MSBA helped to kick off the 2019 Legislative Session as Presenting Sponsor of the 2019 Annapolis Summit, held January 9 at the Governor Calvert House in Annapolis and presented by The Daily Record.

MSBA President Judge Keith R. Truffer set the stage for a line-up that included Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Senate President Mike Miller, and House Speaker Michael Busch in a 90-minute live conversation with interviewer Marc Steiner that addressed some of the most prominent issues facing the state of Maryland.

Truffer opened the discussion by touching upon MSBA’s role as the voice of the legal profession in Annapolis, while Hogan, Busch, and Miller fielded audience questions that included topics such as education, job training, the environment, affordable health care, the minimum wage, and more.

“The Maryland State Bar Association is the voice and the hub of the Maryland legal profession,” Truffer told Steiner. “It’s important for our members to understand the presence that we have in Annapolis during the legislative session, and that’s the principal reason why we are here.” Issues of key interest to the MSBA, he continued, include juvenile justice, contested judicial elections, and the use of body attachments in civil litigation.

Sponsors also included Alexander & Cleaver, P.A. (Legislative Sponsor) and AARP Maryland (Supporting Sponsor).

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