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THE ADVOCATE Newsletter of The Baltimore County Bar Association VOLUME XX, NO. 3 October 2010 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE BY ALEXANDER WRIGHT, JR. Last month it was my privilege, on attended sessions on social media behalf of the BCBA, to attend the policies, mentoring programs, lawyers annual meetings of the National in transition, bar association Association of Bar Executives “lifelines” and other thought- (“NABE”), the National Conference of provoking topics. I attended the Bar Presidents (“NCBP”), and the workshop entitled, Social Media National Conference of Bar Policies – The Whens and Whats of Foundations (“NCBF”), from August Creating Clear Guidelines. We 4 through August 7, 2010, in San discussed the rapid increase in social Francisco, California. medial users for bar associations today. Assuming an association has a The NABE substantive programming social media strategy, we discussed began on Wednesday, August 4, with the need to safeguard its future the plenary sessions, “Benefiting from success by taking time to establish a Diversity and Dissent,” and examined policy with clear principles and how encouraging differing viewpoints guidelines to ensure everyone is on can result in better decision making the same page. The panelists Inside This Edition and more creative problem solving in discussed the legal implications in the bar associations. Twelve breakout workplace of social media usage and Advertisers Index Pg 27 sessions followed, exploring topics those areas that a policy needs to Award Nominations Pg 8 Bench/Bar Corner Pg 4 that included marketing Lawyer address, as well as, the types of Calendar of Events Pg 3 Referral Programs in the era of questions to consider regarding Committee Reports Pg 18 advanced search engines and social member communications. Court Notices Pg 4 media, managing executive director Civil Law Update Pg 24 transitions, motivating volunteers After the workshops, the NABE Criminal Law Update Pg 22 toward productivity, and partnering Bolton Award for Professional FL Best Practices Pg 15 leaders and young lawyers. Excellence, the NCBF Award for In Chambers With … Pg 26 Foundation Excellence in Public Lawyers Assistance Pg 16 The Joint NCBP/NABE/NCBF Service Programming, the ABA LRIS Director’s Message Pg 16 programming, which I attended, Partnership Awards, and several other Member Classified Ads Pg 28 Member News Pg 14 started on Friday, August 6, with a awards were presented to deserving Nat’l Adoption Day Pg 16 panel of national experts who honorees at the NCBP/NABE/NCBF Russell Investiture Pg 11 addressed the alarming departure of Joint Luncheon. Ryan Investiture Pg 6 lawyers from the practice of law and Sheperd Shoppe List Pg 4 shared insights on how to increase After lunch, we gathered, as members Wyman Investiture Pg 12 satisfaction within the profession. of the Metropolitan Bar Caucus Following the plenary, staff and officers from bars and foundations Continued on page 4 ... EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE Eastern Shore Office Doris D. Barnes Open PLEASE NOTE, the Stated Meeting LAW OFFICES OF previously scheduled for Thursday, WILLIAM A. STAVROS, L.L.C. October 21st has been RESCHEDULED to Defending criminal and traffic cases on Wednesday, October 27th at 4:30 P.M. in Maryland’s Eastern Shore since 1998. Ceremonial Courtroom No. 5, in order to avoid a conflict with The Archdiocese of Accepting referrals in all Baltimore and The Saint Thomas More Eastern Shore Counties. Society of Maryland Red Mass. 203 North Commerce Street Centreville, MD 21617 410-739-0794 Please see page 4 for a list of this month’s donation requests for The Good Shepherd Continuing to defend State and Federal cases Center. Thank you for your continuing from my Towson Office: support. 40 West Chesapeake Avenue, Ste. 212 Regards, Doris Barnes Towson, MD 21204 410-825-3300 THE ADVOCATE Page 2 OCTOBER 2010 2010-11 Officers C ALENDAR OF E VENTS President Alexander Wright, Jr. Pres-Elect Edward J. Gilliss Secretary Treasurer Robert W. Lazzaro Philip N. Tirabassi October 2010 Executive Council T. Wray McCurdy 7 Family Law Happy Hour Only, 5:00 PM, 7 West Bistro Grille Vicki Ballou-Watts Robert J. Thompson 12 Executive Council Meeting, 8:00 am Adam T. Sampson Keith R. Truffer 12 Pro Bono Committee Meeting, 4:30 PM, Levin & Gann Rebecca A. Fleming 14 Bench/Bar Committee Meeting, Judicial Conference Room #363 C. William Clark, Immed. Past Pres. Wendy S. Meadows, YL Chair 14 State, Local Laws & Zoning: A Look Into the Newly Revised PUD Process, The Advocate 5:30 PM, Country Club of Maryland ☺ Robert C. Lidston, Editor 14 Annual Crab Feast, Farewell & Welcome to Judicial Law Clerks, American Legion Post No. 22, Towson ☺ Doris D. Barnes Associate Editors 19 Solo & Small Firm Committee Lunch, Towson, 12 noon, 7 West Bistro 19 Bar Foundation Meeting, 4:30 P.M., Bar Office Contributing Writers Alice L. Arcieri 19 ADR & Negligence, Ins & WC Committees: Mediation of a Workers’ Master Terri Beck Compensation Case, 5:00 PM, Grand Jury Room ☺ Kathy M. Blue Francis X. Borgerding, Jr. 20 CLE: Legal Medicine: Mock Expert Depo, 5:00 PM, Grand Jury Room ☺ Christine S. Britton 20 Family Law: Passports, International Custody, Virtual Visitation, 6:00 PM, Kelly B. Burke Hunt Valley Golf Club ☺ Betty S. Diener Robert K. Erdman, Jr. 21 Stated Meeting RESCHEDULED due to conflict with Red Mass Rebecca A. Fleming 26 Pro Bono: Best Practices in Family Law, 9:00 am - 12:00 PM, County Stanford G. Gann, Jr. Courts Building ☺ Richard Grason VI Thomas Hood 27 Solo & Small Firm Committee Lunch, Northwest, 12:30 PM, Accents Kathryn E. Hummel 27 Stated Meeting, 4:30 PM, Ceremonial Courtroom No. 5 Kevin B. Kamenetz David F. Luby Maureen F. May Wendy A. Meadows November 2010 Cecilia B. Paizs Jeffrey R. Scholnick Michael W. Siri 4 Bench/Bar Committee Meeting, Judicial Conference Room #363 Keith R. Truffer 9 Executive Council Meeting, 8:00 am Laurie M. Wasserman Martha K. White 9 Pro Bono Committee Meeting, 4:30 PM, Levin & Gann Catherine F. Woods 9 Negligence, Ins & WC: Got Causation?, 5:00 PM, Grand Jury Room ☺ Matthew P. Woods 11 COURTS & BAR OFFICE CLOSED in observance of Veterans’ Day The Advocate is a monthly publication of the Baltimore County 16 Solo & Small Firm Committee Lunch, Towson, 12 noon, 7 West Bistro Bar Association informing its members about current events 16 Annual Memorial Service, 3:30 P.M., Ceremonial Courtroom No. 5 relating to law. Articles do not necessarily reflect the official 17 E&T: Succession Planning for Attorneys, 5:00 PM position of the Bar Association, and publication does not constitute an 18 Real Property: Examination of Foreclosures in a Chain of Title, endorsement of views which may Avoiding the Pitfalls, 12:00 noon, Grand Jury Room ☺ be expressed. The contents of advertisements are 25-26 COURTS & BAR OFFICE CLOSED in observance of Thanksgiving the responsibility of the advertisers 30 Family Law: Settlement & Mediation. 6:00 PM, Christopher Daniel and do not represent any recommendation or endorsement by Restaurant. ☺ The Advocate. Publication Deadline: 5th of the month preceding publication. ☺Flyer included in this issue THE ADVOCATE Page 3 OCTOBER 2010 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE FROM THE BENCH … CONTINUED ... Hon. John G. Turnbull II Circuit Administrative Judge and (“MBC”), to elect officers for the 2010-2011 County Administrative Judge organizational year and explore governance and operations models for the future. The MBC seeks to ►Family Division Assignments serve the interest and address the concerns of major metropolitan bar associations throughout the United Please be advised that Judge Alexander will replace States. The NCBF concluded the afternoon with “30 Judge Dugan in the Family Division, effective Ideas in 90 Minutes,” a program put on to provide October 1, 2010. helpful hints that members could take home and use in their organizations. On Friday, August 6, activities concluded with an evening joint reception at the San Therefore, the following Judges will serve in the Francisco War Memorial Opera House, where we Family Division, effective October 1, 2010: networked in the beautiful and historic facility and celebrated NCBP’s 60th anniversary. Judge Mickey J. Norman Judge Timothy J. Martin The NCBP Saturday morning programming began with Judge Sherrie R. Bailey breakfast roundtables, an address by American Bar Judge S. Ann Brobst Association President-elect, Stephen N. Zack, and a Judge John J. Nagle III session on how bar associations can support and participate in civics education. It was time well spent, Judge Jan M. Alexander and I hope to incorporate what I learned into BCBA programs and procedures that will benefit the membership and protect the organization. During our off hours, my wife, Marcia, and I had dinner with Katie Fones, a former editor of The