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.
The Harford County Bar Association's Crab Feast originally scheduled for September 19, 2003 was postponed as a result of the hurricane. It was rescheduled and held on the following Friday, September 26, 2003. The event was held at Rockfield Manor in Bel Air. The weather was great, the crabs were delicious and all those in attendance had a great time. The HCBA Holiday Party will once again be held at Rockfield Manor. The date of the event is December 5, 2003.
On October 2, 2003, the Baltimore County Bar Association held the retirement dinner for the Hon. A. Gordon Boone at the Marriott Hunt Valley Inn. Judge Boone had been a fixture on the District Court bench for more than two decades. The dinner was well attended by lawyers and judges and their families from across the State. Anyone who had the pleasure and honor of appearing before Judge Boone certainly should have been there as he was well honored by several of his colleagues, friends, fellow judges, and family members. The attendees were additionally treated to a souvenir ‑ a bobble head statue made in the likeness of His Honor. Anyone who missed the event but would like to purchase the keepsake should contact Heather Martin at the Baltimore County Bar office.
The Bar Association’s annual fall golf tournament was held on October 13, 2003 at Sparrows Point Country Club. The attendance was off just a bit from past golf outings largely due to the fact that the event was held on a state holiday, Columbus Day, and many of the usual attendees were away enjoying the three‑day weekend. However, those who played in the event were treated to a beautiful, 75-degree, sunny, fall afternoon full of golf, food, and refreshments.
Upcoming events include the County Bar’s annual holiday party to be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at An Poitin Stil. Tickets are $40.00, which will include a vast array of delicious food and a premium open bar. Also, the Young Lawyers’ Committee of the BCBA will hold its 9th annual Holiday Open House to Benefit Literacy on Thursday, December 4, 2003 in the Circuit Court Law Library reading room. Admission is two unwrapped children’s books or a $10.00 donation that will be used to purchase children’s books for the Baltimore County Department of Social Services’ holiday toy stores. The toy stores are gift repositories for parents receiving aid to families with dependent children to select holiday gifts for their children.
Lastly, mark your calendars for the Annual Black Tie Banquet, traditionally held at Martin’s West, which will take place on January 26, 2004 starting at 6:30 p.m.
The members of the Young Lawyers’ Committee of the Baltimore County Bar look forward to another successful year under the direction of the 2003‑04 Chair, Adam Sampson. Keep your eyes peeled on future Advocates for upcoming events.
All members of the Young Lawyers’ Section of the MSBA are welcome to join the BCBA’s committee or participate in any of our events. For more information, please feel free to contact Adam Sampson at 410‑783‑4030 or or Stuart Schadt at (410)296‑8870 or
Greetings from Anne Arundel County! The following are upcoming and past events in our circuit:
October 3, 2003 AABA’s Annual Crab Feast at Sandy Point State Park. Event was a success!
October 11, 2003. A lecture by Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor at St. John’s College entitled, “The Supreme Court and the Shaping of Law.” After the lecture by Justice O’Connor, participants were able to participate in a Q & A session with the Justice, and then split up into smaller groups for seminars on the Supreme Court case “Marbury v. Madison.” An interesting and unique experience!
October 23, 2003. Patricia Miller and Jonathan Rosenthal presented a CLE in Annapolis on mediations. Attendees heard topics on what to expect from the mediator, preparing clients for mediation, the attorney’s role in mediation, and does divorce mediation differ from other civil actions in mediation?
October 29, 2003. Family Law CLE & Dinner Meeting. This event was a joint meeting of the Anne Arundel Bar Association Family Law Committee and Mental Health Professionals from Anne Arundel County. The topic for the evening was “ Law and Disorder: A Day in Family Court.” Held at the Sheraton Barcelo in Annapolis, the event was well attended.
November 4, 2003. Criminal Law in District Court. Beneficial for attorneys with all levels of experience, the evening included the following topics: Discussion of Bail Hearings, Trial Techniques, Sentencing, Expungements, Problems with Charging Documents and Recent Changes in the Law. The Honorable John P. McKenna, District Court presented the talks along with Dave Fischer and Chris Flohr. Immediately following the CLE presentations, attendees were treated to a complimentary happy hour at the Sly Fox Pub.
November 13, 2003. AABA Meet the Judges Night & Happy Hour was held at the Eastport Clipper in Annapolis. The evening offered a great opportunity for young lawyers to meet and network with the bench and fellow members of the Bar.
AABA and the AA County Bar Foundation also sponsored a drive to provide Thanksgiving dinners to under privileged in Annapolis. Contributions were accepted through November 21, 2003. Thanks to all of you who helped make this Thanksgiving a memorable one to so many.
The AABA Bowling League is underway Tuesday nights at the Annapolis Bowling Lanes. Contact the AABA at 410-280-6950 for more information.
For the fourth straight year, the New Practitioner's Section of Montgomery County will be collecting gifts for the Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Campaign. Please drop unwrapped gifts at the Bar Association office at 27 West Jefferson Street in Rockville by December 15, 2003. Gifts for all ages are encouraged, though the group most often overlooked is young teenagers. There is a need for items such as CDs, watches, gym bags, backpacks, sports equipment, cosmetics, and jewelry. Please contact Section Co-Chairs Tanya Bernstein at 301-652-6880 or Ryan Wechsler at 240-777-7367 with questions.
The Chamber Chat Program has been a great success this year and is a wonderful opportunity for young or seasoned lawyers to meet the different Judges of the District and Circuit Courts. Circuit Court Judge Durke Thompson hosted the Chamber Chat on November 13th and by all District Court Judges (4th Floor) the following week.
On December 16th at 12:30, Circuit Court Judge Joseph Dugan will host the Chamber Chat on the 7th Floor of the Courthouse. The District Court Judges will once again host the Chamber Chat on the 4th Floor of the District Court Building on December 18th. For more information and to find out when the next Chamber Chat is scheduled, please contact Section Co-Chair Tanya Bernstein at 301-652-6880.
Finally, the District Court Mediation Program is in full swing and is always looking for volunteers to assist the District Court Judges in resolving cases on the day of trial. Serving as a District Court Mediator will satisfy a portion of the Maryland Rule 6.1 pro bono requirement. If you have been practicing for at least two (2) years or have mediation experience, please contact program chair Bradford S. Bernstein at 301-762-1600.
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