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Fall 2011

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5th Circuit

Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Howard Counties
Danie E. Ridgeway & Sarah D. Cline, Circuit Representatives

Anne Arundel County

The Anne Arundel County Bar Association’s (“AABA”) New Lawyers Committee kicked off the fall 2011 bar year with Happy Hours at the Metropolitan in Annapolis on August 17, 2011 and September 28, 2011.  Special thanks to Kemp Hammond and Jeffrey Bowman for planning these events.

On October 11, 2011, the New Lawyers Committee sponsored a “Meet the Judges” reception to promote pro bono work.  The reception was held at the Wild Orchid Café in Annapolis.  Attendees mingled with esteemed members of the local bench and bar, while learning about pro bono opportunities in Anne Arundel County.

The New Lawyers Committee will be sponsoring a “Chamber Chat” brown-bag lunch with local members of the bench and bar on the first Thursday of every month in the attorney’s lounge of the Circuit Court in Annapolis.  Please join us on Thursday, November 3, 2011 for an informal discussion with the Honorable Bill Mulford of the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County.

On Wednesday, November 9, 2011, the AABA is sponsoring a Charity Pub Quiz night to benefit the Anne Arundel County Bar Foundation.  The Pub Quiz will be held at Galway Bay, 63 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Teams of 2 to 6 players will compete in a general knowledge quiz while enjoying superb Irish food including Shepherd’s Pie, Corned Beef & Cabbage, and Bread Pudding.  A Special Prize awaits the Winning Team and there will be LOTS of great raffle prizes.  Don’t Wait -- Get your team together today!  Cost: $40 per person; includes dinner & donation to the AACBF (price increases to $50 after November 1).

Questions about upcoming events in Anne Arundel County?  Please contact Sarah Cline at (410) 266-3232, or

Howard County

The Young Lawyer Section for the Howard County Bar Association is co-chaired by Victoria Gelfman, an Assistant State’s Attorney in Howard County, and Ryan Dymek, an associate at the Willis Law Firm in Ellicott City.  Their next event will be a happy hour at Bare Bones Bar & Grill on Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City on Wednesday, October 19, from 5:30-7:30. There will be a complimentary happy hour buffet and drink specials.

The Howard County Bar Association president this year is Mark Muffoletto, of the Law Offices of Mark J. Muffoletto in Ellicott City.  The HCBA website includes a calendar of events and can be found at

On October 25, 2011 from 6:00-8:00pm, there will be a retirement celebration in honor of the Honorable Diane O. Leasure at the Columbia Sheraton. Cost is $40. Registration is available online at

On November 9, 2011 at 11:30, the Honorable Lynne Battaglia will be presenting on “Impact Decisions” at the Howard County Bar Association monthly meeting.  Cost is $15 in advance, $20 at the door. RSVP to Kim Wharton at

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