FEBRUARY 2, 2009
Regarding your “Guiding Us Through The Years” piece in the January Bar Bulletin, Herbert S. Garten and the Maryland Lawyers Manual should also receive recognition for playing a crucial role in preventing Maryland from being contaminated in later years by the mandatory CLE debacle. Without a member-recruiting, revenue-generating tool like the Manual, in the ‘80s most state bar associations yielded to the temptation to milk their members by mandating CLE and then selling expensive, time-wasting CLE courses to a captive audience.
For the record, much as I would like to receive credit for inventing the wheel or other standard usages, I do not claim responsibility for the idea that the Manual contain advertisements. My only slightly less obvious idea concerned classified listings for law firms and lawyers.
Thanks for your interesting piece about the Manual.
Philip A. Murphy, Jr.