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					                                                                      Newsletter                                                     March 2009

In This Issue                                                         What To Do When The EEOC Comes
EEOC Article ...........................................1, 6
Plaintiff ’s Tip ................................................ 1
Member News .............................................. 2
Dates to Remember ..................................... 3
                                                                      By Stephen S. Burgoon, Esq.
BAFC Family Law Section .......................... 4                  Your client is on vacation when the cell phone rings. Back at the office,
BAFC 5K Fundraiser ................................... 4              they’ve received an ominous looking document called a “charge of
Equal Pay Changes Article ......................5, 8
                                                                      discrimination.” So much for rest and relaxation. They’re being sued
BAFC Meeting Minutes............................... 7
Keys Game Special Event ........................... 9                 for discrimination, and the next call they make will likely be to their
WBA Frederick County Section ................. 9                      attorney. Time to think about next steps, and how to get this resolved
BAFC Photos ..............................................10          quickly. Although no business wants to be the subject of an investigation,
Advanced Mediation Training ..................11                      experience teaches that an administrative investigation of employment
Forclosure Prevention Pro Bono Project12                              discrimination presents an excellent opportunity for a company to resolve a
Classified Ads..............................................13        dispute early, and to avoid further litigation.
                                                                      Any company that’s been in business very long has probably been involved
                                                                      with employment disputes. Often, disputes of this nature focus on claims
Plaintiff’s Tip
                                                                      of discrimination based upon race, gender, sex or disability. Hopefully,
Procuring Action of                                                   such complaints can be resolved to everyone’s satisfaction internally.
Medicare Liens                                                        When a company has strong, written employment policies that are
                                                                      enforced consistently, complaints are often thoroughly investigated and
By Steve Campen, President of the
                                                                      resolved without the filing of formal charges. However, it is always an
Plaintiff ’s Bar Association                                          employee’s right to file charges of discrimination, and to have these charges
Have you been faced with the                                          investigated by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
aggravation of attempting to settle an                                (the “EEOC”).
accident case involving one of those
annoying super Medicare liens? Often,                                 The EEOC is a federal agency which was created in 1964 for the purpose
it takes months to find someone who                                   of investigating and resolving claims of discrimination in employment. It
actually has the authority to negotiate a                             is charged with the enforcement of a number of federal laws, including
reduction in the amount of the lien and
the courtesy to call you back. Needless
                                                                      those that prohibit discrimination based on race, religion, creed, color, sex,
to say, this delay causes a delay in the                              disability, or age. The EEOC has the statutory authority to receive and
ability to settle the case and, at times,                             investigate charges of employment discrimination against employers with a
makes it impossible to settle the case                                certain minimum number of employees, usually 15. The EEOC’s job is to
without going to trial. Try contacting                                obtain evidence regarding a claim, and then to evaluate whether federal law
your Congressman’s office. Each                                       has been violated.
member of Congress generally has a
person who deals with Medicare issues                                 The filing of a charge of discrimination is the beginning of the EEOC’s
on his or her staff. If you contact that                              investigative process. The EEOC will notify an employer that an employee,
person and provide him or her with
specific information, they are very
                                                                      former employee, or job applicant has filed a charge against it. The charge
helpful in getting the attention of                                   will set forth the name of the complaining party (known as the “Charging
personnel at Medicare who, after a call                               Party”), and it will provide the basic allegations of the charge. In most
from a Congressman’s office, suddenly                                 cases, these allegations are somewhat general, though they may occasionally
become responsive and cooperative.                                                                                                 Continued on page 6
The Bar Association
Of Frederick County, MD, Inc.
                                         Of Note…
PO Box 3088                              Women’s Bar – Frederick County Section
Frederick MD 21705-3088                  The Frederick County Section of the Women’s Bar Association is estab-
301-663-1139 phone                       lishing regular meetings on the 3rd Friday of the month at 4:00 pm, in
301-663-8001 fax                         the private dining room of the Tasting Room. They have also tentatively                    planned a Wine and Cheese Reception for March 20, at the Law Offices                     of Etheridge, Quinn, McAuliffe, Rowan, and Hartinger. Questions should
                                         be directed to Darby Jones at 301-662-4980 or djones@mybankfirstunited.

