The Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association
met at the location, date and time indicated above. There were_26 members
of the Board of Governors present, including all of the officers. In
addition, Paul Carlin, Executive Director, and key members of his staff,
were in attendance.
President Pamela J. White called the meeting to order
at approximately 5:25 p.m.
The Minutes of the Board of Governors meeting of October
26, 2001, were read and approved with friendly amendments to the Second
Paragraph, Section 3. f. and Section 5.
To the Second Paragraph was added: At the conclusion
of the presentation, Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, on the invitation of
the President, announced the creation of the Court’s Commission
on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Judicial Process, chaired by Judge
Dale Cathell, with two Vice Chairs, Federal Magistrate Judge Charles
Day and Deputy Attorney General Carmen Shepard.
To Section 3.f. was added: She noted a letter from Patrick
K. Arey, Esquire, Immediate Past Chair of the State and Local Government
Law Section of the ABA, discussing a Binder relating to
"probate and other related procedures for Maryland to assist lawyers
providing assistance to victims of terrorist attacks" and commended
MSBA members for their pro bono service to produce the Binder.
To Section 5 was added: He reported that the MSBA appointees
to the Program Committee are:
Honorable G. "Bill" Connelly
Richard F. "Rick" Lindstrom, Esquire
Lois A. Fenner McBride, Esquire
Honorable Theresa A. Nolan
William D. "Bill" Roessler, Esquire
Honorable Julia B. Weatherly
With the above Amendments, the Minutes of the Board
of Governors meeting of October 26, 2001, were approved.
1. Pamela J. White gave the President’s Report.
a. She reported that there were 220 attendees at the
MSBA Bar President’s Conference. By all accounts, it was an outstanding
program and well received by the attendees. The dinner speaker was enjoyable.
She extended her personal thanks and the thanks of the MSBA to Congressman,
Robert Ehrlich, and Professor Tricia D. O’Neill, for their valuable
contributions to the Conference. She further noted that 18 separate members
of the BOG had commented during the discussion period relating to the
Retrospective Report on Gender Equality.
b. She noted that The Daily Record had published
an Article on October 30, 2001 on the Retrospective Report on Gender
Equality and the manner in which the State Courts and the MSBA plan to
cope with bias, in all its forms; she reviewed an article in The Capital wherein
critics charge that the Attorney Grievance Commission is lenient on other
lawyers; she discussed a letter from Robert E. Hirshon, Esquire, President
of the ABA, thanking her and the MSBA for joining with the ABA in a coordinated
national effort to help reservists and their families receive the legal
assistance that they need.
c. She discussed a letter to all Local and Specialty
Bar Presidents concerning the Mid-Year meeting in Las Vegas. The letter
sets out some of the anticipated programs and some of the exciting activities
that are either planned or available.
d. She discussed a letter from Steven T. Walther, Esquire,
Chair of the ABA Center for Human Rights. The Board of Governors referred
the letter to the International Law Committee of the Business Law Section
of the MSBA.
She noted a fax from Robert E. Hirshon, Esquire, President
of the ABA, expressing the ABA’s concern with the U.S. Justice
Department’s newly released administrative rules that would permit
the government to listen in on conversations between lawyers and clients
in federal custody.
She noted the e-mail From David C. Merkin, Esquire on
the same subject. These materials were forwarded to the MSBA Criminal
Law Section for review.
She provided to the Board of Governors, for information
purposes, correspondence from members of Congress, including Attorney
General John Ashcroft, concerning the appointment of a Special Master
to review claims filed by victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist
e. She discussed a letter that was sent to all County
Specialty Bar Associations concerning the IOLTA Honor Roll Program and
the significant differences in the interest rates paid on IOLTA accounts.
The letter requests the Bar Presidents to encourage their members to
approach their banks about paying reasonable interest rates on the IOLTA
account of at least 2%. She requested each of the members of the Board
of Governors to give their personal support to this program and further,
to personally contact the banks with which they do business and request
them to join the Honor Roll Program.
f. The Board of Governors considered the issue of a
Resolution of Press Release supporting sitting Judges in Montgomery County.
After discussion, it was moved, seconded and unanimously approved that
the Board of Governors support the sitting Judges in Montgomery County
and issue a Press Release accordingly.
g. As a result of various requests for nominations for
various awards, the President appointed a BOG Committee to review the
requests and, where appropriate, to recommend nominations. Members appointed
M. Teresa Beck, Esquire,
David Harvis, Esquire
Thomas Murphy, Esquire
Arthur Schneider, Esquire
h. The Board reviewed an Article in the Towson Times by
Lou Panos concerning Judge A. Gordon Boone’s application to be
considered for appointment to the Circuit Court for Baltimore County.
