From The Chair

As we reach the midpoint of this bar year, the Young Lawyersí Section is well on its way to a banner year.  The YLS has worked in numerous ways thus far this year to promote both the interests of the community as well as that of you, the YLS membership. 

Early on, the Disaster Relief Committee and its co-chairs, Traci Robinson and Bill Krulak, were called upon to administer the Disaster Relief Hotline in the wake of Hurricane Isabelís devastation on Marylandís citizenry.  With ceaseless dedication to the immediate nature of the callersí needs, the committee rose to the task and fielded countless calls from Marylanders with questions ranging from insurance and property disputes to rent abatement matters.  Check out their committee report for more information on their efforts. 

The Public Service Committee, co-chaired by Heather Crenshaw and Hughie Hunt, has also been hard at work, from sponsoring walkers in the September American Heart Association Heart Walk in Baltimore, to collecting toys for Toys for Tots during the holidays.  The committee is also organizing a reading program with various schools around the State, meant to foster mentoring and skills development for the students involved. 

The Activities Committee once again organized the YLSís wildly successful and entertaining, annual fundraiser, Novemberfest.  Held at the American Visionary Arts Museum, the event presented activities for one and all, including casino-style gaming, a silent auction, and musical entertainment.  Most importantly, Novemberfest enabled the YLS to raise funds for the Fisher House, an organization dedicated to the assistance of the families of troops injured in foreign wars.  

The Membership Committee, in conjunction with several other YLS committees, also brought together YLS members at a networking social intended to foster relationships among young attorneys within the MSBA, as well as foster participation by those attorneys in the Sectionís projects and activities.  More of these valuable networking socials, as well as other events, being planned by various YLS committees in the new year will prove to be equally as rewarding for the members of the Section.  It is one of the Sectionís goals to provide projects and events that will attract the interest of a variety of its constituency.  This goal, however, cannot be reached without the consistent support of the YLSís programs by you, its members.  Participation in YLS events, be they philanthropic or social in nature, is vital to service and promotion of our goals.  I urge all of you to consider where your respective interests lie and work toward them as the new year comes upon us. 

One such event that you may consider is in its organizational stages and is in need of any assistance you may provide.  Scheduled to take place in May, the event will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Courtís decision in Brown v. Board of Education.  The MSBA will also be hosting several programs throughout the new year in honor of this momentous case.  Being sponsored by the YLSís Special Projects/Diversity Committee, the commemoration is expected to take shape as a Bench/Bar function, highlighted by several keynote speakers.  Please look out for further information on this auspicious event and plan to take part in it, in any way you are able! 

As this year comes to an end, I would like to thank all those who have worked with diligence and unwavering dedication to the mission of the YLS.  I would also like to welcome our new members who will be sworn in this month, I hope to see all of you at our future YLS events.  I wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season, and look forward to working with many of you in the coming new year on YLS projects! 

                                                    Suzanne M. Lewis, Esq., Chair

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