Advocate. Katie and her husband, John, fled the small quaint town of Towson to practice law and make wine, respectively. SHEPHERD SHOPPE BENCH / BAR CORNER OCTOBER DONATION REQUEST by Wendy Zerwitz Remember, the girls are 13-18 years old ♦ A new center will be open in October for Personal Hygiene Items supervised visitation. The center will be located in the Alms House in Cockeysville and will be open Body wash/shower gels, soaps, powders, 5:30 - 8:30 P.M. lotions, deodorant, etc. ♦ Beginning in October, foreclosure mediations will be held in the Grand Jury Room office/ reception area. Any committees planning on using Although we are “asking” for specific items the Grand Jury Room should check with Tim each month, we will take any donated items Sheridan or Doris Barnes to make sure it is still throughout the year. Simply drop them off at available. the Bar Office. Thank you! ♦ In civil cases, where a Motion has been filed, the file will be sent up to the appropriate judge 25 days after the last filing. Donation request for November … Comfort Items. THE ADVOCATE Page 4 OCTOBER 2010 THE ADVOCATE Page 5 OCTOBER 2010 INVESTITURE OF LEO RYAN, JR. by Thomas S. Hood On August 16, 2010, Leo Ryan, Jr. was sworn in as State’s Attorney’s Office. They served together as an Associate Judge for the District Court of young prosecutors in that most unique court Maryland for Baltimore County. The ceremony was location, Dundalk District Court. It was there that held in the ornate Courtroom 5 of the Old they would spend lunchtime duckpin bowling at the Courthouse. The invocation was given by Father local lanes. Donald Grzymski, who, like Leo, is a graduate of Archbishop Curley High School. For those keeping Judge Ryan followed his first stint at the State’s score, there are now three graduates of Curley Attorney’s Office with a diverse career in private serving on the Baltimore County District Court practice, where it is rumored that he is the only bench (the others are Judges Stone and Tirabassi). attorney currently alive who has tried a replevin action. He then returned to the State’s Attorney’s Office as Mr. Shellenberger’s Deputy. Judge Ryan has many interests outside the law, including reading, refereeing lacrosse games, photography and surfing. He has held leadership positions in Curley’s Alumni Association and at his church. The Motion was seconded by Dana Williams who characterized Judge Ryan as a “true Baltimore Boy,” devoted to his wife, Lori, and his four daughters, Kate, Maggie, Lizzie and Clare. Mr. Williams said that Judge Ryan will be a fair and patient judge. He said that lawyers who appear before him can The proceedings were called to order by the anticipate a judge who will treat them with respect Administrative Judge for the District Court, Hon. and keep an open mind as a case unfolds. Alexandra N. Williams. The ceremony was attended by many dignitaries including State Senator Judge Alexandra Williams granted the Motion. She James Brochin, Baltimore County State’s Attorney noted that Leo is dedicated to his community and his Scott D. Shellenberger, Sheriff R. Jay Fisher, Chief church and will make a terrific addition to the of Police James Johnson, Israel Patoka of the District Court bench. Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, Circuit Court Judges Alexander, Bailey, Ballou-Watts, Bollinger, Brobst, Cox, Ensor, Finifter, Nagle and Norman and the Judges of the District Court. Mr. Shellenberger moved for Judge Ryan’s appointment. He related that Judge Ryan grew up in a working class neighborhood and worked a wide variety of jobs in his youth. Judge Ryan earned both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Baltimore. Mr. Shellenberger and Judge Ryan started working together as law clerks in the Baltimore County THE ADVOCATE Page 6 OCTOBER 2010 INVESTITURE OF LEO RYAN, JR. Continued ... Judge Alexander Wright, in his position as Governor Martin O’Malley. He read a letter from the President of the Baltimore County Bar Association, Governor to Judge Ryan and presented him with his presented Judge Ryan with the traditional gift of his Commission and appointment as an Associate Judge first judge’s robe. for the District Court of Maryland, Eighth District. Israel Patoka was present as the representative of The Clerk of the Court, Rick Arnold, administered the Oath. Judge Ryan’s daughters robed their father and his wife, Lori, escorted him to the bench. Judge Ryan humbly thanked all the speakers for their kind words, noting that surely they must be talking about someone else. His acceptance speech was heartfelt and he almost made it through thanking his wife and daughters without choking up. At the end of the speech he was able to say for the first tine, “Court’s Adjourned.” THE ADVOCATE Page 7 OCTOBER 2010 Now available for: PROFESSIONALISM AWARD Arbitration, Mediation, NOMINATIONS SOUGHT Guided Settlement Discussions JUDGE DANA M. LEVITZ The Professionalism Committee Former Senior Judge, requests nominations from Bar Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Association Members for the annual Adjunct Faculty, U of B School of Law recipient of the J. Earle Plumhoff 410-456-4436 Professionalism Award, which will be presented at the Annual Black Tie Banquet on Thursday, January 28, 2011. RECIPIENT OF THIS AWARD MUST BE: Pro Bono Committee Seeks Nominations for this year’s PRO BONO AWARD A Baltimore County Bar Association to an individual attorney and to a law member for at least 5 years; firm. Have made professional contributions to Pro Bono Attorney of the Year Baltimore County Bar Association activities; 1. Attorney serving the needs of the community through pro bono work. 2. Generally demonstrated through his or her career. Have made contributions of time and 3. May be demonstrated through a single case or a resources that have gone largely particular accomplishment. unnoticed; and 4. Work considered is services to persons of limited means as that is defined in Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1 and includes services outlined in High marks for dignity, integrity and Maryland Rule 16-902. civility. Pro Bono Firm of the Year Nominations should be sent to the Bar Office. Deadline for submission is 1. Firm serving the needs of the community through pro bono work. December 1st . 2. Generally demonstrated over a number of years. 3. May be demonstrated through a single case or a particular accomplishment. 4. Work considered is services to persons of limited means as that is defined in Rule of Professional Conduct 6.1 and includes services outlined in Annual Crab Feast Maryland Rule 16-902. Thursday, October 14, 2010 Nominations should be submitted to the Baltimore County Bar Association, in writing, not later than Flyer in this issue. October 8, 2010. Please mail to BCBA, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204; or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. THE ADVOCATE Page 8 OCTOBER 2010 THE ADVOCATE Page 9 OCTOBER 2010 THE ADVOCATE Page 10 OCTOBER 2010 INVESTITURE OF MARSHA L. RUSSELL by Lauren M. Dodrill The Judicial Investiture of the Honorable Marsha L. think it is all about her.” Ms. White also stated that, in Russell was held on August 18, 2010 with the appointing Judge Russell to the bench, “Governor Honorable Barbara R. Jung and the Honorable O’Malley recognized a person who is prepared and Alexandra N. Williams presiding. The ceremony was committed to the citizens of Baltimore County,” and it filled with many stories from Judge Russell’s twenty was obvious that Judge Russell’s career in the State’s year long career at the State’s Attorney’s Office, and a Attorney’s Office was about her selfless dedication to resonant theme that Judge Russell carried out the duties promoting justice. of her position effectively, modestly, and with integrity. Judge Williams granted the Motion and Judge Jung Judge Williams began the Investiture with a warm responded on behalf of the bench. Judge Jung stated welcome, explaining that she first met Judge Russell in that the Investiture of Judge Russell marked “a happy 1989 while Judge Russell was working as a law clerk at day for the citizens of Baltimore County.” Judge Jung the State’s Attorney’s Office. She expressed her delight shared that she had seen Judge Russell grow as both a that the two would once again be colleagues. person and lawyer, and Judge Jung expressed her confidence that Judge Russell will carry out her duties Baltimore County State’s Attorney, Scott D. with courage, strength, and conviction. Shellenberger, made the Motion to elevate Judge Russell to the bench. Mr. Shellenberger described the unique As is tradition, this year’s president of the Baltimore path that Judge Russell took to becoming an attorney. County Bar Association, the Honorable Alexander That is, before starting as law clerk at the State’s Wright, Jr., presented Judge Russell with the robe. Attorney’s Office in 1989, Judge