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									MARYLAND STATE BAR ASSOCIATION BOARD OF GOVERNORS TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2003 COMCAST CENTER 1150 SOUTH CAMPUS COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND 21201 HERITAGE HALL 5:30 P.M. __________________________________________________________________________________ The Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association [MSBA] met at the location, date and time indicated above. Present at the meeting were 37 members of the Board of Governors, including all of the officers. In addition, Paul Carlin, Executive Director, and key members of his staff were present. President James P. Nolan called the meeting to order at, approximately, 5:50 p.m. The minutes of the Board of Governors meeting of January 28, 2003, were read and approved. 1. James P. Nolan gave the President’s Report. Jim reported on the American Bar Association [ABA] Midyear Meeting in Seattle and MSBA Midyear Meeting at Playa del Carmen. The ABA meeting commenced on February 6, 2003, with Jim Nolan, Harry Johnson and the Maryland delegation in attendance. The ABA increased dues on a very close vote. There was significant cost overrun that the members requested additional information. Due process for enemy combatants was discussed as well as asbestosis. Jim advised that everyone felt that Playa del Carmen was a great trip with excellent education and programs. a. He reported that Judge Catherine C. Blake of the Fourth Circuit wrote on January 15, 2003, that The District of Maryland Judges approved the MSBA’s Executive Committee nomination for the outreach program of Gregory Gaskins, Esquire, Assistant Baltimore County Attorney to attend the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference this year. b. He reported that Senator Mikulski acknowledged receipt of MSBA letter of support for House Bill # 5457. (Gramm-Leach-Bliley). c. The Administrative Office of the Courts published the meeting dates and locations for the Commission on Racial and Ethnic Fairness by the Court Information office. d. A letter from ABA President A.P. Carlton, regarding federal judicial appointments, was sent to the United States Senate and House of Representatives and enclosed for information. e. Jim reported on the precarious financial situation regarding funding for legal services, the IOLTA funds drop off and the court’s efforts to add funds through its budget to assist in minimizing the shortfall. $1.2 M in Court budget; $650,000.00 by House; $0 by Senate.

f. Jim Nolan appointed the Honorable Theresa Beck, Jeff Krew and John Kudel to the Committee for the BOG Best Section projects. A Special Committee on Disciplinary Rules was, also appointed by President Nolan. Al Frederick, et al., to comment on disciplinary rules. g. He reported on the Section Chairs Breakfast meeting at BWI on March 14,the Past Presidents Breakfast at the Harbour Court Hotel on April 4 and the proposed meeting with managing partners of large firms to develop input and participation. h. The Board appointed Ellen W. Cosby as a non-lawyer to the Consumer Bankruptcy Committee. i. An 8 page summary report from the Anti-Discrimination Matters Committee was included. If anyone wishes further review, the MSBA has approximately another 100 pages of Appendices. Judge Albert Matricianni will appear at the next Board meeting in April. j. President Nolan led a discussion about the consideration of an amicus brief on a “Civil Gideon “ case. The Bylaws were reviewed. A decision is not needed until April. Information will be sent to the Board for a decision in April. A presentation will be made at the next executive committee and board meetings. The problem is societal – not legal. 2. Paul Carlin gave the Executive Director’s report. a. Paul reported that 23 members resigned. We had 939 drops and 4 deceased members. We have 33 new members and 19 reinstatements. Our membership count is now 19,919 [ up 450 for the year ]. b. The Board approved as honorary members Donald Fratino, the Honorable Robert J. Woods, Thomas E. Cinnamond, Eugene Hettlemen and Julian B. Stephen, Jr. c. Paul reported on BOG nominations for 2003-05. Contested elections occurred in the 3rd, 6th and 8th districts. No nominations were received from Howard County. d. A statistical 27 year report on MSBA membership was provided including dues information. e. He reported on miscellaneous matters to include: i. Co-sponsorship of Frederick Keys Baseball game on May 24. ii.. Judge Daniel Long’s letter regarding the dinner at Harbour Court. iii.. Clipping from ABA Highlights Newsletter re: our lawyer assistance program. iv. Young Lawyers Officer Slate v. Creation of Real Property Section Listserve 3. Neil Helfrich, Secretary, reported that the minutes of the executive committee meeting held on March 11, 2003, were substantially included in the agenda for this meeting. 4. Michael Conroy gave the Treasurer’s report. He reported that as of February 28, 2003, the dues income for the year was $2,324,580.21, the total income was

$3,124,069.94, total expenses were $ 2,152,185.29 and unexpended revenues were $ 971,884.65. 5. Report of the President-Elect. Harry Johnson and Paul Carlin will speak to the Frederick County Bar Association . Harry Johnson will be appointing committee members and is soliciting input. 6. Report of Standing Committees. A Bar Leaders article on Harry Johnson and Bob Gonzales was enclosed. The lowest number of bills were introduced this year in the legislature since Buzz Winchester’s tenure. President Nolan adopted the February recommendations of the Laws Committee, which had been distributed then to the Board. We received a report of the Laws Committee and a description of the process by Timothy Meredith, Chair, and Buz Winchester, Director of Legislative Relations. 7. There was no report from the Rules of Practice Committee, since the Chair, Tyson Bennett had a conflict and could not attend. 3. New Business. The Governor issued his executive order to establish Judicial nominating commissions. The MSBA’s role was discussed. 4. It was announced that Chief Judge Robert Bell won an award from the ABA. The Solo and Small Firm Section Technology Program took place on March 22, 2003, in Laurel, Maryland. The Governor and Mrs. Ehrlich planned to attend the Professional Legal Excellence Awards reception on March 25, 2003. There being no further business the meeting adjourned to dinner at 7:05 p.m. Respectfully submitted,

Michael Conroy Assistant Secretary


								
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