By Janice Jones-Branch
On June 15, 2004, 350 new candidates were
admitted to the Maryland Bar in the swearing-in ceremony at the Robert C.
Murphy Courts of Appeal Building in Annapolis, Maryland.
Among the group of MSBA members on hand to offer the new admittees an
enthusiastic welcome were Diane Stewart Hamilin, Stacy Reid Swain, Nancy
Grimm, Tonya Waller, Alice Doyle, Pat Rosier, Byron L. Warnken, Shara
Mervis Alpert and Laura Bean-Clark, as well as Membership Committee member
Bill Rosseler and Anne Arundel County Bar member John Gardner. Amidst the
crowd of picture-taking parents, grandparents, siblings and friends, the
volunteers were among the first to offer hand-shakes and congratulations
to the new Maryland lawyers while distributing MSBA Lawyers’ Manuals and
additional MSBA membership information.
MSBA President Cornelius Helfrich was among the distinguished bar members
present to offer introductory remarks before moving for the admission of
the new candidates. Along with Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, Court of
Appeals, Judges Irma Raker, Alan Wilner and Dale Cathell responded to the
motions for admissions.
“New lawyers will discover that membership in the Maryland State Bar
Association is invaluable to the practice of law, no matter whether they
are practicing in the private sector, the public sector or a public
interest organization,” said the Honorable Angela Eaves, Co-Chair of the
MSBA Membership Committee. “Hopefully, they will take advantage of the
many resources the Association has to offer to attain both personal and
The MSBA Membership Committee sponsors this welcoming group for each
swearing-in ceremony in the spring and winter. If you are interested in
participating, please contact Membership Committee liaison Jan
Jones-Branch via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.