Mock Trial Update

The high school mock trial competition is beginning.  We are looking for attorney coaches for the following schools:  Aberdeen H.S., Joppatowne H.S., and Edgewood H.S.  If you are interesting in being an attorney coach please let me know.  The competitions will begin on January 4, 2018, and will take place every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the month of January.  There will be four schools competing each day.  I will need three people for each match, one to be judge and two to act as scorers.  Again, please let me know if you can help.

Finally, Civics and the Law has been scheduled for March 23, 2018, once again at Harford Community College.  I am looking for presenters for that day.  Please let mke know if you need more information or if you would like to assist.


Thank you all again!


Diane Adkins Tobin

Deputy State’s Attorney

Office of the State’s Attorney for Harford County

109 North Main Street, Suite E

Bel Air, MD   21014



Active Shooter Seminar

The Harford County Sheriff’s Office is offering a free active shooter seminar from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at Mountain Christian Church in Joppa.  Given that our duties revolve around appearances in public venues as well as for protection of our individual offices, HCSO wished to invite all members of our bar.

If you would like to attend, please register at:

Registration is limited and no registrations will be conducted at the door.  First come; first serve.  Please contact Elizabeth H. Thompson, Esquire, if you have any questions.


Annual MELA Conference

The Maryland Employment Lawyers Association (MELA), a state-wide organization of plaintiff’s employment lawyers, will present its annual conference Friday, December 1, at the Greenbelt Marriott, in Greenbelt, Maryland.  This year’s theme is, “Hot Employment Law Topics:  The View From the Bench.”  A broad variety of common employment law issues will be covered, with input from state and federal judges and retired judges, assisted by nationally prominent employment law practitioners.  The material will be accessible to general practitioners but will include valuable judicial insights and practice tips of interest to employment law specialists.


The fee for the conference is $200.00 or $225 with an annual MELA membership.  The admission fee will cover a continental breakfast, buffet lunch, and a happy hour with hors d’oeuvres.  Breakfast service will begin at 8:15 a.m., panels will begin presenting at 8:30 a.m., presentations will end at 5:00 p.m. and the happy hour will conclude at approximately 6:00 p.m.  Persons wishing to attend may register at the door or pre-register with MELA Treasurer Mary Keating, 728 Deepdene Road, Baltimore, MD 21210-2154, 410-532-8900, Email:  For more information about the conference, contact MELA President Robin R. Cockey, 313  Lemmon Hill Lane, Salisbury, MD 21801, 410-546-1750, email:


Thank you.


Holiday Party!

Please join the HCBA for the Annual Holiday Party!

When: Friday, December 1, 2017 from 5:30-8:30pm

Where: 510 Johnny’s Restaurant. 510 Market Place Drive. Bel Air. MD 21014

Cost: $40.00 per person – Charitable Donation are appreciated for the Harford Family House and Salvation Army.

Harford Family House provides a fully furnished apartment to each of our families. When the families graduate from our program, they are able to take many of the items with them, so we are always in need of household items. In addition, our families are able to access a supply closet on a weekly basis for cleaning supplies, toiletries and other personal hygiene items.


For more information please see the attached flyer:

Holiday Party


CLE: Evidence with Judge Murphy

Come join the Baltimore County and Harford County Bar Association in a joint CLE with Retired Judge Murphy on Evidence.

Registration is REQUIRED for this event. Registration is free to all Baltimore County and Harford County Bar Association members as well as Judicial Law Clerks, Government Employees, and Non-profit Employees.

Any donation made by a Harford County member will be forwarded to the HCBA after the program.


Register here: