Maryland State Bar Association, Inc.

The Maryland Bar Center
520 West Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
Telephone: (410) 685-7878
Fax: (410) 685-1016
Email: msba@msba.org
Web: www.msba.org

Overview

Established: 1896
Total Number of Members: 23,000
Membership is: Voluntary
Membership in Other Bar Associations: Mid-Atlantic Bar Conference, Southern Conference of Bar Presidents

Bar Profile:
The Maryland State Bar Association is a professional, non-profit, voluntary organization comprised of over 23,000 attorneys and judges across the state of Maryland. It monitors judicial and legislative issues in the state, offers legal education opportunities and promotes leadership within its programs that ensure the delivery of quality legal services to all citizens. MSBA is committed to furthering the efficient administration of justice and equality for all under the law.

Founded in 1896, the Maryland State Bar Association celebrated its Centennial over the course of 1996, following the theme "Striving for Justice." In addition to special events, a 300 page Centennial Book and other promotions, a public service project was an integral part of MSBA's Centennial.

MSBA is known for its outstanding membership services, dedication to public service and voluntary pro bono efforts. MSBA offers an array of membership services and benefits for its members and works to continually better the legal profession. MSBA promotes the spirit of public service and the spirit of volunteerism. It functions as an excellent mechanism to channel the volunteer efforts of Maryland attorneys to help society, serve to those in need and tackle some of the state's most pressing problems, like the current legal service to the poor funding crisis. The strength of MSBA lies in its members, and their willingness to volunteer for the public service.

Service to MSBA Members
Quality member services have always been a priority for MSBA. Members may join up to 24 MSBA Sections. In addition, MSBA has 30 active Committees. MSBA publishes a bi-monthly magazine, the Maryland Bar Journal, a monthly tabloid newsletter, the Bar Bulletin, a comprehensive directory, the Lawyers' Manual, and an Annual Report to keep members informed on legal trends and bar activities. The Association hosts an Annual Meeting every June in Ocean City, Maryland, and a Mid-Year Meeting in February. Through its Sections and Committee meetings, MSBA holds over 500 meetings every year. Many of MSBA's Sections publish a Section newsletter for their members.

In addition to media relations, legislative lobbying and public relations, MSBA offers members a number of exclusive membership services including:

Car Rentals Computerized Legal Research - Fastcase Courthouse Identification Badges Electronic Bar Briefs Ethics Hotline Ethics Opinions Package of Financial Services Law Office Management Administration Lawyer Counseling Legal Education (MICPEL) Life, Disability & Liability Dental Insurance Long Distance Mailing Lists Shipping Services Travel Programs

Responding to the needs of solo and small practitioners and the technological revolution in today's legal profession, MSBA also has an active Law Office Management Assistance Department. LOMA disseminates information on technology, marketing, trust accounts and office management, and sponsors the Resource Network to assist MSBA members. It produces publications, houses a library on legal software, and sponsors numerous educational sessions and technology fairs to keep members on the cutting edge of technology.

Public Service
MSBA has built a reputation, locally and nationally, as a powerful presence in the area of public service. MSBA gives lawyers the forum, plus the opportunity, to participate in public service projects. For decades, MSBA has been committed to public service projects, programs to help the indigent, and pro bono causes. MSBA is one of the top state bar associations in the nation, recognized for its innovative programs, outreach, and outstanding volunteerism.

Most notably, MSBA has received national acclaim for its commitment to legal professionalism. In 1988, MSBA implemented the now famous lawyer satisfaction survey, which indicated that dissatisfaction within the legal profession had soared to the point where one-third of the state's lawyer's were uncertain as to whether they wished to remain in the profession. This was the first report of its kind in the U.S. and the results received nationwide exposure.

The results of this survey disturbed MSBA, which convened a special professionalism conference in 1989 to improve lawyer satisfaction and enhance professionalism. One of the top recommendations was a mandatory professionalism course for all new attorneys. With approval by the Court of Appeals of Maryland, MSBA instituted this course in 1992, and over 9,000 Maryland, MSBA attorneys have now completed it. MSBA received the ABA Gambrell Professionalism Award for this initiative.

