Volume 29, Number 1 - Fall 2013

The Advocate

Young Lawyers Section - Maryland State Bar Association

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Social Media Authentication: 101

By Rachel M. Severance

Social media is a part of our everyday lives. Websites (and their smart phone apps) like Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Tumblr make it simple to communicate, find information, and connect with people all over the globe. Little, if any, thought is given to the legal implications of a Facebook “like” or a tweet.

However, social media usage increasingly forms the basis of both civil and criminal legal actions. For example, the National Labor Relations Board is seeing an explosion of work related to employment action taken after an employee makes a social media post...

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Four Employment Laws Take Effect

By Taren Stanton

In May 2013, Governor Martin O’Malley signed four new employment-related laws that will significantly impact Maryland employees and employers. The new laws, which took effect October 1, 2013, address: (1) protections for pregnant employees, (2) the ability of employees to obtain liens for unpaid wages, (3) leave during deployment of military family members, and (4) protected wages of tipped employees.

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Proposed Amendments to MSBA YLS By-Laws

In accordance with the By-Laws of the Section of Young Lawyers of the Maryland State Bar Association, Inc., Article VIII, the Young Lawyers Section Council has approved the proposed Amendments, detailed below, upon recommendation by the Policy Committee.  Pursuant to Article VIII, Section 4, the substance of the proposed Amendments are enclosed and notice is hereby given that the proposed Amendments will be voted on at the YLS Open Meeting in Baltimore County, Maryland, on November 18, 2013.  The specific location/address and time is posted on the YLS website. A copy of the full text of the proposed Amendments and procedure for obtaining an absentee ballot are also available on the YLS website.

Proposed Amendments:

Article VII, Section 1:  Regarding Election of Officers, allowing for electronic submission of applications for YLS Officers, petitions against the nomination slate, and publication of the nomination slate, and clarifying who shall be receiving the applications.
Article VII, Section 2:  Regarding Election of Young Lawyers’ Governors, allowing for electronic submission of applications for YLS Officers, petitions against the nomination slate, and publication of the nomination slate, and clarifying who shall be receiving the applications.
Article VIII, Section 4:  Regarding Approval of Amendments, clarifying proper means for publication of amendments.

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MSBA YLS Council Members Named as “Leading Women for 2013” by The Daily Record

Please join the MSBA YLS in congratulating young attorneys Kimberly Neal and Michelle Wilson, who were both named by The Daily Record as “Leading Women for 2013.”

By way of background, The Daily Record began the Leading Women awards program in 2010 to identify women age 40 or younger for the tremendous accomplishments they have made so far in their career. The 50 winners are selected by a judging panel made up of the Top 100 Women and one representative from The Daily Record. Winners are selected based on professional experience, community involvement, and a commitment to inspiring change.

Both Kimberly and Michelle will attend an awards celebration on December 5, 2013, at the Hyatt in Baltimore to accept their awards and celebrate with other winning women.

Again, congratulations to Kimberly and Michelle! We are very proud that you were recognized for your accomplishments! 


5th Circuit

Anne Arundel, Carroll, and Howard Counties
Kemp Walden Hammond and Ryan J. Dymek, Circuit Representatives

Anne Arundel County
There are numerous events coming up in Anne Arundel County over the next few months, including:

