MSBA Annual Meeting

This year’s Maryland State Bar Association Annual Meeting featured the installation of Debra G. Schubert, a former Baltimore County Bar Association president, as the MSBA’s president for 2014-2015. The yearly gathering in Ocean City, held from June 11 to 14, offered a variety of Continuing Legal Education programs and networking opportunities.

The annual meeting’s CLEs are presented by the MSBA’s Sections and Committees. The meeting incorporates events – including the President’s Reception – that allow members to socialize and network, along with time to relax at the beach. The BCBA’s annual poolside cabana, enhanced by evening cocktails and snacks, serves as a meeting place for members and non-members alike.

On Wednesday June 11, the Welcoming Reception kicked-off the Annual Meeting with music, drinks, light hors d’oeuvres and raffles. Thursday morning and afternoon were filled with CLEs, ranging from the Administrative Law Section’s presentation on “The Affordable Care Act: What You and Your Clients Need to Know to Survive” to the Ethics Committee’s seminar “Zombie Invasion – Is Your Practice Ready for the Unexpected.” 

That evening’s President’s Reception, co-hosted by outgoing MSBA President Michael Baxter and Ms. Schubert, allowed registrants and their guest to socialize and mingle. Following the reception, the good feelings continued at the BCBA’s poolside cabana. Past President Judge Phillip Tirabassi, President T. Wray McCurdy and BCBA Executive Board Members including President-elect Judge Vicki Ballou-Watts, Rebecca A. Fleming, Michael W. Siri and Keith R. Truffer, welcomed members and guests to the hospitality suite. 

BCBA Executive Director Doris Barnes and volunteer lawyer coordinator Rachel Ruocco maintained order and made sure the suite was well stocked with refreshments and food, including Ms. Barnes’ famous meatballs.

On Friday evening, a Dancing, Dinner & Desserts on the Deck party, sponsored by The Daily Record, followed a morning and afternoon of CLEs.

Saturday’s Annual Business Meeting culminated in the installation of Ms. Schubert as MSBA President. She plans a focus on military and veteran’s affairs by implementing a proposed Maryland veteran’s court. She also intends to address the needs of newly admitted lawyers by working on helping new law school graduates find jobs. Ms. Schubert’s acceptance speech included a video of Maryland lawyers discussing their current or past service in the United States armed forces. After her remarks, President Schubert adjourned the meeting and concluded this year’s MSBA Annual Meeting.