and ongoing clinical evaluations. The program was well attended and provided essential information in a relatively new area of law and court procedure. The Criminal Law Committee intends to prepare additional programs for the upcoming year, to include a presentation by the medical examiners regarding autopsy reports and continue with the annual appellate update. The committee will be meeting earlier in the year to arrange relevant programs. The Criminal Law Committee will continue to be a vital part of the Bar Association of Baltimore City.
Family Law Committee
Hope Tipton, Chair The Family Law Committee of the Bar Association of Baltimore City (BABC) had a productive year once again in 20112012. We continued to have our monthly luncheon meetings on the third Tuesday of each month each of which included an educational program. Each lunch meeting is sponsored by various Committee members and their respective firms. Our topics each month were as follows: September 2011 Welcome Back Meeting—Pro Bono Opportunities October 2011 Adult Guardianship and Its Alternatives November 2011 New Parent Coordinator Rule—Rule 9-205.2 December 2011 Domestic Court and Court Services Update
January 2012 Effects of Domestic Violence on Children February 2012 Bullying and Harassment in Public Schools Systems March 2012 Social Media in Family Law Cases April 2012 Joint Dinner with Baltimore County Bar Association May 2012 Case Law and Legislative Update For each meeting, the attendance was between 30-40 members. The two most attended meetings were the New Parent Coordinator and Social Media in Family Law Cases. In April 2012, we once again had our Joint Dinner Meeting with the Baltimore County Bar Association, which was hosted by the BABC at Gertrude’s in the Baltimore Museum of Art. We had approximately 97 attendees join together for a discussion on The Evolution of Alimony in Maryland: A View from the Bench. The program reviewed the Boemio decision and the impact it had on indefinite alimony and the use of alimony guidelines. The program was conducted as an alimony hearing vignette with The Honorable Yvette M. Bryant, The Honorable Michael J. Finifter, Master Andrea F. Kelly, The Honorable Albert J. Matricciani, Jr., and The Honorable H. Patrick Singer, Jr. issuing a “decision”. We also had intended to have some simply educational seminars as we had during the 2009-2010 year, but due to scheduling, this did not occur. It is, however, something I think should be a goal for next year, and something I regret that did not get accomplished this year. Finally, the May edition of the Barrister by the Bar Association of Baltimore City was focused on family law. We had three Committee members have articles published in the Barrister.
Federal Practice Committee
Anthony F. Vittoria, Chair The Federal Practice Committee began the Bar year transitioning from the steady leadership of Paul R. Kramer, who had been the Chair of the Committee for several years. As part of that transitional process, the Committee took it upon CONTINUED ON PAGE 19
itself to conduct a reexamination of where it fit in relation to other similar Bar Associations and Committees, including the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the Federal District Court Liaison Committee of the Litigation Section of the Maryland State Bar Association. After considerable discussion, the Committee concluded that its role would continue to be to present informative and educational programs of interest to attorneys located in and around Baltimore City who practice, or are interested in practicing, before the federal district and circuit courts. With that conclusion, the Committee turned its attention to planning and scheduling a program entitled “Recent Changes in Intellectual Property Litigation,” which would focus on recent changes in the law on obtaining an injunction in copyright and trademark cases, and on the local rules and changes in the federal common law relating to patent litigation. Unfortunately, conflicts with other Bar Association events and Memorial Day weekend prevented the program from going forward this year. On the bright side, the program is set to go forward in the fall, with likely speakers including James B. Astrachan of Astrachan, Gunst, Thomas, Rubin, who will speak on copyrights and trademarks, and Royal W. Craig of Ober|Kaler, who will speak on patents.
Government and Public Interest Lawyers’ Committee
Janine Angela Scott, Chair In line with our mission to connect and educate public service attorneys to ensure continued professional development and community service, the Government and Public Interest Lawyers (GPIL) Committee began the 2011-2012 with a networking event this past September at MEX Restaurant. There was a strong turnout, which included law students from the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore Law Schools. For the past two years, there has been a targeted effort to include law students in GPIL meetings and activities in order to strengthen committee membership and to gain new members for the Bar Association of Baltimore City.
Baltimore City. In an effort to give back to the community, the GPIL Committee held a warm clothes drive this past December. Several sweaters, gloves, boots, and socks were donated to Healthcare for the Homeless. This past February, the Public Justice Center and Community Law Center did a joint presentation at a GPIL committee meeting, where they shared with the members the work that they did. They informed us about their advocacy efforts to make it a right for individuals to have a lawyer in civil cases where certain fundamental rights are at risk (also known as Civil Gideon). The idea for this meeting resulted from committee members’ desire to learn about the work of smaller public interest organizations. Finally, the GPIL Committee’s held its 7th Annual Awards Reception on April 17, 2012. The event was held in the Kaplan Court located at the Clarence Mitchell Courthouse. This year’s speaker was Maryland Public Defender, Paul DeWolfe. Also, this year’s Government and Public Interest Lawyer of the Year Award was given to Natalie A. Finegar, Esquire from the Office of the Public Defender. The reception was well-attended by the legal community. The GPIL Committee membership is quite sizeable and diverse, comprising of attorneys who work in both the civil and criminal legal systems. Therefore, every effort is made to ensure that the events and programs planned are designed to be inclusive and relevant to the entire committee body. Based upon this past year’s events, the GPIL Committee was successful in that endeavor and continues to play an integral role in the Bar Association of Baltimore City.
