Riding the Circuit 
 

Circuit Representatives throughout the state act as liaisons with the local bars to publicize YLS events and to help gather volunteers for YLS programs and conversely to let the YLS know about events and programs that the local bars are running. Contact your Circuit Representative to learn more about your Circuit.  Or contact the YLS if you are interested in representing your Circuit.

3rd Circuit

Baltimore County
Adam T. Sampson, Circuit Representative

Social Events:

            The BCBA Annual Black Tie Event in January was well attended by the bar and bench of Baltimore County as well as by other lawyers and judges from around the state.  Judge A. Gordon Boone, Jr., Associate Judge of the Baltimore County District Court, was the keynote speaker.  Judge Boone did not disappoint the crowd making sure to deliver a humorous and memorable speech.  Sadly, Judge Boone will be retiring this year after an incredible 21 years of service on the bench. 

            The Annual Bull & Oyster Roast sponsored by the BCBA’s Young Lawyers’ Section in early March was once again successful.  Many of Baltimore County’s judges, lawyers, their friends and family enjoyed a wonderful afternoon of good food, music, and socializing.  Proceeds from this year’s event go to Casey Care’s Foundation, a local Baltimore County charity, and the Baltimore County Bar Foundation.

CLE's:

The BCBA had the following CLE’s: Making the Case for Economic Damages/March 19th; Recent Developments in Guardianship Practice, What Every Domestic Lawyer Needs to Know About Medical Assistance/March 26th; Hot Tips for District Court Practice/April 2nd; Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims, Demystifying Coverage Issues/April 16th; and Town Hall Meeting on Professionalism sponsored by the Maryland Court of Appeals Task Force on Professionalism/May 12th.

Upcoming Events:

            The BCBA annual golf tournament will take place on June 9th at the Elkridge Hunt Club.  The format is a four-golfer scramble and the cost is $150/person, which includes lunch at 11:30 a.m., shotgun start at 1:00 p.m., and food/open bar for 2 yours after conclusion of play.  For more information contact Heather Martin, BCBA Executive Director, at 410-337-9103.

Miscellaneous: 

            The Baltimore County Sitting Judges – Vicki Ballou-Watts, Dana Mark Levitz, Susan Souder, and John Grason Turnbull II - had a fundraiser on April 19th.

6th Circuit
Montgomery County
Bradford S. Bernstein, Circuit Representative 

The New Practitioner's Section of the Montgomery County Bar is always looking for young attorneys (less than 7 years experience) who want to get involved with the Montgomery County Bar Association.  For more information on how to get involved with the New Practitioner's Section please contact Kathleen Pekin at 240-777-7334 or Tanya Calvelli at 301-347-1222. 

            Big changes are taking place at the Circuit Court for Montgomery County.  As most may know, the Honorable Paul H. Weinstein retired in April of this year after many years of dedicated work towards improving and aiding the practice of law in Montgomery County and the State of Maryland.   The Honorable Ann S. Harrington will be the new Administrative Judge of the Circuit Court. 

            Judge Weinstein was appointed as Associated Judge of the Montgomery County Circuit Court in 1986, County Administrative Judge in 1992, and was named the Circuit Administrative Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit in 1995. Judge Weinstein was instrumental in the initiation of Differentiated Case Management (DCM) in Montgomery County, which provides various tracks for cases based on trial time.  DCM has been a remarkable success, and has served as the basis for other Court Systems around the State.  The professionalism and dedication of Judge Weinstein will be greatly missed. 

            The New Practitioner's Section is also hosting monthly Chamber Chat Sessions with members of our distinguished bench.  For any attorney that would like to acquaint themselves with members of the bench, the Chamber Chat is a terrific way to introduce yourself.  On April 16, 2003, the chamber chat was hosted by the Honorable Ann Sundt. The District Court Judges hosted the chamber chat on Thursday, April 24, 2003.  Each program is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. and will be located on the 4th Floor of the Rockville District Court.  For information on future sessions, contact Chamber Chat Chair, Lade Akinbolaji at 301-738-7652. 

            The District Court Mediation Program is always looking for additional volunteers to serve as mediators to resolve civil cases in the Rockville and Silver Spring District Court every Wednesday morning and afternoon.  Besides the great experience, serving as a District Court Mediator will satisfy a portion of the new Maryland Rule 6.1 pro bono requirement.  If you have been practicing for at least 2 years or have mediation experience and familiarity with the District Court, please contact Program Chair Bradford S. Bernstein at 301-762-1600.

7th Circuit
Prince George's County
Hughie Duvall Hunt, II, Circuit Representative 

As the summer months approach, I hope everyone finds time to enjoy the nice weather and long days with your friends and families.  Please join the Prince George’s County Bar Association at our annual meeting on June 3, 2003 at Martins Crosswinds in Greenbelt, MD at 6:00 p.m.  Officers for the bar year will be elected and a Follies show will be presented.  Everyone is also invited to stop by the Prince George’s County Hospitality Suite at the Clarion Fontainebleau Hotel during the annual convention in Ocean City, Maryland.  One other note, on June 17, 2003, the PGCBA will present professionalism a “Town Hall” meeting at the jury Assembly Room in the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County at 5:30 p.m., featuring Judge Bell and Judge Battaglia from the Maryland Court of Appeals.  I hope to see each of you in Prince George’s County this summer.  As always, if you have any questions you can contact me at 301.982.0888 or Donna Coldsmith, executive director, PCCBA at 301-952-1442.  Have a great summer!


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