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 MARCH 2011

In this issue:

News Flash! Vote for Edwin Fee for Board of Governors By March 24th

MSBA Leadership Academy Accepting Applications for Class of 2011-2012

Free Human Rights Advocacy Symposium and Cocktail Reception to Celebrate Maryland Legal Aid's Centennial

Free Conference: the University of Baltimore School of Law's Center On Applied Feminism

Message From the Chair

As the tulips do their best to ignore the cold and push through to sunlight, I provide you with the following updates on our work.  We are in the final stages of producing, "Guardianship and its Alternatives, A Handbook on Maryland Law."  Professor Virginia Rowthorn of the University of Maryland School of Law has been the principle author, building on the earlier work of Professor Joan O’Sullivan.  Prof. Rowthorn has had the expert assistance of attorney Ellen Callegary, our Section, and Maryland 3L Andrew Montagne.  Ellen will be holding  a workshop on Guardianship and it Alternatives at the upcoming Partners for Justice Conference, which this Section cosponsors with the Pro Bono Resource Center.  Thursday May 26, 2011 at the Baltimore Convention Center. http://www.probonomd.org/pjc.html

Watch for a summer release of the Handbook.

Check out the minutes from our recent meetings to learn more about our activities.  And enjoy the Spring! 

Suzanne Sangree

NEWS FLASH! VOTE for EDWIN FEE for Board of Governors by March 24th

If the address you use for MSBA membership is in Baltimore County [check the MSBA membership directory if you are not sure: msba.org ],  you are eligible to vote for our very own Ed Fee as one of the 3 members of the Board of Governors from Baltimore County.  This is a contested election—every vote counts!

Ed has been an active member of the Delivery of Legal Services Section Council since 2007, serving as a key member of our Legislation Committee for most of his tenure.  Last year, his work was critical in convincing the MSBA to support the filing fee surcharge increase to make up the shortfall in IOLTA funding for legal services for low income people.  He has taken the lead this year in our production of our soon to be released, Guardianship and its Alternatives, A Handbook on Maryland Law.

Professional:  Partner, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, Towson; Frequent author and lecturer on estate and trust law; Fellow, American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

Baltimore County Bar Association:  Chair, Constitution and Bylaws Committee; Past Chair, The Advocate; Past Chair, Pro Bono Committee; Past Chair, Young Lawyers Committee; Estates and Trusts Committee

Maryland State Bar Association:  Board of Governors (1999-2001; 2003-2005; 2007-2009); Past Chair, Estate and Trust Law Section; Delivery of Legal Services Section Council

Community Involvement:  Past President, Hampton Improvement Association

Awards:  Baltimore County Bar Association Annual Pro Bono Award; Maryland Bar Foundation Edward F. Shea, Jr. Professionalism Award

The deadline for voting is March 24th—so don’t delay!

Instructions for voting:

To all MSBA members with Primary MSBA Address in Baltimore County: There is a  contested election to fill 3 vacancies on the MSBA Board of Governors for 2011-2013. This election will be conducted electronically online.  There are 4 candidates for 3 positions.

Every eligible voter in Baltimore County should have received an individual user name and password, which needs to be entered on the election site at the link:  https://www.electionsonline.us/election

Contact Lawrence Hicks at the MSBA if you need to obtain your user name and password. LHicks@msba.org

All voting must conclude by 5PM on March 24, 2011. 

MSBA Leadership Academy Accepting Applications for Class of 2011-2012

Marianne Hendricks, officer of the Delivery of Legal Services Section Council writes:

I am a member of the MSBA Leadership Academy Class of 2006-2007.  I wholeheartedly recommend the program and encourage legal services attorneys (and friends of legal services) to apply for the Class of 2011-2012.  The Leadership Academy is a year-long program that consists of monthly trainings in topics including negotiations and public speaking and culminates in a public service project.  Leadership Academy Fellows also attend the MSBA Conference of Bar Presidents in the fall and the MSBA Annual Meeting in the summer.

I made incredible connections during my year as a Leadership Academy Fellow.  In fact, I would not be a member of the Section Council on Delivery of Legal Services without the Academy!  In addition to the trainings and service project, another component of the program is an opportunity to sit in on meetings of an MSBA Section or Committee.  I was able to join the MSBA Planning Committee as a result, and as part of my work on that Committee I made contact with the Section Council on Delivery of Legal Services.  After my initial dealings with this Section Council, I was invited to join.  I also found my current job at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau through the Academy; another Fellow was an attorney at Legal Aid and raved about it.  I used her as a reference and applied for a position, and here I am today. 

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to become a leader in the MSBA.

DEADLINE March 31, 2011

For more information on the program, including how to apply, please visit http://www.msba.org/sec_comm/committees/leadership/index.htm

Free Human Rights Advocacy Symposium and Cocktail Reception to Celebrate Maryland Legal Aid’s Centennial

"Advancing Human Rights and Justice for All: 1911- 2011"
April 28, 2011, Registration: 8:00am, Reception: 4:00pm, Westminster Hall, Baltimore, MD

Hosted in partnership with UB Law and UM Law.  Join us for an in-depth presentation and panel discussion on Human Rights Advocacy and its application local, national and international. Panelists and speakers include experts in the fields of human rights and legal services, including Wade Henderson, Florence Roisman, Steve Sachs, Edgar Cahn, and Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell. While open to the public, this event is targeted to attorneys, law students, law professors, legal and human services providers, and college and high school students. The symposium will conclude with a cocktail reception.

Open to the public.

For additional Details and Registration. Advance registration is required.

Free Conference: The University of Baltimore School of Law's
Center on Applied Feminism

The University of Baltimore School of Law's Center on Applied Feminism announces its fourth annual Feminist Legal Theory Conference, Applying Feminism Globally. The conference will take place on March 30-31, 2011 on the campus of the University of Baltimore, and will seek to explore how feminist legal theory operates in a global and international context.  Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison will deliver a keynote address to kick off the conference on March 30, 2011 at 8 p.m. (keynote is sold out).

The theme raises a variety of questions: How has feminist legal theory affected the lives of women across the globe? How does feminist legal theory differ across cultures within and outside the United States? How could feminist legal theory from outside of the United States benefit American women and feminist scholarship? How do post-colonial perspectives on feminist legal theory apply in a domestic context? Can feminist legal theory improve our understanding of challenges facing immigrants within our own borders? How are human rights norms compatible with feminist legal theory?

This conference will attempt to address these and other questions from the perspectives of activists, practitioners, and academics. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants and audience members to exchange ideas about the current state of feminist legal theories and how those theories are being and can be actualized on behalf of women in a global context.

By expanding the boundaries of our exploration, we hope to deepen our understandings of feminist legal theory and to move new insights into practice. In addition, the conference is designed to provide presenters with the opportunity to gain extensive feedback on their papers.

Here is the link for free registration: http://law.ubalt.edu/template.cfm?page=1521

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