Special features of this year’s Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) Annual Meeting in Ocean City, June 11-14, include an appearance by well-known trial lawyer Johnnie Cochran and former Detroit Mayor Dennis Archer, the current President-Elect of the American Bar Association. In addition, this meeting marks a significant milestone for MSBA because Harry S. Johnson, a partner in the law firm Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, will be installed as the first African-American President of the Association on June 14, 2003.
Over 1,000 attorneys and judges and their families are expected to attend MSBA’s Annual Meeting, which is being held at the Clarion Resort Fontainebleau Hotel in Ocean City. Attendees will participate in the meeting’s traditional legal education programming, exhibit show and events and have the opportunity to hear Johnnie Cochran, who will be the keynote speaker on June 13, during Solo Day. Cochran, the lawyer who successfully defended O.J. Simpson, has practiced law for 40 years and will talk about his experiences in his “A Lawyer’s Life” presentation, which is also the title of his new book.
On June 14, Archer, along with Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, Court of Appeals of Maryland, MSBA’s membership and other officials, will welcome and congratulate Johnson as he is installed as MSBA President. The installation will take place during the Association’s Business Meeting beginning at 8:30 AM. A full MSBA Annual Meeting program schedule may be found on MSBA’s website – www.msba.org.