| Maryland Bar Bulletin
Legal Excellence Awards Honor Good Works
of Maryland Lawyers
~Maryland Bar Foundation announces 2004 winners~
By Janet Stidman Eveleth
Maryland lawyers engage in public
service and pro bono service every day. These dedicated members of Maryland’s
legal profession give back to the community, helping the poor by rendering
pro bono service and supporting local communities through various public service
activities. These volunteers enjoy helping others and find it rewarding. They
seldom receive recognition for their good works and deeds other than the eternal
gratitude of the people they help.
The legal community recognizes the good works of lawyers
with a number of special honors and awards programs. One of these entities,
Maryland Bar Foundation (MBF), shines the spotlight on outstanding lawyer volunteers
through its annual Professional Legal Excellence Awards. Every year, MBF hosts
an awards ceremony to honor attorneys who are exemplary volunteers dedicated
to the community.
On September 28, 2004, MBF honored the following outstanding
individuals as recipients of the 2004 Professional Legal Excellence Awards:
Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia (Advancement of Professional Competence)
L. Fuller (Advancement of Public Service Responsibility)
F. Rosner (Advancement of the Rights of the Disadvantaged)
M. “Rick” Miller, Jr. (Advancement of Public Understanding
of the Law)
These volunteers have done exceptional work to advance professional
competence, public service responsibility, the rights of the disadvantaged,
unpopular causes and the public understanding of the law. They also advance
MBF’s goal of promoting public good.
Founded in 1965, MBF is a non-profit corporation which finances
public service and education programs. It is one of the primary funding sources
for legal services programs in Maryland, giving seed money to launch many new
projects. MBF fosters and maintains the honor and integrity of the profession
of law and promotes public good.
Over the years, it has funded a number of programs designed
to improve the delivery of legal services and the administration of justice.
It has supported everything from Law Links, MSBA’s student/law firm summer
internship program, and Baltimore City’s Teen Court to the joint Bar/Bench
Gender Equality study. This assistance is made possible by the generous financial
support of its “Fellows.” These dedicated attorneys contribute
to the Foundation to support the good works of the legal community.
“This year’s award recipients exemplify the good
works that can be accomplished when we commit ourselves to achieving excellence
in our service to the profession and the public,” states the Honorable
William D. Missouri, Chair of MBF’s Legal Excellence Awards Committee. “By
calling attention to the examples set by these extraordinary individuals, the
entire professional community will hopefully be inspired to emulate them.”
One of MBF’s thrusts is the recognition and reward
of members of the profession whose character and conduct bespeak the highest
commitment to these principles through the Legal Excellence Awards. This year’s
award ceremony was held at the state house in Annapolis, with over 80 judges
and attorneys in attendance. The 2004 award recipients were honored by MBF
Chair Paul D. Bekman and Judge Missouri for their commitment to public service.