Annual Membership Meeting
The Annual HCBA Membership Meeting will be held on May 9, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. in the Ceremonial Courtroom, Circuit Court for Harford County, 20 West Courtland Street, Bel Air, Maryland, 21014.
If you have any questions, please contact President, Carl Schlaich at email@example.com.
Attached are the minutes from the February 7, 2018 General Meeting
Agendas will be provided at the meeting
Run for the Roses: A Kentucky Derby Fundraiser
There are only a day left to get your tickets to the Harford County Bar Foundation’s Kentucky Derby party! Come out and enjoy fabulous food, premium drinks, and a chance to win prizes on Saturday, May 5th from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm at 510 Johnnys in Bel Air!
District Court Honored for ADR
Nearly 100 people attended this year’s District Court of Maryland Alternative Dispute and Resolution (ADR) appreciation event on Wednesday, April 25, at the Maritime Institute in Linthicum Heights.
Every year, ADR plans an event to honor and recognize its ADR practitioner volunteers for their time, effort, and support of its programs throughout the year.
New this year, staff presented the ADR Program Achievement Award to Judge Susan Hazlett, Administrative Judge for District Court of Harford County, who accepted the award on behalf of the judges, administrators, supervisors, clerks, bailiffs, and other court staff and ADR practitioners in Harford County. The award honors those individuals dedicated to supporting pretrial and day of trial ADR programs.
“It is my absolute honor and privilege to share this award with the entire team,” she said.
The ADR Office provides mediation and settlement conferences for civil cases pending in many district court locations throughout the state of Maryland. ADR services are offered at no charge, either on the day of trial or before the trial date, through the District Court ADR Program.
“This award is a true reflection of the culture of excellence that every employee embraces in our contact with the public in support of the mediation services we offer,” said Judge Hazlett. “From the very beginning, we have received tremendous support from the court staff administrators and supervisors. They are always open to ideas as to improving and expanding programs and for that we are appreciative.”
Judge Hazlett said Harford County consistently maintains a 100% Day of Trial ADR referral rate, which means each time an ADR practitioner is present at the courthouse, they receive at least one or more case referrals to participate in ADR.
In 2017, ADR practitioners dedicated nearly 7,000 volunteer hours. They staffed 1,790 civil dockets and conducted ADR in 1,539 cases.
“I am very proud of the commitment these individuals make toward dispute resolution in our courts,” said Judge John Morrissey, Chief Judge, District Court of Maryland. “The practitioners give each party a voice and help facilitate a conversation they may not have ever had in court.”
Harford County District Court maintains a high participant satisfaction rate in both ADR and overall court experience as well as an increased awareness and interest by Harford County litigants to participate in ADR.
“The volunteers are the backbone of our programs,” said Maureen Denihan, Executive Director for District Court of Maryland ADR Office. “We are so appreciative of their time and dedication to helping people reach a resolution before they reach the inside of a courtroom.”
ADR welcomed 32 new practitioners to the roster last year while more than 200 were already active in Day of Trial ADR programs across the state of Maryland.
2018 Legislative Update
Please join the CLE Committee and the Harford County Legislators to review the new bills that were passed. Please see the attached flyer for details.