Maryland Bar Bulletin
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Editor: W. Patrick Tandy

January, 2004


MSBA Welcomes New Lobbyist
By Janet Stidman Eveleth

On November 17, 2003, Richard A. Montgomery, III, joined MSBA’s staff as the Association’s new Director of Legislative and Governmental Relations. He succeeds Albert “Buz” Winchester, who retired on November 30 after 16 years of outstanding service to MSBA and Maryland’s legal community. Montgomery brings a wealth of legislative and lobbying experience to MSBA, including 15 years as a legislative liaison to Maryland’s General Assembly, and will serve as MSBA’s exclusive, full-time lobbyist in Annapolis.

Montgomery has extensive experience as the legislative representative for the Maryland Governor’s Office and an advisor to Governors Parris Glendening and William Donald Schaefer. He holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland in Economics and most recently served as Director of the Office of Government Relations and Executive Appointments for the Office of the Secretary for the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. His previous representation includes the Maryland Departments of General Services and Human Resources.

Montgomery’s legislative talents reflect a leadership role in the passage of significant legislation involving a wide range of issues and areas. 

“From a field of approximately 60 interested applicants, many with strong legislative experience, I selected Richard,” states MSBA Executive Director Paul V. Carlin. “I was impressed with his lobbying credentials and his knowledge of the Annapolis governmental environment. I feel confident that Richard will work well with our officers, Board of Governors, Laws Committee and staff to implement our Board’s positions.”

Working with MSBA’s Laws Committee and Board of Governors, Montgomery will oversee the Association’s legislative program and maintain contact with state executive, judiciary and regulatory agencies. His primary role will be the development and execution of MSBA’s legislative initiatives and policies. The new Director of Legislative and Governmental Relations will monitor and review all proposed legislation impacting the legal profession and Maryland lawyers, recommend positions, represent MSBA at legislative hearings in Annapolis and constantly update members on the progress of key bills and issues.

In addition, Montgomery will maintain communication with legislators, legislative committees, the Governor, relevant executive agencies and other related organizations, conveying MSBA’s legislative positions and concerns. Working with MSBA Sections, Committees and local and specialty bar associations across Maryland, he will cultivate a grassroots network to effectively and expediently coordinate MSBA’s legislative efforts. He will also serve as a liaison between MSBA and Maryland’s Judiciary and Executive branches of government.

Richard Montgomery, III

Montgomery is excited about his new position. “I have spent years defending state budget appropriations, so I am looking forward to tackling substantive changes in the law that affect the administration of justice and the lives of Maryland citizens,” he states. After dealing with budget cuts for many years, MSBA’s new Legislative Director finds it refreshing to address a broad spectrum of legal issues. “It is going to be interesting learning about a set of new issues,” he adds.

He has always found lobbying “fascinating.” Montgomery says, “As a lobbyist, you experience many different perspectives and engage in the art of compromise.” MSBA’s new lobbyist hopes to continue the Association’s legislative momentum. “My impression of MSBA has always been quite positive,” he states. “The Association has a low-key, highly visible legislative presence in Annapolis and a solid reputation. I want to maintain this.”

He plans to work closely with all MSBA entities. “MSBA offers a host of resources that are available within its membership,” he notes. “Members of our Laws Committee and Board of Governors in our Sections and Committees and in local and specialty bar associations serve as valuable legal resources. These ‘thought-leaders’ offer a great deal of expertise and play a vital role in our grassroots legislative efforts.”

To this end, as Montgomery begins his first Legislative session in Annapolis as MSBA’s representative, he seeks input from MSBA’s members. He will maintain constant communication with all MSBA entities, including MSBA’s entire membership, to keep them informed on Association positions and progress. He also encourages members to communicate with him about their legislative concerns.

“Richard is enthusiastic about representing MSBA’s interests in Annapolis,” adds Carlin. “He has the great benefit of working from our program’s excellent foundation which was established by Buz and our Laws Committee. Now chaired by Michael J. Baxter, this Committee began meeting weekly earlier this month.”

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