The story indicates that Judge Boone mailed his application timely, the
application was received timely in the appropriate Court building in
Annapolis, but it would not be considered because the application was
not placed on the desk of the appropriate person in a timely manner.
i. She reported that she has attended a variety of meetings,
ceremonies and events as a representative of the MSBA, including: Women’s
Law Centers Awards Program, the J. Franklin Bourne Awards and Scholarships
Program, the Young Lawyers Novemberfest, the BABC Gender Issues Committee
Meeting with Judge Battaglia as Chairperson, the Solo and Small Firm
Conference, the Worcester County Bar Association’s Autumn Classic
in Ocean City, a MICPEL Executive Committee meeting, with Judge Bell
and Judge Battaglia on a Professionalism Course, and the Queen Anne’s
County Second Judicial Circuit Dinner Meeting, and a meeting of the Pro
Bono Resource Center Board.
j. She noted a Thank You from the Lombardi Cancer Center
for the MSBA’s donation in memory of MSBA Past-President, the Honorable
James C. Chapin.
2. Paul Carlin gave the Executive Director’s Report.
a. He reported that the total MSBA membership count
as of the date of November 20, 2001, was 19,461 after accounting for
16 resignations, 3 deceased members, and 1 dropped member.
The Board approved the resignations noted in the Executive
Directors Report. He also noted that 11 law students, 8 Paralegals and
1 Law Firm Administrator had applied for Associate Membership in the
b. He indicated that the new application form for the
Associate Membership category in the MSBA had been placed in the mailbox
of 1800 UM and UB law students and that copies of the same had been mailed
to all law firm administrators in the Association of Legal Administrators
and all members of the Maryland Paralegal Association. He further noted
that in excess of 900 people had passed the recent Bar Examination.
c. He reported that there is a somewhat unique arrangement
with the University of Maryland School of Law for improvements to the
Maryland Bar Center and that the MSBA’s annual contribution for
capital repairs will be $25,000.00.
d. He reported that he had located the picture of the
original Dodo Award presentation. The Board suggested that the picture
be replicated and that a copy be sent to Judge James C. Chapin’s
e. He exhibited to the Board the new conference call
brochure that explains how the audio conferencing works, as well as the
added enhancements to make the service more useful.
3. Report of the Secretary.
a. It was reported that the Minutes of the Executive
Committee meeting on November 13, 2001, are substantially contained within
the Agenda of this meeting.
4. Harry Johnson gave the Treasurer’s Report.
a. He reported the following for the MSBA as of October
31, 2001: total dues income of $2,137,530.00. He also noted total
expenses of $939,054.00, leaving unexpended funds of $1,426,206.00. He
also reported that dues income represented approximately 94.3% of
the MSBA budget to date, while the total dues are 94.6% of the
MSBA budgeted amount.
5. Unfinished Business and General Orders.
a. The President noted the campaign for funding for
the Legal Aid Bureau by the Equal Justice Council and asked the BOG to
support them by checking block 54 on the Contribution to the United Way
Form and to consider them for donations over and above the United Way
for a tax deductible donation.
6. New Business.
a. The Board unanimously adopted the Rules for Nomination
for Officers which will be done at the December 18, 2001 meeting at the
State House in Annapolis. The Rules established are that uncontested
races may have one nominator who may speak a maximum of five minutes
on behalf of the candidate. In contested races, each candidate may have
two nominators/speakers who may speak a maximum of five minutes each.
a. It was reported by Brian Zemil, Esquire, that "Novemberfest," which
was held on Saturday, November 3, 2001, was a tremendous success. The "Novemberfest"
raised a large amount of money to support the Lake Clifton-Eastern High
School-Law Related Education Program (the Law Academy).
b. The Prince George’s County Bar Association
will celebrate its 100th Anniversary on May 17, 2002 at the Mount Airy
c. It was reported that Robert Dyer would be honored
at a reception held at the University of Baltimore School of Law on December
13, 2001, at 4:30 p.m. A scholarship named after him to attend MICPEL
courses will be announced.
There being no further business to come before the Board
of Governors, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 6:40 p.m.
Cornelius D. Helfrich