NEWS

 

The Park School Wins 2017 Mock Trial State Championship

                                                                                                    

(ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND, April 28, 2016) — Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Michele D. Hotten today announced The Park School as the winner of the 2017 Mock Trial State Championship.  Baltimore City College High School and The Park School (Baltimore County) competed in the championship final in the historic Court of Appeals today in the state’s 34th annual competition.

 

“I was honored to preside over the Maryland Mock Trial Championship this year,” said Judge Hotten.  “The stellar performances of these teams reflected a tremendous amount of dedication, hard work, preparation and confidence.  I applaud the pinnacle of success these finalists have achieved and the sportsmanship exhibited by both teams during the mock trial.”

 

This year’s mock trial case, Maryland v. Saratoga, provided the opportunity for students to research and study the environmental justice issue of contaminated water supplies in communities and schools, which has been brought to the forefront of legal discourse due to the crisis in Flint, Michigan.  The students received information about the mock case, which included criminal charges filed against a local school superintendent after high concentrations of lead were found in the district’s drinking fountains.

 

“The Maryland Judiciary has an honored tradition of working with the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) and the Citizenship Law Related Education Program (CLREP) to educate students and the public about the judicial branch of government,” said Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera.  “Programs such as the Mock Trial State Competition encourage students to develop their understanding of and appreciation for our system of justice and the role of the rule of law in our democracy.  I congratulate all of the teams competing in this year’s Mock Trial Competition, those teams competing in the semifinal round, and commend the Baltimore City College High School and The Park School teams for their performance in the final round of competition.”

 

The mock trial competition depends heavily on the several hundred judges, magistrates, and attorneys who volunteer to coach the teams and score the competitions at the local, regional, semifinal, and final levels, providing high school students throughout Maryland the opportunity to learn about the law and the legal system while developing advocacy skills.  Since the competition began in 1983, more than 62,000 students from nearly all of the counties in Maryland and Baltimore City have participated.

 

“Mock trials provide an excellent opportunity for state and local bar associations to connect with students and the community,” said Judge Harry C. Storm, Montgomery County Circuit Court, who is also president of the MSBA.  “Attorneys throughout the state are rewarded with a unique opportunity to coach and connect with the next generation of jurists.”

 

The Mock Trial semifinals were held on Thursday, April 27, at the Circuit Court for Anne Arundel County, with Court of Special Appeals Judge Timothy E. Meredith and Court of Special Appeals Judge Douglas R. M. Nazarian presiding.  The four semifinal teams included Baltimore City College High School; Bishop Walsh High School (Allegany County); The Park School (Baltimore County); and Winston Churchill High School (Montgomery County).

 

“The Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) and Citizenship Law Related Education Program’s Mock Trial Competition is incredibly fortunate to have the support and participation of many of Maryland’s judges and lawyers,” said Shelley Brown, Executive Director, CLREP.  “Their involvement and enthusiasm creates a unique, authentic educational experience for nearly two thousand Maryland students and teachers every year.”

 

The mock trial competition is coordinated by the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program in cooperation with the Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland Judiciary.  Every year, high school mock trial teams participate at least four times each in local competitions.  By the time a team has reached the state championship, it will have competed, on average, more than eight times.  Virtually all competitions are held in either District Court or Circuit Court courtrooms throughout the state.

 

Follow the Maryland Judiciary on Twitter to get news and notes from the courts.

 

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HCBF – Judicare Cases

 

The Harford County Bar Foundation is now placing a limited number of grant funded Judicare cases. We look forward to working with the members of the Bar Association to serve the legal needs of Harford and Cecil Counties. For more information, please contact Jennifer Vido, Executive Director, of HCBF at 410-836-0123.

