Board Of Governors
Of Governors : Minutes : October
MARYLAND STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
Monday, October 1, 2001
(Originally scheduled for
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2001)
Camden Club Warehouse
Meeting – 4:00 p.m.
The Maryland State Bar Association Board of Governors
and Officers met at the above location at the time and date indicated
with 33 members of the Board of Governors present including all of the
officers. Guests attending the meeting included the Honorable Ann S.
Harrington and Linda H. Lamone, Esquire, past and present chairs of the
Committee on Gender Equality, and Past MSBA President Herb Belgrad. In
addition, Paul Carlin, Executive Director, and key members of his staff
were in attendance. President Pam White called the meeting to order at
approximately 4:20 p.m., asking for a moment of silence and reflection
on the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
A. Approval of Minutes
The Board approved Board of Governors’ Minutes
for June 13 and June 16 and the annual business meeting of June 16,
II. REPORT OF THE OFFICERS
A. Report of President:
1. President Pam White requested attention to
all attachments to the Board’s agenda, advised of the general
nature of her communications with the Executive Committee, Section
and Committee Chairs, and the conduct of MSBA business since June
16, and drew particular attention to the following. She presented
the BOG with the list of appointments to the various Sections,
Standing Committees and Special Committees together with the names
of the Chairs and the Board of Governors’ Liaison. President
White reported this list is also contained in the Policy Handbook
which was recently forwarded to all members of the BOG.
2. Report of Summertime Events:
a. New Admittee Luncheon: President White
reported that attendance has dropped over the last few years,
thus the recent luncheon on June 20 was the last and
future luncheons will now be combined with the professionalism
course for all new admittees and will continue with the same
b. MSBA Section and Committee Chair Orientation:
President White advised that the June 26th orientation
proceeded as scheduled and was very successful and well attended.
c. PBRC’s Legal Services Tribute to
Dinner to Chief Judge Bell: President White reported the attendance
was excellent and the tribute to Judge Bell went quite well.
d. Annual MSBA Crab Feast: President White
reported this was another successful crab feast with over 400
e. ABA Annual Meeting: President White reported
the National Conference of Bar Presidents took place during
the ABA Annual Meeting at which time past MSBA President Robert
Gonzales took office as President of the NCBP.
f. Annual MSBA Softball Tournament: President
White reported that the usual winning team from Prince George’s
County faltered and this year Charles County defeated Wicomico/Worchester
County teams and they became the winning county team.
g. Judicial Investitures: President White
recounted she has attended a number of judicial investitures
throughout the state since taking office and anticipates continued
attendance in the future. President White solicited members
of the BOG to let her know of such investitures in order that
the MSBA will be represented.
3.Correspondence and Clippings:
a. Information concerning multidisciplinary
practice and multijurisdictional practice. These recommendations
are continuing with study by several ABA Committees.
b. The Gazette article
of July 27, 2001 regarding the investiture of John W. Debelius,
c. President White discussed the letter of July
10, 2001 directed to the Honorable Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. of
the House of Representatives concerning federal judicial appointments
and the use of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Judicial
Appointments Committee to assist in that process. A copy of the
committee purpose and structure was also submitted to the BOG
for information purposes.
d. President White’s letter to the Honorable
Ellen M. Heller of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City and the
request for promotion of the MSBA Code of Civility at suitable
occasions. A copy of the Code of Civility was made part of the
agenda material including the response from Judge Heller dated
July 16, 2001.
e. President White also commented on her letter to
the Baltimore Sun regarding judicial civility with reference
to the MSBA Code of Civility and its language.
f. President White commented on the upcoming
MSBA Mid Year Meeting in Las Vegas scheduled for Sunday, February
17 through Thursday, February 21, 2002 at the Flamingo Hilton
Las Vegas Hotel. Also, President White mentioned that Kathy Howard
is assembling the CLE and is asking for BOG members to offer
their assistance and suggestions.
