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What We Do...And How to Join Us...Get Connected with the Committees of the Young Lawyers Section From the Chair
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What We Do… And How to Join Us…
Get Connected with the Committees of the Young Lawyers Section

The Activities Committee
Ruth-Ann E. Bennett and S. Scott Tate, Co-Chairs 

          The Activities Committee Chairs have been making arrangements for the Section to attend a Bowie Baysox game during the Summer of 2003.  We are currently working on finding an open date sometime in July.  Look for more details and an informational flyer in the near future! 

          Regarding Novemberfest – yes, it is that time of year again! – Doug Guidorizzi, one of the future Chairs for the Activities Committee for 2003-2004 year, is already researching charities and looking for members to get involved with this worthwhile cause.  If you are interested in assisting with this event, please contact Doug at 410-385-3443 or dguidorizzi@milesstockbridge.com.  Good luck to Doug and the new Committee!   

          And of course, if you have any other questions or ideas, please feel free to contact either Ruth-Ann Bennett (410-752-8700 or rbennett@fandpnet.com) or Scott Tate (410-347-7377 or sstate@ober.com).

The Education Committee
Hon. Jeannie Hong and Jonathan Kagan, Co-Chairs 

          On May 15, 2003, the Education Committee hosted an event entitled “The Attorney Grievance Process in Maryland:  Pitfalls and Insights.”  The panel of speakers included Melvin Hirshman, Bar Counsel.  Well attended by the section, the event took place at the Tidewater Inn in Easton.  We would like to thank our speakers as well as those who attended this enlightening discussion.

The Membership Committee
Heather J. Crenshaw and Melony Joe Ellinger, Co-Chairs 

          The Membership Committee cosponsored a social hour with the Harford County Bar Association’s new Young Lawyers Division on April 10, 2003 at the DuClaw Brewing Company in Bel Air.  The event was a great success.  Watch your email for future Membership social hours and events, including a gathering in Ocean City during the MSBA Annual Meeting.

The Public Service Committee
Lawrence F. Kreis, Jr. and Stuart A. Schadt, Co-Chairs

          On Wednesday, May 7, 2003, the Public Service Committee staged a Mock Trial Day involving students in the Law Academy Program at Lake Clifton High School.  Volunteer Young Lawyers demonstrated the art of trial advocacy by participating as prosecutors, defense counsel, witnesses, and judges.  The Law Academy students acted as jurors and decided the fate of a fictitious defendant in a one-witness trial.  A good time was had by all, and the students and volunteers alike learned a great deal from the experience. 

          The Public Service Committee also recruited volunteers to help with the Maryland Special Olympics, which was held on Saturday, May 31, 2003 at the University of Maryland, College Park. Many volunteers including members of the MSBA Young Lawyers’ Section and their spouses assisted the competitors in the softball toss event.  

          SAVE THE DATE!  The Baltimore American Heart Walk sponsored by the American Heart Association is scheduled for Saturday, September 20, 2003 to begin at the Rash Field in the Inner Harbor at 8:30 a.m.  The Young Lawyers’ Committee will sponsor a team and all YLC members, their family and friends are invited to participate in this fun, charitable event.  Further details will be provided at future meetings and in future publications. 

          All members of the Young Lawyers Section of the MSBA are welcome to join our committee or participate in any of our projects.  For more information, please feel free to contact Lawrence F. Kreis, Jr. at (410) 879-2222 or lkreis@starkandkeenan.com or Stuart Schadt at (410) 296-8870 or stuartschadt@aol.com.

The Pro Bono Committee 

          The Pro Bono Committee, in conjunction with the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, has established an annual service award in order to recognize a member of the section who has made significant contributions in the area of pro bono service.  The award has been named "The Alex Fee Memorial Award" in honor of the memory of Alex Fee, son of valued YLS member Ed Fee, who himself has demonstrated a deep commitment to pro bono service.  The award will be presented at the MSBA annual meeting in Ocean City.

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