THE ADVOCATE Newsletter of The Baltimore County Bar Association VOLUME XIX, NO. 4 November 2009 PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE BY C. WILLIAM “BUD” CLARK Pro Bono Publico... of our profession to address the ever-growing For the public good. Now you have requirements for help nearly the limit of my knowledge of sought by Americans. It Latin – a deficiency exposed in my launched an initiative, very first law school class. hopefully an annual event, Professor Alan Hornstein quizzed us to “Celebrate Pro Bono.” on a Latin phrase in the assigned Throughout the country, case, and struggled to find a student bar associations, large and who properly studied for the session small, found ways to by looking up the term. Finally, he provide additional Pro called on Fred Granese who Bono services, and to responded without hesitation and recognize attorneys who correctly explained the meaning in selflessly give their time Bud Clark, Mike Hamburg and Harry Baumohl detail. The professor admonished and effort to those unable to pay for the rest of us for not being prepared. legal help at the time of their Inside This Edition Lesson learned. What Mr. Hornstein problem. didn’t know was that Fred didn’t Advertisers Index Pg 31 Alaska Cruise Info Pg 11 research the phrase either; rumor The BCBA recognized a law firm Bench/Bar Corner Pg 6 has it he was a former seminary consisting of two of our long- Calendar of Events Pg 3 student, and erstwhile Latin scholar. standing members, Harry Committee Reports Pg 20 So much for that tidbit of advice. Bauhmohl and Mike Hamburg. County Council Update Pg 9 They provide Pro Bono Court Notices Pg 5 Although I can’t really translate Pro representation through Jewish Criminal Law Update Pg 25 Discovery Rules Program Pg 29 Bono Publico, I understand its Legal Services, which sponsors a E&T: Animal Trust Act Pg 7 meaning, and appreciate its value in walk-in clinic. Harry and Mike Holiday Stuff Pg 18 our profession. Those teachings spend a couple hours there each Joseph Lane Remembered Pg 8 were confirmed again last month month, advising persons on wills, Judicial Law Clerk Pg 14 during the American Bar divorce, collections, bankruptcy, Lawyer’s Book Review Pg 12 Association sponsored Pro Bono contracts and other matters. They Lawyers Assistance Pg 9 Member Classified Ads Pg 32 week in which the BCBA also take Pro Bono domestic Member News Pg 15 participated. The ABA, through its violence cases through Chana, a Members On the Move Pg 17 Standing Committee on Pro Bono division of The Associated Jewish Memorial Service Notice Pg 8 and Public Service, recognized the Charities. These attorneys feel that Professional Lawyer Pg 13 need for, the necessity of, and the the personal benefit they receive by Radcliffe Guest Bartender Pg 15 nearly universal reply by members Supreme Court Admission Pg 30 Continued on page 2 ... PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE CONTINUED ... helping these clients exceeds the monetary one that they might otherwise derive. Many people cannot afford the high cost of legal services. Because many areas of the law remain complex, these clients cannot effectively proceed without an attorney’s advice and representation. The economic downturn has made the need to provide access to competent legal representation even greater than before. Whether it appears as a result of foreclosure, eviction, bankruptcy or unemployment, people faced with those problems can benefit from the help of lawyers like you. So, we recognize outstanding Pro Bono efforts, we thank each of you who participate, and we hope for days when access to justice becomes easier for all to obtain. See you ‘round the Courthouse, Bud THE ADVOCATE Page 2 NOVEMBER 2009 2009-10 Officers C ALENDAR OF E VENTS President C. William Clark Pres-Elect Hon. Alex Wright, Jr. Secretary Edward J. Gilliss November 2009 Treasurer Robert W. Lazzaro 3 Young Lawyers Committee Meeting, 5 P.M., Bar Office 5 Nursing Home Litigation, 12:00-1:30 P.M., Grand Jury Room, County Executive Council Hon. Philip N. Tirabassi Courts Building Anne Talbot Brennan T. Wray McCurdy 8 Mike Radcliffe Guest Bartender Event: Ravens @ Bengals, 1 P.M., Hon. Vicki Ballou-Watts Robert J. Thompson Christopher Daniel Restaurant. Fundraiser for The Packard Center Adam T. Sampson Keith R. Truffer 10 Executive Council Meeting, 8:00 a.m. Dana O. Williams, Immed. Past Pres. Christine S. Britton, YL Chair 10 Young Lawyers Chamber Chat: Judge Darryl Fletcher, 12 noon 10 Pro Bono Committee Meeting, 4:30 P.M., Levin & Gann The Advocate 11 COURTS and BAR OFFICE CLOSED in observance of Veterans’ Day David F. Luby, Editor 12 Bench/Bar Committee Meeting, 8:00 a.m., Room 363, County Courts Bldg. Robert C. Lidston 12 Real Property: LEED Certification & Issues, 12 noon, Grand Jury Room ☺ Doris D. Barnes Associate Editors 12 Solo & Small Firm East Side Committee Lunch, 12:30 P.M., Mo’s Seafood Contributing Writers 16 Adoption and Alternative Reproductive Methods for Same-Sex Couples, 6:00 P.M., Christopher Daniel Restaurant, Timonium☺ Master Terri Beck Kathy M. Blue 17 Solo & Small Firm Towson Committee Lunch, 12 noon, Greene Turtle Francis X. Borgerding, Jr. 17 Annual Memorial Service, 3:30 P.M., Ceremonial Courtroom No. 5 Christine S. Britton Kelly B. Burke 18 CLE: District Court Practice Update, 8:00 a.m., County Courts Building☺ Robert K. Erdman, Jr. 18 Professionalism Committee Meeting, 5:15 P.M., Bar Office Edwin G. Fee, Jr. 19 Roundtable Discussion: Guardianship of Person and Property, 5:00 P.M., Rebecca A. Fleming Katherine D. Fones Grand Jury Room, County Courts Building ☺ Stanford G. Gann, Jr. 21 National Adoption Day, 11:00 a.m. Ceremony, Ceremonial Courtroom Richard Grason VI No. 5, Old Courthouse, Second Floor, 400 Washington Avenue Louis E. Grenzer, Jr. Thomas Hood 26-27 COURTS and BAR OFFICE CLOSED in observance of Thanksgiving Kevin B. Kamenetz Cecilia B. Paizs December 2009 Wendy A. Sare Michael W. Siri 1 Software for Trial Attorneys, 12 noon, Grand Jury Room ☺ Keith R. Truffer 3 Young Lawyers Library Luncheon, 12:30 - 2:00 P.M. ☺ Laurie M. Wasserman 3 BCBA Annual Holiday Party (and Art Auction), 6:00 P.M. ☺ Catherine Woods Matthew P. Woods 8 Executive Council Meeting, 8:00 a.m. The Advocate is a monthly 8 Family Law Brown Bag Lunch, 12 noon, Grand Jury Room publication of the Baltimore County 10 Bench/Bar Committee Meeting, 8:00 a.m., Room 363, County Courts Bldg. Bar Association informing its members about current events 10 CLE: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About The Chambers Judge, relating to law. Articles do not necessarily reflect the official 12 noon, Brown Bag Lunch, Grand Jury Room ☺ position of the Bar Association, and publication does not constitute an 14 Solo & Small Firm Towson Committee Lunch, 12 noon, Greene Turtle endorsement of views which may be expressed. 17 Family Law Brown Bag Lunch, 12 noon, Grand Jury Room The contents of advertisements are 24-25 COURTS and BAR OFFICE CLOSED in observance of Christmas the responsibility of the advertisers and do not represent any 28-1 BAR OFFICE CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS until January 4, 2010 recommendation or endorsement by The Advocate. Publication Deadline: 10th of the month preceding publication. ☺Flyer included in this issue THE ADVOCATE Page 3 NOVEMBER 2009 EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S LRS DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE MESSAGE The BCBA continues to strive to provide excellent When you receive a referral check education programs and services to its members from a client made out to BCBA, during these challenging economic times through our please forward it to us as soon as CLE programs, Lawyer Referral Service, Solo & possible. We have had some Small Firm lunches now being held in three locations, issues lately with referral checks committee dinners, conference co-sponsorship with being returned by the bank on both the ABA and the MSBA (see pages 28 & 29), and which they are drawn when they our recently acquired Lending Library. This is the have been held for an extended time, more than ever, that you should turn to us for period of time. assistance in any number of ways. As you can imagine during these difficult economic It is also the time when we need to be much more times, panel attorneys who handle (un)employment cognizant of those in need of legal services who are matters are in great demand. Please spread the word unable to afford an attorney. Baltimore County is to your colleagues who may not yet be participating proud to have a strong pro bono community who will in LRS. Celebrate Pro Bono, designated this year by the ABA as October 26-30th, with a reception honoring attorney If you are a current member of LRS and have not and other volunteers on Thursday, October 27th at the yet signed up to screen calls for the 2009-2010 (July firm of Hodes, Pessin & Katz. Thank you to our 1-June 30) year, please visit www.shiftboard.com/ many members who donate numerous hours each year bcba and register. After being approved, you will to pro bono and, thereby, ensure access to justice for then log back in to sign up for your screening shifts. those in need. If you have questions, please call me. Doris Barnes Rachel Ruocco THE ADVOCATE Page 4 NOVEMBER 2009 HON. JOHN G. TURNBULL II SENIOR JUDGE, CIRCUIT COURT FOR BALTIMORE COUNTY EXPUNGEMENT CASES YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED The Circuit Court for Baltimore County now has five Judges who will handle the expungements. They are: to attend an award ceremony for the Honorable Judge Turnbull, Judge Bollinger, Judge Souder, John O. Hennegan. Judge Hennegan has been Judge Jakubowski and Judge Bailey. selected as the recipient of The National Center For Child Support Enforcement Judicial Excellence Any request for an expungement must be filed with the Clerk’s Office on Form 4-504.1.Petition for Award. The ceremony will be held on Thursday, Expungement of Records along with the filing fee. The