2016/2017 Annual Report:
This Committee works to enhance the public’s understanding of the law through community education and outreach.
It facilitated several ongoing public service projects on behalf of MSBA, including its series of 24 public awareness legal information guides, which are disseminated to the public free of charge; its Speakers’ Bureau, through which volunteer attorneys go out into the community and educate the public about the law; and, in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Section, the One Bar/One Community volunteer opportunities, which this year included such initiatives as the MSP Polar Bear Plunge benefiting Special Olympics Maryland, BARCs, The Friends of Patterson Park, Operation Welcome Home, Honor Flight, and many more.
The Committee also sponsored its annual Law Day program, in conjunction with the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program (CLREP), which this year took on a new format as a mock trial targeted to elementary school participants at Baltimore’s Port Discovery Children’s Museum; the program, “Yertle the Turtle: Due Process Freedoms”, illustrated this year’s ABA-prescribed focus, “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy”.
For a full roster of committee members, visit the MSBA Member Directory.
Jessica Smoluchowski Praley
Term: 11/30/2015 – 6/30/2018
Arthur Law Group LLC
900 Bestgate Rd
Annapolis, MD 21401-7964
Term: 7/1/2015 – 6/30/2018
Law Office of Harry B Siegel LLC
6011 University Blvd
Ellicott City, MD 21043-6106