Russell majored in Judge Russell was then escorted to the bench by her microbiology at Arizona State University and worked in proud father, Jim Stephens. a hematology and chemical lab at a Veteran’s Administration Medical Center. Mr. Shellenberger then From the bench, Judge Russell addressed the filled spoke about the many facets of Judge Russell’s career in courtroom by first thanking her family. Her parents, Jim State’s Attorney’s Office, including her work as a law and Betty Stephens, as well many other family clerk, an Assistant State’s Attorney in the district court, members, traveled from Michigan to be present at the circuit court, and domestic violence divisions, and as a Investiture. Judge Russell was extremely heartfelt in her supervisor of the Identity Theft Unit. Though she message to her parents that they had supported, transitioned into many different positions within the encouraged, and counseled her through all of her State’s Attorney’s Office, it was readily apparent that endeavors. Her husband, Harry Russell, who is a deputy her character remained constant. Mr. Shellenberger in the Baltimore County Sheriff’s Office, and her two commented that, on all of her evaluations throughout the sons, Mark and Zack, were also present. Judge Russell years, she was always noted as being “polite, polite, thanked her son, Mark, for saying prayers for her, her polite.” Mr. Shellenberger also shared that Judge son, Zack, for his unyielding encouragement, and her Russell was extremely passionate about her work on husband, Harry, for being her rock. domestic violence cases, stating that “she cared about the victims of domestic violence even if they did not Judge Russell then turned her focus to the State’s know how to care about themselves.” It was clear that, Attorney’s Office, which she stated was like a family to during her career at the State’s Attorney’s Office, Judge her for so many years. She noted that the State’s Russell was a true public servant who effectively Attorney’s Office was a great place to work and that she advocated on behalf of victims. learned how to try cases from the many seasoned attorneys in the office. More important than learning Attorney, Angela White, seconded the Motion to elevate how to try cases was a lesson Judge Russell learned very Judge Russell to the bench. Ms. White and Judge early on in her career, that is, to always maintain Russell also met while Judge Russell was a law clerk in integrity and treat people with respect. As a judge, she the State’s Attorney’s Office, and the two have been will undoubtedly continue to conduct herself in this friends ever since. Ms. White described Judge Russell manner. as hardworking and humble and, quite simply, “doesn’t At the time of this printing, photographs were not available. THE ADVOCATE Page 11 OCTOBER INVESTITURE OF STEVEN D. WYMAN by Robert K. Erdman, Jr. On August 19, 2010, Steven D. Wyman took the oath including, but not limited to: Judges John G. Turnbull, of office as Associate Judge of the District Court of II, Steinberg, and A. Gordon Boone, Jr. While the Maryland in front of a standing-room only crowd of details varied, Judge Bollinger said, each provided distinguished guests in Ceremonial Courtroom No. 5. valuable insight and evidence that fully supported Mr. Wyman’s investiture. His patience, professionalism and The Honorable Ben C. Clyburn, Chief Judge of the respect for others, Bollinger said, will guide him on the District Court of Maryland, and the Honorable bench. Judge Bollinger concluded his remarks Alexandra N. Williams, District Administrative Judge, acknowledging that because Mr. Wyman would fully presided over the congenial ceremony. After welcoming understand the impact of his decisions, he would be fine all in attendance, Judge Clyburn called upon Dominick addition to the bench. A. Garcia, Esquire to present the invocation, which included a fitting verse from the Torah, referencing the Master Jacqueline E. Dawson then “seconded the appointment of judges to render fair decisions for the second” by Judge Bollinger and cited her 33-year people. marriage to Mr. Wyman as evidence of his patience. She had intended to present her husband with his first In thanking the Governor for making such an ideal gavel. However, due to a delay with the engraver, she appointment, Judge Clyburn observed that the had to improvise. Instead, she “re-gifted” an oversized sometimes crowded dockets in the District Court bore a gavel she had received from a juvenile she had sent to striking resemblance to the overflow of spectators who the Hickey School. attended Mr. Wyman’s investiture. He opined that, as a judge, Mr. Wyman would not have any problem dealing Following Master Dawson’s second, Judge Steinberg with capacity crowds in the District Court. responded on behalf of the bench, offering congratulations and explaining how pleased he and his Matthew I. Wyman, Esquire, on behalf of his brother colleagues were to have Mr. Wyman join them. He Tyler and sister Kendall, was then called upon to move applauded Mr. Wyman’s experience and the many for his father’s investiture. Matt spoke with pride about accolades he received from the bar association, honoring the man known to many as “Big Steve” and including the 2010 Law Day Award. Calling to mind “Wymo,” but to him and his siblings, was always “dad.” the route Mr. Wyman took to arrive on the bench, Judge Matt told of how his dad was always present for the Steinberg expressed no doubt that the newest judge significant events in the lives of his family and friends, would remember and appreciate how hard it is for even those that happened to be in front of a District lawyers to get and keep clients. Judge Steinberg also Court Judge or Juvenile Master. Matt indicated that the remarked that Judge Paul E. Alpert, the first occupant experience his father garnered throughout his career – of the seat Mr. Wyman was to fill, would be proud of his from prosecutor, to a member of a small firm, to a well- most recent replacement. In closing, Judge Steinberg respected solo practitioner – gave him the resolve and recognized another of Mr. Wyman’s strengths – that knowledge necessary to be an asset to the bench. In kindness costs a judge nothing, but it means a lot to the closing, Matt offered a piece of advice to help his dad lawyers and litigants. handle unfamiliar legal issues. “Don’t guess. Don’t research,” he said, “Just calmly excuse yourself from the Judge Alexander Wright, Jr., president of the bench, and call Judge [Robert J.] Steinberg.” Baltimore County Bar Association, on behalf of its 1,500 members, presented Mr. Wyman his robe. He Matt’s nomination was seconded by Judge Thomas J. told those gathered that Mr. Wyman first applied for Bollinger, Sr. He explained that the only other time he membership in May of 1986, and that his application had been called upon to nominate a judge was in the had been sponsored by Judge Dana M. Levitz and Circuit Court for Baltimore City on behalf of Judge Master Richard M. McAllister, Jr. Judge Bruce S. Peter Ward, who subsequently lost his election. So, Lamdin then interjected to make his own special Judge Bollinger said with a smile, he wished Mr. presentation; after reminding those in attendance that Wyman better luck. In preparing to second the motion, there is no place for levity in the courtroom, and noting Judge Bollinger solicited the help of the bench, that Mr. Wyman was “follicly challenged,” Judge THE ADVOCATE Page 12 OCTOBER 2010 INVESTITURE OF STEVEN D. WYMAN. Lamdin offered him an old English wig to enhance his appearance. Catherine Motz, Deputy Counsel to the Governor, extended congratulations from her office to Mr. Wyman for this great personal and professional achievement. Recounting some of the attributes cited by those who wrote in support of Mr. Wyman, Ms. Motz described him as a “lawyer’s lawyer,” someone with a great sense of humor, a meticulous worker, fair and unflappable. She then presented Mr. Wyman his commission. Richard D. Arnold, Jr., Clerk of the Court, administered the oath. Lee Harrison helped her son, Judge Wyman, don his robe for the first time, as Tyler and Kendall Wyman escorted their father to the bench. In his typically gracious and modest fashion, Judge Wyman thanked all those who helped and supported him through the selection process, including his immediate family and the many friends who wrote letters and made calls on his behalf. He also thanked the Governor for proving that justice is blind by appointing an “old, Jewish Republican.” Judge Wyman also recognized the “short list” candidates, many of whom have been his friends for 40 years, stating that the Governor could have thrown darts and still picked winners. He lauded the many great judges who came from the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s office, including: Judges Joseph F. Murphy, Jr.; Bollinger; Robert N. Dugan; Sherrie R. Bailey; Steinberg; Boone; Levitz; and