November 5, 2009 at 3:00 p.m. in Historic for m is ava ilab l e on th e in te rne t at Courtroom #5 located on the second floor of the www.courts.state.md.us/courtforms/joint/ccdcr072.pdf Old Courthouse, 400 Washington Avenue, Towson or at the Criminal Department in the Clerk’s Office. The MD 21204. A reception will follow the ceremony. Clerk’s Office will not accept any Orders prepared by an attorney or defendant, as that Order may not Please join us to congratulate Judge Hennegan as he contain all of the necessary information for the Clerk’s is honored for his effective judicial efforts and Office to properly comply with the Order for leadership in the critical field of child support Expungement. enforcement. Once the expungement is filed properly with the Clerk’s Office, the State’s Attorneys Office has 30 days to file an R.S.V.P to Answer. If the State files an Answer and does not Janine Gegorek or Lauren Jones in object, the Clerk’s Office will prepare an Order and Judge Hennegan’s chambers at forward same to one of the Expungement Judges for email@example.com or signature on a rotating basis. If the State files an Answer with an objection, Criminal Assignment will schedule firstname.lastname@example.org the case for an expungement hearing before one of the Expungement Judges, on a Wednesday, on a rotating basis, beginning on December 2, 2009. The Family Law Judges, Judges Dugan, Ballou-Watts, Norman, Ensor, Stringer and Bailey will be available to consider CHRISTMAS VISITATION DISPUTES from Monday, November 23, 2009 through Friday, December 18, 2009. To obtain the intervention of the Court, contact the office of Judge Dugan, Nancy, at 410-887-6531 directly to be assigned one of these Judges on a rotating basis. Once you are assigned a Judge, you may contact the Judge’s Chambers and you will need to have the following information available: 1. Name of the Case 2. Case Number 3. What the last order, if any, states with regard to visitation 4. Name and telephone number of attorney or party on the other side 5. What efforts (stating facts) you have made to reach an agreement with the other side 6. The specifics of what you are requesting as relief 7. The specifics of what the other side has offered, if anything THE ADVOCATE Page 5 NOVEMBER 2009 WILLIAM R. EVANS, BENCH/BAR CORNER CHIEF JUDGE by Wendy Zerwitz ORPHANS’ COURT In a letter of September 28, 2009 addressed to • In requests for Body Attachments, attorneys Alfred L. Brennan, Jr., Chair of the BCBA Estates must not fill in the bail amount or the request & Trusts Committee: will be rejected. • In collection cases, please make sure that your After considerable discussion and recognizing the supporting documentation accompanies the time and logistical constraints of this court, we have Complaint. decided to implement a settlement court upon • The Orphan's Court will begin holding request of all represented litigants only. Upon settlement conferences where the litigants are receipt of such a request, the court, via Mrs. Diane represnted. Becker, shall obtain agreed dates and schedule • The Rules Committee has taken no action in same. One and one-half hour shall be allotted for a regards to bringing electronic equipment (ie cell settlement conference. phones) in to Courthouses, leaving it up to each individual jurisdiction to decide how to handle the issue. • The Young Lawyer's Committee will be holding HANGING OUT A SHINGLE: a Guest Bartender event at Christopher Daniel Developing a Rewarding on November 8, 2009. The proceeds will go to Solo/Small Firm Practice the Packard Center in honor of Mike Radcliffe. Co-Sponsored by the MSBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Section AND BCBA Professionalism & Solo & Small Firm Committees Saturday, January 23, 2010 Sheppard Pratt Conference Center 6501 North Charles Street Baltimore, MD 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 P.M. $60 for December 2009 Admittees $75 for MSBA and/or BCBA Members $90 for non-MSBA/BCBA Members 10% Early-bird Registration if registered by December 23, 2009, sponsored by Hood & Scholnick Register Online at www.msba.org Flyer included in this issue. THE ADVOCATE Page 6 NOVEMBER 2009 ESTATES & TRUST COMMITTEE: POST MORTEM PLANNING FOR ANIMAL CARE: MARYLAND’S NEW ANIMAL TRUST ACT by Alfred L. Brennan, Jr. Kathleen J. Masterton, of the Law Office of Kathleen J. Masterton, P.C. was our speaker for the September 24, 2009 Estates and Trusts meeting to discuss Maryland’s new Animal Trust Act. In 2009, Maryland joined the majority of states who have enacted legislation authorizing Trusts to provide for animals after their owners passed away. Effective October 1, 2009, new Estates and Trusts Section 14-112 establishes that the common law rule against perpetuities does not apply to a specified Trust created for the care of an animal alive during the lifetime of the settlor; authorizes the creation of a Trust to provide for the care of an animal alive during the lifetime of the settlor; establishes when the Trust terminates; authorizes specified persons to enforce the Trust; provides for the distribution of property not required for the intended use of the Trust; and sets forth that the Act is to be applied prospectively. The Trusts may either be established intervivos or testamentary. If you would like to receive a copy of the hand out, contact Ms. Masterton at email@example.com and she will email you a copy. THE ADVOCATE Page 7 NOVEMBER 2009 MEMORIAL SERVICE FOR JOSEPH ANDREW LANE by Alice L. Arcieri and Dana Miller On Thursday, September 10, 2009, members of the selflessness, and ability to listen. Ms. Dively Baltimore County Bar Association, staff of the emphasized the family atmosphere that Joe helped courthouse, judges, friends, family, and colleagues cultivate in Judge Martin’s Chambers. celebrated the life of Joseph Andrew Lane, who passed away in July 2009. Joe recently served as Joseph Lane’s budding legal career was defined by Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Timothy J. talent and professionalism. He touched many people Martin. All gathered in Courtroom 7 for the in the legal community in a very short period of ceremony. Judge Martin opened by introducing the time. Those of us who had the pleasure of knowing Lane family, who had travelled from New Jersey to Joe Lane will deeply miss him. To honor Joe’s attend the service. From his first interview with Joe, memory and to benefit students who share the same Judge Martin was impressed not only by his vigor and commitment to their work, the Lane impeccable credentials, but also his self-assurance, family has established the Joseph A. Lane Memorial sense of humor, and passion for the law. Judge Scholarship at his alma mater, the University of Martin and Joe immediately discovered their shared Baltimore School of Law. (For more information on interest in history, particularly that of World War II. the Scholarship please contact Matthew Lane at The Judge was impressed that Joe’s knowledge of firstname.lastname@example.org.) history surpassed the prowess of those forty years his senior. He also discussed Joe’s passion and insightful interpretation of the law. Judge Martin then commended Joe, who recently received the honor of being simultaneously admitted to both the Maryland and New Jersey Bars. In remembering his ANNUAL MEMORIAL SERVICE law clerk and friend, the Judge stated that “Joe was kind, respectful, sensitive to others, and a wonderful conversationalist,” and that Joe “will be sorely missed.” Please join us on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 3:30 P.M. in Ceremonial Courtroom No. 5, Old Speaking next, Master Theresa Beck described how Courthouse, Second Floor, 400 Washington immensely she enjoyed her daily interactions with Avenue, Towson, to honor the following BCBA Joe. She was impressed that Joe recognized, at such Members who have passed away since August 2008: a young age, the importance of the family structure not only in the successful practice of law, but also in Lynn E. Brenneman fostering lasting, meaningful relationships. Jessica Hon. Edward A. DeWaters, Jr. Immler, Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Vicki John R. Bashaar, Sr. Ballou-Watts, followed and spoke on behalf of the Donald L. Allewalt, Sr. law clerks of the Baltimore County Circuit Court. Richard A. Reid She shared fond memories about the cultivation of William R. Lenhard her friendship with Joe at the University of Michael Howard Davis Baltimore School of Law, and their time spent Hon. Marvin J. Land clerking together at the Courthouse. Anne Talbot Brennan The final speaker was Cheryl Dively, Judicial Monica C. Doherty Assistant to Judge Martin. Ms. Dively spoke about Joseph A. Lane how much she enjoyed working with Joe on a daily Hon. J. William Hinkel basis and getting to know him over the past year. She stated how impacted she was by his maturity, THE ADVOCATE Page 8 NOVEMBER 2009 COUNTY COUNCIL UPDATE by Kevin B. Kamenetz, Esquire Councilman, Second District Greetings! On behalf of victims. It is estimated that approximately 287 “high the Baltimore County danger” victims will be served by this new position Council, I am grateful for during the 14 month funding period. the opportunity to update our Bar members on the Please feel free to contact me if you have any activities of our County’s questions or concerns about County government. legislative body. Your seven member County Council serves as the Kevin Kamenetz, Councilman, Second District, independent Legislative Baltimore County Council Branch of County government. The Council meets year-round, generally in bi-monthly Legislative Sessions (held at night) and bi-monthly Work Sessions (held during the ARE ALCOHOL AND DRUGS CAUSING day). All proceedings are open to the public, and the PROBLEMS IN YOUR LIFE? Legislative Sessions are broadcast on BCTV (Comcast There is a way up and a way out — for ABSOLUTELY Channel 25 and Verizon). The Council’s web site at CONFIDENTIAL help, call us today ... www.baltimorecountycouncil.org