                                         Member News…
Scott M. Hartinger, 301-698-8182

President -Elect
Peter Fitzpatrick , 301-620-9357         Anastasia Michaels has announced that as of February 1, 2009, her office
                                         will be relocating to 129 West Patrick Street, Suite 9, Frederick, MD 21701,
Secretary                                located in the heart of the business district of downtown Frederick, directly
Howard Metz, 301-668-2992
                                         across the street from the courthouse. Ms Michaels’ telephone number,
Assistant Secretary                      email address, and fax number remain the same.
Ian Bartman , 301-682-9840
                                         The Law Office of Elizabeth Stup is pleased to announce that Jennifer
Treasurer                                Leigh Rankin, Esq has completed the appropriate trainings and is now
Paul D. Rose Jr., 301-682-9840           available for Family Law Mediation, both child access and marital property
                                         issues, as well as for Parenting Coordination. Ms. Rankin can be reached at
Assistant Treasurer             or 301-663-7893.
The Hon. Theresa M. Adams

Past President                            Thank You
Bethamy N. Beam, 301-682-5960

                                                 I am writing on behalf of my family and me to ex-
ASSOCIATION OFFICE                        press our sincere gratitude and thanks to the Bar Associa-
Executive Director
                                          tion for the many expressions of kindness, condolences and
Jenny Bern
                                          sympathy over the loss of my father, Judge Herbert L.
THE NEWSLETTER                            Rollins. My family and I are all very grateful for the
The Bar Association of Frederick
County, MD, Inc. newsletter is pub-
                                          many cards, flowers, gifts of food, and expressions of sym-
lished monthly. Articles and informa-     pathy and condolences offered to us by members of the Bar
tion to be included in the newsletter     Association. We were also very touched and honored by the
must be submitted in written or elec-
tronic format by the 30th of the month    presence of so many members of the Bar Association at the
preceding publication month.              visitation and the funeral services. Thank you to all of the
Classified and display advertising are
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Dates to Remember                                                                                Monday, April 20, Noon
                             March 2009                                                            BAFC Family Law Brown Bag Lunch
Tuesday, March 3, Noon                                                                                 Federated Charities Building, basement
   Membership Meeting and Luncheon                                                                     22 S. Market Street
  Danielle’s Restaurant, 6 N. East Street                                                                                                           May 2009
  $14.00 per person/Cash or Check
                                                                                                 Tuesday, May 5, Noon
  Special Guests: WBA/Pro Bono Committee
                                                                                                    Membership Meeting and Luncheon
Monday, March 16, Noon                                                                                 Danielle’s Restaurant, 6 N. East Street
  BAFC Family Law Brown Bag Lunch                                                                      $14.00 per person/Cash or Check
  Federated Charities Building, basement                                                               Special Guest: Gordon Cooley
  22 S. Market Street
                                                                                                 Friday, May 8, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 20, 4:00 p.m.                                                                         Keys Game, Key Stadium
   WBA Frederick County Section Meeting                                                                See page 9 for more details.
  Wine and Chees Reception
                                                                                                 Monday, May 18, Noon
  Ethridge, Quinn, McAuliffe, Rowan & Hartinger
  101 N. Market Street                                                                             BAFC Family Law Brown Bag Lunch
                                                                                                       Federated Charities Building, basement
                                                                    April 2009
                                                                                                       22 S. Market Street
Tuesday, April 7, Noon
   Membership Meeting and Luncheon                                                               Friday, May 22, 4:00 p.m.
  Danielle’s Restaurant, 6 N. East Street                                                           WBA Frederick County Section Meeting
  $14.00 per person/Cash or Check                                                                      Tasting Room, private dinning room
  Special Guests: Steve Carper & Scott Borison                                                         101 N. Market Street
Friday, April 17, 4:00 p.m.                                                                      Monday, May 29, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
   WBA Frederick County Section Meeting                                                            Advanced Mediation Skills Seminar
  Tasting Room, private dinning room                                                                   Maryland National Golf Course
  101 N. Market Street                                                                                 See page 11 for more details.

