Member’s News

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Best Interest Attorney training tapes

It has come to the Bar Associations attention that the Best Interest Attorney training tapes are no longer in the law Library. If anyone is in possession of these tapes, can you please contact HCBA at harcobar@gmail.com? Thank you!

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Registration Now OPEN – € 10th Annual Matukaitis Family Law Symposium

Registration is now open for the 10th Annual Ann F. Matukaitis Family Law Symposium being held on Tuesday April 4, 2017 from 8:30am – 4:00pm at the Richlin Ballroom in Edgewood, Maryland.

The Topic of discussion will be “Domestic Violence and Relocation: How to manage 2 of the most complex Family Law Issues.”

 

For more information and the registration form, please see the attached document:

AFM Registration

 

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2017 Maryland Pro Bono Service Award Nominations

The Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland (PBRC) is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Maryland Pro Bono Service Awards. Those who would like to nominate potential recipients of these prestigious awards should complete and submit the nomination form to PBRC by March 7, 2017. The nomination form is available online via probonomd.org/awards.

 

Now in its 26th year, these statewide awards honor outstanding attorneys, non-attorneys and programs that have made significant contributions to the delivery of pro bono civil legal services to Maryland’s low-income citizens. Service may have been made through litigation, legal/legislative advocacy, or any other means that extend needed legal services to the disadvantaged.

 

The awards will be presented Saturday, June 17, 2017 at the Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting in Ocean City. The nomination process is sponsored and staffed by the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland.

 

Complete applications must be submitted to the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland by March 7, 2017. Please choose one of the following nomination submission methods:
Online:
Visit: http://www.probonomd.org/awards/
 click on the nomination form button, and submit the nomination completely online.

 

OR click PDF nomination form:
Download the form, fill it out and email it to jjones@probonomd.org.

 

All supplementary materials should be emailed no matter how you submit a nomination online.

 

Mail:

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland

Attn: Awards Committee

520 W. Fayette Street

Baltimore, MD 21201

 

Fax:

410 385  2616

 

For questions, contact: Jaci Jones at 443.703.3053 or jjones@probonomd.org.

 

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Maryland Judiciary’s Self-Help Centers Recognized by American Bar Association

Maryland Judiciary’s Self-Help Centers Recognized

by American Bar Association

 

(ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND, February 7, 2017) – € The Maryland Judiciary’s network of programs for self-represented litigants has been selected by the American Bar Association (ABA) to receive the 2017 Louis M. Brown Meritorious Recognition.  Three out of 36 award nominees received meritorious recognition at the ABA’s national Midyear Meeting on February 4, in Miami. Maryland Courts Self-Help Centers served more than 55,000 litigants via phone, live chat, email, and walk-in visits in 2016, an 86.5 percent increase over 2015.

 

“Self-help resources are an essential component of the Maryland Judiciary’s strategic plan to ensure access to justice”, said Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera. “These services help Marylanders use a combination of modern technology and direct one-on-one legal services to obtain the information and assistance they need.  We are grateful for this recognition by the American Bar Association and hope that it helps to encourage the advancement of self-help services in Maryland and beyond.”

 

The Maryland Courts Self-Help Centers provide free, limited legal help in civil cases for people who do not have a lawyer.  Operated under contract with Maryland Legal Aid, attorneys are available from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday, to answer questions via telephone, email, and live chat on a wide range of civil case types handled by Circuit Courts and the District Court, including:

 

  • Landlord and tenant matters
  • Family law matters such as divorce, custody, child support, and guardianship
  • Small claims ($5,000 or less) and large claims (more than $5,000)
  • Expungement and shielding of records
  • Consumer matters such as car repossession, debt collection, and credit card cases
  • Return of property
  • Domestic violence/peace orders
  • Foreclosure

 

Three District Court Walk-In Centers are open during regular courthouse hours to provide free limited legal services to people with civil cases in the District Court who are not represented by a lawyer.  A network of Family Law Self-Help Centers are available in most Circuit Courts in the state.

 

William T. Hogan III, chair of the ABA’s Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services, which awarded the meritorious recognition, said that the committee “was impressed with the Maryland Courts’ robust programming and comprehensive assistance for self-represented litigants.” The ABA’s Louis M. Brown Award for Legal Access recognizes programs and projects that enable affordable access to legal services for those of moderate income in ways that are exemplary and replicable. Founded in 1878, the American Bar Association is one of the world’s largest voluntary professional organizations with more than 400,000 members and more than 3,500 entities.

 

Maryland is a leader among states on access to justice, currently ranking fourth in the nation for overall performance, according to the Justice Index, an online resource that scores states based on the adoption of best practices furthering civil access to justice.

 

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Maryland Court of Appeals Approves Changes to Rules Regarding Pre-Trial Release

Maryland Court of Appeals Approves Changes to Rules

Regarding Pre-Trial Release

(ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND, February 7, 2017)- The Maryland Court of Appeals today, upon resuming a public meeting that began on January 5, 2017, considered Rule changes proposed by the Maryland Court of Appeals Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure in its 192nd report and supplements.  During the meeting, the Court considered, amended, and then adopted the Rules.  The changes to the Maryland Rules will provide guidance to judicial officers regarding pre-trial release of arrested individuals.  The Court will issue a Rules Order, along with the newly adopted Rules, which include a new Rule 4-216.1.  Over the next several days, Rules Committee staff will conform the proposed Rules to reflect the amendments adopted by the Court of Appeals.  The Rules will take effect July 1, 2017.