provides helpful information as well. BALTIMORE COUNTY LAWYER ASSISTANCE PROGRAM A CONFIDENTIAL resource for Baltimore County attorneys, assistants and judges. Recent events of interest include the following: WE DO NOT KEEP RECORDS. Our sole purpose is to provide help. We can assist with providing access to treatment ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION. The facilities and provide emergency practice management, as well as Council approved an appropriation of State and referrals to professional counselors. County funds totaling $46,591 to the Alternative JAY MILLER, Chair 410-583-6969 Dispute Resolution Program, to add a new position 443-271-7317 to enhance program services. The ADR services JOE MURTHA, Vice-Chair 410-583-6969 443-271-7319 help resolve court cases through mediation and STUART AXILBUND 410-337-0606 settlement conferences. Currently, the DCM Office JIM BEACH 410-241-8538 staffs two positions, which are responsible for HON. ALFRED L. BRENNAN, SR. 410-825-2413 CHRISTINE BRITTON 410-581-2587 directing all pre-trial settlement conferences and MARY CHALAWSKY 410-649-2009 mediation (approximately 6,200 annually). The new ANDY COOPER 410-727-0360 funding will add a new full-time ADR Assistant. It FRANCIS LANASA 410-583-6969 is anticipated that the State grant funding may be RICHARD LYNAS 410-821-1099 JOSEPH LYONS 410-583-8300 extended for another three years. GERARD MILES 443-589-0150 JOSE MOLINA 443-851-7353 VICTIM ADVOCATE PROGRAM. The Council JIM QUINN 443-703-3041 HON. PHILIP N. TIRABASSI 410-512-2323 approved appropriation of $67,750 to the Victim RICHARD VINCENT 443-703-3040 Advocate Program, to be used for a new part-time You may also contact the LAP Committee at Social Worker for 14 months. The source of email@example.com funding is the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2209 (a.k.a. Stimulus Money). The social worker will serve as an advocate for victims of domestic violence and will support the County’s Domestic Violence Lethality Assessment Program, which identifies and serves “high danger” THE ADVOCATE Page 9 NOVEMBER 2009 THE ADVOCATE Page 10 NOVEMBER 2009 We're going to Alaska ! Years ago, a number of members of the greater Baltimore legal and judicial community went on a cruise through the Caribbean. In an attempt to recreate the good time that was held by all, a cruise to Alaska has been planned. Fabulous shore excursions, a Captain's private cocktail party and some possible legal education are being planned. Please join your friends and colleagues on this wonderful trip. When: August 1 to 8, 2010 Leaving from and returning to: Seattle Ship: Holland America Oosterdam Ports of call: Glacier Bay, Juneau, Sitka, Ketchican and Victoria Cost: Cabins range approximately $1,200 to $2,400 per person Cabins are LIMITED. Deposits of $175 per person due no later than January 15, 2010 (refundable up until March 3rd). If you are interested, please contact Carroll Paige at 1-800-241-6561, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, this is a private event, not an “official BCBA-sponsored”event. THE ADVOCATE Page 11 NOVEMBER 2009 A LAWYER’S REVIEW: Made to Stick, by Chi; & Dan Heath Review by Jeffrey R. Scholnick You have just finished a closing argument in front of a jury. How do you know if your arguments “stuck” with the jury? You are preparing for an important meeting with a client. How do you explain complicated legal concepts to your client so that they understand and remember what you said? You are ready to spend thousands of dollars to market your firm to a target audience. How do you fashion your message so that you are remembered in the midst of the barrage of advertising? All of these questions require you to determine how to have your message “stick.” As lawyers, we communicate every day. It is imperative that we present our advice so that it has an impact on our listeners. ‘Made To Stick” is a prescription to help us reach our clients, juries and other audiences. The book is actually intended to apply to anyone needing to communicate with an audience, such as teachers, advertisers or CEOs. The writers, who are brothers, use the acronym “SUCCESs” as an abbreviation for their solution. Their six principles for “stickie” ideas are: (1)Simple; (2)Unexpected; (3)Concrete; (4) Credible; (5) Emotional; and (6) Stories. While these six concepts are quite obvious, they are often forgotten when we try to impart on others the information we have learned. The authors have a name for this dilemma- the Curse of Knowledge. How many times do we hear clients say that their prior attorney did not explain their case to them? How many times are we accused of using “legalese?” We feel an urgency to impress our clients with our knowledge of the law. However, sometimes less is more. The Heaths quote a criminal defense attorney who stated that if he makes too many different arguments to the jury in his closing, the members of the jury will not remember any of the arguments when they retire to the jury room. Instead we must “strip an idea down to its core, we must be masters of exclusion.” If we want clients or juries to remember what we say, we have to give them something that is simple but something that has substance. This is why we remember proverbs- they are simple but they also provide great truths. To qualify as “unexpected,” your idea must have an element of surprise. Think of some of your favorite movies. The scenes we remember most- those that “stuck” with us- had a component of surprise. For example, the scene in the “Godfather I,” in which the producer wakes to find his prize horse’s head in his bed, will always be remembered because it was both unexpected and clever. To be “concrete,” we must fight the urge to be ambiguous. Sometimes, we try to avoid direct answers with our clients because we are unsure of how their case will conclude. While we often can not guarantee a result, we can also frustrate a client by talking in abstractions. We can be concrete by giving examples that are already familiar to our clients. If we explain legal concepts by using examples that our clients have encountered in their daily lives, then we bridge the gap between their experiences and our knowledge. The authors call this the “Velcro Theory of Memory.” The last three principles of SUCCESs can be lumped together for the purposes of this review. Credibility results from using stories of actual events or famous people to make your point realistic. Similarly, if your story has an emotional element, it will be compelling to a client, jury or judge. Finally, using stories to get your message across, is much more powerful than using abstractions or theory. People will remember the concept, meaning or moral of the story. This book is an easy read that has powerful implications for our communications with clients. I have found myself using its ideas on a daily basis. It is highly relevant to the way we market our practices and our profession. It is definitely a book that will “stick” with you. THE ADVOCATE Page 12 NOVEMBER 2009 THE PROFESSIONAL LAWYER Return Telephone Calls Promptly by Keith R. Truffer Example: Tom Lee Response, Esq. conducts a general practice and serves clients ably, handling trial work and business advice with equal aplomb. Lawyer Response’s clients particularly appreciate his habit of returning telephone calls promptly, always within twenty four hours. Lawyer Response’s practice flourishes with such satisfied clients. Baltimore County Bar Association Code of Professionalism: PUNCTUALITY: I shall be punctual in communicating with others. I shall return phone calls promptly. Comment: A lawyer’s work, at its core, is a service function. We serve our clients by giving them advice and counsel, representing their interests with the courts and others and by communicating the status of those matters entrusted to us. Nothing gratifies a client more than the feeling that the client’s needs, concerns and fears are as important to the lawyer as they are to the client. To fulfill our responsibility, satisfy our clients and build a successful practice, return telephone calls as promptly as possible. Now available for: WORKERS’ COMP LAW FIRM, L.L.C., Matt M. Paavola, Managing Partner Arbitration, Mediation, 2113 Orems Road, Baltimore, MD 21220 410-574-8000; 410-574-6884, fax Guided Settlement Discussions JUDGE DANA M. LEVITZ Former Senior Judge, Website: MyWorkersCompLawFirm.com Email Matt@MyWorkersCompLawFirm.com Circuit Court for Baltimore County, MATT M. PAAVOLA has been practicing in the Greater Baltimore Adjunct Faculty, U of B School of Law area for over 24 years. He is a former Governor of the MAJ. He is willing to conduct the initial interview in your office. WCC appeals 410-456-4436 are welcomed. BANKRUPTCY—Chapters 7 and 13 1-800-BANKRUPT STOP Foreclosures Wage Garnishments Vehicle Repossessions Creditors Calls Judgments Lawsuits Free Consultation – Payment Plans We are a Debt Relief Agency servicing all areas of Baltimore County, Baltimore City and Harford County – Over 1,000 cases filed. Law Office of Nicholas J. Del Pizzo, III, P.A. THE ADVOCATE Page 13 NOVEMBER 2009 SPOTLIGHT ON JUDICIAL LAW CLERK by Alice L. Arcieri If you attended the In May, Lauren graduated, cum laude with a Baltimore County concentration in real estate. While waiting to receive Bar Association her Maryland State Bar Exam results, Lauren joined Crab Feast, you the Baltimore County Bar Association and plans to may have had the remain active in this organization. She is not only pleasure of active in the legal community, but stays physically meeting Lauren active by playing golf and recently ran in the Baltimore Jones. She is currently the law Half-Marathon. Lauren is interested in the fields of clerk to the environmental law, real estate law, and zoning law. Honorable John O. Lauren, we wish you all the best in your future Hennegan. Lauren endeavors. previously interned for the Honorable Shirley M. Watts at the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. After