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MSBA Committee

Lawyers Assistance Program Committee

The Lawyer Assistance Program is committed to assisting all Maryland lawyers, judges, law school students, and support staff in facing mental health, stress, substance use disorders, and other personal concerns. This confidential program offers assessment, referral, short-term counseling, and continued support to ensure long term success. If you are concerned about another lawyer you can make an anonymous referral to LAP. We offer financial assistance for Mental Health and Addiction Treatment.

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I Can’t Connect: Finding New Ways to Forge Connections

Experienced practitioners, members of the bench, and Marylanders will discuss the impact of virtual hearings on different communities across the State of Maryland. Former Chief Judge Barbera serves as moderator, and the panel features:

  • Hon. E. Gregory Wells, Chief Judge Designate, Maryland Court of Special Appeals
  • Natasha M. Dartigue, Esq., Deputy District Public Defender, Baltimore City
  • Pilar C, Nichols, Esq., Principal, Offit Kurman
  • Amy L. Petkovsek, Esq., Deputy Chief Counsel, Maryland Legal Aid
  • Legal Aid client
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Coffee Chat with MSBA President Scurti


  • Hon. Pamila Brown, Howard County District Court. MSBA Past President (2015-16)
  • Harry S. Johnson, Esquire, Partner, Whiteford, Taylor & Preston, LLP, MSBA Past President (2003-04)
  • Hon. Bibi M. Berry, Montgomery County Circuit Court
  • Hon. Monise Brown, Family Magistrate, Charles County Circuit Court
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Making Yourself Relevant – How to Thrive as an Attorney in Turbulent Times

Panelists will present tools and strategies for improving business development, networking, productivity, wellness and other areas throughout the pandemic.


  • Lisa Caplan, LCSW-C, Director, MSBA Lawyer Assistance Program
  • Pilar Nichols, Principal, Offit Kurman
  • Alycia Sutor, Managing Director, GrowthPlay


  • Hon. Michael W. Reed, Court of Special Appeals
  • Mark Jaskulski, Assistant State’s Attorney, Baltimore City
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African Americans in the Law in Maryland
An overview of the history of African Americans in the Law in Maryland and the struggle to gain access to the courts.
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Committee’s Inaugural Conference
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Committee Event: A Rising Tide Lifts All Boats – Transformative Steps to a More Inclusive Profession
This event focuses on the importance of diversity and inclusion within the legal profession and the Bar, with a keynote speaker, listening session, and roundtable discussions.

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MSBA Lawyer Assistance Program Contacts

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