Judge James F. Schneider and Master William M. Dunn, Co-Chairs The Historic Committee focused on three extremely imporIn November 2011, the GPIL Committee teamed up with the tant projects this year – hosting the annual Memorial Service, Baltimore City Solicitor’s Office and held a Pro Bono Oppor- staffing the Baltimore Museum of Legal History, and publishtunities for Government and Public Interest Attorneys pre- ing an historic walking tour of the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. sentation. At this presentation, a myriad of legal services orga- Courthouse. nizations ranging from the Homeless Persons Representation Project to the Maryland Disability Law Center shared how This year’s annual Memorial Service was held on May 17, 2012 government and public interest workers can do work in other in the Circuit Court’s Ceremonial Courtroom. Twenty-nine areas outside of their practice to help low income residents in members of the Bar were memorialized. Each was individuCONTINUED ON PAGE 20
ally honored by way of a “memorial minute” in which their photograph was electronically displayed while a member of the Committee read a short testimonial of each honoree’s personal and professional life. The members of the Baltimore City Bar whom where remembered were: Bryan Akman, Patrick Arey, Robert Bouse, Sr., Lowell Bowen, Calvert Bregel, Sr., Winston Brundige, Thomas Chrisler, Martin Dyer, Christopher Fascetta, Richard Fine, Harold Glaser, Robert Green, Charles Heyman, John Hull, Michael Lower, David Owen, H. Emslie Parks, Brandi Phillips, James Phillips, Jeffrey Plum, David Preller, Sr., Konstantine Prevas, Walter Rafalko, George Rasin, William Schaefer, Suzanne Sherwood, Marvin Sklar, Robert Thompson, and Marvin Wahl.
The Committee received applications, interviewed, and evaluated 13 candidates for a vacancy of an At-Large seat on the Court of Special Appeals, to which the governor eventually appointed Judge Stuart Berger. Three vacancies on the District Court for Baltimore City were also announced during the Committee’s tenure. The Committee received applications and interviewed 10 new candidates for these vacancies; five candidates remained in the pool from previous vacancies. The governor eventually appointed Judge Rachel Cogen, Judge Melissa Copeland, and Judge Jennifer Etheridge to these three vacancies.
Law Firm Sponsorship Committee
Christopher R. West, Chair This year, the Law Firm Sponsorship Committee achieved a In conjunction with the Courthouse and Museum Founda- record number of sponsorships in the record total aggregate tion, the Historic Committee helped train volunteer docents amount of $53,000. Twenty-four law firms, including most and staff the Baltimore Museum of Legal History. The Com- of the mid-sized and some of the largest City-based firms, bemittee attempts to staff the Museum daily from 12-2 p.m. came sponsors of the Bar Association of Baltimore City. The percentage participation was extremely gratifying. Finally, the Committee worked all year on drafting an historic walking tour of the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse. Once again, the Law Firm Sponsorship Committee held a The Committee spent much of the year, raising funds, draft- Managing Partners Dinner, to which all of the City’s maning and submitting grant requests, researching and writing the aging partners were invited. The guest speaker this year was material, and obtaining copyright releases for photographic Debby Shortridge, a former principal at Saul Ewing and curimages of items in the Courthouse. The first draft of the bro- rently a Loss Prevention Counsel at the Attorneys’ Liability chure is complete, and the Committee hopes to have the tour Assurance Society. The dinner was held at Sullivan’s steakbrochures available to the public by the end of 2012. house and was well attended.
Judicial Selections Commmittee
Kelly Hughes Iverson, Chair The 2011-12 Judicial Selections Committee consisted of twenty-seven members representing large, medium, and small firms, solo practitioners, government lawyers, former prosecutors and criminal defense lawyers, and a retired judge. The Committee was age, gender, and racially diverse. As part of its evaluation process, the Committee members reviewed the applications submitted by judicial candidates, interviewed the candidates, and met in closed session for frank and open discussion about each candidate’s qualifications for the position. By majority vote, candidates were determined to be either Very Highly Qualified, Legally and Most Fully Professionally Qualified, Not Qualified, or Not Ready at this time. The Committee’s conclusions and recommendations for each candidate were summarized and sent confidentially to the Judicial Nominating Commission and to the Governor.
Congratulations are extended to the following law firms, which affirmatively responded to our sponsorship solicitation and thus provided invaluable financial assistance to the Bar Association of Baltimore City during 2011-2012: Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos, P.C. Ober Kaler Grimes & Shriver Law Offices of Peter T. Nicholl Gallagher Evelius & Jones, LLP Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP Gordon Feinblatt LLC Miles & Stockbridge, P.C. Semmes, Bowen & Semmes
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ity and the recommendations of the Judicial Compensation Commission met with success this year when both measures passed. In addition, HB 1238, supported by many State and local bar associations added the Maryland Legal Services Corporation to the list of special funds and accounts exempted from the requirement to pay interest on its accounts if the average daily net cash balance for the month is less than zero.
In addition, LRIS sponsored two successful CLE programs. The first program was on Client Counseling for Structured Settlements, which took place in November 2011 with Michael Glass, Esq. and Brian Spern, Esq. as its guest speaker. The second CLE was on How to Effectively Screen A Case, which took place in March 2012 with Scott Baron, Esq., Charles Gilman, Esq., Stephen Lebau, Esq., and John Price, Esq. as its guest speakers.
Todd Reinecker, Chair LRIS made two television appearances this year on Channel 13’s program, ON TIME, with Adam Sean Cohen, Esq., Alicia Gipe and Patrick Preller, Esq. appearing on the shows. This was LRIS’ second venture with a television station; its first was with Channel 2’s Good Morning Maryland.
