Estate and Trust Law News & Procedures

Section Council Appointment Procedure

Section 4 of the Estate and Trust Law Section bylaws sets forth our nomination and election procedures. The chair of the section appoints the nominating committee (from 3 to 7 members), subject to the approval of the section council.

Traditionally, the 3 immediate past chairs form the nominating committee. It is typical for the nominating committee to solicit recommendations from the entire section council. We seek racial, ethnic, gender and geographic diversity to the extent practicable. The nominating committee also nominates the new slate of officers. However, our tradition has been to elevate the secretary to chair-elect, so that the committee really only nominates a new secretary each year unless another vacancy occurs.


The Section Council of the Estate & Trust Law Section meets every month. Contact the Secretary of the Council with respect to the date, time and location of meetings.

The Estate & Trust Law Section typically holds a dinner meeting for the entire membership of the Section in May of each year. In addition, the Section may co-sponsor one or more dinner meetings during the year with the Tax Section. For information on Section dinner meetings, contact Eileen O' Brien

The Annual Business Meeting of the Section is usually held in June during the Annual MSBA Convention in Ocean City.