Board Of Governors
Of Governors : Minutes : October
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
MARYLAND STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
TURF VALLEY INN AND CONFERENCE CENTER
2700 TURF VALLEY ROAD
ELLICOTT CITY, MARYLAND 21042
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2001
The Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association
met at the location, date and time indicated above. There were
34 members of the Board of Governors present, including all of the officers.
In addition, Paul Carlin, Executive Director, and key members of his
staff, were in attendance, Aileen Eskildsen and Streett Baldwin
C.P.A.’s, from Ellen and Tucker, Chartered, Herb Garten, Esquire,
Susan Ehrlichman and Robert Rhudy were guests in attendance.
President Pamela J. White called the meeting to order
at approximately 2:35 p.m. The Board received a presentation of
the Retrospective Report of the Select Committee on Gender Equality by
Chair Linda Lamone and Reporter Tricia O’Neill. At the conclusion
of the presentation, Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, on the invitation of
the President, announced the creation of the Court’s Commission
on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Judicial Process, chaired by Judge
Dale Cathell, with two Vice Chairs, Federal Magistrate Judge Charles
Day and Deputy Attorney General Carmen Shepard.
The Minutes of the Board of Governors meeting of October
1, 2001, were read and approved.
Cornelius D. Helfrich, Secretary, thanked William R.
Levasseur, Acting Secretary in Mr. Helfrich’s absence for the excellent
1. Pamela J. White gave the President’s Report.
She reported on an assortment of correspondence,
news clippings and other information.
She reviewed a letter from Judge Paul H. Weinstein,
Chair of the Conference of Circuit Judges reporting on the progress
of the Task Force on Civil Litigation Costs.
She noted that the Daily Record of October
12, 2001, reported that a statewide Committee had issued a report
calling for the creation of a Pre-Trial Release Agency to provide
each jurisdiction in Maryland with enough information on each Defendant
to help Judges make pre-trial release determinations.
She reviewed a letter from Andrew Jay Graham,
Esquire, reporting on the progress of the ethics 2000 Committee.
She reported on a Press Release relating to the
progress made by the Judiciary Committee on Access to Court records.
She reported on a letter from herself to Chief
Judge Robert M. Bell, inviting him to the Maryland Bar President’s
She discussed a letter from Patrick K. Arey,
Esquire, Immediate Past Chair of the State and Local Government
Law Section of the ABA, discussing a Binder relating to
"probate and other procedures for Maryland to assist lawyers
providing assistance to victims of terrorist attacks". She
also commended several MSBA members for their pro bono service
to produce this binder.
She noted Marva Jo Camp, Esquire’s, letter
reporting on the distribution of the CD-ROM "Trouble in Cyberville" and
its distribution to the Board of Governors as a "Thank You" for
the Board’s assistance in its production.
She reviewed a fax from James P. Nolan, Esquire,
to Brent Burry, Executive Director of MICPEL, indicating the names
of the persons who had agreed to serve on either the Publications
Committee or the Programs Committee.
She reported that the Young Victorian Theatre
Company would present Gilbert and Sullivan’s "Trial
by Jury" on Saturday, October 27, 2001, at 7:00 p.m., featuring
a chorus, including a number of Maryland Judges and Lawyers.
She noted Mont Brownlee, III, Esquire’s
report on lawyer civility which appears on the MSBA website.
She reported on the Southern Conference of Bar
Presidents meeting in New Orleans the first week of October 2001,
and presented the Board with an Agenda from the meeting, as well
as the Agenda for the Mid-Atlantic Bar Conference held in Wilmington,
Delaware, on October 12th and 13th, 2001.
She reported on the IOLTA proposal to encourage
banks to pay a higher rate of interest by establishing a "Go
for the Gold Honor Roll Program" wherein banks commit
to paying a fixed rate of interest on IOLTA programs.
A chart of interest rates and service charges being charged by
the state banks was presented. Past President, Herb Garten, spoke
on behalf of the program and the need for additional IOLTA interest
funds to help provide legal services for low income Marylanders.
It was moved that the Maryland Legal Services Corporation and the
MSBA encourage Maryland financial institutions to increase the
funding available for legal services for low income Marylanders
by increasing the yield on the IOLTA accounts through the "Go
for the Gold Honor Roll Program". The Motion was seconded
She reported on a letter sent from Charles E.
Kountz, Esquire, Chair of the Maryland Lawyer Assistance Program,
to Chief Judge Robert M. Bell.
2. Paul Carlin gave the Executive Director’s Report.
He reported that the total MSBA membership count
as of the date of October 26, 2001, was 19,445 after accounting
for 48 resignations, 3 deceased members, 21 new members and 35
The Board approved the applications for Honorary Membership in
the MSBA by Judge J. Harold Grady and Walter S. Levin, Esquire.
The Board also approved the resignations noted in the Executive
He discussed the Legal Assistance to Military
Personnel Program within the MSBA Section on Delivery of Legal
Services and their efforts to locate attorneys to assist in delivering
pro bono legal services to military personnel as a result of the
September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. He reported that the request
for volunteer lawyers was on the MSBA website and that approximately
twelve attorneys had responded. He further provided the Board with
a copy of the U.S. Department of Labor Guidebook to USERRA, Uniformed
Services Employment and Re-employment Rights Act) of 1994.