LRIS completed a second year advertising with Google; the campaign has been a great success. Also, in December 2011, 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 2011-12, LRIS made a total of 3,549 referrals to our panel members (an increase from last year). In addition, LRIS received and helped over 10,000 individuals this year.
Katherine Kelly Howard and Brian J. Rudick, CoChairs The BABC Legislative Committee had a robust Legislative program this bar year. BABC President, Adam Sean Cohen addressed the Baltimore City Council in September. The BABC also made a presentation to the Senate and House Delegations from Baltimore City highlighting of the work of the Senior Legal Services Program. With over 1,000 Senate Bills and 1,400 House Bills introduced during the Session, the BABC Legislative Committee reviewed extensive legislation affecting the legal profession and substantive practice areas. In addition to budgetary issues, which were left unresolved until a Special Session in June, lawmakers grappled with addressing Public Defender representation issues resulting from the Court of Appeals decision in the Richmond case. The BABC’s long held positions supporting Marriage Equal-
Master William M. Dunn and Darren L. Kadish, Co-Chairs The membership committee held meetings throughout the bar year starting in the summer of 2011. Our main objective this year was to avoid the nation-wide dilemma of decreasing membership in Bar Associations during this difficult economy. To achieve that goal, the Committee conducted a four-month “Member-Get-A-Member Campaign” to encourage membership recruitment. Prizes such as gift cards and hotel accommodations were offered to those who recruited the most members. The campaign was a success, and the Association’s year-end membership totals actually increased by 26 (totaling 2,116) and the Association exceeded its projected dues revenue by more than five hundred dollars.
Honorable Lynn K. Stewart, Chair The Committee of the Past-Presidents of the Bar Association of Baltimore City met on October 3, 2011. 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. After discussions of the merits of each of the nominee submitted to the committee, upon due motion and second, the committee selected Mary Cina Chalawsky and Hope Tipton. To identify the past presidents of the BABC, the chair, on behalf of the committee, ordered permanent name tags which included the year of the individual’s presidency and the BABC logo for all of the current past presidents. At the Past Presidents Luncheon on November 22, 2011, these magnetic name tags were distributed to the members of the committee. The members were pleased and wore the name tags proudly. The name tags will be kept by the individual past president CONTINUED ON PAGE 22
and are to be worn to future BABC events. Suggestions for projects or other events to be presented by the Past Presidents Committee were discussed. However, no concrete decisions were made.
Pro Bono and Access to Legal Services
Kristin P. Herber and Yoanna X. Moisides, CoChairs The Committee works as part of an active partnership, which includes the Bar Association of Baltimore City (BABC), the Young Lawyers Division of the BABC, Legal Aid Bureau, Inc., Legal Services to the Elderly, Maryland Volunteers Lawyers Service, Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc, and the Young Lawyers Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, to host twice yearly Pro Bono Day legal clinics in May and October. The Pro Bono Day events are sponsored through funding from partners. At Pro Bono Day volunteer lawyers meet one on one with individuals who have questions about issues ranging from family law, foreclosure, consumer debt, expungement, employment law, and wills and advance directives. The Spring and Fall Pro Bono Days served almost 300 individuals. In addition, the Committee worked with Pro Bono Resource Center to revise the brochure, Baltimore City Guide to Legal Services. Finally the Committee is looking at ways to address the challenge in volunteer recruitment and retention to serve actively on the Committee in ways that will support the development of projects that meet increased community needs for access to justice.
Senior Legal Services
Jeffrey M. Dier and Cathleen C. Opel, Co-Chairs The overall goal of the Senior Legal Services Committee is to support the Senior Legal Services Program in providing legal services and education to qualified Baltimore City seniors. Ben Grossman continues as the Program Director. Ranjit Doraiswamy is a new attorney hired under a Weinberg Foundation grant who has provided invaluable assistance and allowed for an increased emphasis on home and senior center visits in the community. We are proud that, in fiscal year 2012, the Program provided advice and counsel to 904 new clients which is a 20% increase over last year. There were also over 50 senior center visits and at least 25 visits to homebound individuals.
The Committee made a strong effort to increase the number of volunteer attorneys to assist the Program counsel in representing senior clients, particularly in specialized areas such as bankruptcy, consumer rights, foreclosures, etc. The Committee also supported the Program counsel in his efforts to secure grants by offering advice and reviewing proposals, including those to the Bar Foundation and Weinberg Foundation. On February 1, 2012 attorneys Tina Hall and Jeffrey Dier, on behalf of the Committee, gave an interactive presentation at the Milton Talkin Lecture Series about the conduct of adult guardianship cases in court. On March 29, 2012 we celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Program at the Circuit Court Law Library with an event designed to honor volunteers and build support from public officials and members of the legal community. We capped the festivities with the unveiling of “Senior Legal Services” as the new name for the program (the previous name was Legal Services for the Elderly). On April 21, 2011 we conducted our annual Law Day Conference for over 200 seniors. Many organizations participated by sharing information and materials and there were public benefits checkups. Attorneys gave presentations on a variety of legal topics including Advance Medical Directives & Powers of Attorneys, and Financial Credit Literacy. Seniors were also given the opportunity to ask legal questions to a panel of attorneys Our committee had monthly meetings focused on improving the Program and planning activities. We discussed such topics as the design of a website and reviewed proposed legislation that touched on issues of concern to seniors. Elva Tillman led a marathon session to devise a long-term plan for the Program. We decided that our mission is to provide legal advice, advocacy, counseling, education and representation to the senior community in Baltimore City to improve the quality of life and negate exploitation. We came up with 13 goals, and specific objectives and strategies designed to meet those goals.