her experience with The Women's Bar Association of Maryland Judge Watts, Lauren knew she wanted to apply for a Mid-Year Meeting and law clerk position. Lauren was first introduced to Rita C. Davidson Award Dinner Judge Hennegan in the Fall of 2008 when he taught Maryland Civil Procedure at the University of 2009 Rita C. Davidson Award Recipients: Baltimore. The Honorable Toni E. Clarke Circuit Court of Prince George's County Lauren grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and and graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in The Honorable Cynthia S. Miraglia 2004 with degrees in Advertising and Speech Workers Compensation Commission Communications. After working for a real estate of Maryland firm in San Diego, California, Lauren decided to attend law school. First introduced to Charm City by Tuesday, November 17, 2009 her brother, who lived here, Lauren decided to attend Sheraton Washington North the University of Baltimore. During law school, 4095 Powder Mill Road Beltsville, Maryland 20705 Lauren participated in several extracurricular 301-937-4422 activities. She was a staff member for the University of Baltimore Law Review and her article entitled 6:00-7:00 p.m. - Cash Bar Cocktail Reception Treasuring the Chesapeake: An Analysis of Climate 7:00 p.m. - Dinner and Ceremony Change and Its Impact on the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s Surrounding Coastal Regions was WBA Members/Members of Judiciary, $85 published in the Winter 2009 issue. Lauren was the Non-Members $100 Secretary of the Student Bar Association. Lauren REGISTRATION DEADLINE: also worked at the Maryland Office of the Attorney NOVEMBER 12, 2009 General for the Department of the Environment and participated in the School of Law’s Community MAIL REGISTRATION FORM AND PAYMENT Development clinic. TO: Women's Bar Association of Maryland, PO Box 58, Maryland Line, Maryland 21105, OR fax registration form to 1-866-458-0095 THE ADVOCATE Page 14 NOVEMBER 2009 MEMBER NEWS BCBA Member Benefits … Did you know … … that members are welcomed and encouraged to use the amenities available in the Bar Office at any time? This includes: ►a place to hang your hat, coat and umbrella (instead of lugging them up to the courtroom with you, only to forget them there!), ►telephone (to check your office for messages or track down your client/ witness), ►a COMPUTER (to check your email, or print out that one voir dire that you forgot), ►a great cup of coffee or refreshing cup of water. ►Did I mention the chocolate? It has been a long-standing tradition in the BCBA office to have chocolate and mints available for you! ►Many attorneys bring and leave lunch in the fridge, or heat up their soup in the microwave. It really is the “hub” of the courthouse, and a home-away-from-home for all of our members. It is also the place where we conduct the Lawyer Referral Service. Stop by, say hello, and check it out! GUEST BARTENDER NIGHT w/Mike Radcliffe Ravens @ Bengals A portion of all drink purchases and tips will be donated to The Packard Center for ALS Research Sunday, November 8th Christopher Daniel Restaurant 12 noon - ? 106 West Padonia Road Game-day Menu will include Nachos w/cheese, $5 Oyster Po Boy Slider w/Spicy Chipotle, $9 Southwest Egg Rolls, $8 Pepperoni, Marinara & Parmesan Flatbread, $10 East/West Wings, $9 Delaware Bay Oysters, $1 ea. Buffalo Chicken Tenders, $9 1 lb Steamed Mussels, $10 Burger Sliders w/Cheese & Bacon, $9 … and more ! THE ADVOCATE Page 15 NOVEMBER 2009 MEMBER NEWS WELCOME NEW MEMBERS The following attorneys were approved for WONDER WHICH WAY TO TURN FOR THE membership in September and October 2009: LATEST IN EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES? Theodore B. Cornblatt Jerome L. Davis Look no farther than the Baltimore County Law Library! Donald C. Discepolo Timothy Sansom Faith NEW DVDs Patrick Ferris Brian P. Field The Library just finished updating its collection of Tiffany Franc training material available now only on DVD. Jason Sean Garber (Not VHS and not BluRay). E. Burton Hathaway Jacob D. Hornstein Stop in the Library and review the list of DVDs available. Cynthia M. Lifson Michael Lippenholz Borrowing a DVD from the library requires a $25.00 fee Mairi Pat Maguire and a $100.00 deposit. Please call the Library for more Sarah D. Mann details on renting a DVD from our collection. Christopher M. McNally Richard S. Miller Anita B. Patel William Sinclair Samuel Sperling NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY Saturday, November 21, 2009 For the fifth year, the Baltimore County Bar From the Family of C. Eugene Schmidt Association is proud to celebrate NATIONAL ADOPTION DAY, With our sincere thanks to all the with adoption ceremonies being held in Ceremonial members of the Bar Association, the Courtroom No. 5, and a luncheon for all Baltimore Bench and so many others of the County families who have adopted in the last year. courthouse family who expressed their While this event receives donations from the condolences and shared their memories Baltimore County Bar Foundation and the Baltimore and favorite stories with us. He would County Department of Social Services, we are still in have been so proud and humbled by the need of additional funds to buy gifts for the children affection and respect shown to him. and provide lunch for the families. By making a contribution, you will help put adoption in the spotlight and make a meaningful difference in a Sincerely, child’s life. Please send a donation today, payable to Diane and Joe Knott the BCBA, to the Bar Office. Larry, Linda and Thank you for your generosity. Ernestine Schmidt THE ADVOCATE Page 16 NOVEMBER 2009 MEMBER NEWS MEMBERS ON THE MOVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS NEEDED Rebecca A. Bryant 10451 Mill Run Circle If you have not Owings Mills, MD 21117 been receiving 410-363-7007 email messages email@example.com from the BCBA (i.e., The Week Pezzulla & Pezzulla, LLC Ahead …, etc.) and James S. Pezzulla, Esquire would like to Kenneth D. Pezzulla, Esquire participate in any judicial qualifications 28 Allegheny Avenue, Suite 1207 Towson, MD 21204 survey(s) done in the future, it is 410-821-5235 important that you provide us with your firstname.lastname@example.org current email address. Please send your information to email@example.com. Remember, all future surveys will be done by email access. CONGRATULATIONS to BCBA Member Edward T. Pinder, recently honored by the UB Law Alumni Reception: MSBA first Spotlight Baltimore County Award for his outstanding public service role as a good February 3, 2010 citizen who Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Location: BlueStone volunteers in his local Contact Name: Office of External community. Pinder, a Relations busy solo practitioner Contact E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org in Baltimore County, was awarded the Join Dean Phillip J. Closius and the Office Seasoned Lawyer of External Relations for happy hour in your Spotlight Award for his extraordinary volunteer neighborhood! commitment to his local community. This solo attorney supports the youth in Parkville, as well as the Our event for Baltimore County-area alumni entire community, as an active volunteer leader engaged in everything from coaching girls’ softball will be held at BlueStone in Timonium on and teaching Sunday school to fundraising and Wednesday, February 3 from 6-8 playing Santa Claus. Pinder’s many contributions to p.m. There is no charge for UB Law alumni his local community are the quiet good deeds that to attend. If you plan on attending, please characterize a good citizen and an outstanding RSVP to (410) 837-4468 no later than attorney most worthy of MSBA’s first Spotlight Wednesday, January 27. Award, wrote Janet Eveleth, MSBA, Maryland Bar We look forward to seeing you at BlueStone! Journal. THE ADVOCATE Page 17 NOVEMBER 2009 Annual Holiday Party & Art Auction Thursday, December 3rd Young Lawyers Annual 6:00 - 9:00 P.M. Library Party Luncheon Sheraton Baltimore North December 3, 2009 903 Dulaney Valley Road 12:00 noon—2:30 pm Towson Circuit Court Law Library In addition to a wonderful time giving holiday wishes to your colleagues, there will be a live To attend, please bring auction to benefit the 2 NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS, BALTIMORE COUNTY BAR FOUNDATION or a $10 donation. All proceeds will benefit the Baltimore Over 120 pieces will be offered, some County DSS Holiday Toy Stores, gift beginning bids as low as $65, so repositories for parents receiving aid to there will be something for everyone! select holiday gifts for their children. It’s never too early to start collecting books at your firm! Thank YOU ... … to All BCBA Members who responded to the recent Membership Survey conducted by the ABA Division of Bar Services. We had an astonishing Full Dinner Buffet 25.7% response! Open Bar … and CONGRATULATIONS to PAUL REDMOND who won a gift Cash & Carry Purchases certificate to The Oregon Grille will be available Restaurant in a random drawing of those who responded to the survey. THE ADVOCATE Page 18 NOVEMBER 2009 THE ELVES OF SETTLEMENT COURT, WANT TOYS AND MORE TOYS! Its hard to believe, but it’s almost the time of year again when the ELVES OF SETTLEMENT COURT, Judges Brennan and Howe, call upon all of their former law clerks, all University of Baltimore School of Law Alumni and anyone else who wants to experience the joy of giving, to continue the wonderful holiday tradition with the Sigma Delta Kappa Law Fraternity of the University of Baltimore. Unwrapped new toys costing between $15 and $20 are accepted in the Settlement Office during the last two weeks of November and the first two weeks of December. All you need to do is have fun at the toy stores and buy your favorite toy or the toy you wished had been around when you were a youngster. Please bring your new unwrapped present(s) to the Settlement Court Offices on the Fifth Floor of the Court House by December 10h. Elf assistant, Mrs. Preis