He discussed a proposed Affinity Membership Relationship
with Allfirst Bank. He noted that the Association has had a long
and successful relationship with Allfirst Bank and that the bank
had won last year’s request for proposal process.
After discussion, it was moved and seconded that the MSBA enter
into an Affinity Membership Relationship with Allfirst Bank. The
Motion passed with one abstention.
1. He provided the Board with a 2001 Membership
Survey of the Senior Lawyers Section Members. The Survey reflected
the demographics of by-gone years. Of the 86 respondents to that
question, 84 were male. 59 of the respondents were over 75 years
of age, while 35 were under 75 years of age.
He discussed a Memo to all MSBA Section Chairs
advising them of the new Associate Memberships category and requesting
them to prepare for and make welcome those members when they
joint their Sections. He further advised that the application
form is in the process of being designed and will be out shortly
and the Associate members who apply and are accepted will pay
a one-half year fee.
He provided the Board with a memo from the
ABA Division for Bar Services comparing various aspects of the
State Bars in the Southern Conference of Bar Presidents and the
Mid-Atlantic Bar Conference. A review of that Memorandum makes
it very clear that the MSBA is a very "lean and mean" organization.
He noted that the Leadership Academy had distributed
the CD-ROM called "Trouble in Cyberville" that they
had produced for use in local schools to members of the Board
of Governors as a thank-you for the assistance that the MSBA
provided the Leadership Academy.
He noted that the Daily Record will
honor leaders in Maryland law on Friday, November 16, 2001, and
that current Board members, Past President, Louise Michaux Gonzales
and present President, Pamela J. White, are among the persons
whose leadership will be recognized.
He reported that Janet Stidman Eveleth of the
Maryland Bar Journal won a second Luminary Award.
He proudly noted that Pat Yevics, the Law Office
Management Director, completed the Baltimore Marathon in 4 hours,
24 minutes and 2 seconds. She was the fastest woman in her age
3. Report of the Secretary.
It was reported that the Minutes of the Executive
Committee Meeting on October 16, 2001, are substantially contained
within the Agenda of this meeting.
4. Harry Johnson gave the Treasurer’s Report.
He reviewed the June 30, 2001, and 2000 MSBA
Financial Statements and audit report prepared by Ellin &
Harry Johnson then relinquished the floor to Mr. Streett Baldwin
and Aileen Eskildsen, CPA’s who discussed the contents of
the Report of the Association as of June 30, 2001. In summary,
the Association had a very good financial year and has received
a clean report from the Auditors. Approval of the Auditors Report
was moved, seconded and passed by the BOG.
Mr. Johnson noted that the Budget Committee and the Executive Committee
are watching the Association investments very carefully in light
of the current financial situation.
He reported the following for the MSBA as of
September 30, 2001: total dues income of $2,269,844.00. He
also noted total expenses of $702,558.00, leaving unexpended
funds of $1,567,286.00. He also reported that dues income
represented approximately 94% of the MSBA budget to date.
He discussed Budget Amendment Request Number
3 for the fiscal year 2001/2002, wherein the Section of Delivery
of Legal Services had requested $4,700.00 as an addition to its
budget and the Committee on Public Awareness had requested an addition
to its budget of $1,188.00. After discussion by the Board, it was
moved, seconded and approved, in separate motions, that those sums
be added to the budget of the respective Section and Committee.
5. Jim Nolan gave the President Elect’s Report.
He reported that there have been extensive efforts
on behalf of the various Sections of the MSBA, notably the Young
Lawyers Section, and on the part of Maryland lawyers in conjunction
with the ABA to provide an appropriate response to the September
11, 2001 terrorist attacks. He reported that the idea of creating
a scholarship for training Maryland lawyers to provide disaster
relief was no longer necessary in light of the multiple and varied
responses of many entities of the MSBA, namely the YLS Disaster
Relief Committee to provide such assistance.
6. Reports of the Standing Committees.
President Pamela White led a discussion of the
consideration of the Retrospective Report on Gender Equality. She
called on various members of the BOG to discuss their sub-committees’ views
on each of the individual chapters of the Report. After presentation
and discussion of the Reports by the Sub-Committees and the BOG
in general, it was moved and seconded that the MSBA and the BOG
accept the Report of the Select Committee on Gender Equality. The
The BOG discussed the Legislative goals for the
legislative year 2002, as presented by Buzz Winchester, the MSBA
Director of Legislative Relations. After due consideration, acceptance
of the legislative goals for the year 2002, was moved, seconded
It was reported that the Young Lawyers Section
will hold a "Novemberfest," on Saturday, November 3,
2001, at the Joy America Café, from 7:00 P.M. to 11:00 P.M.
The festivities include an assortment of food stations such as
Seafood Decadence and Mexican Fare and Chocolate Lovers Station.
There will be a silent auction. Tickets are $45.00 each or two
for $80.00 and dress is casually elegant.
The Third Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference
will be held at the BWI Marriott in Linthicum, Maryland, on Saturday,
November 10, 2001, from 8:30 a.m., to 4:30 p.m., and will cover
a wide spectrum of topics from time and stress management to family
practice case law, legislation and court rules update. There will
be a number of vendors present ranging from the ordinary and mundane
to the high-tech spectacular.
There being no further business to come before the Board
of Governors, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:15 p.m.
Cornelius D. Helfrich
Of Governors : Minutes :
October 26, 2001