  • Thursday, October 10, 2013 (5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Café Mezzanotte in Severna Park): Women’s Bar Association Hosts Discussion with Author-Lawyer, Alicia Long
    Ever fantasize about throwing your law books out the window and relocating to a remote beach or mountaintop to write a best-selling novel? You can meet someone who has done just that (well, okay, she is still practicing law). The Women’s Bar Association will host a discussion with Alicia Long, attorney and co-author of Capitol Hell. Alicia will discuss the writing process, finding a publisher, and marketing a novel. She will also have copies of her novel, which has been described as “Devil Meets Prada meets US Senate” by U.S. News and World Report. The fun kicks off at 5:30 p.m. with a cash bar and a buffet dinner. The cost is $25 per person for Women’s Bar Association Members, $30 per person for non-WBA members, or $20 for law student members if paid by October 3. The cost will be $35 at the door. To register, please mail your registration fee to Kathleen McLaughlin, 113 Cathedral Street, Annapolis, MD 21401. Please make the checks out to AAWBA. For more details, please contact Nicolle Norris
  • Saturday, November 9, 2013 (12:30 p.m.–3:30 p.m. at Navy Stadium): Navy Tailgate and/or Game v. Hawaii
    The Young/New Lawyers Committee invites attorneys and family members to its Tailgate before the Navy game against Hawaii. The tailgate will be outside of the Navy Stadium and will include a buffet from Mission BBQ, beer, and soft drinks. The cost will be $40/person for the tailgate only or $60 for the tailgate plus a game ticket. To register, call 410-280-6950. Checks can be made payable to “AABA” and mailed to AABA, P.O. Box 161, Annapolis, MD 21403.

There are numerous Continuing Legal Education opportunities coming up in Anne Arundel County over the next few months, including:

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2013 (6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.): Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples: Where Do I Begin? (LEG 395).
    Gain knowledge and practical tips for estate planning for same-sex partners, whether unmarried, married, or in a civil union. Learn about changes in state and federal law, including the Defense of Marriage Act. Review and learn about inheritance rights, property distribution, healthcare decisions, taxes, and domestic partnerships. $55.00 (additional $5.00 if out of county resident). Speakers: Michele Zavos, Esq. and Frank Campbell, Esq.
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2013 (6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.): Critical Developments in Liability Cases (LEG 397).
    Gain knowledge on recent critical developments in liability cases: strict liability and waivers. Discuss the designation of “inherently dangerous” for pit bulls and the implications to property owners. Examine indemnification clauses for commercial property owners and businesses. Make sure you have all the facts so you can confidently advise clients. $55.00 (additional $5.00 if out of county resident). Speakers: Hon. Clayton Greene, Susan Zuhowski, Esq., and Michael Russo, Esq.

For easy and fast registration of any of the above CLE’s, print out a registration from www.aacc.edu/legalstudies/cle and fax it to 410-777-4325 or e-mail a PDF to lehoward1@aacc.edu.

All CLE’s are located at Anne Arundel Community College at 101 College Parkway, Arnold, MD 21012 in Room 100 in the Center for Applied Learning Technologies (CALT) Building.

The Howard County Bar Association will be hosting a variety of events in the upcoming months.  On October 16, 2013, HCBA will be hosting its monthly luncheon at Union Jack's, featuring Judge Lynne A. Battaglia as the speaker on impact decisions.  To RSVP, please contact Dave Burkhouse.  On November 2, 2013, Chad Spencer has organized a Wills for Heroes event; please contact him at chadgspencerlaw@gmail.com for more information.  On November 8, 2013, the HCBA has organized a Civic and Law Academy at Wilde Lake High School. Those interested in volunteering should contact Dave Burkhouse.  On November 20, 2013, the HCBA will be holding its monthly luncheon at Union Jack's, with Barry Bach speaking about responding to a letter from Bar Counsel.  Please contact Dave Burkhouse to RSVP.  Finally, on December 9, 2013, the HCBA will be holding its annual Holiday Party; stay tuned for more details. Click herfe for a full list of events.

6th Circuit

Montgomery and Frederick Counties
Gretchen Anna Slater and Sean P. O’Keefe, Circuit Representatives

Montgomery County
Thank you to all who joined the Bar Association of Montgomery County for its recent CLEs entitled “Why do We, as Legal Practitioners, Need to Care about E-discovery” and “Nuts and Bolts of Litigating Protective Orders” (New Practitioner’s Section) or the Chambers Chat with the Honorable David A. Boynton. On October 31, 2013, the BAMC will partner with Red Cross for a Blood Drive from 9:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. On November 13, 2013, the New Practitioner’s Section will host a Fall Friendraiser to benefit Toys for Tots.  Please bring an unwrapped toy(s).  Food and drink will also be served.