g. President White reminded everyone of the
upcoming Bar Presidents Conference to be held at Turf Valley
in Howard County with a dinner on Thursday night and various
activities on Friday, October 26th and on Saturday,
h. President White reminded BOG members of a
letter of July 13, 2001 to members of the MSBA Delivery of Legal
Services Section and the need for an increase of pro
bono case assignments.
i. President White reminded everyone of the
recent change in the MSBA Bylaws which will allow membership
for non-lawyers to include paralegals, legal administrators and
j. President White referred to the Baltimore
Business Journal article dated August 31, 2001 concerning
k. President White also noted the recent decision
by Chief Judge Martha F. Rasin to step down as chief judge of
the District Court of Maryland. In that regard she submitted
a resolution offered by Board Member Nancy Davis-Loomis to
honor Judge Rasin which was read and approved by the BOG by
acclamation. In addition, she called attention to the handout
announcing and detailing the elevation of Judge James Vaughan
of Howard County to replace Judge Rasin as chief judge.
l. President White shared with sadness the passing away
of Judge James Chapin of Montgomery County, a former president of
the MSBA for the years 1982-83. Details of arrangements are found
in the email of 10-1-01 sent to all BOG members by Paul Carlin.
4. Report on BOG Vacancy in the 9th District:
President White reported that a BOG vacancy existed in the 9th District
upon the election of Secretary Neil Helfrich. In that regard
the name of Angela M. Eaves was presented and upon motion duly
seconded, the BOG approved the nomination of the Honorable Angela
M. Eaves to fill a one year slot vacated.
5. Vacancy on Judicial Compensation Commission:
President White reported that she had received confirmation that
J. Michael Conroy, Jr. had been reappointed by the Governor to
a second 6 year term to the Judicial Compensation Commission.
6. Court of Appeals Hearing on Pro Bono Rules:
President White reminded Board members of the recommendations of
the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure and
that the Court of Appeals public hearing was held on September
10, 2001 to address those recommendations. President White, former President
Jim Thompson and Executive Director Paul Carlin addressed the proposed
rules pertaining to pro bono activities of bar members.
A second conference of the Court is scheduled for October 9, 2001.
7. Dispute between Citizens Law-Related Education
Programs for the Schools of Maryland and the Baltimore City Schools:
President White referred to the documentation supplied in the package
of agenda material for your review.
B. Report of the Executive Director:
1. Paul Carlin reported that the MSBA membership
count prepared to be submitted to the BOG meeting for September 11,
2001 stood at 19,440. He also reported 133 resignations and 143 deletions.
New admittees counted at 306 with 120 reinstatements. A report was
submitted to the Board with the appropriate membership numbers.
2. Action on Honorary Membership: Paul Carlin reported
that 6 members had applied for honorary membership. With age and
Association membership being verified, and upon motion duly seconded,
the BOG approved honorary membership for Robert A. Amos, George W.
Baker, J. Harry Cross, James Willard Davis, Herman B. Miller, and
Robert M. Sutton.
3. Under the Executive Director’s Report he
also reported on the MSBA Online Directory and communications with
the Clients’ Security Trust Fund. He suggested the BOG review
his letter of July 27, 2001 written to Ms. Janet Moss regarding the
Online Directory. They are still undergoing negotiations and he believes
that the process is going well and should be complete by January
4. He announced that the staff had a 3 hour mini
retreat at which time the staff accomplished a great deal including
developing an electronic Internet newsletter for the staff.
5. The Executive Director also reported on the delegation
of Ministry of Justice for the Peoples Republic of China and suggested
the review of the printed material supplied in the Minutes, this
is attachment #12.
6. The Executive Director reported that the Bar
Headquarters had been extensively repainted and re-carpeted.
C. Report of Secretary:
1. On behalf of secretary Cornelius D. Helfrich,
Paul Carlin reported that the report of the Executive Committee meeting
of September 4, 2001 is substantially contained in the previous Minutes
and the agenda material connected with this meeting.