Dean E. Merritt, Chair The Technology Committee held some very successful events including a “Meet the Business Technology Case Management Program Judges” which included Judge Cannon, Judge Pierson, Judge White, and Judge Carrion the program also included the demonstration of various presentation equipment available for rent at the Circuit Courthouses. Another successful event was about a how Greg Lawrence of Conti Fenn & Lawrence LLC used technology to win an $80.8 million CONTINUED ON PAGE 23
award. The committee worked with Zest Social Media to streamline the publication of the Barrister, and other event notices via the MailChimp email service, Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. The Technology Committee is working with the Executive Director on a new membership management database that will also, most likely, include a new integrated website. The committee is also continuing to work on social media publishing and privacy policies.
Workers’ Compensation Committee
John H. Price, Jr. and John P. Rufe, Co-Chairs The Workers’ Compensation Committee of the Bar Association of Baltimore City has met monthly over the past year to provide an inviting forum for all practitioners in the area of
workers’ compensation law. The Committee serves as a conduit of timely information and practice guidance before the Workers’ Compensation Commission and Appellate Courts. The Committee has been pleased to have the active and enthusiastic participation of the Commissioner bench at the meetings. Many Commissioners have been featured speakers and the same is anticipated to continue throughout the coming Bar year. Light lunch is provided. Common and legislative law developments are monitored by the Committee. The opportunity to bring the Committee members together in this area of law has been a boon to young and seasoned lawyers alike, as well as to serve as an informal opportunity to interact with the bench.
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For this issue of the Barrister, it was suggested that I write an article on new items that have been acquired by the Bar Library during the last year. I am happy to report that if I were to do so, this issue could quite possibly set pagination records that might stand for quite some time to come. It has been quite a good year with the Library making significant strides in providing the Bench, Bar and public with both quantity and quality in the way of legal resources. The Bar Library, which entered the year with one of the most extensive Westlaw packages available, made significant additions, the primary one of which was WestlawNext. Westlaw and WestlawNext are available at the Library through one of seven terminals or by way of a wi-fi connection using your own laptop. There are absolutely no charges associated with using the service, and if there is no line of individuals waiting for a terminal, you may use it for as long as you like. There were a number of significant databases added during the year including “Maryland Trial Court Filings Pro Plus” and “Fourth Circuit Filings.” The Maryland Trial Court database allows you to obtain “motions, trial court memoranda, trial pleadings and other civil trial filings from the Maryland state courts.” You can limit your search to Baltimore City or a particular county, and may search by the name of the case; a docket number; for particular types of cases; or even by the name of the judge a case was assigned to. The Fourth Circuit database allows you to obtain the same type of material for the Federal District Courts in the Fourth Circuit as well as the Bankruptcy Courts from that Circuit. With the Bar Library already subscribing to the Maryland, Fourth Circuit and
Supreme Court Briefs databases, you can now come to the Library and follow a case from its inception to its conclusion. Two other databases recently added are the “Estate Planning Practitioner Core” and the “Family Law Practitioner National Analytical.” The Estate database provides treatises on estates and trusts, including Bogert, but most importantly forms from across the United States. If you need a form from Maryland; Pennsylvania; Virginia; Florida; New Jersey; New York or twenty-four other states, has the Bar Library got a database for you. Similarly, the Family Law database includes both treatises and forms. Among the topics covered are “Bankruptcy and Domestic Relations;” “Child Custody Practice and Procedure;” “Determining Child and Spousal Support;” and “Valuation of Divorce Assets,” to name a few. Of course the Bar Library is still active in building its print collection. Whether it is practice material such as the new “Maryland criminal pattern jury instructions” or “The Principles and practice of Maryland administrative law” by Rochvarg,” or whether it is scholarly works such as Ira Berlin’s “The making of African America: the four great migrations” or George Liebmann’s “The last American diplomat: John D. Negroponte and the changing face of American diplomacy,” the Library has it covered. If we do not have a particular publication, let us know, and we will, more often than not, get it.
For more information on the Bar Library, including membership information, e-mail me at email@example.com or give me a call at 410-727-0280.
Coming soon: The BABC “Smart Bar” Mentor Program The Technology Committee of the BABC is currently recruiting tech savvy attorneys to serve as mentors in the new “Smart Bar” program where they will mentor other members of the bar on using their technology such as smartphones and tablets (like the iPad). The first event will be held on October 3, 2012 at 12:00 noon at Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP. If you are interested in serving as a Mentor or participating as a Mentee, please email firstname.lastname@example.org …stay tuned for more information. 24
1st article in the Series BABC Historical Committee
A NIGHT IN THE MUSUEM OF BALTIMORE LEGAL HISTORY By: Master William M. Dunn
This article is one in a series prepared by the Historical Committee of the Bar Association of Baltimore City in an effort to increase public awareness as to the many historical attributes of the Baltimore City Circuit Court. The Historical Committee is committed to encouraging the discovery and preservation of historical landmarks within our legal community. In keeping with this mission, if you have any specific interest in an artifact in, or around the Courthouses please contact the Committee and we will attempt to feature an article on the topic of your interest.
Everett J. Waring, Esq. (1859-1914)
Ronald X. Roberson (c.1953-) Oil on canvas, 1985 34 ½ H x 28 W in.
