62nd Conference of Bar Presidents


Join us for the 100% Virtual 62nd Annual Conference of Bar Presidents.

Leaders from Local & Specialty Bar Associations around Maryland are invited to participate in this event.  Join us for exciting sessions on leadership in a post-covid world, engaging health and wellness programs, and an entertaining legislative update.

Attendees will also hear remarks from key leaders in the legal profession, include Hon. Joseph M. Getty, Chief Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals, MSBA President, Natalie McSherry, and more.

Plus meet and connect with other leaders as they prepare for their respective Bar years.

Attendance is open to the executive leadership of  Local & Specialty Bar Associations within Maryland.

We will close this year’s program with virtual trivia and early Happy Hour.  Our sponsor, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual, will be sending gifts to all those participating in the Happy Hour that register before October 24, 2021.  To receive your gift, please select whether you are participating in the virtual trivia, whether you would like a cocktail or a mocktail, and provide your shipping address in the registration fields below.

A big thank you to Minnesota Lawyers Mutual and Kiernan Walters – we appreciate your continued support of this important event.


Thank you to our Sponsor!
Event Information
Nov 5, 2021
8:30 am - 2:45 pm EDT


Day 1

8:30 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
8:40 am
Leadership in a Post-COVID World

Hear from Bar Leaders (past and present) around Maryland, and their thoughts on Leading in a Post-COVID World.  Panelists include:

Wanda Claiborne – Executive Director of Mo.Co.
Brian Marsh – Immediate Past President of AA Co. Bar, & MBF Board Member
Hon. Sidney Butcher – MSBA BoG Member, past MBF Board member, and active member of various local and specialty Bars
Hon. Michael Siri – Past Baltimore County Bar President, MSBA BoG Member, and active member of various local and specialty Bars
Jessica Quincosa – Executive Director of Community Legal Services in PG Co., MBF Board member, and active member of various local and specialty Bars

9:30 am
Speed Breakout Session #1 - Key Issues Facing Bar Associations

Choose your breakout room, and join fellow bar leaders as we discuss:

  1.  Returning to In-Person Events,
  2. Program Development, or
  3. Member Engagement & Retention
10:00 am
Tim Maloney's Entertaining Legislative Update

Tim Maloney, Esq. will provide his famous, or shall we say infamous, entertaining legislative updates.  Attendees will learn about the latest laws taking effect as of October 1, 2021, and have a few laughs along the way.

10:50 am
Encouraging Wellness for Your Members

This panel will discuss the importance of engaging members in health and wellness initiatives as we strive to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us.  Our panelists will provide examples of engaging wellness initiatives, provide resources for addressing health and wellness with your members, and more.  Our panelists will include:

Mag. Hope Tipton:  Past-President, Women’s Bar Association, Past BoG Member, and an active member in various local and specialty bars

Lisa Caplan,LCSW-C:  Director of MSBA Lawyer Assistance Program

Darcy E. Gruttadaro:  Director, Center for Workplace Mental Health, APA Foundation

Elizabeth Hill:  Docket Attorney, IRS Office of Chief Counsel

11:40 am
Speed Breakout Session #2 - Regional Breakout

Choose one of four regional breakout rooms, and join fellow bar leaders to discuss challenges unique to your region and identify ways to collaborate.


Eastern Shore

Southern Maryland

Baltimore Metro

D.C. Metro

12:10 pm
Lunch Program

Take a quick break to grab lunch, and hear from key leaders in the legal profession, including Hon. Joseph M. Getty, Chief Judge, Maryland Court of Appeals.  Lunchtime remarks will also be delivered by:

MSBA President, Natalie McSherry

Local & Specialty Liaison Committee Co-Chairs, Amanda McCarthy & Jaymi Sterling


Maryland Bar Foundation President, Alice Chong

Minnesota Lawyers Mutual, Kiernan Waters

12:40 pm
Speed Breakout Session #3

Join your fellow Bar leaders for this traditional breakout session, to discuss challenges and plans for the upcoming year.

Breakout Rooms:

Medium/Large Bars

Small Bars

Specialty Bars

Executive Director Roundtable

1:10 pm
Awards Presentation

Please join us for the presentation of our annual Best Project awards!

1:30 pm
Trivia, Happy Hour, & Door Prizes

Join us for this special edition trivia hosted by Walsh Trivia.  Put your legal knowledge to the test, and have some fun with leaders from across the state.

We’ll finish the day with door prizes including gift cards and complimentary admission to the 2022 Legal Summit for one lucky winner.  Must be present to win!