James P. Nolan will be installed as President of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) on June 15, 2002, during the MSBA Annual Meeting in Ocean City, Maryland. The Managing Director of the Annapolis law firm Council, Baradel, Kosmerl & Nolan, P.A., Nolan will lead the 20,500 volunteer attorney member Association for the next twelve months.
Nolan will be joined by newly elected MSBA officers: President-Elect Harry S. Johnson, a partner in the law firm Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, L.L.P.; Secretary Cornelius Helfrich, a solo practitioner in Harford County; and Treasurer J. Michael Conroy, Jr., a partner in the Gaithersburg law firm Conway, Ballman & Dameron, Chtd.
An outstanding leader in Maryland's legal community, Nolan is known for his commitment to legal education, dedication to legal professionalism and devotion to the practice of law. As President of MSBA, he will focus on professional values, enhanced communication between the Association and all audiences and the law practice needs of today's lawyers.
A graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law, Nolan was admitted to practice in Maryland in 1974. He worked with the Annapolis law firm of Hartman & Crain before joining his current firm, Council, Baradel, Kosmerl & Nolan, P.A, where he was named partner in 1982. A former President of the Anne Arundel County Bar Association, Nolan was MSBA's Secretary for three years before he became MSBA's President-Elect in June 2001.
Nolan served as the President of the Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyers from 1986-88 and is actively involved in law-related pro bono and public service.