Being that this is the first article in a series, it is appropriate to feature artwork depicting two of Maryland’s “firsts.” In Courtroom 231 of the Mitchell Courthouse a portrait of Everett J. Waring (1859-1914) hangs on the walls. He is the first African American lawyer admitted to practice in Baltimore City. Prior to 1885, the Maryland Constitution limited the practice of law in our State to only white men. In March of 1885 however, the Baltimore City Superior Court opined that “color alone would never bar a person from receiving justice within its limit and jurisdiction,” and thus Everett Waring successfully gained entrance into the Baltimore City Superior Court Bar, and was permitted to practice in state courts. Waring went on to become a prominent civic leader in the black community during his twelve-year residence in the City. He maintained a successful law practice, dealt in real estate, and established the Lexington Savings Bank. This bank was the first financial institution in Maryland founded and managed by African Americans.
Hanging in courtroom 215 of the Mitchell Courthouse is a portrait of the first African American female to be admitted to the Maryland Bar. In 1946 Juanita Mitchell (19131992) was one of the first three African American women to be admitted to the University of Maryland School of Law, and in 1950 she became the first African American female to pass the Maryland bar. In 1987 Ms. Mitchell was recognized for her life-accomplishments by her induction into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame. Mitchell is one of many influential members of her family, among them are her mother, Lillie Carroll Jackson, who was a leader of the NAACP, her husband, Clarence Mitchell, Jr., a chief lobbyist for the NAACP and for whom one of the Baltimore City Circuit Court buildings is named, and her brother-in-law, Parren J. Mitchell, who was Maryland’s first black member of Congress. In 1992, at the age of 79, Ms. Mitchell died in her home in New York.
Juanita J. Mitchell, Esq. (1913-1992)
Simmie Knox (1936- ) Oil on canvas, 1996 52 H x 65 W in.
2012 – 2013 Museum Series The Museum of Baltimore Legal History is run by the Historical Committee of the BABC in conjunction with the Baltimore Courthouse and Law Museum Foundation, Inc. It is located in Room 243 of the Clarence M. Mitchell, Jr. Courthouse. Hours of operation are dependant on volunteer docents; however we attempt to have the Museum open to the public from 12-2, Monday thru Friday. To volunteer to be a docent, or to contribute to the Foundation, please contact Bar Headquarters at 410.539.5936.
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Everett Waring & Juanita Mitchell Chief Justice Roger B. Taney Justice Thurgood Marshall Ephriam Willard Tall Case Clock & Baltimore City Superior Court / Charles S. Wilson Opinion
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Harriet E. Cooperman, co-chair of Saul Ewing’s Labor, Employment and Employee Benefits Practice and chair of its Employment Litigation Practice, has been named one of the 100 Most Powerful Employment Lawyers in the United States by Lawdragon and Human Resources Executive. This is the third consecutive year that Cooperman has been named to the list, titled “The Guide to World-Class Employment Lawyers.” Cooperman represents businesses, associations, and governmental entities in a wide variety of labor and employment law matters. She is Vice Chair of the State Higher Education Labor Relations Board, and has been a member of the Board since its inception in 2001. Cooperman is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Cooperman received her J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and her B.S. from Cornell University. Stuart O. Simms has been awarded Baltimore Child Abuse Center’s first Founder’s Award, recognizing his efforts in cofounding the organization in 1987. His vision, leadership, and advocacy insured that child victims of sexual abuse in Baltimore would be treated with respect, dignity and kindness. The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland recently presented awards honoring outstanding attorneys, non-attorneys and programs that have made significant contributions to the delivery of pro bono civil legal services to Maryland’s lowincome citizens.The following attorneys received the 2012 Awards. Awards to Individuals: Peter Holland, Esq., a solo practitioner in Baltimore City; Melissa L. Mackiewicz, Esq., of DLA Piper, LLP (US) in Baltimore City; J. Harrison Phillips, III, Esq., a solo practitioner in Worcester County; Young Lawyer’s Section Alex Fee Memorial Award to Lisa A. Hall Johnson, Esq. of Dickstein Shapiro, LLP in Prince George’s County; Lee Caplan Memorial Award to Anthony Hayes Davis, II, Esq., a solo practitioner in Prince George’s County Lifetime Pro Bono Achievement Award to Ward B. Coe, III, Esq. of Gallagher, Evelius & Jones, LLP in Baltimore City. Awards to Programs: Herbert S. Garten’ Special Project Award Anne Arundel County Homeless Resource Day in Anne Arundel County. Government/Corporate Law Department: Elva Tillman, Esq. of Baltimore City Law Department in Baltimore City
Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC Member Michael G. Hendler has completed the requisite training to become a certified court-designated mediator of civil cases. Presented by the Maryland State Bar Association, the five-day 40-hour training covered theories of negotiation and concepts of mediation, as well as listening skills and verbal and non-verbal communication. As part of the overall training, the course included lectures, workshops and mock mediations. Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC (ARD&H) announces that Jay L. Lenrow, Esq. is now Of Counsel to the firm. Bringing over 35 years legal experience, Lenrow focuses his practice on real estate law, corporate law, construction law and real estate finance. Since 1995, he has served as a principal in Lenrow, Kohn & Oliver, P.C., the firm he co-founded. Admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, as well as Maryland, Lenrow previously was associate general counsel for McCormick Properties, Inc. and vice president/general counsel of Combined Properties, Inc. He earned a bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University, attended the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and received a J.D. from the Washington College of Law at the American University. Active in the community, Lenrow currently serves as development committee chairman and board member for Roland Park Country School; board of advisors member for both the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center and Johns Hopkins Hillel, and alumni council vice president and executive board member for The Johns Hopkins University. Also serving as Northeast Region executive vice president for Boy Scouts of America and a member of its National Religious Relationships Task Force, he previously chaired the organization’s Baltimore Area Council, as well as the National Jewish Committee on Scouting. A past board member and volunteer legal advisor for Baltimore Neighborhoods, Inc., Lenrow earned the organization’s Elizabeth M. Shipley Volunteer of the Year Award. Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC (ARD&H) Member Jerald B. Lurie was installed as president of Temple Oheb Shalom on, June 8. Since 1853, Temple Oheb Shalom has served the spiritual needs of the Baltimore Jewish community and beyond. A “family of families,” the Temple creates, preserves and enhances vibrant Reform Jewish life for its members through worship, educational, social and cultural opporCONTINUED ON PAGE 27
tunities. For the past seven years, he has served as executive vice president, planning; development vice president, and executive vice president for operations. Active in the legal community, Lurie is the outgoing president of The Simon E. Sobeloff Law Society, Baltimore Chapter; co-chair of the Maryland State Bar Association program com-
mittee, and grants committee chairman of the Maryland Bar Foundation. A past president of the Bar Association of Baltimore City and the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, he also chaired the Maryland State Board of Pilots and served as secretary of the Maryland Board of Professional Engineers.
