By Janice Jones-Branch
| MSBA Membership Committee Member
Bill Roessler (left) and Gina Shaffer (center) welcome new admit
Damon A. Brown
On December 14 and 15, 988 new candidates were admitted to
the Maryland Bar in the swearing-in ceremony at the Robert C. Murphy Court
of Appeals Building in Annapolis. Members from MSBA’s Membership Committee,
the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland and the Montgomery County Bar
Association were on hand to greet them.
Volunteers, along with parents, grandparents, siblings and
friends, were among the first to offer handshakes, and congratulations to the
new Maryland lawyers. Volunteers from the MSBA Membership Committee distributed
copies of the Maryland Lawyer’s Manual as well as MSBA membership information
to the new admits.
Along with Chief Judge Robert Bell, Courts of Appeal Judges,
Irma Raker, Dale R. Cathell, Lynne A. Battaglia, Clayton Greene, Jr., Glenn
T. Harrell, Jr., and Alan Wilner responded to the motions for admissions. For
each ceremony a distinguished member of the Bar is chosen to make introductory
remarks and to move the admission of candidates who have been recommended by
the Maryland Board of Law Examiners. MSBA President Neil Helfrich was among
those who performed this duty.