MSBA Young Lawyers Do It Their Way
MSBA Section of Young Lawyers
No. of Members
November 1, 1968
Chair: Hughie Hunt
Chair-Elect: Michael Siri
Treasurer: Tamara Goorevitz
Secretary: Michelle Stawinski
Member-at-Large: Marnell Cooper
Throughout history, younger generations have been at the forefront of questioning
society's established practices and subsequently adapting the system to a new
era. In keeping with that progressive mind set, the Young Lawyers Section of
the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) has adapted its own procedures and
methods in conducting business.
This year, the Section held its annual orientation meeting in Bowie, Maryland,
with the hope of getting everyone "on the same page," according to Section
Chair Hughie Hunt. But the event was not held at the Comfort Inn's conference
center or even the private dining room at T.G.I. Friday's. Rather, the chairs
of the Section's sub-committees gathered on Saturday, August 26, ready to enjoy
the 80-degree weather and engage in the strategic combat of paintball, a warfare-type
game in which participants fire paint pellets at one another from their CO2-powered
rifles with the goal of capturing the other team's flag.
"It was out of the ordinary. . . but a fun experience," laughs Hunt. "Everyone
had a good time."
After cleaning up, the 21 participants sat down to discuss the Section's
plans for the upcoming year, including a general outline of goals and events.
The main point of conversation was the advertising procedures for this year's
American Bar Association (ABA)'s Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Conference, which
the spirited Section will host October 19-21 at the Baltimore Convention Center.
"It's a real honor to host," Hunt says of the conference that hasn't been
to Charm City since 1996. "It's like getting the Olympics. We had to sell Baltimore
to the ABA-YLD Chair, Jay Ray."
One of the selling points was the accessibility of Baltimore's Inner Harbor.
It is a short walk from the Marriot Waterfront Hotel – the main accommodations
for partakers in the free conference – to the plethora of social events
that are scattered throughout downtown. Events include the welcome reception
at the Havana Club, the Section Council Dinner at the Sports Legends Museum,
the Friday lunch at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American
History and Culture and the evening social at the B&O Railroad Museum.
Baltimore's proximity to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and other major areas
also contributed to the Young Lawyer Section receiving the bid to host.
"Baltimore is a great gathering place," notes Ruth Ann-Bennett, who during
her tenure as Section Chair last year spearheaded the Section's efforts to
land the conference. "It's a very relaxed atmosphere to meet people from across
That relaxed atmosphere is by now second nature to the members of MSBA's
largest Section, primarily due to the fact that their mission for years has
been an easygoing tone and ample networking opportunities.
The key to professional success, Hunt learned early in life, is networking,
and that mindset stayed with him throughout his tenure at George Washington
University, where he decided to distinguished himself from his colleagues through
networking. There is, after all, an intangible quality in the working world
to being not only smart but also recognizable, approachable and personable.
"The Young Lawyers Section is really about forming relationships within the
adds Hunt. "Through the course of the year, [we] have so many meetings that
you catch up with everybody. [The events make] it easier to talk to folks for
help in your practice-life."