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Bar Association of Baltimore City 2012 Annual Meeting
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BABC Calendar September 3 Labor Day November 13 Bar Headquarters Closed YLD Council Meeting 12:00 noon September 11 YLD Council Meeting November 14 12:00 noon BABC Executive Council Meeting 12:00 noon September 19 BABC Executive Council Meeting November 17 12:00 noon National Adoption Day Event 10:00 a.m. September 20 End of Summer Reception November 20 5:00 p.m. Past Presidentsâ€™ Luncheon 11:30 a.m. September 25 Baltimore Bar Foundation Board of Trustees Meeting November 22-23 12:30 p.m. Thanksgiving Holiday Bar Headquarters Closed October 8 Columbus Day December 5 Bar Headquarters Closed Supreme Court Group Admission Departure time TBA October 9 YLD Council Meeting 12:00 noon October 11 Crab Feast at Bo Brooks 5:30 p.m.
CREATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTIONS October 17 Executive Council Meeting Mediation, Arbitration, and Other Dispute Resolution Services Throughout Maryland and D.C. 12:00 noon Our retired judges and experienced attorneys serve as
November 6 mediators and arbitrators for all types of disputes: Election Day * Domestic * Commercial * Employment * Personal Injury Bar Headquarters Closed November 12 BABC Officers Meeting 5:00 p.m.
* Real Estate
* Products Liability
Around Town Calendar August 16, 2012 Baltimore Magazine’s 2012 Best of Baltimore Party @ the Hippodrome August 18, 2012 Feast of St. Gabriel Festival 4th Annual Inner Harbor Art Festival August 19, 2012 5K Trail Run at Boordy Vineyards (Hydes, MD) August 23, 2012 Baltimore Summer Antique Show August 24 - September 3, 2012 Maryland State Fair @ the Timonium Fairgrounds
October 13, 2012 Baltimore Running Festival October 19 – 23, 2012 Baltimore Beer Week 2012 October 19, 2012 Baltimore’s Russian Festival October 20, 2012 Maryland Running Festival @ Six Flags America October 27, 2012 2012 Halloween Parade & Festival in Patterson Park
August 31, 2012 - September 2, 2012 Grand Prix of Baltimore September 2, 2012 Charm City Run 20 Miler in Freeland, MD September 8, 2012 Comic Con 2012 Baltimore Dragon Boat Races Fort McHenry’s Star Spangled Spectacular Ukrainian Festival at Patterson Park September 15, 2012 Charm City Music Festival September 15-16, 2012 The 29th Anniversary of the Maryland Wine Festival @ the Carroll County Farm Museum September 26, 2012 Baltimore Hockey Classic @ 1st Mariner Arena September 28, 2012 Baltimore Book Festival 2012 September 30, 2012 2012 Street Beat Festival
The Bar Association of Baltimore City Officers and Executive Council 2012-2013 Andrew Radding, President Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC Cynthia L. Leppert, President-Elect Neuberger, Quinn, Gielen, Rubin & Gibber, P.A. The Honorable Michael W. Reed, Vice President Circuit Court for Baltimore City Robert D. Anbinder, Treasurer Department of Law, Baltimore City Gregory K. Kirby, Secretary Rebecca B. Ripley, Chair, Young Lawyers’ Division Cordell & Cordell Gregory P. Currey, Chair Elect, Young Lawyers’ Division Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew, P.A.
Standing Committees Alternative Dispute Resolution Robert W. Hesselbacher, Jr., Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP Bench/Bar A. David Zerivitz, A. David Zerivitz, P.A. Budget & Finance Robert D. Anbinder, Department of Law, Baltimore City Continuing Legal Education John H. Price, Jr., Law Offices of John H. Price, Jr. Events Mary Cina Chalawsky, Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos Judicial Selections Warren S. Alperstein, Alperstein & Diener, P.A. Lawyer Referral and Information Service Todd M. Reinecker, Miles & Stockbridge, P.C.