 

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EVENTS

Legislative Update from Annapolis

 

Please register at www.harcobar.org

Free – HCBA Members

$10.00 – Non-Members

 

 

Start:

May 4, 2017 12:00 PM

End:

May 4, 2017 1:00 PM

Location:

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

Contact:

Elizabeth H. Thompson, Esquire

Email:

ethompson@starkandkeenan.com

Telephone:

410-879-2222

 

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Run for the Roses: A Kentucky Derby Fundraiser

The Harford County Bar Foundation is excited to announce the third annual “Run for the Roses: A Kentucky Derby Fundraiser” on May 6th from 4:30-7:30pm. We hope you will accept our wager and support our mission by joining us at 510 Johnnys in Bel Air. Guests will be sporting seersucker suits, sundresses, and hats while sipping on mint juleps, listening to blue grass tunes and watching who crosses the finish line first! HCBF is determined to win the race and raise money to assist those individuals who are under-served and lack means to access help.

HCBF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) community organization that provides legal services and educational programs that support those desperately in need of guidance.

Purchase tickets at http://bit.ly/2lkgwtR

 

Start:

May 6, 2017 4:30 PM

End:

May 6, 2017 7:30 PM

Location:

510 Johnnys
510 Marketplace Drive
Bel Air MD

Contact:

Jen Vido

Organization:

HCBF

Website:

www.harfordcountybarfoundation.org

Email:

jen@harfordcountybarfoundation.org

Telephone:

410-836-0123

 

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Annual HCBA Meeting

 

Start:

May 10, 2017 5:00 PM

End:

May 10, 2017 6:00 PM

Location:

Harford County Circuit Court
Ceremonial Courtroom
20 West Courtland Street
Bel Air MD

Contact:

Genavieve Shipley

Website:

www.harcobar.org

Email:

harcobar@gmail.com

Telephone:

410-893-4255

 

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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 a Q & A with the Clerks of the Harford County Courts.

Thursday, May 11, 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

Panelists:  James Reilly, Clerk of the Circuit Court for Harford County and Terri Mumma, Clerk of the District Court of Maryland for Harford County

Please register at www.harcobar.org.

Free – HCBA Members

$10.00 – Non-Members

Please bring your own lunch and refreshments

 

Start:

May 11, 2017 12:00 PM

End:

May 11, 2017 1:00 PM

Location:

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

Contact:

Elizabeth H. Thompson, Esquire

Website:

www.harcobar.org

Email:

ethompson@starkandkeenan.com

Telephone:

410-879-2222

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Hon. Harry O’Neill Memorial

Honorable Harry O’Neill was born on December 8, 1924 and departed this life on January 21, 2017. Harry was loved by many and will be dearly missed by all friends and family. He will be remembered forever.

A Mass of Resurrection will be held on May 11th at 11 am in the Oak Crest Village Chapel, 8800 Walther Blvd, Parkville, Maryland 21234.

A private burial in the St. John the Evangelist Cemetery in Hydes, Maryland will be held at a future date.

 

Contributions, in lieu of flowers, may be sent to:

The Oak Crest “Catholic” Community

Harry O’Neill Memorial

8820 Walther Blvd

Parkville, MD 21234

 

Start:

May 11, 2017 11:00 AM

End:

May 11, 2017

Location:

Oak Crest Village Chapel
8800 Walther Blvd
Parkville MD

 

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Kick-Off Fundraiser – “Citizens to Keep Judge Ishak”

 

 

 

Start:

May 25, 2017 5:30 PM

End:

May 25, 2017 7:30 PM

Location:

MaGerk’s Pub & Grill
120 S. Bond Street
Bel Air MD
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Contact:

Rachel Upton

Email:

rachelnupton@gmail.com

 

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Judge Carr’s Retirement Party!

 

On behalf of Judge Carr’s clerks and friends, the HCBA presents to you and supports his retirement party.

The event will be held on Friday, June 2, 2017 from 6-10 pm at Jarrettsville Gardens

Tickets are $55.00 each.

Payments can be made out to Adam Hyman and delivered to either his Courthouse mailbox or to 45 North Main Street, Bel Air, MD 21014

RSVPs and Questions can be directed to wocretirement@gmail.com or 410-838-3978

 

Start:

June 2, 2017 6:00 PM

End:

June 2, 2017 10:00 PM

Location:

Jarrettsville Gardens
3825 Federal Hill Road
Jarrettsville MD

Contact:

Adam Hyman

Email:

wocretirement@gmail.com

Telephone:

410-838-3978

 

 

 

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