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The ABA is Coming to Maryland
By Michelle Stawinski

Frommers® is not alone in selecting Baltimore as a favorite destination. While Frommers® recently named Baltimore as one of the top 10 destinations to visit this summer, the ABA Young Lawyer’s Division (ABA YLD) has selected Baltimore as the site for its October 2006 Conference. Baltimore can thank the diversity of its citizens and the plenitude of unique attractions for both honors. (We should also thank Chief Judge Robert M. Bell and Mayor Martin O’Malley for their efforts in highlighting all of the attributes that the city, the state and attorneys in Maryland will contribute to a successful conference.) The ABA YLD is planning this Conference around a diversity theme, making Baltimore an excellent venue.

The ABA YLD holds three conferences each year. During each conference, approximately 15 hours of CLE courses are offered. Ethics is, of course, a topic of choice for one or two hours. Beyond that, the CLE courses center around a theme of importance to members. Currently, the YLD is planning to provide CLE courses centered on the ways that members can diversify the profession by shaping the perceptions of individuals who are considering a legal career. For young Maryland lawyers, this is a great way to participate in dynamic CLE courses with top-notch instructors at rock-bottom prices. While the registration fee varies from conference to conference, the registration fee for the Miami Conference held last month, which included all of the CLE courses, was $35.

But that’s not all that this Conference offers to MSBA members. This is an opportunity for us to meet attorneys from across the country and to make new friends. As with all bar conferences, there will be plenty of time to socialize and a plethora of organized events to attend. We will have receptions, hospitality suites, a dinner/dance and planned excursions. Right now is a good time to mark your calendars for October 19-22, 2006, the tentative dates for the Conference. Of course, you will be hearing more about the event as it draws nearer.

The best part is that this is your chance to get in on the ground floor. While the planning committee – led by MSBA Young Lawyer’s Section (MSBA YLS) Chair Ruth-Ann Bennett and Planning Committee Chair John J. Murphy, III – has been hard at work showing off our great state in order to get Baltimore named as the Conference site, the committee is just now beginning to plan the social events for the Conference. In order to make this the memorable conference that is expected, the planning committee will rely on both the diversity for which Charm City is becoming known and the talents and generosity of members of the MSBA.

Bearing these attributes in mind, the MSBA YLS needs both volunteers (not limited to YLS members) and funds (think of the national exposure your firm can get by sponsoring a social event). Our goal is to raise $100,000 in donations and to obtain as many volunteers as possible. If you are interested in helping out, please fill out and return the volunteer/sponsor form below. With your help, we can make the October 2006 ABA YLD Conference an exceptional event that highlights not only what Maryland has to offer but also that Maryland attorneys are among the very best in the nation.

Michelle Stawinski, an associate with Bouland & Brush, LLC, is Chair of the Publications Subcommittee for the 2006 ABA YLD Conference.

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