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Legislation Scott H. Marder, Duane Morris LLP Long Range Planning Cynthia L. Leppert, Neuberger, Quinn, Gielen, Rubin & Gibber, P.A. Membership Tamara B. Goorevitz, Franklin & Prokopok, P.C. Personnel The Honorable Michael W. Reed, Circuit Court for Baltimore City Pro Bono and Access to Legal Services Kristin P. Herber, Tydings & Rosenberg, LLP Yoanna X. Moisides, Legal Aid Bureau Professional Ethics William J. Murphy, Zuckerman Spaeder LLP Technology Dean E. Merritt, LexisNexis® File & Serve Elected Members Arthur S. Alperstein, Alperstein & Diener, P.A. Meighan Griffin Burton, Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP Joshua L. Caplan, Law Offices of Peter G. Angelos The Honorable Karen Friedman, District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City Anthony F. Vittoria, Ober Kaler Members-At-Large The Honorable Audrey J.S. Carrion, Circuit Court for Baltimore City Mary T. Keating, Law Office of Mary T. Keating Marshall B. Paul, Saul Ewing, LLP Immediate Past President Adam Sean Cohen, The Cohen Law Firm ABA Delegate Darren L. Kadish, Kadish & Kadish, P.C. Treasurer, Young Lawyers’ Division Michael R. Hudak, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office
Substantive Law Committees 2012-2013 Business Law David McIntosh Williams, Gorman & Williams CONTINUED ON PAGE 36
Criminal Law Margaret Ann Mead, Mead, Flynn & Gray, P.A. Dana M. Middleton, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office Family Law Laurie Wasserman, Tydings & Rosenberg, LLP Federal Practice John T. Prisbe, Venable LLP Worker’s Compensation John P. Rufe, Franklin & Prokopik, P.C.
Special Committees 2012-2013 Fee Dispute Resolution Andrew C. Cooper, Bader & Cooper Government and Public Interest Lawyers Valda G. Ricks, Office of the Public Defender Historical Master William M. Dunn, Circuit Court for Baltimore City The Honorable James F. Schneider, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland Senior Legal Services J. Allan Cohen, The Cohen Law Firm Jeffrey M. Dier, Department of Social Services Cathleen C. Opel, Saul Ewing, LLP News Journal Carrie M. Freeman, Bouland & Brush, LLC Past Presidents Adam Sean Cohen, The Cohen Law Firm Sponsorship Christopher R. West, Semmes, Bowen & Semmes
Young Lawyers’ Division Council 2012-2013 Officers Rebecca B. Ripley, Chair Cordell & Cordell Gregory P. Currey, Chair-Elect Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew, P.A. CONTINUED ON PAGE 37
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 Jason T. Wasserman Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, LLC Elected Member Meighan Griffin Burton, Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP Members-At-Large Alicia L. Bickoff, Law Offices of Sally B. Gold P. Christina Church Erin C. Miller, Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP
Committees Continuing Legal Education Maryan Alexander Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Decker, LLP Communications Merrilyn E. Ratliff, Chair, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP Events Jocelyn S. Szymanowski, Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew, P.A. Membership Anna Skelton, Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, LLC Public Education Alicia L. Wilson, Gordon Feinblatt LLC Public Service Eleanor Dayhoff-Brannigan Baltimore Bar Foundation, Inc.
2012-2013 Board of Trustees The Honorable Michael W. Reed, President Circuit Court for Baltimore City Robert D Anbinder, Vice President Department of Law, Baltimore City Gregory K. Kirby, Treasurer Paul R. Kramer, Secretary Paul R. Kramer, LLC
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Michael J. Baxter, Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones, P.A. Michael E. Blumenfeld, Miles & Stockbridge, P.C. Michele Z. Blumenfeld, Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew, P.A. Thomas C. Cardaro, Cardaro & Peek, LLC Caroline D. Ciraolo, Rosenberg|Martin|Greenberg, LLP Adam Sean Cohen, The Cohen Law Firm J. Allan Cohen, The Cohen Law Firm Robert L. Ferguson, Jr., Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew, P.A. The Honorable Joan Bossmann Gordon, District Court of Maryland for Baltimore City Nancy W. Greene, Miles & Stockbridge, P.C. Thomas A. Hauser, Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP Jason C. Hessler, Department of Housing and Community Development Kelly Hughes Iverson, Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP The Honorable Joseph H.H. Kaplan, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Retired Joshua A. Lemerman, Randall & Sonnier, LLC Cynthia L. Leppert, Neuberger, Quinn, Gielen, Rubin & Gibber, P.A Jerald B. Lurie, Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC Andrew Radding, Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf & Hendler, LLC William C. Sammons, Tydings & Rosenberg, LLP Thomas J. Schetelich, Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew, P.A. Mark F. Scurti, Hodes, Pessin & Katz, P.A. Kevin L. Shepard, Venable LLP Deborah G. Spector, Office of the Public Defender The Honorable Lynn K. Stewart, Circuit Court for Baltimore City Avery B. Strachan, Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, LLC Paul S. Sugar, Ober, Kaler, Grimes & Shriver, P.C. Jason T. Wasserman, Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin & White, LLC Thomas J.S. Waxter, III, Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Dann, LLP Alicia L. Wilson, Gordon Feinblatt, LLC Gina Adams Zentz, Gallagher, Evelius & Jones, LLP _______________________ MSBA Board of Governors First District – Baltimore City Adam Sean Cohen, The Cohen Law Firm Master William M. Dunn, Circuit Court for Baltimore City The Honorable Joseph H.H. Kaplan, Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Retired Joshua A. Lemerman, Randall & Sonnier, LLC The Honorable Lynn K. Stewart, Circuit Court for Baltimore City David McIntosh Williams, Gorman & Williams
Upcoming Issues of The Baltimore Barrister November 2012 – Criminal Law February 2013 – Alternative Dispute Resolution
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Looking for ways to promote your Business or Practice? The recently revived Baltimore Barrister is a great opportunity to reach out to the Baltimore City legal community. The Bar Association of Baltimore City is offering members, firms, and businesses the opportunity to purchase print space that can be used for advertisements, promotions, and event announcements. â€œThe Baltimore Barrister is made available both to the entire bar membership as well as various other members of the legal community,â€? said BABC Executive Director Kathy Sanzone. â€œIt can be a great utility to deliver messages and increase recognition for any business, including both big and small law firms practices. The next issue is scheduled for publication in early August, 2012. The BABC accepts firm announcements; ads for mediation services; classified advertising for sale of items such as furnishing, autos, homes; employment opportunities, etc.