New Practitioner Section meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the CLE classroom of the Bar Association building, unless otherwise noted.

If there are any questions regarding the above events and/or other happenings in Montgomery County, please contact Gretchen Slater or visit the Bar Association of Montgomery County’s website.

Frederick County
The Bar Association of Frederick County’s (BAFC) YLS is pleased to announce that, as a result of several months of fundraising via a half marathon race, raffle, and happy hour auction(s), it was able to donate $7,300 to Hospice of Frederick County’s Camp Jamie, a free weekend bereavement camp for youth. This may be the Camp’s largest single donation.  See the Frederick News Post Article

On November 7, 2013, BAFC will host its Annual Dinner with the Judges at Musket Ridge Golf Club in Myersville, MD at 5:00 p.m. The next BAFC YLS meeting will be held on November 20, 2013 at 50 Carroll Creek Way, Suite 340, Frederick, MD at 12:00 p.m.


Baltimore City
Greg Currey, Circuit Representative

Thanks to generous grants from the American Bar Association and the Baltimore Bar Foundation, the Young Lawyers’ Division for the Bar Association of Baltimore City is updating the “green book” offered by the Bar Association’s Senior Legal Services department. We are seeking volunteers interested in Elder Law and/or Trusts and Estates Law to assist it in updating the green book. To volunteer, please contact Ellie Dayhoff Brannigan.

BABC will be hosting its annual Holiday Party on Thursday, December 12, 2013.  Details will be posted on www.baltimorebar.org as the date approaches.

On December 17, 2013, the Young Lawyers’ Division will host its annual Holiday Party for Children Residing in Homeless Shelters at the Maryland Science Center.  If you are interested in volunteering to help with the event, please contact Ellie Dayhoff Brannigan.


Education Committee

Co-Chairs: Taren N. Stanton and Sidney Allen Butcher

On October 29, 2013, the YLS Education Committee will host a CLE entitled “Law 101: Analyzing Common Objections in Trial” from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 600 at The Clarence Mitchell Courthouse, 111 North Calvert St., Baltimore, MD. The CLE will be moderated by Hon. Erik H. Nyce, Associate Judge, Prince George’s County District Court. Panelists include: Hon. Michael W. Reed, Associate Judge, Baltimore City Circuit Court; Hon. L. Robert Cooper, Associate Judge, Baltimore City District Court; and Lee B. Rauch, Partner, Tydings & Rosenberg, LLP. Details and more information

Membership Committee

Co-Chairs: Scott MacMullen and Michelle Keisha Wilson

Thank you to all who joined the MSBA YLS for its recent Networking and Happy Hour at AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar in Columbia on Wednesday, October 2, 2013. Special thanks to cosponsors LexisNexis, Gore Brothers, and the MSBA. We hope to see everyone at our next event!

Nominating Committee

Chair: Wendy Sare Meadows

The Young Lawyers' Section of the Maryland State Bar Association is seeking applications for the position of a Young Lawyers' representative to the 2014-2016 MSBA Board of Governors.  One position is currently available for a two-year term.  Any current member of the Young Lawyers' Section who is interested in the position may submit an application to Wendy S. Meadows, Chair, Nominating Committee, MSBA Section of Young Lawyers, 520 West Fayette Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.  All applications must be received at Bar Headquarters no later than the close of business on Friday, November 15, 2013.  Applications should include a statement of interest, a resume, and a list of Bar activities.  If you have any questions, please contact either Wendy Meadows at 410-296-8166 x 112 or Angela Munro at 410-685-7878 extension 3016.