Judge Jan M. Alexander. Judge Wyman credited Bill Swisher, who first hired him at the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office in 1977, and then convinced him to move to Towson in 1985. “This is a great place to practice law,” Judge Wyman said. “Although not perfect, it is better than most jurisdictions.” Judge Wyman closed with a pledge to aspire to three goals: (1) exhibit fairness; (2) ensure civility to all and by all, including staff, litigants, lawyers and witnesses; and (3) to eventually be held in the same esteem as his fellow Baltimore City State’s Attorneys. Judge Wyman adjourned the session so that all could retire to the Country Club of Maryland for a celebratory reception hosted by the judge and his family. At the time of this printing, photographs were not available. THE ADVOCATE Page 13 OCTOBER MEMBER NEWS BABY, BABY, BABY! MEMBERS Congratulations to Sarah Koop and her husband, ON THE George Padgett, on the arrival of their daughter, Olivia Carolyn Padgett. Olivia arrived on August 5th at 4:45 a.m. She weighed 8 lbs, 3 oz, was 20 MOVE 1/2” long, and had a full head of dark hair. CARRIE L. POLLEY, ESQUIRE The Law Office of Sally B. Gold 201 North Charles Street, Suite 1630 Baltimore, MD 21201 410-962-8343 email@example.com Congratulations to Anna Schultz Kelly and her husband, Kevin, on the arrival of their daughter, WELCOME Avery Morgan Kelly, who arrived on August 23rd at 2:51 P.M. Avery weighed in at 7 lbs, 5.6 oz. NEW MEMBERS and was 20 3/4” long. Sonja L. Allen Marcia Ellen Anderson Geena Asiedu Richard H. Boucher, Jr. Charles E. Brooks Samuel M. Crystal Matthew S. Farr Michael Goldstein And, Irish Eyes are smiling on the arrival of Jessica Elise Hay Greenberg Cullen James Keelty, who made his appearance on August 23rd to the delight of proud parents Steven r. Greenwald Gina and Chris Keelty. Cullen weighed in at 7 John M. Hassett lbs, 1 oz. Stacy Adele Mayer Anne M. Miller F. Bradley Petyon Zebulan P. Snyder Matthew Irvin Wyman THE ADVOCATE Page 14 OCTOBER MEMBER NEWS SAVE THE DATE Women’s Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting & th 25 Rita C. Davidson Award Thursday, November 18, 2010 Award Recipients HON. KATHLEEN M. DUMAIS HON. ELLEN L. HOLLANDER Annual Crab Feast Thursday, October 14, 2010 Flyer in this issue. Pro Bono Training Offered Best Practices in Family Law Flyer Tuesday, October 26, 2010 included in this issue SPONSORED BY THE BALTIMORE COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION HODES, PESSIN & KATZ, P.A. WHITEFORD, TAYLOR & PRESTON, LLP Speakers Judges Mickey Norman and Sherrie R. Bailey and Master Brown, of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County TIME 8:30 a.m. Breakfast 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon Presentation LOCATION Grand Jury Room, County Courts Building, Towson COST BCBA Members, FREE; Non-Members, FREE THE ADVOCATE Page 15 OCTOBER 2010 NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY Saturday, November 20, 2010 LRIS DIRECTOR’S Quickly approaching is our sixth annual National MESSAGE Adoption Day Celebration on Saturday, November 20, 2010. Each year, families are showcased as they 357 referrals made in August. I wonder if complete the sometimes long-awaited adoption you were a Panel Attorney with LRIS how process. Included in this day is a ceremony for all many you would have received? families who have adopted in Baltimore County within the last year, followed by a luncheon during To join LRIS and continue growing your business, which each child receives a gift and the families share go to http://www.bcba.org/Attorney%20Resources/ their experiences with one another. This is an event LawyerReferralInfoService.aspx to print out your that our Association looks forward to each and every LRIS registration packet. year. When you are screening calls in the Bar Office, In order to have a successful, meaningful ceremony please remember to be appropriately dress in and luncheon for the families, we need to raise business attire. Thank you. money. Any amount donation would be greatly appreciated by the Association, as well as the families on their special day. Donations can be made payable Rachel Ruocco, to the Baltimore County Bar Association. LRIS Director In advance, thank you for your donation, and we hope to see you around the Bar Office! ARE ALCOHOL AND DRUGS CAUSING PROBLEMS IN YOUR LIFE? There is a way up and a way out — for ABSOLUTELY CONFIDENTIAL help, call us today ... BALTIMORE COUNTY LAWYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM A CONFIDENTIAL resource for Baltimore County attorneys, assistants and judges. WE DO NOT KEEP RECORDS. 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PAAVOLA 410-574-8000; MATT@MYWORKERSCOMPLAWFIRM.COM REAL PROPERTY COMMITTEE CHAIR, LISA M. L. EISEMANN October 19, 2010. 5:00 P.M., Grand Jury Room. 410-529-4600; LEISEMANN@MCRLLAW.COM Mediation of a Workers’ Compensation Case. Flyer included in this issue. November 18, 2010. 12 noon, Brown Bag Lunch, November 9, 2010. 5:00 P.M., Grand Jury Grand Jury Room. Examination of Foreclosures in a Chain of Title - Avoiding the Pitfalls. Speakers: Richard Room. Medical Causation. E. Lattanzi, Esquire, Michael N. Schleupner, Jr., Esquire MARK YOUR CALENDARS and Mary Jane Fischer, Esquire. Flyer included in this issue. January 5, 2011, 8:00 a.m. March 22, 2011, 12 noon MARK YOUR CALENDARS May 17, 2011, 12 noon FOR THESE PROGRAMS: September 15, 2011 January 13/20, 2011 May 12, 2011 March 10, 2011 September 8, 2011 THE ADVOCATE Page 20 OCTOBER 2010 COMMITTEE REPORTS SOLO & SMALL FIRM COMMITTEE TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE CHAIR, BARBARA B. GREENE CHAIR, CHRISTOPHER W. 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Even months - 1:00 P.M. @ The Grill at Harryman House, 340 Main Street, Reisterstown 21136 Odd months - 1:00 P.M. @ Accents Grill on the Atrium, 2839 Smith Avenue, Baltimore 21209 Contact: Victoria Grace, 410-828-8500 Great networking and referral opportunities! Please join us and simply pay for your order. Check out the Solo & Small Firm Blog: March 6, 2011. 2:00-6:00 P.M., Annual Bull & http:// Oyster Roast. American Legion Post No. 22, Towson baltimorecountysmallandsoloatty.wordpress.com/ Please check this space for more information in future issues. STATE, LOCAL LAWS & ZONING COMMITTEE CHAIR, CHRISTOPHER D. MUDD 410-494-6200; CDMUDD@VENABLE.COM October 14, 2010. 6:00 P.M., A Look Into the ALL Advocate Writers - PLEASE NOTE Newly Revised PUD Process. Country Club of Maryland. Speakers: Pat Keller, Bill Wiseman and Tom Bostwick. Effective immediately, Flyer included in this issue. the deadline for article submission Future brown bag lunches to be scheduled in December is the 5th of the month and/or January, as well as dinner meetings planned for preceding publication. February, April and June 2011. Please check this space for more information in future issues. Thank you! THE ADVOCATE Page 21 OCTOBER 2010 CRIMINAL LAW UPDATE by Robert C. Lidston The August Amicus features ten Court of Appeals and the State withholds exculpatory evidence from the ten COSA criminal law opinions. As usual, I will defendant; the evidence would be favorable to the summarize three of those opinions which I think would defense, either as to guilt or mitigation of sentence; and be of most use to the everyday practitioner. Maybe we the evidence is material. As to materiality, a defendant will get to some of the other seventeen in a future must show a "substantial possibility" that, but for the issue. withholding of evidence, a different result would have been attained. The Court held that in light of Yearby’s Yearby v. State, No. 119, September Term, 2009, filed actual knowledge of the supposedly withheld evidence, June 19, 2010 (opinion by Battaglia, J.). A police as seen in the record, he had failed to prove the State had investigation of a series of armed robberies on or near withheld evidence. the campus of Morgan State brought about the arrest of Yearby. He had been selected by a victim who viewed Smith v. State, No. 105, September Term, 2009, filed a photo array and was charged with robbery with a July 23, 2010 (opinion by Harrell, J.). Police executed a dangerous weapon and related offenses. At a search warrant at a dwelling and found individuals on suppression hearing and during the trial, defense one floor shrouded in a haze of marijuana smoke. When counsel cross-examined the lead investigating the officers entered one room, they saw Smith and four detective about other robberies that happened during others seated in chairs at a table. A marijuana cigar was the same period and in the same area. burning in an ashtray in the center of the table. Smith and the others were all within arms reach of the blunt. Counsel complained that the State had withheld An officer also found in the pocket of a black leather exculpatory information regarding those other