has graciously agreed to supervise the presents, (and or the Judge Elves who may be tempted to play with the new toys), while they await delivery to the youngsters over the holidays. Photos of the holiday deliveries over the recent years are currently posted in the Settlement Court Offices. The happiness of the recipient youngsters as seen in these photos speaks to the need. Historically, the Baltimore County Bar Association members and court staff contributed widely to this great cause. It is hoped that this year’s donation will surpass last year’s efforts because this year, the list of needy children is even longer. As always if you are a generous individual and don’t have the time to do the shopping, donations by way of a check is also appreciated. The Fraternity Members love shopping for toys with our money and your attention to this project is greatly appreciated. THE ADVOCATE Page 19 NOVEMBER 2009 COMMITTEE REPORTS The 2008-2009 Committee List is available online at www.bcba.org ADR COMMITTEE CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS COMMITTEE CHAIR, ROBERT H. WOLF CHAIR, STANFORD G. GANN, JR. 410-685-0990; RHW@ALPERSTEINLAW.COM 410-321-0600; SGANNJR@LEVINGANN.COM Please watch this space for Please communicate any issues for consideration and/or announcement of future program(s). review to Chair Stan Gann. ADVOCATE COMMITTEE CRIMINAL LAW COMMITTEE CHAIR, DAVID F. LUBY CHAIR, WENDY ZERWITZ 410-823-1800; DLUBY@RMMR.COM 410-288-9303; WENDY@ZERWITZLAW.COM Please feel free to communicate any questions and/or January 15, 2010. 12 noon, Brown Bag Lunch. concerns with Dave Luby, and to volunteer to write any Common Parole Issues. Speaker: David Blumberg, articles. Director of the Maryland Parole Commission. February 4, 2010. 12 noon, Brown Bag Lunch. BENCH/BAR COMMITTEE Overview of the Safe Surrender Program. CHAIR, KEITH R. TRUFFER 410-823-1800; KTRUFFER@RMMR.COM April 7, 2010. 4:30 P.M., Cars, Cops & Stops III. This Committee meets the second Thursday of every Speaker: Prof. Byron Warnken. month, September through June. Please communicate any issues and/or concerns to Keith Truffer. ENTERTAINMENT COMMITTEE CLE COMMITTEE CHAIR, KATHERINE D. FONES CHAIR, LARRY J. FELDMAN 410-821-6565; KFONES@MILESSTOCKBRIDGE.COM 410-356-6555; FELDMANLAW@VERIZON.NET November 18, 2009. 8:00 a.m. District Court Mark Your Calendars NOW practice update: Procedures, policy and important case law. Speakers: TBD. Flyer included in this issue. December 3, 2009. 6:00 P.M. Holiday Party & Art Auction, Sheraton Baltimore North, Dulaney Valley December 10, 2009. 12 noon, Brown Bag Road, Towson. Flyer included in this issue. Lunch. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Chambers Judge. Speakers: Hon. Vicki January 28, 2010. 6:00 P.M. Annual Black Tie Ballou-Watts. Flyer included in this issue. Banquet. Martin’s West. February 17, 2010. 8:00 a.m. Third Judicial February 21, 2010. 2:00-6:00 P.M. Bowling Circuit North: What is expected from us when we travel Bash! Hillendale Bowling Center. to Bel Air. Speaker: TBD March 17, 2010. 8:00 a.m. Annual Case Law June 7, 2010. 12 noon Lunch; 1:00 Shotgun Start. Annual Golf Outing. Country Club of Maryland. Update. Speaker: Hon. Joseph F. Murphy, Jr. April 21, 2010. 8:00 a.m. Administrative Appeals: Making a Proper Record and Success in the Circuit Court. Speaker: TBD. THE ADVOCATE Page 20 NOVEMBER 2009 COMMITTEE REPORTS ESTATES & TRUSTS COMMITTEE FEE ARBITRATION COMMITTEE CHAIR, ALFRED L. BRENNAN, JR. CHAIR, STEVEN A. ALLEN 410-687-3434; ALB@BRENNANLAWYERS.COM 410-938-8800; SALLEN@HPK.COM November 19, 2009. 5:00 P.M. Guardianships of Fee Arbitration Rules and Forms are available on Person and Property. Grand Jury Room. Flyer included the website (www.bcba.org), Community in this issue. Resources. January 28, 2010. 5:00 P.M. Federal Estate Tax, Capital Gains. Grand Jury Room. HISTORICAL COMMITTEE CHAIR, WILLIAM A. BEALE March 25, 2010. 5:00 P.M. Nuts & Bolts on 410-337-2530; WILLBEALE@AOL.COM Drafting Wills. Speaker: Prof. Angela Vallario. Grand The Historical Committee encourages submission of Jury Room. anecdotes about older members of the Bar and/or judges, to be published -- only with attribution -- in The May 20, 2010. 5:00 P.M. Legislative Update & Advocate. If you wish to offer such anecdotes, please Clerks’ Pet Peeves. Grand Jury Room forward them to Bill Beale. FAMILY LAW COMMITTEE LAW DAY COMMITTEE CHAIR, REBECCA A. FLEMING CHAIR, ANTHONY T. BARTLETT 410-823-1250; RFLEMING@BODIENAGLE.COM 410-561-3000; ABARTLETT@MWBLAW.NET November 16, 2009. 6:00 P.M., Adoptive and ABA Law Day Theme: Law in the 21st Century: Alternative Reproductive Methods for Same-sex Emerging Challenges and Enduring Traditions. Couples. Speakers: Carolyn H. Thaler, Esquire and Margaret “Peggy” E. Swain, Esquire. Christopher LAWYER REFERRAL COMMITTEE Daniel Restaurant. Flyer included in this issue. CHAIR, SUZANNE K. FARACE 410-821-2910; SFARACE@FSLAWOFFICE.COM HOLD THESE DATES: December 8, 2009. 12 noon. Renewal forms were due July 1, 2009 for the new December 17, 2009. 12 noon. year. Forms were included in the June 2009 issue of January 12, 2010. 12 noon. The Advocate. They can also be printed from our January 26, 2010. 12 noon. February 24, 2010. 6:00 P.M. website, www.bcba.org (Attorney Resources). March 23, 2010. 6:00 P.M. Please review the new rules carefully, and make April 28, 2010. 6:00 P.M. sure to include your legal malpractice insurance May 19, 2010. 4:30 P.M. information with your registration forms. Lawyer Referral Service now offers online scheduling. Panel attorneys can sign up and manage their calendar for screening shifts online: http://www.shiftboard.com/bcba THE ADVOCATE Page 21 NOVEMBER 2009 COMMITTEE REPORTS LAWYERS ASSISTANCE COMMITTEE MEMORIAL & RECOGNITION COMMITTEE CHAIR, JAY D. MILLER CHAIR, NEAL M. BROWN 410-583-6969; JAYMILLER@MMPLEGAL.COM 410-821-3509; NBROWN@WARANCH-BROWN.COM A CONFIDENTIAL resource for Baltimore County Please see page 9 for a complete list of those BCBA attorneys, assistants and judges. members who will be honored at this year’s Annual WE DO NOT KEEP RECORDS. Our sole purpose is Memorial Service on Tuesday, November 17, 2009, to provide help. We can assist with providing access to beginning at 3:30 P.M. Please note, this year’s treatment facilities and provide emergency practice service will be held in Ceremonial Courtroom No. 5 management, as well as referrals to professional located in the Old Courthouse, Second Floor, 400 counselors. Washington Avenue, Towson. See page 13 for contact information, or email email@example.com. Referrals and contacts are kept strictly confidential. NEGLIGENCE, INSURANCE & WC COMM. Please do not hesitate to contact anyone on the CHAIR, JUDSON H. LIPOWITZ committee for assistance, to refer a colleague, or for 410-821-6800; JLIPOWITZ@AGFLAW.COM general information. November 5, 2010. 12:00-1:30 P.M. Litigating the Nursing Home Case: An Overview. Grand Jury LONG-RANGE PLANNING COMMITTEE Room. Speakers: Michael S. Warshaw and Christopher CHAIR, JUSTIN J. KING M. McNally. 410-337-3755; JKING2@COMCAST.NET January 7, 2010. 12:00-1:30 P.M. Workers’ Comp. No meetings are currently scheduled for this Grand Jury Room. Program details TBD. Committee. March 18, 2010. 12:00-1:30 P.M. Medicare Liens MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE (WC & liability cases), New Regs, etc. Grand Jury Room. CHAIR, LOUIS E. GRENZER, JR. Program details TBD. 410-823-1250; LGRENZER@BODIENAGLE.COM May 18, 2010. 12:00-1:30 P.M. Wrongful Death Recruit, recruit, recruit. Please remember to share Cases, Beginning to End, and Pitfalls Not Easily your wonderful experiences and benefits of being a Noticed. Grand Jury Room. Program details TBD. member of the BALTIMORE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION with your friends and colleagues. The PRO BONO COMMITTEE Membership Application is available online at http:// CHAIR, MICHAEL L. JEFFERS www.bcba.org/attorney_resources/ 410-296-6705 X30; MJEFERS@MDLAB.ORG membership_application.asp. The BCBA and the Local Pro Bono Committees meet the second Tuesday of every month (September through June, except December), 4:30 P.M. at Levin & Gann, 502 Washington Avenue, Suite 800, Towson. Meetings are scheduled for October 13, November 10, 2009, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 13, May 11 and June 8, 2010. THE ADVOCATE Page 22 NOVEMBER 2009 COMMITTEE REPORTS PROFESSIONALISM COMMITTEE SOLO & SMALL FIRM COMMITTEE CHAIR, STUART A. SCHADT CHAIR, JEFFREY R. SCHOLNICK 410-296-8870; STUARTSCHADT@AOL.COM 410-494-9944; JSCHOLNICK@HOODANDSCHOLNICK.COM This committee will meet at 5:15 P.M. in the Grand SOLO & SMALL FIRM LUNCH Jury Room (County Courts Building) on September 9, November 18, 2009, January 13, March 10 and May TOWSON - THIRD TUESDAY of 12, 2010. EVERY MONTH 12 noon, Greene Turtle Restaurant, York Road PUBLIC AWARENESS & No RSVP necessary. SPEAKERS COMMITTEE EAST SIDE - Thursday, November 12th CHAIR, BAMBI GLENN 12:30 P.M., Mo’s Seafood, 7600 Eastern Avenue 410-853-3953; BGLENN@BAMBIGLENN.COM This Committee is currently handling requests from NORTHWEST - Meets every other month Baltimore County schools and senior centers for 1:00 P.M., Harryman House speakers on a variety of topics. If you are interested in Email Victoria Grace to b included in email volunteering to speak, please contact Bambi Glenn. notification of dates firstname.lastname@example.org REAL PROPERTY COMMITTEE Great networking and referral opportunities! CHAIR, BENJAMIN L. POLAKOFF Please join us and simply pay for your order. 410-385-4284; BLP@SHAPIROSHER.COM November 12, 2009. 12 noon. LEED STATE, LOCAL LAWS & ZONING COMMITTEE Certification & Issues. Grand Jury Room. Flyer included CHAIR, JENNIFER R. BUSSE in this issue. 410-832-2000; JBUSSE@WTPLAW.COM January 14, 2010. 12 noon. Due Diligence February 4, 2010. 6:00 P.M. Master Plan Closing Checklists. Grand Jury Room. Update. Country Club of Maryland. March 11, 2010. 12 noon. Title Insurance and Title Endorsements. Grand Jury Room. April 28, 2010. 