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BAFC Family Law Section
By Jennifer Rankin
The next brown bag lunch of the Family Law Section
will be held on March 16 at noon in the conference
room of the Federated Charities Building, 22 S. Market
Street in Frederick.
Our guest speaker will be Vicki Viramontes-LaFree,
who will be discussing the Military Family Divorce:
Hot Tips Every Attorney Should Know in Navigating                             Announcing
Military Retirement, Jurisdiction and Related Family
Law Issues.
                                                                The First Annual BAFC
Vicki Viramontes-LaFree is a principle in the Bethesda
law firm, Pasternak & Fidis, P.C., where she is a                  Charity 5K Run
member of the Divorce and Family Group. She
is licensed in Maryland, District of Columbia, and                     Saturday, August 29, 2009
New Mexico. She practices exclusively in the area of                           7:30 am
family law. She has taught continuing legal education
programs on division of retirement benefits at divorce,
                                                                           Baker Park Area
including military, federal plans and international
organizations. She has also taught an advanced                          To benefit the Religious Coalition
training program on financial aspects of divorce,                        for Emergency Human Needs
including retirement benefits, property transfers, and
taxes for mediators of the District of Columbia’s                  Their programs touch the lives thousands of
Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division. Vicki is                 Frederick County residents in need through their
trained in collaborative divorce. She is an active leader         rental and utility assistance programs, shelter
in collaborative law groups to further the movement                programs, 8 affiliated food banks, health and
to bring this fresh approach to resolution to as many           dental care programs, and information and referral
clients as can benefit from it.                                                       services.

                                                                 More details will follow. To help with this event,
                                                                please contact Scott Hartinger at 301-698-8182.

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President Obama Signs Equal Pay Changes
By Thomas S. Gill, Esq.
President Obama signed S. 181, the Ledbetter law, into                    The Ledbetter law changes the event which triggers
law on January 29, 2009. The effective date is retroac-                   the running of the limitation period. Here is the key
tive. The new law is effective for charges filed on or                    language from the new law:
after May 28, 2007. Despite Article I, Section 9 of the
U.S. Constitution which forbids ex post facto laws, this                     [A]n unlawful employment practice occurs,
effective date will probably be legal. The Ledbetter law                     with respect to discrimination in compensation
does not change the offense (pay discrimination), just                       in violation of this title, when a discrimina-
the running of the limitation period.                                        tory compensation decision or other practice is
                                                                             adopted, when an individual becomes subject
Before S. 181 paying women less than men for the                             to a discriminatory compensation decision or
same work was covered by, among others, the 180/300                          other practice, or when an individual is affected
day EEOC filing limitation in 29 USC § 2000e. S. 181                         by application of a discriminatory compensa-
amends The FLSA, the ADEA, and the Handicapped                               tion decision or other practice, including each
Discrimination law as well as Title VII, each with its                       time wages, benefits, or other compensation is
own limitation. In Lilly Ledbetter v Goodyear the Supreme                    paid, resulting in whole or in part from such a
Court considered again that the 180 day period under                         decision or other practice.
Title VII. The Court held it begins to run when the
discriminatory act occurs. In this case the acts alleged                  If an employee proves a violation under Title VII she
were several performance appraisals. The appraisals                       may be awarded up to 2 years back pay and benefits,
about which Ledbetter complained occurred from 1992                       punitive damages, emotional distress damages, and at-
through 1995. Ledbetter filed her EEOC complaint                          torney’s fees.
March 27, 1997 more than a year after the last of them.
The Supreme Court has approved equitable tolling in                       If Ledbetter could sue under S. 181 she could allege
other cases, but apparently Ledbetter did not plead toll-                 that when she received her 1992 appraisal her supervi-
ing.                                                                                                            Continued on page 8