crimes. jacket draped over a chair at the table, a plastic bag She argued that her own investigation had shown that containing fifteen Ziploc bags of marijuana. Smith was another suspect who looked just like her client had not seated in that chair and he did not live at the been implicated. The detective answered that he had dwelling. seen Yearby when investigating an assault against Yearby and based on the victim’s description of her Smith, and the others, were arrested and charged with assailant, Yearby was the only suspect considered for possession of marijuana. A jury found Smith guilty of the robbery then at trial. When the detective prepared such possession. He filed an appeal to COSA which his photo array, he did not include other suspects but held, in an unreported opinion, that the evidence was chose photos based on whether the individual matched sufficient to sustain his conviction. The Court of Appeals the physical description given by the victim. granted cert. Yearby was convicted by a jury of robbery and related The Court affirmed the COSA ruling. The correct crimes. He filed a Motion for New Trial, claiming that standard of review as to sufficiency of the evidence in a the State had violated Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83 criminal case appears in Jackson v. Virginia, 443 U.S. (1963) by withholding allegedly exculpatory evidence 307 (1979). Jackson held that the question is whether, that would be revealed in the detective’s investigatory after viewing the evidence in the light most favorable to file. The motion was denied and Yearby appealed to the prosecution, any rational trier of fact could find the COSA. COSA affirmed the convictions in an essential elements of the crime beyond a reasonable unreported opinion, saying that Yearby had failed to doubt. This applies whether the conviction is based on satisfy the required elements of his Brady claim. The direct evidence, a mixture of direct and circumstantial, or Court of Appeals granted cert. circumstantial evidence alone. The finder of fact may choose among differing inferences that could be drawn The Court also upheld the convictions. Yearby had from a factual situation. The court gives deference to the failed to satisfy a threshold requirement of a Brady inferences that may be drawn by a finder of fact. claim. He had not shown that the State had actually suppressed the allegedly exculpatory evidence. Such a Smith had been found guilty of possessing marijuana. claim, based on Due Process, requires three elements: The state legislature defined "to possess" as meaning "to THE ADVOCATE Page 22 OCTOBER 2010 CRIMINAL LAW UPDATE Continued ... exercise actual or constructive dominion or control disqualification of CDL privileges for a year. The form over a thing by one or more persons." Criminal Law also states that a suspension may be modified to allow Article subsection 5-101(u). The determination as to limited driving privileges if there is participation in the whether evidence is sufficient to sustain a conviction Interlock Program. Hill refused to take the test and was for possession comes from the court’s examining the transported to jail. facts and circumstances of each case. In the Smith case, the Court found several relevant factors. These At an administrative hearing on the matter, Hill argued included Smith’s proximity to the CDS, the fact that that he had been misled by the DR-15 form. He argued the drugs were in plain view and/or accessible to that the form had not fully advised him of his rights as Smith, and indicia of mutual use and enjoyment of the required by due process and by the Transportation CDS. One significant factor which did not suggest Article. He said that he was misled into believing that he Smith’s possession was that he had no ownership or could keep his CDL license by participating in the possessory interest in the dwelling where the CDS was Interlock Program even if he refused to take the test. In found. However, none of the above factors are, in and fact, that option applied only to passenger vehicle of themselves, conclusive evidence of possession. The driving privileges. The ALJ found that he had been only factor that did not implicate Smith was his lack of properly advised and imposed a 120 days suspension of ownership of the property. Hill’s passenger driving privileges and modified it to allow participation in the Interlock Program. The ALJ The Court found that the circumstantial evidence used also imposed a one year suspension of Hill’s CDL by the State to convict Smith was sufficient to find, license. Hill appealed to the Circuit Court which beyond a reasonable doubt, that he was in constructive affirmed the ALJ’s ruling. The Court of Appeals granted possession of the CDS. He was seated close to the cert. blunt. It was in his view. He knew that the blunt contained marijuana and it was easily accessible to The Court affirmed the judgment. It noted that it has held him. It was reasonable, therefore, to infer from the that a detained driver has a due process interest in the circumstances that Smith was involved in the mutual possession of a driver’s license but that due process use and enjoyment of the marijuana. requires only that the State not unduly burden a detained driver’s decision-making in determining whether to Hill v. Motor Vehicle Administration, No. 82, submit to an alcohol concentration test. The DR-15 form September Term, 2009, filed July 26, 2010 (opinion by properly explains the applicable penalties. It did not Adkins, J.). A police officer saw Hill, who was driving create a serious obstacle to a drunk driver’s decision a passenger vehicle, weaving within his lane and, at making. The Transportation Article requires that a one point, crossing the center line. The officer pulled detained driver be fully advised of the applicable Hill over and noted that at the stop, he appeared sanctions. The Court held that this does not require that a unsteady on his feet, slurred his words, and had an driver be warned of every potential sanction that could odor of alcohol on his breath. Hill later admitted to apply if a test is refused. The DR-15 form clearly having several beers in the hours before the traffic informed Hill that his CDL license would be disqualified stop. Hill was legitimately driving his passenger if he refused the test. Participation in the Interlock vehicle but also was the holder of a Class A CDL Program was limited to non-commercial driving license. privileges. Hill failed a field sobriety test and was arrested. The According to the Court, it was completely within the officer advised him of his rights by reading to him the legislature’s discretion to create a bifurcated sanctions DR-15 form which explains that a driver has the right framework whereby CDL disqualification would be to refuse an alcohol concentration test. It also explains imposed more rigorously than passenger vehicle the sanctions resulting from such a refusal which disqualification. There was no statutory ambiguity include the advice that a refusal to take the test could between the provisions of the Transportation Article. result in a 120 day license suspension, and the THE ADVOCATE Page 23 OCTOBER 2010 CIVIL LAW UPDATE by Ceecee Paizs A review of the Amicus Curiarum for August 2010 reveals Bernard Brown, Misc. Docket AG No. 3, September Term, the following civil cases of interest: 2009. Opinion filed July 27, 2010 by Adkins, Sally D., Judge. THE COURT OF APPEALS: Mr. Brown was representing Mr. Garcia in a non-real estate related matter. He was approached by Ms. Coston, the grantor Attorney Grievance Commission v. Marcalus, Misc. Docket of a mortgage to which Mr. Garcia was a successor in interest. AG No. 2, September Term, 2009. Opinion filed May 18, In order to refinance her property, she was required to pay off 2010 by Adkins, Sally D., Judge her mortgage. Mr. Brown agreed to accept the check paying off the mortgage from Ms. Coston and draft a release of the Mr. Marcalus was representing a client on a charge of rape. mortgage for Mr. Garcia to sign. The money was placed in his During his representation he was told the identity of the trust account, and later disbursed to Mr. Garcia. However, he alleged victim, and based on the fact that he knew the never obtained a signed release of the mortgage from Mr. alleged victim, he removed himself as counsel. He then Garcia. When Ms. Coston complained to the Attorney informed the police of his prior dealings with the alleged Grievance Commission, the AGC investigated, and based on victim, which included the exchange of a prescription Mr. Brown’s representation that he had drafted a release and painkiller for sex. Due to the fact that the information sent it to his client to sign, they dismissed the complaint. provided by Marcalus was included in a police report, the Three years later, Ms. Coston still had not received a release Bar Counsel opened an investigation