2. Action on report of BOG entitlement certificate
for 2002 BOG representation. Paul Carlin submitted the BOG representation
report with an attempt to explain how the calculation was made parceling
the various changes in representation. A copy of the chart was presented
to the BOG as attachment #13 (Page 97-98). Upon full explanation
and motion duly seconded the BOG adopted the representation chart.
D. Report of Treasurer:
1. Harry Johnson submitted the summary income statement
and budget pointing to total dues income as a record pace for dues
income received in 2001-2002. The amount shown as not having been
spent and surplus were also noted for 2000-2001.
2. Action was required for the budget amendments
which were presented by the Treasurer to the BOG. They included a
request for approval of expenditures for the cost of the NCBP reception
hosted by past president Robert Gonzales in the amount of $3,000.00.
In addition, a request was made for the cost of printing the gender
equality report in the amount of $3,280.00. Upon motion duly seconded
the BOG approved the budget amendments for additional expenditures
E. Report of the President Elect:
1. Approval of location for 2003 mid year meeting
by BOG: President- Elect Jim Nolan reported that he had consulted
with the Program Committee and MSBA staff, has selected
and is presenting for BOG approval the MSBA mid year meeting location
as PLAYA del CARMEN located approximately 45 minutes from the airport
in Cancun. A brochure was passed around for Board members to review.
The trip would include a charter flight to Cancun with a 45 minute
bus ride to the location at a price which is considered all inclusive
at $1,430.00, tentatively. Upon motion duly seconded the board
approved of the meeting location as presented.
2. Report on MICPEL matters: President-Elect Nolan
advised that President White had requested that he be more involved
with the MICPEL Board for MSBA, he report on MICPEL’s recent
retreat. They have revised the mission statement and reviewed organizational
sponsorship for MICPEL. He noted that new committees were being
formed as a result of a strategic planning retreat which would
include a committee on program and curriculum and a committee on
publications. President White and President-Elect Nolan have consulted
about MSBA appointments to these two Committees. He noted
that MICPEL had moved to the Bar Center which has resulted in considerable
3. President-Elect Nolan described current discussion
of the Executive Committee to identify a suitable MSBA memorial in
response to the tragedies of September 11.
III. Reports of Standing Committees:
A. Consideration of Retrospective 2001 Report by Gender
Equality Committee on Open Justice: Report from Judge Anne Harrington
and Linda Lamone.
Prior to the BOG meeting President White submitted
a copy of the Retrospective Report issued by the Select Committee
on Gender Equality. At the meeting Judge Harrington and Ms. Lamone
advised the BOG of the process and the ongoing study with particular
emphasis on gender and race issues. No action was required, however,
President White made it clear that members of the BOG have been given
an opportunity to select a section of the report for study, review
and further comment. The Report will be addressed in detail
at a joint meeting of the Board with participants at the Bar Presidents conference
on October 26. She requested that all members make their selection
known to her or sections will be assigned. In addition to President
White congratulating and thanking Judge Harrington and Ms. Lamone
the BOG showed its appreciation to the members of the committee with
a round of applause.
IV. Reports on Special Committees: None
V. Reports of Sections:
A. Young Lawyers Section Report: Brian Zimel reported
on behalf of the YLS. He reported on recent current activities including
the establishment of a 1-800 number for disaster relief. He also
announced the NovemberFest 2001 to be held on Saturday, November 3,
2001 at the American Visionary Art Museum on Key Highway. The menu
and other activities were discussed and are included in the agenda
VI. Unfinished Business and General Orders:
A. Professionalism Course Extension: Included in the
agenda material is a September 14, 2001 letter from Judge Kathleen
O’Ferrall Friedman to Chief Judge Robert M. Bell regarding the
professional course for new admittees and the new admittee luncheon
co-sponsored by the YLS and the insurance trust. This item was previously
discussed by President White.
VII. New Business: None
VIII. Special Order of Business: None
With there being no further business to come before
the Board of Governors the meeting was adjourned at 5:50 p.m.
William R. Levasseur, Acting
the Absence of Cornelius Helfrich, Secretary
Of Governors : Minutes :
October 1, 2001