On January 8, MSBA President Katherine Kelly Howard convened MSBA’s first statewide Legislative Workshop featuring key members of Maryland’s Legislature. This program was presented to educate key MSBA leaders on the “ins and outs” of representing MSBA members’ legislative interests before the Maryland General Assembly and offer them tips from the “experts” on lobbying and testifying before legislative committees during the upcoming 2009 Maryland General Assembly session. This gathering, which was coordinated by Laws Committee Chair Michael J. Baxter and MSBA Director of Legislative Relations Richard Montgomery, is expected to become an annual event.
“We are here to communicate,” announced Howard as she opened the special MSBA legislative session. “Our Sections are unique vehicles for sharing information with our members and sharing their substantive law expertise with legislators.” As the number of lawyer legislators continues to diminish, MSBA’s President emphasized the enhanced valuable role Sections now play as legislative resources to the General Assembly.
To foster and advance this role, Senator Allan H. Kittleman, Delegate Samuel I. (Sandy) Rosenberg, Jeremy M. McCoy, former Counsel to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and Donald J. Hogan, Counsel to House Judiciary Committee offered the audience of MSBA Section Chairs and their Legislative Liaisons many helpful tips on “communicating,” with state legislators, including lobbying, testifying and of course, working through MSBA, which is considered the legal resource in the state and one upon which Maryland delegates and senators increasingly rely.