into Marcalus’ conduct and again complained. Mr. Brown again stated that he had and docketed a complaint against him alleging violations of drafted the release and sent it to his client to sign. Based on Rule 8.4(b), 8.4(c) and 8.4(d) of the Maryland Lawyers’ this investigation, the AGC concluded that Mr. Brown had Rules of Professional Conduct. The hearing judge found knowingly misrepresented to the AGC the fact that he had that his acts violated Rule 8.4(b) because Marcalus had prepared a release on both occasions. committed a criminal act implicating his fitness as an attorney, Rule 8.4(d) as Marcalus had engaged in conduct The Court of Appeals held that Brown violated MRPC 4.1(a), prejudicial to the administration of justice, but that he had MRPC 8.1(a) and MRPC 8.4(c) and (d) when he made not violated Rule 8.4(c) as the hearing judge found that knowingly false statements to the AGC and Coston regarding Marcalus had not engaged in dishonest, fraudulent or the mortgage release. Additionally, Brown violated Maryland deceitful conduct. Based on these findings of fact and Rule 16-609 when he drew a check on the trust account conclusions of law, the AGC recommended disbarment. payable to cash. The Court considered mitigating factors, such Marcalus took exception to several of the findings of fact as Brown’s otherwise impeccable record, his remorsefulness and all of the conclusions of law and asked that the corpus and his later assistance in acquiring a mortgage release for delicti rule be applied in his case. Coston, and concluded that Brown’s violations warranted a 90- day suspension. The Court of Appeals agreed with the hearing judge’s conclusions as they related to Rules 8.4 (b) and (d) as Suder v. Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP, No. 15, September Marcalus’ behavior involved crimes of “moral turpitude” Term, 2009. Opinion filed April 9, 2010 by Adkins, Sally D., and his actions were of a type which would impact the Judge. perception of the courts and the legal profession. The Court further held that the corpus delicti rule, which prevents an Whiteford, Taylor and Preston failed to timely file a request for extrajudicial confession unsupported by corroborating an extension of time for its client, Suder, to elect her statutory evidence from being the sole basis for a criminal conviction, share of her late husband’s estate. This resulted in a denial by did not apply in an attorney disciplinary action, because such the trial court of her request to elect her statutory share, costing actions are not criminal proceedings and are not meant to be her thousands of dollars. A malpractice action was filed, to punitive. When considering the sanction, the Court noted which Whiteford replied by denying liability and arguing that, that there had been a prior disciplinary action against even if it breached its duty to the client, and earlier petition for Marcalus. The Court did, however, consider the selflessness an extension, which was filed by the widow pro se before she of his disclosures which appeared to be made primarily for retained the firm was erroneously granted by the trial court. the benefit of his former client and against his own interest. Had that extension request been properly dealt with through a Based on that, the Court found the recommended sanction of denial, then there would not have been a further action for her disbarment to be too harsh and ordered a sixty –day to pursue and she ultimately, under the trial-within-a-trial suspension from the practice of law. doctrine, would have established that she had not suffered any damages as a result of Whiteford’s actions or failure to act. Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland v. Martin The trial court granted a summary judgment and entered a final THE ADVOCATE Page 24 OCTOBER 2010 CIVIL LAW UPDATE Continued ... judgment in favor of Suder after determining that the first extension was valid for public policy reasons. The Court of The Court of Special Appeals affirmed the determination as it Special Appeals reversed, holding that the grant of the first related to the parcel of property, but vacated the portion related extension was a voidable order that could be contested by to the post retirement money and remanded the case for further Downes, the widow’s opposition, at any time. It also proceedings. The Court held that in the case of the post approved the trial-within-a-trial doctrine to determine retirement money, the right to the payment had accrued during Whiteford’s liability. The Court of Special Appeals reversed the marriage and therefore was marital property. The Court the denial of Whiteford’s motion to dismiss and remanded distinguished Thomasian v. Thomasian, 79 Md. App. 188, the case to enter a judgment in favor of the firm. Suder filed (1989) where, at the time of the judgment of divorce, the a Petition for Writ of Certiorari which was granted. husband was still employed and the question of the value of the unused vacation and holiday time was too intangible and The Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the trial-within- difficult to value at the time of the divorce, as the husband a-trial doctrine is appropriate in legal malpractice actions could dissipate the entitlement by taking time off from work. where the underlying matter has already been litigated, as In the current case, the accrued leave had converted into a the purpose of the doctrine is to determine what would have tangible asset before the divorce was final. As to the parcel of occurred had Whiteford timely filed th petition for the fifth property, the Court found that the provisions of Family Law extension. The triggering mechanism for the trial-within-a- Article, Section 8-205(b)(9), a court should consider the trial doctrine is a dispute over proximate cause, not whether “contribution by either party of the property” acquired by gift the client lost the chance of a trial. Further, the Court held from a third party. In this case, the Court held that Frederick that the attorney is not limited to the defenses actually raised contributed nothing to the acquisition of the parcel and there by his client’s opponents, but rather may assert only those was, therefore, no “contribution to evaluate. claims or defenses that the tier of fact determines the opposition would have raised if there had been no breach of the attorney’s duty. There was some evidence that Downes A review of the Amicus Curiarum for September 2010 reveals may not have been aware that the first extension was invalid. the following civil cases of interest: Thus the Court remanded the case for a trial to determine what challenges Downs would have asserted had Whiteford THE COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS: not breached its duty. Mary Roe v. James Doe, Case no. 2971, September Term, filed THE COURT OF SPECIAL APPEALS: July 7, 2010. Opinion by Rodowsky, Judge. Frederick T. Smith v. Sandra T. Smith, No. 134, September Mary Roe was born on September 29, 1983 and reached her Term, 2009. Opinion filed May 28, 2010 by Salmon, James majority on September 9, 2001. On September 3, 2008, she P., Judge filed a suit claiming that her grandfather, James Doe, sexually abused her while she was under the age of majority. James The two issues presented by this case involve the division of Doe filed a motion to dismiss, claiming that the suit was time a parcel of property transferred by Frederick’s mother, Alice, barred under the Maryland Code, Section 5-201 of the Courts to the parties, and the division of payment by Frederick’s and Judicial Proceedings Article. His position was that CJ former employer to him of accrued annual leave and sick Section 5-117 extending the limitations on actions arising from leave. Frederick contended that the accrued leave payment sexual abuse to seven years after majority did not apply was not marital property and that his mother, Alice, intended retroactively and that the three year statute of limitations ran to gift him the parcel of land and only placed it in the joint on September 30, 2004. The trial court granted Doe’s motion names of Frederick and Sandra in case of Frederick’s death to dismiss. before Sandra. Sandra had filed a motion to reopen the record, before a judgment of absolute divorce was signed, to The Court of Special Appeals reversed and remanded the case allow for the division of the accrued leave payment. The for further proceedings. The legislative history revealed that trial court granted the motion to reopen, but determined that the General Assembly intended the statute to be applied the post retirement money was not marital property. A final partially retroactively for victims of sexual abuse whose claims judgment of divorce was entered on February 6, 2009. were not time barred on October 1, 2003, the enactment date of Frederick filed a motion to amend the judgment stating that Section 5-117. Partial retroactive