MSBA also captured national acclaim for its 1989 "People Pro Bono Campaign." Through this campaign, MSBA recruited volunteer attorneys for pro bono public service to help the state's one million poor people with access to free legal services. MSBA successfully recruited 9,000 volunteers for this worthy cause and created the People's Pro Bono Action Center to act as a clearinghouse, a connecting the volunteer attorneys with pro bono provider organizations. In turn, these organizations link the attorneys with clients in need of their help. As a result of the overwhelming success of this campaign, MSBA was honored with the ABA Harrison Tweed Award.

Over the last decade, MSBA has conducted a number of studies, including the Gender Bias/Courtwatch initiative, to promote gender equality in the judicial system and the legal profession. It launched a comprehensive study of lawyer advertising across the state, and offered more stringent lawyer and regulations to the Court of Appeals, some of which were enacted. It also created sample policy and procedure guidelines regarding sexual harassment in the legal workplace and disseminated them to members, and recently created a voluntary Code of Civility for all attorneys in Maryland in an effort to enhance professionalism and improve attorney civility.

In the last few years, the Association sought passage of legislation that created a Commission on the Future of Maryland Courts. Through this vehicle, MSBA has worked closely with Maryland's Judiciary and Legislature to improve the justice system. Its Access to Justice Taskforce and the Maryland Coalition on Civil Justice have worked to improve access and the delivery of justice to all Marylanders.

In 1995, MSBA created LAW LINKS, the innovative student internship program that gives Baltimore City High School juniors and seniors the opportunity to work in a law firm or law-related agency during the summer. Through this program, 50 students will be paid for eight weeks of summer employment by the local law firms and given time off each week to participate in the educational component of the program to prepare them for college and the business world. This is only one example of the many programs MSBA sponsors in the school system in conjunction with the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program.

Current Officers & Leadership

President
Thomas Carl Cardaro
Cardaro & Peek LLC
201 N Charles St
Ste 2100
Baltimore, MD 21201-4182
Phone: (410) 752-6166
Fax: (410) 752-6013
Email: tcc@cardarolaw.com

President-Elect
Thomas D Murphy
31 Wood Ln
Fl 2
Rockville, MD 20850-2227
Phone: (301) 424-0400
Fax: (301) 340-0598
Email: tmurphy@murphyslawmd.com

Immediate Past President
Katherine Kelly Howard
15 East Fayette Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-1606
Phone: (410) 539-2370
Fax: (410) 539-4810
Email: khoward@regionalmgmt.com

Secretary
Henry E. Dugan, Jr.,
Dugan, Babij & Tolley, LLC
Ste 500
1966 Greenspring Dr.
Lutherville, MD 21093
Phone: (410) 308-1600
Fax: (410) 308-1742
Email: hdugan@medicalneg.com

Treasurer
John P. Kudel
1 Metro Square, Suite 600
51 Monroe Street
Rockville, MD 20850-2416
Phone: (301) 762-3770
Fax: (301) 762-8435
Email: jpkudel@aol.com

ABA State Delegate
Robert T. Gonzales

Contacts

Executive Director
Paul V. Carlin

Director of Administration
Nicole Earl-Hernandez

Director of Communications
Janet Stidman Eveleth

Director of Lawyer Assistance Program
James Quinn

Director of Legislative Relations
Richard A. Montgomery, III

Director of Meetings & Bar Liaison
Wanda A. Claiborne

Director of Law Office Management
Patricia A. Yevics

Director of Information Technology
Lawrence J. Hicks

Sections

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW
Chair: Michele J. McDonald
6776 Reistertown Rd., Suite 313
Baltimore, MD 21215
Phone: (410) 585-3072
Fax: (410) 764-5366
Email: mimcdonald@hotmail.com

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Chair: Marc H. Baer
3545 Chestnut Ave
Baltimore, MD 21211-2520
Phone: (410) 235-4150
Fax: (410) 467-5712
Email: mbaer@waldmangrossfeld.com

BUSINESS LAW
Chair: Teresa B. Carnell
Venable LLP
Suite 1800, 2 Hopkins Plaza
Baltimore, MD 21201-2911
Phone: (410) 244-7526
Fax: (410) 244-7742
Email: tbcarnell@venable.com

CONSUMER BANKRUPTCY
Chair: Douglas R. Gorius
1777 Reistertown Rd., Suite 360E
Baltimore, MD 21208
Phone: (410) 415-0445
Fax: (410) 415-0744
Email: dgorius@comcast.net