6:00 P.M. TBD. Country Club of Maryland. May 13, 2010. 12 noon. Property and Casualty Insurance Issues, including indemnification and relevant June 3, 2010. 6:00 P.M. A View From The provisions in leases. Grand Jury Room Benches. Country Club of Maryland. September 9, 2010. 12 noon. Legislative Update, Reverse Mortgages and Creative Financing. Grand Jury TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE Room. CHAIR, ADAM M. SPENCE 410-823-5003; ADAM@SPENCEFIRM.COM December 1, 2009. 12 noon. Software for Trial Attorneys. Brown Bag Lunch, County Courts Building, Grand Jury Room. Flyer included in this issue. THE ADVOCATE Page 23 NOVEMBER 2009 COMMITTEE REPORTS YOUNG LAWYERS COMMITTEE March 7, 2010. 2:00-6:00 P.M. Annual Bull & CHAIR, CHRISTINE S. BRITTON Oyster Roast and Silent Auction. Towson American 410-581-2587; CHRISTINE_S_BRITTON@PROGRESSIVE.COM Legion. Running Club. Wendy Sare and the YLC have March 25, 2010. 5:00 P.M. Joint Meeting w/ organized an official BCBA RUNNING CLUB. The Estates & Trusts Committee. Nuts & Bolts on details are posted on our website (www.bcba.org) on Drafting Wills. Speaker: Prof. Angela Vallario. the home page under Young Lawyers. Please email Grand Jury Room. Wendy (email@example.com) if you are April 2010. 12 noon. Chamber Chat. interested in participating. May 2010. Happy Hour! December 7, 2009. Jingle Bell Run — our inaugural event !! BCBA Run will celebrate its first running anniversary by participating once again in the Jingle Bell Run on Sunday, December 6 at 9AM, DuBurns Arena, 1301 S. Ellwood Street, Baltimore, MD 21224 Here is the link to register – it is easiest to do it by visiting our own personal team webpage first! http://BaltimoreJingleBellRun.kintera.org/ bcbarun Click on Join Our Team and register from there Please let me know when you sign up! We cannot wait to see all of you there and to see the returning runners crush their times from last year! On a hot and humid day with temperatures well into the 90s, the BCBA Run Team ventured to Boordy Details to follow on training runs and celebratory Vineyards for its annual 5k on Sunday August 9, 2009. times! Despite the weather, the runners had times ranging from under 25 minutes to just over 30 minutes. The November 10, 2009. 12 noon. Chamber Chat race was broken down into three sections: vineyards, w/District Court Judge Darryl G. Fletcher. road, and vineyards. The race began at Boordy and the runners had to navigate tall grass through a section December 3, 2009. 12:00-2:00 P.M. Holiday of one of its vineyards. The course then opened up to Library Party. Flyer included in this issue. Long Green Pike. The 5k finally returned to the same section of the vineyards and the finish. All the runners January 20, 2010. 3:30 P.M. New Admittees agreed that contending with the heat and sweltering Swearing In Ceremony. County Courts Building. humidity were the biggest hurdle for the race. Upon completion of the race, the runners and spectators February 2010. 12 noon. Chamber Chat w/ were able to enjoy wine, live music, and a picnic at Orphans Court Judge(s). Boordy. THE ADVOCATE Page 24 NOVEMBER 2009 CRIMINAL LAW UPDATE by Robert C. Lidston The October Amicus features three Court of Appeals did not overshadow these instructions and shift the burden decisions which may be of interest to practitioners. to the defendant. Mitchell v. State, No. 11, September Term, 2008, filed Robinson v. State, No. 109, September Term, 2008, filed April 16, 2009 (opinion by Greene, J.). Mitchell went on July 28, 2009 (opinion by Barbera, J.). Robinson was to be trial before a jury for attempted murder and related tried before a jury in Caroline County on charges of offenses. Prior to trial, the State’s Attorney identified a attempted robbery and other offenses. During voir dire, a number of possible witnesses, none of whom were potential juror told the court that he could not decide the actually called to testify. As part of his closing argument, case impartially because he had overheard a group of four Mitchell’s attorney noted to the jury that these witnesses or five people discussing the case in the hallway. While he had not been called and argued that the State had the did not say what he had heard, he stated that the people he burden to present all of the evidence to the jury. The overheard talking about the case might have been prosecutor told the jury that Mitchell’s attorney had the witnesses. The potential juror was dismissed and the jury same power to subpoena witnesses and argued that if the was selected and sworn. As the trial began, the trial judge witnesses were so important that Mitchell’s attorney told the spectators in the courtroom not to discuss the case. should have called them. The Defense objected to the The judge ordered the spectators to stay in the courtroom State’s Attorney’s statements, contending that these except during specified break times. statements improperly shifted the burden to the defendant to produce evidence. The judge also learned that members of Robinson’s family may have been trying to intimidate witnesses. After The trial judge overruled the Defense’s objection and discussing the matter before the prosecutor, defense opined that defense counsel had opened the door to the attorney, and Robinson, the judge ordered the members of prosecutor’s remarks. On appeal, COSA held that the Robinson’s family and at least two other people to leave the State’s Attorney’s statement was a "satisfactorily tailored courtroom. Neither the State nor Robinson objected to that invited response" to the Defense’s "attempt to exploit order. The jury found Robinson guilty of armed robbery. weaknesses in the State’s case." The Court of Appeals He appealed to COSA contending that his constitutional granted cert to respond to the question: Did the State’s right to a public trial was violated when the judge excluded closing argument improperly shift the burden of proof? his family and other spectators from the courtroom. The Court of Appeals granted certiorari on its own before The Court affirmed the conviction. It examined the COSA ruled. matter under two theories: "invited response" and "opened door." It rejected the State’s "invited response" The conviction was affirmed. The Court decided that argument, deciding that in order for that doctrine to Robinson waived his right to a public trial when he did not apply, the prosecutor’s statement would have to be in object to the ejection of his family and other spectators response to improper statements by the Defense. It was from the courtroom. The Court noted, however, that before not improper for the Defense to call the attention of ordering the spectators out of the courtroom, the trial judge jurors to possible weaknesses in the State’s case. It did not comply with the standard for closing the courtroom upheld the conviction under the Motion of the "opened to the public, as set forth in Waller v. Georgia, 467 U.S. 39, door." The Court found that it was a matter of (1984). Waller requires that before a courtroom can be fundamental fairness to allow the State to respond to the closed to the public, four factors must be present: (1) the Defense’s criticism. The State’s comments were narrowly party seeking to close the hearing must advance an tailored to answer the Defense’s implication that the overriding interest that is likely to be prejudiced; (2) the witnesses were intentionally kept away from the trial. closure must be no broader than necessary to protect that interest; (3) the trial court must consider reasonable The Court observed that both the Defense and the trial alternatives to closing the proceeding; and (4) the trial court judge instructed the jurors that the State had the burden must make findings adequate to support the closure. of proof beyond a reasonable doubt. The trial judge also had told the jurors that closing arguments are not to be The Court observed that the right to a public trial is a considered as evidence in the trial. The State’s Attorney’s fundamental constitutional right but concluded that that remarks about the Defense having the power to subpoena right may be waived by a failure to object. Robinson’s THE ADVOCATE Page 25 NOVEMBER 2009 CRIMINAL LAW UPDATE Continued ... failure to object failed to preserve his review under the possibility of parole. He again asked Brye if he wished Maryland Rule 8-131(a) of the trial judge’s non- to represent himself at trial. Brye said that he did and the compliance with Waller. The Court rejected the notion trial judge accepted his waiver of counsel. Brye moved for that he was entitled to review of the closure order a dismissal of his charges and his motion was denied. He because the deprivation of the right to a public trial is a then asked for a clarification of the charges against him. "structural error," not subject to review for harmless The trial judge informed him erroneously that both error. handgun charges had a maximum penalty of five years. After his jury trial, Brye was convicted of only the second The Court also said that it did not want to exercise its degree assault count against him and was sentenced to ten discretion to address the unpreserved error because there years. was a possibility that Robinson had failed to object by design. Had he objected, the Waller analysis might well Through counsel, Brye appealed to COSA. He contended have been made by the trial judge once the deficiency that the trial court had erred by accepting his waiver of was brought to his or her attention. counsel after failing to advise him of the nature of the charges and the allowable penalties, as required by Brye v. State, No. 127, September Term, 2008, filed Maryland Rule 4-215(a)(3). COSA affirmed his conviction, September 18, 2009 (opinion by Harrell, J.). As the result opining that any erroneous advisements Brye received of a fight among three men, Brye was charged in about the penalty for the handgun charges did not warrant Baltimore County with first degree assault, use of a reversal because those