Public Awareness Committee



Jason Crist Hessler (co-chair)
417 E Fayette St
Ste 1100
Baltimore, MD 21202-3423
P: (410) 396-4140
F: (410) 385-8689

Gwendolyn S Tate (co-chair)
PO Box 1207
Bel Air, MD 21014-7207
P: (410) 836-8431
F: (410) 803-9178
Private email address

Bar Bulletin Law Day 2009 article and video coverage

Speakers' Bureau

Legal Information Brochures


ONE BAR | ONE COMMUNITY Public Service Project
The MSBA presents the ONE BAR | ONE COMMUNITY Public Service Project (“Project”).  The goal of the Project is to provide members of the Maryland State Bar Association an opportunity to participate in community service and give back to the people of Maryland.  Each month the MSBA YLS Public Service Committee will organize a community outreach program and/or collections designed to encourage involvement by its members.  We ask that you, as a member of the bar and a member of the community, to be a part of this Project. 

Upcoming ONE Bar | ONE COMMUNITY Events:

August 27, 2014 Operation Welcome Home | Event Flyer
September 27, 2014 Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) | Event Flyer
October 25, 2014 (AM) Our Daily Bread | Event Flyer
October 25, 2014 (PM) Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night | Event Flyer
November 15, 2014 SPCA of Anne Arundel County
December 20, 2014 Toys for Tots Drive
January 15, 2015 Operation Welcome Home (Tentative)
January 24, 2015 Polar Bear Plunge for the Special Olympics
February 7, 2015 Food Bank of Western Maryland
February 17, 2015 Ronald McDonald House
March 7, 2015 Extreme Makeover Project (Tentative)
April 19, 2015 Earth Day at Patterson Park
April 25, 2015 Christmas In April
May 9, 2015 Habitat For Humanity Susquehanna

2012/2013 ANNUAL REPORT:

This Committee enhances the public’s understanding of the law through community education and outreach. It presents MSBA’s two most successful, ongoing public service projects: its series of 24 public awareness legal information guides, which are disseminated to the public free of charge, and its Speakers’ Bureau, through which 250 volunteer attorneys go out into the community and educate the public about the law. The Committee also sponsored its May Law Day program, a lawyer/student/teacher conference highlighting its special Positive Messaging Video and Poster Competition on “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All,” in conjunction with CLREP. It also hosted, through a partnership with the Young Lawyers Section, nine community service projects as part of the One Bar, One Community project.


If you have questions about the Public Awareness Committee or suggestions for projects, please contact Committee Chair, Jason Hessler (410) 396-4140.