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EEOC Article                                                    occurred. Once the EEOC investigation is concluded,
Continued from page 1                                           the EEOC will either dismiss the charge or inform the
                                                                Charging Party that they will have 90 days to file their
be more detailed. The charging document will contain            case in federal court, or the EEOC will attempt further
the name of the investigator, and it will instruct the          settlement discussions, called “conciliation.”
employer what action must be taken in response to
the charge. Though an employer may participate                  During the investigation, the EEOC is vested with
in the EEOC’s resolution of a charge without an                 broad authority to require documents from the
attorney, most employers contact counsel familiar with          employer, to conduct on-site visits, and to interview
employment law to represent their interests in the              employees. All of these steps are part and parcel of the
matter.                                                         EEOC’s investigation. This can be quite intrusive and
                                                                disruptive to the employer’s business operations, but it
An employer is usually given the option of mediating            may be a necessary part of the investigation.
a charge or of proceeding to the investigative stage.
Mediation is a voluntary process where the parties              From an employer’s perspective, it may be difficult to
meet with an EEOC mediator in an effort to reach                look at an EEOC investigation as a good thing, but
a negotiated resolution. It can resolve charges more            it can be for important reasons. Employers who act
quickly than an investigation; however, it typically            prudently understand that by working with the EEOC,
involves hiring counsel and spending time and money             they will have an opportunity to “tell their side of the
to settle a matter. Often, employers have no interest           story” convincingly. Of course, contact with the EEOC
in settling a case they believe to be meritless, or they        should be coordinated by counsel. However, employers
do not wish to set a precedent that they are an “easy”          who are willing to provide the EEOC with important
target for settlement. For these and a number of other          evidence related to the case, instead of taking a highly
considerations, many employers choose not to mediate.           adversarial approach, often find an investigator who
                                                                is receptive to the employer’s viewpoint. Since the
If an employer does not wish to mediate a                       ultimate goal is to obtain a finding that discrimination
discrimination charge, the next step is typically for the       did not occur, viewing the EEOC as a facilitator toward
employer and its counsel to work together to gather             that goal can be successful. Further, if the EEOC
evidence demonstrating that the employer did not                takes the position that discrimination did not occur, the
violate the law. This evidence is then submitted to the         employee is usually less willing to take the case to federal
EEOC in a formal document known as a Statement                  court. Therefore, taking a proactive approach to a
of Position. The EEOC will take the employer’s                  discrimination complaint is the best decision to make if
response and consider it along with the other evidence          the EEOC ever comes knocking.
it gathers during its investigation. In my experience, a
well-developed Statement of Position, combined with             Steve Burgoon concentrates his practice in the representation
solid documentary evidence from the employer, is often          of clients in the area of employment law before administrative
persuasive enough to result in a finding that there is          agencies and in federal and state court.
“no reasonable cause” to believe that discrimination

                                                                     Left: Newly-Elected President Scott
                                                                     Hartinger presents Past President Beth
                                                                     Beam with the President’s Plaque in recog-
                                                                     nition of her service to the Bar Association
                                                                     over the past year.

               THE BAR ASSOCIATION
                               MEETING MINUTES — January 6, 2009
The regular monthly meeting of the Bar Association of            The proposed slate of BAFC officers for 2009 is as
Frederick County was held on Tuesday, January 6, 2009            follows:
at Danielle’s Restaurant at 6 N East Street, Frederick,          President - Scott Hartinger
Maryland.                                                        President Elect - Peter Fitzpatrick
                                                                 Past President - Bethamy Beam
Call to Order:                                                   Treasurer - Paul Rose
Beth Beam called the meeting to order at 12:00 p.m.              Assistant Treasurer – The Honorable Theresa Adams
                                                                 Secretary – Howard Metz
Meeting Minutes and Treasurer’s Report:                          Assistant Secretary – Ian Bartman
Beth Beam made a motion for the approval of the
minutes of the December 2, 2008 general membership               The Opening Term of Court will be held on February 2,
meeting. The motion was seconded and unanimously                 2009 at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 1
approved. Beth Beam then made a motion that the
treasurer’s report for December 2008 be approved. The            Nancy Bell from the Assignment Office will be the guest
motion was seconded and unanimously approved.                    speaker at the monthly luncheon on February 3, 2009.
                                                                 Questions for Ms. Bell can be submitted via the BAFC
Old Business:                                                    web site or by e-mailing The
The Holiday Party was well attended and a great success.         deadline for submitting questions is January 23, 2009.
Beth thanked Severn, O’Connor & Kresslein, P.A. for
                                                                 The 5K Run for Charity is tentatively planned for June
hosting the event.
                                                                 6, 2009, but that date may be changed. We are currently
The 10-Year Photo Array is complete. Each member                 accepting applications for beneficiaries. Please check the
who had his/her photo taken by Charles’ Studio will be           BAFC web site and stay tuned for more details to come.
receiving a CD with his/her jpg photo file and the bio           The 2009 Calendar of Events is posted on the BAFC
document of everyone from the BAFC who participated              web site.
in the photo array. The CD’s will be distributed this
month. An order form will be included with the CD for            Beth announced that there will likely be some future
individual portrait reprints and the array. Orders may           MICPEL continuing education classes in this area. Stay
be placed on-line at or by            tuned.
telephone at (301) 662-6322, or by mailing in the order
form.                                                            Eric Metzman was not present. Therefore, the members
                                                                 could not vote on Mr. Metzman’s membership
Dues for 2009 are due by January 31, 2009. Invoices              application.
were mailed in November, and reminders were recently
                                                                 Guest Speaker:
sent out by e-mail. Dues are still $100 annually, plus $25
                                                                 The State of Maryland Attorney General, Douglas
for a web link to the Attorney Listing on the web site.
                                                                 Gansler, gave a brief summary of recent filings and his
Dues must be paid on time to be included in the next
                                                                 office’s legislative agenda.
Bar Directory to be distributed in February 2009.
New Business:                                                    Beth Beam adjourned the meeting. The next monthly
The Annual Meeting will be held on January 26, 2009 at           meeting will be held on February 3, 2009. The luncheon
4:30 p.m. on Courtroom 5                                         will begin at 12:00 noon at Danielle’s Restaurant and will
                                                                 feature Nancy Bell from the Assignment Office.