Public Service Committee

Co-Chairs: Shaketta Ayana Denson and Myriem Seabron

The One Bar One Community Public Service Project for 2013-2013 (“Project”) is off to a great start! At August’s Operation Welcome Home event, members of the bar devoted two hours to packing goody bags for returning troops and showing our support and appreciation for their service with handshakes, high fives, and warm thank-yous.   On a lovely Saturday in September, it was time for members of the bar (including our President-Elect, providing a great example) and several law students from our area schools to help the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter.  Volunteers completely repainted their lunch/meeting room, cleaned up the outside grounds, and even helped transport some animals!  Recently, one of our favorite opportunities for service occurred at Our Daily Bread, a program which provides hot meals (lunches and breakfasts) to seniors, individuals with disabilities, and many of our city’s homeless.  Members of the bar helped plate food, served guests in the dining hall, cleared tables, and even washed dishes, before sitting down to a communal meal with other volunteers and a period of reflection. 

The first three events of the year are in the books, but there are still many upcoming opportunities to come out and socialize with fellow attorneys, while doing good works and giving back to the community.  Keep your eyes and ears open for announcements of our monthly events! Your participation makes a difference (and it’s fun!). 

Coming up soon is Light the Night, taking place November 2, 2013.  The MSBA YLS and Public Awareness Committee has organized a team for the Leukemia and Lymphoma’s Light the Night Walk in memory of Melody Tagliaferri-Cronin, who passed away earlier this year after battling a rare form of leukemia.  Make a donation, or come out to walk with us, in Melody’s honor.

For more information or to get involved, contact  Shaketta Denson or Myriem Seabron.

Publications Committee

Co-Chairs: Jason C. Reichlyn and Renée E. Hood

If you are interested in submitting an article for publication in The Advocate, please contact editors Renée E. Hood or Jason Reichlyn.

Resolutions / Open Meetings Committee

Co-Chairs: Jessica Krilivsky and Meredith Mason

You are invited! Join the MSBA YLS at our next Open Meeting in Baltimore County on November 18, 2013. Time and exact location TBD. For more information visit www.yls.org. Hope to see you there!

Technology Committee

Co-Chairs: Sahmra April Stevenson-Smith and Puja DeWire

The Technology Committee is pleased to announce the Ten Minute Mentor. The Ten Minute Mentor is an online collection of video presentations from young leading lawyers in their areas of expertise. Each presentation is around 10 minutes or less, practical, and free.

With more and more lawyers entering the market each year, it has become increasingly difficult for some of our profession's wisest leaders to mentor the next generation. We believe this online mentoring effort will be unique not only in its range, but also in its depth and accessibility. It is our hope that this collection of videos will become a valuable resource to young lawyers everywhere. Topics include:

The Young Lawyers Section would like to give a big thank you to Merrill LAD for their assistance with the production of videos for the Ten Minute Mentor Project, without which this would not have been possible.

Law Student / New Lawyer Outreach Committee

Chair: Tom Prevas

The Law School Liaison Committee is actively preparing social, educational, and community service events that will bring together University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and University of Baltimore School of Law students with the MSBA YLS. Details about events will be published on the MSBA YLS calendar, as well as on each school’s individual social calendar.

Strategic Planning Committee

Co-Chairs: Dolores Dorsainvil and Jeffrey P. Bowman

The Strategic Planning Committee is committed to ensuring that the Young Lawyers Section addresses the needs of its members. To that end, we have developed a survey that requests certain demographic/background questions so that we can find out from our members what their interests are, what parts of the YLS they are drawn to, and what parts of the YLS may need further development.

The survey is simple! Just select the choice that best reflects your answer, or if the question is open-ended, provide a detailed response. Remember, the more information we have, the better we can serve you. Please assist us by completing the survey within the requested timeframe. Additionally, we will have a drawing and offer prizes to those that complete the survey timely.

If you have any comments or concerns, please contact either of the Committee’s Co-Chairs, Dolores Dorsainvil or Jeffrey P. Bowman.

Take the survey now!

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