CORRECTIONAL REFORM
Chair: Hon. Angela Eaves
2 South Bond Street
Bel Air, MD 21014-3736
Phone: (410) 836-4510
Fax: (410) 877-3074
Email: angela.eaves@court.state.md.us

CRIMINAL LAW & PRACTICE
Chair: Kathryn Grill Graeff
200 St. Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 576-6423
Email: kgraeff@oag.state.md.us

DELIVERY OF LEGAL SERVICES
Chair: Lorna Tracy Brown
304 W. Chesapeake Ave., Suite 201
Towson, MD 21204-4421
Phone: (410) 321-8761
Fax: (410) 321-0462
Email: tbrown@wlcmd.org

ELDER LAW
Chair: Catherine E. Stavely
124 South St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 268-9246
Fax: (410) 269-0678
Email: cestavely@verizon.net

ENVIRONMENTAL LAW
Chair: Roberta R. Barkman
2310 Broening Highway, Suite 150
Baltimore, MD 21224
Phone: (410) 537-5659
Fax: (410) 537-1009
Email: rbarkman@mdta.state.md.us

ESTATE & TRUST LAW
Chair: Edwin G. Fee, Jr.
210 W. Pennsylvania Ave., Suite 400
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: (410) 832-2041
Fax: (410) 832-2015
Email: efee@wtplaw.com

FAMILY & JUVENILE LAW
Chair: Stacy E. LeBow Siegel
29 W. Susquehanna Ave., Suite 200
Towson, MD 21204
Phone: (410) 583-0404
Fax: (410) 583-7658
Email: siegelllc@aol.com

HEALTH LAW
Chair: Martha A. Knutson
520 Upper Chesapeake Dr.
Bel Air, MD 21014
Phone: (443) 643-3374
Fax: (443) 643-3358
Email: mak.01@ex.uchs.org

JUDICIAL ADMINISTRATION
Chair: Hon. Lynne A. Battaglia
Courts of Appeal Building
361 Rowe Blvd.
Annapolis, MD 21401
Phone: (410) 260-1565
Fax: (410) 260-1543


LABOR & EMPLOYMENT LAW

Chair: Glendora C. Hughes
6 St. Paul St. Fl 9
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 767-8572
Fax: (410) 332-1841
Email: gchughes1@msn.com

LEGAL EDUCATION & ADMISSION TO THE BAR
Chair: Michael D. Pinard
500 W. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21201-1701
Phone: (410) 706-4121
Fax: (410) 706-5856
Email: mpinard@law.umaryland.edu

LITIGATION
Chair: Kathleen Howard Meredith
8055 Ricthie Highway, Suite 201-203
Pasadena, MD 21122
Phone: (410) 685-1166
Fax: (410) 685-1123
Email: Kathy@ilimer.com

NEGLIGENCE, INSURANCE & WORKERS' COMPENSATION
Chair: Michael J. Schreyer
8 Post Office Road
Waldorf, MD 20602-2709
Phone: (301) 870-9997
Fax: (301) 870-4050
Email: schreyer@DCMdLaw.com

REAL PROPERTY, PLANNING & ZONING
Chair: Tracey E. Skinner
2 N. Charles St., Suite 500
Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: (410) 752-2052
Fax: (410) 576-0052
Email: teskinner@aol.com

SENIOR LAWYERS
Chair: Victor W. Fuentealba
200 E. Lexington St., Suite 805
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 539-5115
Fax: (410) 234-0624
Email: victorlagos@aol.com

SOLO & SMALL FIRM PRACTICE
Chair: Jonathan Bromberg
401 N. Washington St, Suite 500
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (301) 251-6200
Fax: (301) 309-9436
Email: jrbromberg@brsglaw.com

STATE & LOCAL GOVERNMENT LAW
Chair: Ernest A. Crofoot
315 High St., Suite 202
Chestertown, MD 21620
Phone: (410) 810-1381
Fax: (410) 810-1383
Email: e.crofoot@fblaw.com

TAXATION
Chair: Bryan W. Young
305 Washington Ave., Suite 504
Towson, MD 21204-4747
Phone: (410) 583-7800
Fax: (410) 583-9505
Email: byoung@bwylaw.com

YOUNG LAWYERS
Chair: Hughie D. Hunt
4920 Niagra Rd., Suite 206
College Park, MD 20740
Phone: (301) 982-0888
Fax: (301) 542-0005
Email: hhunt@kemethuntlaw.com