                                                                                 Equal Pay Changes
Judge Rowan’s Retirement                                                         Continued from page 5
Dear Members of the Bar:                                                         sor said “The women I’ve supervised just can’t seem
                                                                                 to handle this job”. Tying her 1998 pay to the 1992
On April 4, I reach “Constitutional Senility” and will                           appraisal would be easy because Goodyear gave per-
retire. I recognize many may have argued for a much                              centage increases. If she was making $30,000 annually
earlier date.                                                                    in 1992 and got a 2% instead of a 5% raise she would
                                                                                 have received $1000 less in 1992. If her raises were
I write to thank the members of the Bar who have ap-
                                                                                 nondiscriminatory thereafter and were 4% annually
peared before me for their civility, courtesy, respect for
                                                                                 she would be earning $1095 less in 1998.
the office, and excellent preparation over the years.

To have served on the Montgomery County Circuit                                  As cases are decided, one question may be whether
Court has been the greatest honor of my life and I am                            pay equity cases have any practical limitation period
grateful to each of you.                                                         other than the effective date of the original statute.
                                                                                 If Ledbetter had received a discriminatory review in
To celebrate this milestone, please join me on April 7,                          1965, one year after Title VII was passed would she
2009 from 5 to 7:30 p.m., for cocktails, Chinese hors                            still have a valid claim if she was working for the same
d’oeuvres, and the Irish music of the Shannon Tide at                            company in 2009?
the Far East Restaurant, 5055 Nicholson Lane, Rock-
ville.                                                                           Tom Gill is a trial attorney with over 20 years experience in
                                                                                 employment, employee benefits, and contract law. .
Yours very truly,

William J. Rowan, III
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Avenue, Rockville, MD 20850. Any questions, please contact Mar-
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WBA Frederick County
Guess what is new in town!!!! Come check us out.
The Frederick County Section of the Women’s Bar
Association will be hosting a cocktail party on March
20, 2009 at the offices of Ethridge, Quinn, McAuliffe,
Rowan, & Hartinger at 4:00 p.m. Come meet and
socialize with other Frederick County Lawyers who are
interested in becoming members of the WBA. It’s free!
You don’t have to be a woman to be a member of the
The priority for the year is to build our membership
and determine areas of priority and activity. It is very
exciting to see such support for this specialty bar and we
are hoping to provide much needed community support
and to get involved in collaborative events. In addition,
there is a clear consensus that service activities and
mentoring programs are of great interest.
At the April meeting of the BAFC membership
information and committee assignments will
be available. Until then, if you would like more
information about the events, or would like to
get involved or be added to the email list, please
contact Darby Jones, 301-662-4980, or djones@
Monthly meeting schedule:
  Friday, March 20 4:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception
                     Ethridge, Quinn, McAuliffe,
                     Rowan, & Hartinger
  Friday, April 17   4:00 p.m. Tasting Room

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a man come into the outer office. Wanting to look like a big hot shot,
the business man picked up the phone and started to pretend he was
dealing for a settlement in a big case.

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hung up and asked the visitor, “Can I help you?”

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Below: Five new Bar Admittees were
recognized at the Opening Term of Cour
ceremony on February 2, 2009. From left
to right: Joseph Hanson, Michael Moore,
Jennifer Hubbell, Stephen LeRoux, and
John Scherer.

                                                         Above: Maryland’s Attorney General
                                                         Doug Gansler addresses the BAFC at
                                                         January’s Monthly Meeting and Luncheon.

