61st Annual Conference of Bar Presidents and 13th Annual Young Lawyers Summit


The 61st Annual Conference of Bar Presidents and 13th Annual Young Lawyers’ Summit will be a little different this year.  This 100% Virtual Event will be a mix of valuable substantive programming on topics including: Crisis Communications and Virtual Event Planning, as well as opportunities to connect with other Bar Associations around Maryland in small group breakouts, and, as is tradition, we will end the day with a bit of fun.

Although traditionally a complimentary event for Executive Directors, Presidents, and President-Elects of Bar Associations throughout Maryland – because we are virtual – we are extending invitations to any Bar leader (e.g. Treasurer, Secretary, YLS Chair).  Please be sure to note your role in the registration form below.

Please contact Doris Barnes (doris@msba.org) or Theresa Michael (theresa@msba.org) if you have questions.

The Agenda for the day is outlined below.  More details to come, so please check back.

The Best Service to the Public, Best Service to the Bar, and Best Special/Small Bar Best Project awards honor the bar association projects that further a local association’s mission and serve the public and our profession. Nominate a project that deserves recognition by filling out the submission form below by October 27, 2020.

Event Information
Nov 13, 2020
9:30 am - 6:00 pm EDT


Day 1

9:30 am
Welcome Remarks
9:45 am
19th Amendment Celebration panel
11:05 am
11:15 am
Entertaining Legislative Update
Timothy Maloney
12:00 pm
Lunch Break - Networking Session

Enjoy a special stretch break and learn how to present your best self on virtual platforms.

Then BYOL (Bring your own lunch) and learn more about your fellow Bar leaders.

Best Project Awards will also be presented.

1:00 pm
Crisis Communications

More details to come.

Presented by:

Bruce M. Hennes

Bruce Hennes is CEO of Hennes Communications, one of the few firms in North America focused exclusively on crisis management and crisis communications.

Hennes Communications serves government agencies, corporations,
manufacturers, larger nonprofits, education and healthcare institutions — as wellas law firms and their clients — that are “on trial” in the Court of Public Opinion.

With over 40 years’ experience in communications, Bruce and the firm’s past andpresent clients include the American Public Power Association, Avery Dennison,Lubrizol, Kent State University, Thyssenkrupp and the National Aeronautics andSpace Administration, as well as scores of law firms and municipalities across the continent.

Bruce has served for eleven years on the executive committee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association where he chairs the bar association’s Governance Committee and he’s an adjunct professor at Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs.

2:15 pm
2:20 pm
Pivoting to Virtual/Hybrid Events
3:35 pm
3:40 pm
Breakout Session

Bar Leaders will break into moderated discussion sessions based on Bar or Leadership type:

  • Small/Medium
  • Large
  • Specialty
  • Exec. Dir.
  • YLS
4:40 pm
Closing Remarks & BYOB Happy Hour

Come for the prizes and stay for the networking.