erroneous or conflicting advisements handgun in the commission of a crime of violence, use of related only to charges for which Brye was not convicted. a handgun in the commission of a felony, false Further, Brye had made a knowing and intelligent waiver of imprisonment, and possession of marijuana. He appeared counsel with regard to the only charge for which he was for arraignment in the circuit court without counsel. The convicted, second degree assault. He had been correctly arraigning judge told him of the charges and the penalties advised before trial of the maximum possible penalty for he faced. The judge erroneously informed Brye that the that charge. The Court granted Brye’s petition for certiori. possible penalty for use of a handgun in the commission of a crime of violence was twenty-five years without The matter was reversed and remanded for a new trial. parole. This crime, of course, carries a maximum penalty Maryland Rule 4-215 is specific as to how a judge should of twenty years with a mandatory minimum of five years conduct a waiver inquiry that will safeguard the without parole. defendant’s constitutional right to counsel and provide him with the necessary information to make a decision about On Brye’s scheduled trial date, his public defender asked self-representation. The Court held that a trial judge must for a postponement from the administrative judge. Brye strictly comply with subsection (a)(3) of the Rule to make objected to the postponement. The judge told him that he certain that a defendant is aware of all pending charges and was facing ten years without the possibility of parole for possible penalties before accepting a defendant’s waiver or first degree assault and that the State had only recently discharge of counsel. Rule 4-215(a) advisements may be notified defense counsel about the enhanced penalty given properly to a defendant by different judges of the being sought. Brye said that he was ready for trial same court on a piecemeal basis. However, requirements of because he had been "incarcerated since March" and that the Rule are mandatory and the advisements must be if defense counsel was not ready at that time, then he accurate and consistent in substance. Failure to comply would "never be ready." The administrative judge told strictly with rule 4-215 is reversible error. him that he would have to waive his right to an attorney if he wanted to go to trial that day and that he "could get After reviewing the confusing and conflicting advisements up to twenty-five years in this case." Brye announced that in the Brye matter, the Court expressed little confidence he wanted to represent himself. that he had a clear understanding of the nature of the charges and the possible penalties when he waived his right At trial that afternoon, another judge correctly informed to counsel. At his first appearance, Brye had been told that Brye of the penalties for first and second degree assault. he faced twenty years for one of the handgun violations and That judge, however, misstated the maximum possible twenty-five years for the other. At his next appearance, he penalties for the handgun violations as five years without was told that he faced up to twenty-five years "in this case." THE ADVOCATE Page 26 NOVEMBER 2009 Family Law Meet & Greet - September 23, 2009 CRIMINAL LAW UPDATE Towson Golf & Country Club Continued ... Immediately before his trial began, Brye was informed by the trial judge that the maximum penalty he faced for a handgun violation was five years. While a layperson may be expected to comprehend accurate advisements given cumulatively at separate appearances, a layperson cannot be expected to be able to discern from a series of conflicting and sometimes incorrect advisements which is the correct information. The Court explained that a trial judge’s failure to provide the 4-215(a)(3) advisement makes a defendant’s "waiver of counsel ineffective" and requires reversal. Incorrect Lisa Mervis, Judge Judy Ensor, Craig Smith and advisements mixed with correct ones, rendered by a Suzanne Farace series of judges, cannot be ignored just because a defendant is not convicted of the implicated charge or charges. The point to focus the analysis of a rule 4-215 argument is when in the proceeding the waiver is accepted not what happened at trial. BCBA President Bud Clark, Rob Erdman and Judge Sherrie Bailey Sam Englehart, Master Terri Beck and Judge Mickey Norman THE ADVOCATE Page 27 NOVEMBER 2009 Co-Sponsored by the Baltimore County Bar Association ADVANCE REGISTRATION EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER 5TH THE ADVOCATE Page 28 NOVEMBER 2009 THE NEW DISCOVERY RULES - ONE YEAR LATER by Wendy A. Zerwitz In 2008 the Court of Appeals adopted new discovery timely! Rule 4-343 is the new Death Penalty Rule and rules for criminal cases. Richard Karceski, Esquire is sets forth additional facts which the State must prove a member of the Rules Committee and last year he beyond a reasonable doubt for the death penalty to be and Baltimore County State’s Attorney, Scott imposed. Rule 4-701 thru 4-711 deal with post- Shellenberger, spoke on how the new rules were conviction DNA testing. If a defendant has been being applied in Baltimore County. As the rules have convicted of one of the specifically listed violent now been in effect for a little over a year, they spoke crimes, and the conviction predates the scientific again on how the rules have changed the practice of evidence now being used, the defendant can request criminal law in Baltimore County. DNA testing. Rule 4-214 deals with when an attorney can represent multiple defendants in a single case. The Scott came with an excellent power point Trial Judge is now obligated to advise the Defendants of presentation. He outlined the items which now must their right to separate counsel. Rule 4-327 addresses be produced to the defense without a discovery inconsistent verdicts and Counsel’s obligation to object request and what must be produced upon a written to same. Rule 4-322 lists the requirements for admitting request from the defense. Maryland Rule 4-262 recordings into evidence. covers discovery in District Court and Maryland Rule 4-263 covers discovery in Circuit Court. On behalf of the Criminal Law Committee, a huge thank you to Scott and Rich for participating in this It was generally agreed by those in attendance that program. Baltimore County does an excellent job in providing discovery in District Court. Baltimore County is one of the few jurisdictions which does not charge for its discovery and they mail it to the defense. Rich 11th Annual brought up that the issue has been raised before the MSBA Solo and Small Firm Conference Rules Committee as to what it means to "deliver" discovery to the defense as some jurisdictions require Friday & Saturday defense counsel to come to their office to get the November 6 & 7, 2009 discovery. Although Baltimore County was praised for their compliance with District Court discovery, New Location: BWI Hilton there was some lively discussion regarding discovery requests in Circuit Court. Baltimore County refuses to Help Your provide the defense with addresses for the State’s witnesses. Additionally, the issue was raised as to the Practice Soar State’s obligation to discover whether one of their witnesses has a relationship with their office or any Register Online at other State’s Attorney’s Offices. It is the Baltimore www.msba.org County State’s Attorney’s Office’s position that their or call 410-685-7878 obligation does not extend outside their jurisdiction. (Pat Yevics, Director, LOMA) Scott was quick to point out that if there is ever a problem with discovery in a specific case, the easiest way to resolve it is to pick up the phone! Rich also • Making Your Case with a Better Memory added that if there are particular problems within a • Reinventing Your Practice with New Technology jurisdiction regarding any of the rules, you can and Improved contact the Rules Committee. Ideas ALL sessions will be video- taped for viewing online • Legal Practice Topics following the Conference! Scott and Rich also shared with us rules which were • Software Showcase Available ONLY to attending adopted the day before our program-talk about being • Tech for the Rest of Us members. THE ADVOCATE Page 29 NOVEMBER 2009 BCBA GROUP ADMISSION TO THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT October 6, 2009 Wendy Sare Meadows, Michael J. Pappas, Adam T. Sampson, Stuart N. Braiterman, Robert K. Erdman, Robert L. Hanley, Jr., Craig J. Little, Congressman Dutch Ruppersberger, C. William Clark, Sarah N. Koop, Jonathan M. Herbst, Michael W. Siri and Diana B. Denrich The Baltimore Bar Library invites all the members of the Baltimore County Bar to join the Library and enjoy all the rights & privileges of membership in one of the most outstanding membership law libraries in the country. Membership benefits include: Circulating Collections (over 100,000 volumes) Free Unlimited Westlaw E-Mail & Faxing Of Material Scanning Services Use Of The Library’s Magnificent Rooms Personalized Reference MVA Searches Online Catalog Weekend & Evening Hours Speaker & Movie Series The Library is in business for one reason: to provide the practicing Bar with what they need. Our collections, which are growing, not being eliminated, can be used at the Library, or in your office. The choice is yours. Send a messenger. Why buy it when you can borrow it from us. Questions: Call Joe Bennett at 410-727-0280 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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THE ADVOCATE Page 31 NOVEMBER 2009 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 HOUSE FOR RENT Baltimore County Bar Association Beautiful 4-bedroom, 2.5 baths, Cape VOLUME XIX, NO. 4 Cod, 6312 LaGrange Lane, 21212. November 2009 Five minutes from Towson. CAC, renov Kitchen, quiet street, private FLYERS INSIDE drive, detached two-car garage. Great school district, single family home w/ yard, basketball court. Immaculate November 12, 1009 condition. 