application of a statute the intention of Alice was to gift the parcel of property to enlarging an ordinary statute of limitations doe not deprive a him alone and therefore he should have been awarded the defendant of a substantial right as claimed by Doe. full value of the property. The trial court denied his motion. THE ADVOCATE Page 25 OCTOBER 2010 IN CHAMBERS WITH ... by Ceecee Paizs Baltimore County Circuit Court Judge H. Patrick Stringer, Jr. is a family man who believes very strongly in the importance of the practice of law. A true Baltimorean, Judge Stringer has lived in the Towson area for most of his life and he is a graduate of Calvert Hall College, Hopkins University, and the University of Baltimore School of Law. During his final year of law school, he started his legal career as a law clerk to Judge J. Harold Grady on the Supreme Bench of Baltimore City, where he observed both criminal and civil practice. He then went on to practice general civil litigation at Mudd, Harrison & Burch in Towson for 24 years, and subsequently joined the bench on March 20, 2006. Judge Stringer truly enjoys being a judge because he finds all areas of the law to be interesting and because he thinks that attorneys and judges play a significant role in helping people to resolve conflict and reestablish some peace in their lives. Judge Stringer feels especially lucky to serve in Baltimore County, where he says the attorneys who practice in his courtroom are professional and helpful to the court. When he’s not on the bench, Judge Stringer spends time with his family and volunteers with a non-profit dyslexia tutoring program, where he serves as a reading tutor to a ninth grade student. Judge Stringer—who displays many family pictures in chambers and who keeps underlined copies of his daughter, Meghan’s, many consumer finance law publications on his end table—is a very proud father. He and his wife, Margy, a science teacher, have raised five very accomplished children. Meghan Stringer Musselman is an associate attorney at Hudson Cook, LLP, and a mother to Judge Stringer’s first grandchild, Decklan. Amy Stringer Finney holds an MBA and works at Under Armor, and Judge Stringer recently officiated at Amy’s wedding ceremony in August. Dan Stringer is a third year law student at the University of Maryland School of Law. Kyle Stringer currently lives in Houston where he is completing a management training program with Constellation Energy. And, Mickey Stringer is a sophomore at Towson University. Like Judge Stringer—who played both football and lacrosse at Hopkins and won a lacrosse national championship as a Hopkins senior—all of his children have been successful student/athletes and lacrosse players. Each judge interviewed is asked a series of similar questions. Judge Stringer’s answers follow: Favorite Restaurants: Café Troia & The Helmand Favorite Book: Les Miserables Favorite Vacation: The vacation he took about seven years ago to the Pacific Northwest with his entire family where, among other outdoor activities, they hiked Mt. Rainier and the surrounding peaks and went whale watching. Music on in Car Right Now: Carole King and James Taylor – Live at Troubadour Favorite Charities: Anything that concerns education. Favorite BCBA Event: “I always enjoy seeing everyone at the BCBA Banquet.” If not the law...: A teacher, because he likes teaching and thinks it’s very important. Biggest Pet Peeve: None. “We all make mistakes.” Best Part of Being a Judge: He enjoys and takes very seriously his role in trying to bring fairness and justice to the parties. He truly cares about making the right decision. Worst Part of Being a Judge: Nothing. He enjoys each day. If you could meet one person, living or dead, whom would you want to meet? Abraham Lincoln THE ADVOCATE Page 26 OCTOBER 2010 INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Creative Dispute Resolutions 301-977-8002 www.creativedisputeresolutions.com …… 17 Judge Larry Daniels 410-852-5269 firstname.lastname@example.org ………………. 17 Nicholas J. Del Pizzo III, Esquire 800-BANKRUPT email@example.com ……..……………… 17 Dugan Babij Tolley LLC 410-308-1600 www.medicalneg.com …………………… 13 Dr. Richard B. 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Stavros, L.L.C. 410-825-3300 ……………………………………………. 2 Susquehanna Wealth Management 410-316-0239 email@example.com …………. 7 1 2 3 Annual Platinum Sponsor Annual Gold Sponsor Annual Silver Sponsor When you contact an advertiser, please let them know where you saw their ad. Thank you. THE ADVOCATE Page 27 OCTOBER 2010 The Baltimore County Bar Association PRESORTED STANDARD U.S. POSTAGE The ADVOCATE PAID Baltimore, MD 100 County Courts Building 401 Bosley Avenue Permit No. 1262 Towson, MD 21204-4491 Published monthly by the OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE Baltimore County Bar Association VOLUME XX, NO. 3 Established law firm practicing in the October 2010 E&T area in the Timonium Corp. Center, 9515 Deereco Road. Avail immed for 1-2 attys desiring to share FLYERS INSIDE office space. Sharing of congenial personnel and facilities possible. Exc opportunity for atty practicing in E&T October 14 area. Call 410-308-3883. Newly Revised PUD Process Furnished office space across street October 14 from courthouse. Shared space available 3 days/week. $225/mo. Call Debra, 410- Annual Crab Feast 557-4170. October 19 Corner office, overlooking Old ADR: Mediation of a WC Case Courthouse lawn. Located in the PNC Bank Building. Suite incl fax, library, WestLaw online, conf room, DSL October 20 internet, copier, receptionist. Sect’y CLE: Legal Medicine services if desired. 410-337-3755. Towson Corporate Center. Two October 20 furnished office suites avail immed, Passports, Internat’l Custody, approx 120 sq ft ea, plust separate sect’y Virtual Visitation Program handouts and cubicles. Rent one for $800 or both for podcasts are available on our $1,500/mo. Ample free parking. Shared facilities incl conf room/kitchenette. October 26 website (www.bcba.org), Current tenants are attys. Contact Best Practices in Family Law Members Only Area. Denise, 410-821-9500. November 9 Large, furnished office space for one attorney near Towson Cir Ct. Secretarial Got Causation? space, kitchen, and reception area. Use Bar Association Office of library, copier and fax. Free parking. Doris D. Barnes, Executive Director Avail immed. $300/mo. 443-324-6665. November 18 Telephone: (410) 337-9103 Examination of Foreclosures E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Fully-renovated legal suite w/other In a Chain of Title - practitioners. Three executive offices, Avoiding the Pitfalls Rachel Ruocco, LRIS Director secretarial area and two associate Telephone: (410) 337-9102 offices. Incl receptionist, telephone, conf E-Mail: email@example.com rooms, lunch room, copier and fax, November 30 high-speed internet and free parking. 40 Settlement & Mediation York Road, Suite 300, Towson. Sam Website: http://www.bcba.org Blibaum, 410-823-0111. THE ADVOCATE Page 28 OCTOBER 2010 Baltimore County Bar Association STATE, LOCAL LAWS & ZONING COMMITTEE A Look Into the Newly Revised PUD Process Thursday, October 14, 2010 SPEAKERS Arnold F. “Pat” Keller, Director of Office of Planning William J. Wiseman, III, Zoning Commissioner Thomas H. Bostwick, Deputy Zoning Commissioner CHAIR Adam Rosenblatt, Esquire TIME 5:30 P.M. (cash bar), 6:00 P.M. (dinner) LOCATION Country Club of Maryland, 1101 Stevenson Lane COST BCBA Members, $45.00; Non-Members, $55.00 Please join us for dinner and a discussion of how to shepherd your PUD through the process and how to present your case before the Hearing Officer. MENU CHOICES (Pick One): Grilled New York Steak OR Petite Filet Mignon Single Crab Cake OR Stuffed Shrimp Grilled Breast of Chicken over Pasta State, Local Laws & Zoning Committee A Look Into the Newly Revised PUD Process Thursday, October 14, 2010 Name Telephone Address City State Zip Email Amount Enclosed Name on C/C Today’s Date Billing Address City, State, Zip Telephone Email MC/Visa/Discover/American Express Card No. Exp. Amount authorized $ Signature SEC# REGISTER ONLINE at www.bcba.org, OR return this form to the Baltimore County Bar Association, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, with a check payable to the BCBA, or credit card info. Crab Feast Thursday, October 14, 2010, 6-9 P.M. American Legion Post No. 22 (Towson) 125 York Road, Towson Annual Farewell & Welcome to Baltimore County Judicial Law Clerks Includes: All you can eat crabs, crab soup, corn on the cob, hot dogs, fried chicken, meatballs, salads, watermelon, dessert, beer and soft drinks! BCBA Members (& significant other), $40 per person Non-Members, $50 per person Name (on C/C) Today’s Date (Billing) Address City, State, Zip Telephone Email MC/Visa/Discover/American Express Card No. Exp. Amount $ Signature SEC# Number of tickets requested: BCBA Member @ $40 each Non-Member @ $50 each REGISTER