           Creative Dispute                                        Panel of Mediators/Arbitrators
                                                     Hon. DeLawrence Beard (Ret.)            John Noble, Esq.
           Resolutions, LLC                          Jerome H. Berman, Esq.           Robert C. Park, Jr., Esq.
                                                     Henry C. Clarke, Jr., Esq.     N. Alfred Pasternak, Esq.
                                                     Daniel P. Dozier, Esq.            Joann Robertson, Esq.
                                                     Dena C. Feeney, Esq.              Don F. Ryder, Jr., Esq.
                                                     James M. Greenan, Esq.                Joel M. Savits, Esq.
                                                     William E. Hewitt, Jr., Esq.           Keith L. Seat, Esq.
                                                     Andrew L. Isaacson, Esq.           Diane A. Seltzer, Esq.
                                                     Erik C. Johnson, Esq.              Elliot H. Shaller, Esq.
                                                     Ellen F. Kandell, Esq.           Steven A. Shapiro, Esq.
                                                     Hon. Edward G. Ketchen (Ret.) Suzanne M. Snedegar, Esq.
                                                     Richard L. Lyon, Esq.          Hon. Ann N. Sundt (Ret.)
                                                     Hon. Dennis M. McHugh (Ret.)       James S. Wilson, Esq.
                                                     Joseph J. Mulhern, Esq.

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  Advanced Mediation Skills Seminar
For Bar Association of Frederick County Members Only
            May 29, 2009                     •       8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Bar Association of Frederick County is sponsoring an 8-hour Advanced Mediation Skills seminar on Friday,
May 29, 2009 from 8:30am to 5:00pm. The training will be held at Maryland National Golf Club, 8836 Hollow
Road, Middletown. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
The cost of the seminar is $50 to BAFC members ONLY. This training will not be open to non-BAFC members.
The seminar will be lead by a panel of BAFC member/mediators - Howard Metz, Tom Lynch, Danny O’Connor
and Lorraine Prete - who are generously donating their time to minimize the cost of this seminar.
To register, please fill out the form below and send it along with a check made payable to the Bar Association
of Frederick County to: Bar Association of Frederick County, P.O. Box 3088, Frederick, MD 21705. Contact
Jenny Bern at with any questions.
Registrations are due by May 8, 2009, and no requests for refunds will be honored after this date.
This Advanced Mediation Skills Seminar meets the requirements of Rule 17-106. All mediators must com-
plete 8 hours of continuing mediation credits every 2 years to continue their appointment with the Circuit

                    Advanced Mediation Skills Seminar
                                     For BAFC Members Only

                                     Registration Form




                     Include check for $50 payable to Bar Association of Frederick County.
        Mail registration to: Bar Association of Frederick County, P.O. Box 3088, Frederick, MD 21701.

      Registrations are due by May 8, 2009, and no requests for refunds will be honored after this date.

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DiD You Know?                  • Every part of our state has been affected by the foreclosure crisis.
                               • One in 200 homes in Maryland is in some stage of foreclosure.
How Can i Help?                When a homeowner is in danger of losing their home in today’s market, many
                               times the tragedy is preventable. Attorneys in Maryland have an opportunity to
                               assist those in crisis, and those in crisis are asking for that assistance.
You Can Help!                  If you could help a family stay in their home, why wouldn’t you?

Maryland Institute for Continuing Professional Education of Lawyer, Inc. (MICPEL), Civil Justice Inc., and
Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC) have joined forces to provide free foreclosure law training for
pro bono lawyers. To be eligible, all you have to do is agree to accept one pro bono foreclosure case or render
15 hours of pro bono legal service to the Project.

   	Yes, I am interested in training scheduled on March 10, 2009.
   	 am unable to attend on March 10, 2009, but please notify me of future training opportunities.
   	Yes, I am interested in helping to (please check all that apply):
     	 Volunteer at Foreclosure Solutions Workshops for homeowners in distress.
     	 Work with a non-profit housing counseling agency that is working with homeowners in distress.
     	 Represent a homeowner in defense of a foreclosure action or loss mitigation negotiation with the
        loan servicer.




City, State, Zip:


                            Please return this form to: Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, Inc.
                                          520 W. Fayette Street, Baltimore, MD 21201
                           , or fax to 410-385-2616
                                              For more information, please contact
                Jennifer Larrabee, Esq. of PBRC at 800-396-1274, 410-837-9379, or

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