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Beam of Light Award – Now accepting nominations!

The Harford County Bar Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Beam of Light Award! All nominations should be submitted to the HCBF by March 1, 2017. The nomination form can be found below!

 

BeamLightAward

 

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Events!

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Lawyer in the Lobby

The Harford County Bar Foundation is in need of Attorneys to cover their regularly scheduled Lawyer in the Lobby sessions. Please let them know if there is a session or two that you would be willing to volunteer your time.  The dates needed are listed in our calendar.  The sessions run 12pm-1pm and are generally located at Level A of Circuit Courthouse, but may also be located in the community. Please contact the Bar Foundation, (410) 836-0123, with questions or to sign up. Thank you!

 

Start:

February 21, 2017 12:00 PM & February 28, 2017 12:00 PM

End:

February 21, 2017 1:00 PM & February 28, 2017 1:00 PM

Location:

Harford County Circuit Court
Level A
20 W. Courtland Street
Bel Air MD

Website:

www.harfordcountybarfoundation.org

Telephone:

410-836-0123

 

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Pro-Bono Training

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland and various co-sponsors are hosting TWO in-depth LIVE trainings  on Friday, February 24, 2017 — 1.) Name Change and Gender Identity Petitions, AND; 2.) Tax Sale Prevention in Baltimore City.

 

We also have CLE course spots available.  Please help us to spread the word about these trainings for volunteer attorneys by distributing this email to your contacts. Thank you!


Upcoming Pro Bono Training Opportunities:

Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland is proud to co-sponsor two important upcoming trainings for pro bono attorneys in February:

 

Friday, February 24, 2017 — Tax Sale Prevention in Baltimore City
Co-sponsored by Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service

REGISTER NOW: ATTORNEYS CLICK HERE | HOUSING COUNSELORS CLICK HERE

 

Friday, February 24, 2017 — Name Change and Gender Identity Petitions (Representing Transgender and Gender Non-conforming Clients Effectively)

Co-sponsored by FreeState Justice.

REGISTER NOW: CLICK HERE

For more information or to register for any of the above, please visit: www.probonomd.org/training

 

Questions? Contact Kiah Pierre at 443-703-3046 or kpierre@probonomd.org.
PBRC also offers various online courses and a selection of MSBA CLE courses

at no cost for volunteer attorneys who make a pro bono commitment.
Divorce Tax Workshop (MSBA CLE Course)

Will Drafting in Maryland (MSBA CLE Course)

Effective Advocacy at Administrative Hearings (MSBA CLE Course)

Veterans Affairs and Benefits (MSBA CLE Course)

 

SAVE THE DATE €– The Maryland Partners for Justice Conference is Thursday, May 18, 2017 – featuring Morning Plenary Speaker Donna Edwards & Keynote Speaker Dean Strang from Netflix’s Making a Murderer. For more information – email kpierre@probonomd.org. For sponsorships visit: http://www.probonomd.org/conference

 

Start:

February 24, 2017

End:

February 24, 2017

Contact:

Kiah Pierre

Website:

www.probonomd.org/training

Email:

kpierre@probonomd.org

Telephone:

443-703-3046

 

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Bowling with The Bar!

 

The Best 4 Person Bowling Team over 3 games will win the

President’s Trophy!

Open to attorneys, staff, spouses.

Teams must have at least 3 bar members or firm employees,

+ 1 “ringer” per team allowed.

If you do not have a team, we will find you one!

 

Bowling Tournament 2015

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Thursday Lunchtime Speaker Series

Please join us for a brief one hour lunchtime CLE presentation.  This month’s topic will be Navigating Arbitration Clauses in Consumer Contracts.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

12:00 p.m. — 1:00 p.m.

Harford County Government Building

220 South Main Street, 1st Floor Conference Room

Bel Air, Maryland 21014

 

Speakers:  Martin Wolf

Please register at www.harcobar.org.

Free – HCBA Members

$10.00 – Non-Members

Please bring your own lunch and refreshments!

 

Start:

March 9, 2017 12:00 PM

End:

March 9, 2017 1:00 PM

Location:

Harford County Government Building
220 South Main Street
1st Floor Conference Room
Bel Air MD

Contact:

Liz Thompson

Website:

www.harcobar.org

Email:

ethompson@starkandkeenan.com

Telephone:

410-879-2222

 

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Lawyer in the Library

The Harford County Bar Foundation is in need of Attorneys to cover their regularly scheduled Lawyer in the Library sessions.  Please let them know if there is a session or two that you would be willing to volunteer your time. The dates needed are listed in our calendar.  The sessions run 11am-12pm and are located at a different local Library each month. Please contact the Bar Foundation, (410) 836-0123, with questions or to sign up. Thank you!

 

Start:

March 10, 2017 11:00 AM

End:

March 10, 2017 12:00 PM

Location:

Whiteford Branch Library
2407 Whiteford Road
Whiteford MD

Organization:

Harford County Bar Foundation

Website:

www.harfordcountybarfoundation.org

Telephone:

410-836-0123