Bar Bulletin

June, 2004

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Robert Kellner

Robert Kellner has been elected President of The Shepherd’s Clinic, which provides primary health care to many uninsured Baltimore City residents who are ineligible for government-funded health insurance programs.

Robert R. Niccolini

Robert R. Niccolini has been appointed vice chair of the Labor and Employment Practice Group, a subgroup of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) which addresses the health care industry’s concerns related to employment law and other labor and employment issues. Kathleen McDermott has been appointed Vice-Chair of the AHLA’s Fraud & Abuse Practice Group. McDermott is a partner in the Health Law and White Collar Practice Groups in the Washington, D.C., office of Blank Rome LLP.

Youshea A. Berry

Youshea A. Berry, a congressional fellow in the Office of Congressman Charles B. Rangel (NY-15), has been selected to lead a volunteer team of American students and young professionals on a women’s business development project this summer in Elmina, Ghana. In collaboration with a Ghanaian grassroots organization, the team will organize the women of coastal Ghanaian migratory fishing communities by facilitating technical innovations, the resulting incomes from which will be used to promote further economic and community development.

 

William P. Atkins

Pillsbury Winthrop LLP has selected William P. Atkins to co-chair the firm’s Global Intellectual Property Section. Atkins will continue to serve as a member of the Managing Board, which oversees the firm’s 700 attorneys.

John J. McCarthy

Deputy State’s Attorney for Montgomery County John J. McCarthy has been installed as President of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland. J. Kirby Fowler, Jr., has been appointed president of the Downtown Partnership of Baltimore, Inc.

OberKaler has named its annual charitable giving program the “John Chandler Baldwin Community Grants Program” in honor of the firm’s outgoing chairman.

James Rosner has been elected Pro-Bono Partner for the law firm of Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, L.L.P.

The Honorable Richard C. Goodwin has transferred to the Office of Hearings, U.S. Department of Transportation, in Washington, D.C., as a U.S. Administrative Law Judge. Goodwin was previously Hearing Office Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration, Office of Hearings and Appeals, in Fresno, California.

Michael C. Hodes

The University of Baltimore Alumni Association has chosen Michael C. Hodes to receive its H. Mebane Turner Service Award; the Alumni Association also bestowed its Honorary Alumnus Award upon Joseph K. Pokempner. The awards recognizes volunteers who demonstrate a commitment to the University.

Jeffrey P. Marston

Jeffrey P. Marston has become a partner in the law firm of Lotstein Buckman, LLP. Marston practices nationally in matters relating to mortgage banking, real estate finance and software licensing.

Washington, D.C., attorney Mark T. McDermott has been reappointed as the legislative chairman for the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys.

 

John E. Smathers

Laurel attorney John E. Smathers has returned to practice after serving a tour of duty as an Army Reserve captain in Iraq. A partner in the firm of McGowan Cecil & Smathers LLC, Smathers (right, in a June 2003 photo taken in Baghdad) is the recipient of two Purple Hearts, four Bronze Stars and an Army commendation medal. He suffered multiple injuries to his left arm and his knees after his convoy was ambushed south of Baghdad on February 21, 2004. Smathers, who specializes in civil litigation, continues to practice law while recovering from his injuries; he is currently undergoing further operations and physical therapy.

 

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