Cornelius D. Helfrich will be installed as President of the Maryland
State Bar Association (MSBA) on June 19, 2004, during the MSBA Annual
Meeting in Ocean City, Maryland. A solo lawyer from Harford County,
Helfrich will lead this professional, volunteer association of 20,500
lawyers for the next twelve months. The last President from Harford
County served in 1900.
Helfrich will be joined by newly elected MSBA officers: President-Elect
J. Michael Conroy, Jr., a partner in the Montgomery County law firm
Conroy, Ballman & Dameron; Treasurer Edward J. Gilliss, County Attorney
for Baltimore County; and Secretary Alison L. Asti, Interim Executive
Director of the Maryland Stadium Authority.
An outstanding leader in Maryland’s legal community, Helfrich is known
for his legal professionalism and commitment to public service. As bar
leader, he will focus on building the public’s confidence in the legal
system, improving access to the justice system and helping lawyers
render quality service to their clients.
A graduate of the Wharton School of Finance & Commerce at the
University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland School of Law,
Helfrich received an LLM from George Washington University's National
Law Center. In addition to his law practice, Helfrich also serves as a
Standing Equity Master for the Circuit Court for Harford County.
Helfrich is the recipient of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service's
1989 Pro Bono Award for Outstanding Service and the Solo and Small Firm
Section's esteemed David Hjortsberg Award recognizing outstanding
civility and professionalism in a solo attorney.