For more information, contact Kathy Sanzone, Executive Director, The Bar Association of Baltimore City, at 410-539-5936, email email@example.com.
The Bar Association of Baltimore City
Crab Feast at Bo Brooks 2780-A Lighthouse Point Baltimore, MD 21224
(located in 2700 block of Boston Street)
Thursday, October 11, 2012 5:30â€”8:30 p.m.
Come join us for Steamed Crabs Maryland Style Crab Soup Tossed Salad Grilled Hamburgers and Hot Dogs BBQ Chicken Corn on the Cob Pasta Salad Potato Salad Cole Slaw Cookies and Brownies Soft Drinks, Iced Tea, Beer and Wine Members and Guests: $65 Children 10 or under: $28 There are a limited number of parking spots in the parking lot at Lighthouse Point. Bo Brooks validation is good for two hours of free parking. Each additional hour is $6. There is unrestricted street parking as well. REGISTER EARLY - SPACE IS LIMITED! GREAT DOOR PRIZES!
The Bar Association of Baltimore City Crab Feast at Bo Brooks - October 11, 2012 Name________________________________________________________Email____________________________________ Address_______________________________________________________City/State/Zip__________________________ Telephone_______________________
# Tickets @ $65___
# Tickets @ $28 ___ Total Enclosed $_________
Please charge my Visa/MC #________________________________________Exp Date________V-Code___________ Return to: The Bar Association of Baltimore City, 111 N. Calvert Street, Suite 627, Baltimore, MD 21202. For information, call 410-539-5936, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration also available online. Visit our homepage at www.baltimorebar.org.
The Bar Association of Baltimore City’s 6th Annual
End of Summer Reception Sponsored by The Bar Associations’ Insurance Trust
Thursday, September 20, 2012 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Clarence Mitchell Courthouse 2nd Floor (Kaplan Court) Join us for Hors d’oeuvres, Carving Station, Dessert, Wine and Soft Drinks BABC Members Only Register via email fax, or mail. See details below.
Come join members of the Judiciary and your Colleagues at the BABC to celebrate the End of Summer and the new Bar Year. Admission is FREE Space is Limited - Register Now!
6th Annual Membership Reception - September 20, 2012 I/we will attend. Name(s) ___________________________________________________________________ Fax to 410-685-3420, email email@example.com, or mail to The Bar Association of Baltimore City, 111 N. Calvert Street, Suite 627, Baltimore, MD 21202. For information, call 410-539-5936.
The Bar Association of Baltimore City Group Admission Ceremony
Supreme Court of the United States Wednesday, December 5, 2012 $350 Per Applicant Includes:
Supreme Court Admission Fee Bus Transportation to and from Supreme Court Breakfast at Supreme Court Swearing-In Oral Arguments Group Photograph Supreme Court Lecture (The Curator’s Office will provide our Supreme Court admittees, and their guests, a thorough introduction to the Supreme Court, the history of the Building, and the architecture of the Courtroom.)
(Lunch on own following lecture. Bus will depart for Baltimore at 3:00 p.m.) 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. Our Group will be moved by Andrew Radding, President of The Bar Association of Baltimore City. The cost for guests is $100 per person. REGISTRATION IS LIMITED TO 12 APPLICANTS – REGISTER NOW! For more information, or to receive a formal application and instructions, call Bar Headquarters immediately at 410-539-5936, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due at BABC headquarters by October 17, 2012. No refunds will be granted after application deadline.
Evidence Presentation Equipment Available Did you know……… The Circuit Court for Baltimore City has a limited supply of evidence presentation equipment available for rent at reasonable prices. Reserve yours today. Please visit the court’s website: http://www.baltocts.state. md.us/technology/evidencepresentation.htm to view the available equipment and to complete the reservation process. The equipment packages are listed below. Please call John Carter at 410-396-1760 if you have any questions.
Options: Pricing and Selection Option A- Document Camera, digital projector and/or 100" screen. Location: All courtrooms in Mitchell Courthouse and Courthouse East, 1 per building Cost: $50 .00 per day Document camera $50.00 per day Digital projector $50.00 per day Screen
Option B - 3M All-in-One 60" Digital Wall Display Boards. Minimal use is 2 days. Training is mandatory. Location: 1 unit in both Mitchell and East Courthouses Cost: $200 per day
Option C - Evidence Presentation Podium with wireless integrated control, annotation, and LCD monitors. Minimal use is 3 days. Training is mandatory. Location: 2nd Floor Courthouse East Cost: $500 per day Option D - Evidence Presentation Podium with wireless integrated control, annotation, and LCD monitors. Minim al use is 3 days. Training is mandatory. Location: 4th floor Mitchell Courthouse Cost: $500 per day