By Janice Jones-Branch
|MSBA Membership Committee
Member John Park (left) meets and greets law students during final
exams at the University of Maryland School of Law. The Membership
Committee sponsored refreshments for students taking final exams at
both the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore Schools of
Law during the week of May 5.
During the week of May 5, 2004, the MSBA
Membership Committee sponsored coffee and pastries for law students taking
final exams at the University of Baltimore School of Law and co-sponsored
the same activity at the University of Maryland School of Law.
The Membership Committee is examining
opportunities to expand MSBA student membership by sponsoring pilot
programs and activities on law school campuses.
Membership Committee Co-Chairs Roger
Perkins and the Honorable Angela Eaves, District Court Judge of Harford
County, are committed to promoting the ideals of the Maryland State Bar
Association. “The committee understands the value of associate members,
and it is important that we do what we can, hopefully, to decrease their
stress levels during exam time, as well as encourage their meaningful
involvement in the bar association,” says Eaves.
Adds Perkins: “We hope to branch out with
similar activities next year that will include the George Washington
University Law School in Washington, DC.”
“We want law students to be aware of the
MSBA because new members are the lifeblood of any organization,” notes
William Roessler, Chair of the External Recruitment Subcommittee. “We want
to publicize the availability of our associate membership program, and
also the advantages of participating in the MSBA’s Young Lawyers Section.
If students or new lawyers join the MSBA and realize its value early in
their careers, they can contribute and benefit throughout their
MSBA Student Liaison Areille Harry-Bess
assisted the Membership Committee with arranging the co-sponsorship of
refreshments for final exams at the University of Maryland’s Law School.
Membership Committee Member John J.S. Park was on-hand to meet law
students and answer career questions. “Many positive benefits are derived
by providing coffee to law students during final exams, including
developing and building rapport with the law schools,” says Park. “With
this well-received gesture of service by the MSBA we hope that it conveys
the willingness of MSBA mentors to also meet with students over a cup of
coffee during the school year.”
MSBA Associate Members (with the exception
of law students) must be sponsored by an MSBA attorney member. Encourage a
student, paralegal, legal assistant or law office administrator to join
the MSBA. Call the MSBA Membership Department today at (410) 685-7878 to
request an Associate Member application.