ONLINE at www.bcba.org, OR return this form to the Baltimore County Bar Association, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, with a check payable to the BCBA or credit card info & a SELF-ADDRESSED, STAMPED ENVELOPE FOR RETURN OF TICKETS. Baltimore County Bar Association ADR and NEGLIGENCE, INSURANCE & WC COMMITTEES & Bar Association of Baltimore City ADR COMMITTEE Mediation of a Workers’ Compensation Case Tuesday, October 19, 2010 Speakers Theodore B. Cornblatt, Esquire (and Mediator) Wallace Kleid, Esquire Program Chair William R. Levasseur, Sr. TIME 5:00 P.M. LOCATION Grand Jury Room, County Courts Building, Towson COST BCBA & BABC Members, FREE; Non-Members, $20.00 Resolving Workers’ Compensation cases by use of mediation has become much more complex and now requires new considerations resulting from recent changes in the Commission’s procedural requirements. Experienced participants will demonstrate in a role playing mock mediation for attorneys handling mediation, both as mediators and as attorneys representing clients in mediation. BCBA & BABC Jointly Sponsored ADR & NI&WC Committees Mediation of a Workers’ Compensation Case Tuesday, October 19, 2010 Name Telephone Address City State Zip Email Amount Enclosed Name on C/C Today’s Date Billing Address City, State, Zip Telephone Email MC/Visa/Discover/American Express Card No. Exp. Amount authorized $ Signature SEC# REGISTER ONLINE at www.bcba.org, OR return this form to the Baltimore County Bar Association, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, with a check payable to the BCBA, or credit card info. Baltimore County Bar Association CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION PROGRAM Legal Medicine: Mock Expert Deposition Wednesday, October 20, 2010 5:00 P.M. PANEL Irwin E. Weiss, Esquire, for the Plaintiff Multi-Specialty HealthCare Doctor Gore Bros. Court Reporters & Videoconferencing PROGRAM CHAIR Louise A. Lock, Esquire LOCATION Grand Jury Room, County Courts Building, Towson COST BCBA Members, $10.00; Non-Members, $20.00 The panel will participate in a mock deposition of a medical expert. This is a great opportunity for those experienced attorneys who have never taken a video deposition, as well as those young attorneys or those new to the practice of law (and not so young!), who have never participated in one. Light refreshments will be available during the program. CLE Committee Legal Medicine: Mock Expert Deposition Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Name Telephone Address City State Zip Email Amount Enclosed Name on C/C Today’s Date Billing Address City, State, Zip Telephone Email MC/Visa/Discover/American Express Card No. Exp. Amount authorized $ Signature SEC# REGISTER ONLINE at www.bcba.org, OR return this form to the Baltimore County Bar Association, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, with a check payable to the BCBA, or credit card info. Baltimore County Bar Association FAMILY LAW COMMITTEE Passports, International Custody, Virtual Visitation Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Speaker Stephen J. Cullen, Esquire, Miles & Stockbridge Program Chair Harry Chase, Esquire TIME 6:00 P.M. Cash Bar; 6:45 P.M. Dinner LOCATION Hunt Valley Golf Club, 14101 Phoenix Road, Phoenix 21131 COST BCBA Members, $42.00; Non-Members, $50.00 Mr. Cullen is an expert on international custody and travel issues for children. MENU CHOICES (Pick one) New York Strip Steak w/Demi glace & Roasted Red Potatoes Chicken Parmesan w/Penne Marinara Maryland Style Crab Cake & Roasted Red Potatoes Also includes Garden Salad, rolls and butter, Autumn vegetables and dessert. Family Law - Passports, International Custody, Virtual Visitation Wednesday, October 20, 2010 Name Telephone Address City State Zip Email Amount Enclosed Name on C/C Today’s Date Billing Address City, State, Zip Telephone Email MC/Visa/Discover/American Express Card No. Exp. Amount authorized $ Signature SEC# REGISTER ONLINE at www.bcba.org, OR return this form to the Baltimore County Bar Association, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, with a check payable to the BCBA, or credit card info. Baltimore County Bar Association PRO BONO COMMITTEE A CELEBRATION OF NATIONAL PRO BONO WEEK Best Practices in Family Law Tuesday, October 26, 2010 SPONSORED BY THE BALTIMORE COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION HODES, PESSIN & KATZ, P.A. WHITEFORD, TAYLOR & PRESTON, LLP Speakers Judges Mickey Norman and Sherrie R. Bailey and Master Brown, of the Circuit Court for Baltimore County TIME 8:30 a.m. Breakfast 9:00 a.m. - 12 noon Presentation LOCATION Grand Jury Room, County Courts Building, Towson COST BCBA Members, FREE; Non-Members, FREE Send questions you want speakers to discuss to Laure Ruth, firstname.lastname@example.org, by October 14th. Pro Bono Committee - Family Law Best Practices Tuesday, October 26, 2010 I understand that by attending the Best Practices in Family Law, I have agreed to accept a pro bono case from one of the three referring organizations: MVLS, Legal Aid-Baltimore County, or The Women’s Law Center of Maryland. Name Telephone Firm Fax Number Address City State Zip Email Year admitted to practice Years of Family Law experience If you have less than 5 years of family law experience, would you like to be assigned a mentor? Yes No Language(s) other than English I hereby certify that I am duly admitted to practice before the Court of Appeals of Maryland and am presently a member of the Bar in good standing. I will immediately notify MVLS if I am sus- pended or barred from the practice of law in Maryland. Date Signature REGISTER ONLINE at www.bcba.org, OR return this form to the Baltimore County Bar Association, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, or fax to 410-823-3418. Baltimore County Bar Association NEGLIGENCE, INSURANCE & WC COMMITTEE Got Causation? Tuesday, November 9, 2010 SPEAKERS Benjamin T. Boscolo, Esquire Nathaniel Fick, Esquire PROGRAM CHAIR Matt M. Paavola, Esquire TIME 5:00 P.M. LOCATION Grand Jury Room, County Courts Building, Towson COST BCBA Members, FREE; Non-Members, $20.00 Two new hot developments in proving medical causation in workers’ compensation cases and motor torts. Negligence, Insurance & WC - Got Causation? Tuesday, November 9, 2010 Name Telephone Address City State Zip Email Amount Enclosed Name on C/C Today’s Date Billing Address City, State, Zip Telephone Email MC/Visa/Discover/American Express Card No. Exp. Amount authorized $ Signature SEC# REGISTER ONLINE at www.bcba.org, OR return this form to the Baltimore County Bar Association, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, with a check payable to the BCBA, or credit card info. Baltimore County Bar Association REAL PROPERTY COMMITTEE Examination of Foreclosures in a Chain of Title - Avoiding the Pitfalls Thursday, November 18, 2010 Speakers Richard E. Lattanzi, Esquire, Michael N. Schleupner, Jr. and Mary Jane Fischer, Esquire Program Chair Lisa Eisemann, Esquire TIME 12 noon, Brown Bag Lunch LOCATION Grand Jury Room, County Courts Building, Towson COST BCBA Members, FREE; Non-Members, $20.00 Title examination discussion—Many title problems are being discovered because of improper foreclosures in the chain. Here’s how to spot (and fix) them! Real Property Committee - Examination of Foreclosures in a Chain of Title Thursday, November 18, 2010 Name Telephone Address City State Zip Email Amount Enclosed Name on C/C Today’s Date Billing Address City, State, Zip Telephone Email MC/Visa/Discover/American Express Card No. Exp. Amount authorized $ Signature SEC# REGISTER ONLINE at www.bcba.org, OR return this form to the Baltimore County Bar Association, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, with a check payable to the BCBA, or credit card info. Baltimore County Bar Association FAMILY LAW COMMITTEE Settlement & Mediation Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Speaker Hon. J. Norris Byrnes Program Chair Leon W. Berg, Esquire TIME 6:00 P.M. Cash Bar; 6:45 P.M. Dinner LOCATION Christopher Daniel Restaurant, 106 West Padonia Road COST BCBA Members, $42.00; Non-Members, $50.00 MENU CHOICES (Pick one) Petite Filet Mignon w/Balsamic Red Wine Sauce Single Broiled Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Chicken Piccata-Parsley, Lemon and Diced Tomato Also includes salad, rolls and butter, vegetables and dessert. Family Law - Settlement & Mediation Tuesday, November 30, 2010 Menu Choice Name Telephone Address City State Zip Email Amount Enclosed Name on C/C Today’s Date Billing Address City, State, Zip Telephone Email MC/Visa/Discover/American Express Card No. Exp. Amount authorized $ Signature SEC# REGISTER ONLINE at www.bcba.org, OR return this form to the Baltimore County Bar Association, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, with a check payable to the BCBA, or credit card info.
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