The Advocate

Fall 2011

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7th Circuit

Calvert, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, and Charles Counties
Renée Hood, Lisa Hall Johnson & Monise Stephenson, Circuit Representatives


The current leadership of the St. Mary’s County Bar Association is exclusively young lawyers—in experience, if not in age—who have been practicing less than five years: Eric Brennan, President; Alycia Stack, President-Elect; and Reid Owen, Treasurer.  The MSBA Young Lawyers Section congratulates these young lawyers on becoming elected officers of the SMCBA.  

Brennan, Stack and Owen are excited about developing a dynamic St. Mary’s County young lawyers committee to attract new attorneys and enliven the makeup of the bar as well as to help supply passionate members who will engage in activities that aid the citizens of the county, promote the image of the legal profession, and contribute new blood to a rural legal community.  The SMCBA encourages young lawyers to stop by a meeting to meet the members and see what is going on in St. Mary’s.  Any attorney who practices in St. Mary’s County or other nearby counties is welcome to join.

This year, the new bar leadership will be developing several new projects and events and continuing a few longstanding traditions.  Each year, the bar encourages its members to donate their time to the local high schools’ mock trial competitions.  Although these competitions themselves are managed by the local school system, members of the bar act as team leaders, advisors and judges.

The SMCBA also presents an annual scholarship to local high school students planning to enter a law-related field.  The scholarship is funded by donations from local attorneys and through fundraising by the bar itself.   In 2011, in spite of strained economic circumstances, the SMCBA was able to provide scholarships to two graduating high school students instead of the normal single scholarship, with money left over to provide an additional scholarship in the coming year.  

Over the winter, the SMCBA will host their Annual Christmas Dinner for members and their spouses, as well as local individuals associated with the legal community; details are forthcoming.  In addition, the SMCBA recently celebrated the retirement of Circuit Court Judge C. Clark Raley after nearly 30 years on the bench and awaits the appointment of a judge to fill this vacancy. The upcoming year promises to be an exciting and eventful year for the SMCBA. Stay tuned!



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