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MCBA EXTRA

A Bi-Weekly Publication of the Monumental City Bar Association, Inc.

Vol. 1, Issue 2

November 3, 2003

UPCOMING MCBA EVENTS

MCBA Monthly Meeting The general membership meeting will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2003 at 5:30 p.m. at the Legal Aid Bureau, Second Floor. Congressional staffers from Sen. Barbara Mikulski’s Office will bring greetings and discuss topics of interest to MCBA. Remember to pay your $50.00 annual dues.


MCBA Happy Hour & Membership Drive The next MCBA Happy Hour & Membership Drive will be held on Thursday, November 20, 2003. Time and place to be determined. The event will recognize Judge Marcella A. Holland’s appointment as Administrative Judge, Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Happy hour drink specials and food for your enjoyment!

MCBA Thanksgiving Food Drive Help us feed families during Thanksgiving. Please bring your food donations (non-perishable) to the Legal Aid Bureau, 500 East Lexington Street, and place them in the donation box on the first floor near the reception desk. Donations will be accepted between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. from November 10th thru November 24th.

MCBA Holiday Gala Mark your calendars for Friday, December 12, 2003 for the Annual MCBA Holiday Gala. The Gala will be held at the Pimlico Club House, Hall of Fame Room, 5201 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215, from 9:00 p.m. – 1:00 a.m. Tickets are $60.00 in advance and $65.00 at the door. There will be dancing, all-night buffet, premium open bar, and silent auction for your enjoyment.

MCBA Christmas Gift Drive Help us provide families with gifts during Christmas. Please bring your gifts to the Legal Aid Bureau, 500 East Lexington Street, and place them in the donation box on the first floor near the reception desk. Donations will be accepted between 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. from December 1st thru December 22nd.

UPCOMING LEGAL COMMUNITY EVENTS

J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, Inc. The Nineteenth Annual Scholarship Awards Banquet will be held on Thursday, November 6, 2003 at Martin’s Crosswinds from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. Admission is $55.00 per person. Contact William A. Snoddy (301) 952-4874 for more details.

Maryland’s First Black Lawyers On Thursday, November 6, 2003, the Enoch Pratt Free Library will officially open the African American Reading Room at the new annex to the Central Library, 400 Cathedral Street. Prof. Larry Gibson's exhibit "Maryland's First Black Lawyers: 1877-1977" will be on display. The opening reception will be held on Thursday, November 6, 2003, at 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. For more information, call (410) 396-5494.

WLC Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony The Women’s Law Center of Maryland, Inc. is having its Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 12, 2003, at 5:30 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore. Our very own Judge Marcella A. Holland is the recipient of the Rosalyn B. Bell Award for her outstanding contribution to the field of family law. For more details, see attachments below, or call (410) 321-8761.

5th Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference The Maryland State Bar Association & MICPEL are hosting the annual Solo and Small Firm Conference at the Sheraton Inn, Columbia. MD from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 15, 2003. For more details, go to www.msba.org or contact Pat Yevics at MSBA Headquarters (410) 685-7878, or pyevics@msba.org.

Views from the Family Law Bench: Best Practices in Baltimore County The Judges of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County & Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS) will host this event on Tuesday, November 18, 2003 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., at the County Courts Building, Court Room 12. For more details, see attachments below, or contact Juli Paxton (410) 539-6800 x249, or juli@mvlslaw.org.

50th ANNIVERSARY OF BROWN v. BOARD OF EDUCATION
(A Year-Long Celebration)

November 15, 2003“Brown’s Historical and Cultural Impact”. Professor F. Michael Higginbotham, University of Baltimore School of Law, will be the speaker. The event will be held at Univ. of Baltimore Moot Court Room, at 5:30 p.m. For more details, go to http://law.ubalt.edu or contact Elizabeth Rhodes at (410) 837-4595.

November 20, 2003“Maryland and The Road to Brown I” Professors Larry Gibson & Sherrilyn Ifill, University of Maryland School of Law, will conduct a panel discussion, along with a lecture by the Hon. Robert L. Carter. The event will be held at the Univ. of Maryland School of Law, Ceremonial Court Room from 3:15 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. For more details, go to http://www.law.umaryland.edu/conferences.asp or contact LuAnn Marshall at (410) 706-4128.

COURT NOMINATIONS

Congratulations to Judge Emanuel Brown and Sylvester Cox on their nominations to fill vacancies on the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. See list at: http://www.courts.state.md.us/judgeselect/judicialvacancy.html#table

MCBA STANDING COMMITTEES & APPOINTMENTS

Historical: Sheila Tahir, Chair Young Lawyers: Kenneth June, Chair
Annual Holiday Gala: Angela Shelton, Chair Constitution & By-Laws: Bob Gates, Chair
Membership: Dwayne Brown, Chair Judicial Nominations: Kendra Ausby, Chair
Employment & Scholarships: Ayrika Smallwood  

MICPEL Board of Trustees: Sandra Holmes
Univ. of Baltimore Liaison: Cylia Lowe (Attorney Rep.)
Univ. of Maryland Liaison: Arrilla Harry-Bess (Student Rep.)
Parliamentarian: Bob Gates

UPCOMING AFRICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY EVENTS

The State of African American Males This event will be held at the Library of Congress, Madison Building, Montpelier Room, Friday, November 14th from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., and Saturday, November 15th from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Rayburn House Office Building.

5th Annual Youth & College Leadership Summit This event will be held at the Baltimore Convention Center, from Friday, November 21st – Sunday, November 23rd. For more details go to www.nllc.org/ys2003 or call (410) 494-1588.

MCBA GENERAL MEETING SCHEDULE

**November 13, 2003 December 4, 2003 January 8, 2004
February 5, 2004 March 4, 2004 April 1, 2004
May 6, 2004 June 3, 2004 July 1, 2004
August 5, 2004 September 2, 2004 *October 7, 2004

Mark your calendars accordingly. MCBA General Membership Meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at the Legal Aid Bureau, 500 East Lexington Street, Second Floor, Main Conference Room. The meetings will start promptly at 5:30 p.m.

* Annual Meeting
** Conflict – meeting moved to 2nd Thursday of the month

MCBA MEMBER OF THE MONTH

Congratulations to Sandra Holmes as the October 2003 MCBA’s Member of the Month. Sandra has given the MCBA countless hours of volunteer services both as a member and officer. She now serves MCBA as its Immediate Past President, in addition to serving on the MCB Foundation and the MICPEL Board of Trustees as MCBA’s representative. Without question, Sandra continues to demonstrate a sincere commitment to MCBA. Keep up the good work!

MCBA WEBSITE

Please visit the MCBA “SPLASH PAGE” on the Maryland State Bar Website at:
http://www.msba.org/links/md/specialty/mon_city_bar/index.htm