443-986-3218. LEED Certification & Issues OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE November 16, 2009 Prime location across from Circuit Adoptive and Alternative Court, overlooking courthouse Reproductive Methods for Same- gardens. 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Barnes, Executive Director Office space avail July 1 in December 3, 2009 Telephone: (410) 337-9103 downtown Towson high-rise office Annual Holiday Party & Art E-Mail: email@example.com building, parking avail. Space for Auction support staff, access to conf rooms, Rachel Ruocco, LRS Director shared T-1 line, copier, fax, e-mail Telephone: (410) 337-9102 address(es), scanner and lunch room. December 10, 2009 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Call Jeannette Yocum, 410-583-2400 Everything You Always Wanted to or email@example.com. Know About the Chambers Judge Website: http://www.bcba.org BALTIMORE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION REAL PROPERTY COMMITTEE Thursday, November 12, 2009 LEED CERTIFICATION, “GREEN” LEASING, CONSTRUCTION AND RELATED ISSUES SPEAKERS Tami P. Daniel, Esquire Joshua E. Neiman, Esquire Francie Cohen Spahn, Esquire PROGRAM CHAIR Benjamin L. Polakoff, Esquire DATE Thursday, November 12, 2009 TIME 12 noon - Brown Bag Lunch LOCATION Grand Jury Room, County Courts Building 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson Please join us for an informative discussion of the issues surrounding the green building movement, including LEED certification, LEED issues in construction contracts, and the drafting of “green” leases. This is a FREE program to all BCBA Members. Non-Members, $15.00. Please bring your own lunch. Beverages and dessert will be available. Handouts will be provided, and will also be available electronically. Real Property Committee - LEED Certification, “Green” Leasing, Construction, etc. Thursday, November 12, 2009 Name Telephone Address City State Zip Email Amount Enclosed 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. Baltimore County Bar Association FAMILY LAW COMMITTEE Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Law Monday, November 16, 2009 SPEAKERS Carolyn H. Thaler, Esquire Margaret “Peggy” E. Swain, Esquire PROGRAM CHAIR Toni S. Boettcher, Esquire DATE Monday, November 16, 2009 TIME 6:00 P.M. Cash Bar; 6:45 P.M. Dinner LOCATION Christopher Daniel Restaurant 106 West Padonia Road, Timonium COST $40.00 per person An overview of the current trends in adoption and assisted reproductive technology law, including the status of second parent adoptions. MENU CHOICES (Pick one) Petite Filet Mignon w/Balsamic Red Wine Sauce Roasted Breast of Chicken w/Caramelized Garlic Balsamic Glaze Broiled Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Includes Garden Salad, Red Bliss Potatoes, Green Beans Almandine, Rolls, Butter, Coffee, Tea and Dessert (Raspberry Sorbet w/Fresh Berries) Family Law Committee - Adoption and Assisted Reproductive Technology Law Monday, November 16, 2009 Menu Choice: Name Telephone Address City State Zip Email Amount Enclosed Return this form to the Baltimore County Bar Association, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, with check payable to the BCBA, register online at www.bcba.org (Calendar of Events). Baltimore County Bar Association CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION PROGRAM District Court Practice Update Wednesday, November 18, 2009 8:-00-9:00 a.m. SPEAKERS Hon. Sally C. Chester & Hon. Philip N. Tirabassi District Court for Baltimore County PROGRAM CHAIR Wayne M. Willoughby, Esquire DATE Wednesday, November 18, 2009 LOCATION County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson Check-in at Bar Office for Courtroom Location COST BCBA Members, $10.00; Non-Members, $15.00 Judges Chester and Tirabassi will explain what new practices, policies and important case law have come out of the Baltimore County District Court, and answer your questions about District Court practice. Danish and coffee will be available at 7:45 a.m. in the Bar Office. CLE Program - District Court Practice Update Wednesday, November 18, 2009 Name Telephone Address City State Zip Email Amount Enclosed 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. Baltimore County Bar Association ESTATES & TRUSTS COMMITTEE Roundtable Discussion: Guardianship of Person and Property Thursday, November 19, 2009 5:00 P.M. The Nuts and Bolts of Guardianships The Good, The Bad and The Ugly SPEAKERS The Court’s Perspective Hon. Ruth Ann Jakubowski Judge, Circuit Court for Baltimore County Christine Shoobridge, Trust Clerk Circuit Court for Baltimore County Panel Susan Affleck-Bauer, Esquire W. Michael Seganish, Esquire Richard B. Stofberg, Esquire PROGRAM CHAIR Richard K. Abraham, Esquire LOCATION Grand Jury Room, County Courts Building 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson BCBA Members, FREE; Non-Members, $15.00 Estates & Trusts Program - Guardianship of Person and Property Thursday, November 19, 2009 Name Telephone Address City State Zip Email Amount Enclosed 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. Baltimore County Bar Association TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE SOFTWARE FOR TRIAL ATTORNEYS Tuesday, December 1, 2009 SPEAKER Adam M. Spence, Esquire TIME 12 noon - 1:30 P.M., Brown Bag Lunch LOCATION Grand Jury Room Circuit Court for Baltimore County Attendees will learn about software programs that can help them present the best case possible for their clients, whether at mediation or trial or in between. This seminar will feature several software programs readily usable by the solo or small firm litigator. Software covered will include knowledge management software, deposition presentation and management software, exhibit presentation and summarization software, and opening/closing argument software. BCBA Members, FREE. Non-Members, $15.00 Pre-registration required Please bring your own lunch. Beverages and dessert will be available. Technology Committee - Software for Trial Attorneys December 1, 2009 Name Telephone Address City State Zip Email________________________________ Return this form, via mail to the Baltimore County Bar Association, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204; or register online at www.bcba.org (Calendar of Events).. BALTIMORE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION The Young Lawyers Committee and the Circuit Court Law Library Cordially invite you to the Annual Library Party Luncheon Thursday, December 3rd 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm Circuit Court Law Library To attend, please bring 2 NEW CHILDREN’S BOOKS, or a $10 donation. All proceeds will benefit the Baltimore County DSS Holiday Toy Stores, gift repositories for parents receiving aid to select holiday gifts for their children. BCBA YOUNG LAWYERS ANNUAL LIBRARY PARTY LUNCHEON Thursday, December 3, 2009 Name Telephone Address City, State, Zip Amount Enclosed $ Unfortunately, I cannot attend. Please accept my donation in the amount of $ . Return this form to the Baltimore County Bar Association, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson, MD 21204, along with a check payable to Baltimore County Bar Foundation, or register and pay with credit card online at www.bcba.org. We strongly encourage members to set up donation boxes at their offices so those people who are not able to attend can still donate books. This event is the largest donor of books to this effort, and more people are in need of assistance every year. Thank you for your continued assistance! Christine Britton, YL Chair BALTIMORE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION Annual Holiday Party & Art Auction Thursday, December 3rd 6:00 - 9:00 P.M. Sheraton Baltimore North 903 Dulaney Valley Road, Towson Tickets, $60.00 Three-Hour Open Bar Vegetable and Cheese Displays Sirloin of Beef w/House Made Demi Glace Flounder Filet Stuffed w/Spinach and Art Auction to Mushrooms, w/Lemon Beurre Blanc Tickets will be benefit the Penne Pasta w/Choice of Pesto and returned to you, and Alfredo Sauce MUST BE presented Baltimore County Potato and Seasonal Vegetables Bar Foundation at the door for Fresh Rolls and Butter admission. Chef’s Dessert Showcase Coffee, Tea and Soda This event is open to attorneys and non-attorneys. BCBA ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY & ART AUCTION (to benefit the Bar Foundation) Thursday, December 3, 2009 Name Telephone Address City, State, Zip Amount Enclosed $ Name on Table PLEASE help us keep costs down, by providing a self-addressed, stamped envelope for return of admission tickets. Return this form to the Baltimore County Bar Association, 100 County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Tow- son, MD 21204, along with a check payable to BCBA, or REGISTER ONLINE. Baltimore County Bar Association CONTINUING LEGAL EDUCATION PROGRAM Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Chambers Judge Thursday, December 10, 2009 12 noon - 1:30 P.M. MODERATOR Hon. Vicki Ballou-Watts SPEAKERS Hon. Judith C. Ensor & Hon. Robert E. Cahill, Jr. PROGRAM CHAIR Joseph I. Tivvis, Jr., Esquire LOCATION County Courts Building, 401 Bosley Avenue, Towson Check-in at Bar Office for Courtroom Location COST BCBA Members, $10.00; Non-Members, $15.00 The speakers will identify the matters which are appropriate for the Chambers Judge to consider. They will also discuss the proper procedures for counsel seeking Ex Parte Relief, “Emergency” Hearings, and Temporary Restraining Orders. The importance of scheduling certain chambers matters will be explained. Common mistakes found in Motions to Strike Appearance of Counsel, Requests for Orders of Default, and Motions for Alternative Service will be covered. We plan to have at least 10-15 minutes for Q&A at the conclusion of the program. CLE Program - Chambers Judge Thursday, December 10, 2009 Name Telephone Address City State Zip Email Amount Enclosed 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.