Professionalism Committee

2020-21 Committee Chair

Ari Kodeck

200 St. Paul Place, 19th Floor

Baltimore, MD 21202


2020-21 Committee Vice-Chair

Suzanne Farace

1407 York Road

Suite 300

Lutherville, MD 21093


Program Handouts

Upcoming Events

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The Professionalism Committee  is now  accepting nominations for the J. Earle Plumhoff Professionalism Award, which will be presented at the Annual Banquet on January 28, 2021. Please email your nomination to Rachel Ruocco ( for consideration, no later than Friday, November 13, 2020.


The Professionalism Committee requests nominations from Bar Association Members for the annual recipient of the J. Earle Plumhoff Professionalism Award, which will be presented at the Annual Black Tie Banquet in January, 2021.

2021 Plumhoff Nomination Form

Recipient of this award must:


Be a Baltimore County Bar Association member at least 5 years;

Have made professional contributions to  Baltimore County Bar Association activities;

Have made contributions of time and resources that have gone largely unnoticed; and

High marks for dignity, integrity and civility.

Prior Recipients include:


1999 Myles F. Friedman

2003 Richard A. Reid

2005 Leon Berg

2006 Keith R. Truffer

2007 Carolyn H. Thaler

2008 Jennifer B. Aist

2009 Christopher W. Nicholson

2010 Kristine K. Howanski

2011 Harris J. “Bud” George

2012 Mary Roby Sanders

2013 Robert L. Hanley Jr.

2014 Robert J. Steinberg

2015 Herbert R. O’Conor

2016 C. Drake Zaharris

2017 Carl R. Gold

2018 Dominick A. Garcia

2019 Judge Vicki Ballou-Watts

2020 Suzanne K. Farace


Mentorship Program

On behalf of the BCBA, welcome to the practice of law in Baltimore County!  We look forward to meeting you and working with you throughout your career.

In that spirit, we invite you to participate in the BCBA Mentor Program.  Get paired with a seasoned attorney for mentorship, advice and networking.  This is a great opportunity to make a career long connection with a respected member of the Baltimore County legal community.

The first years of practice, with its many challenges, questions, and fears, can be overwhelming.  A mentor can provide guidance, support, and practical wisdom that helps new attorneys navigate this difficult transition.  While building relationships is one of the objectives of this program, mentors are not expected to assist new attorneys in finding employment.  Of course, it is perfectly appropriate for mentors to invite new attorneys for a coffee or office visit and to make introductions to other legal professionals.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the Mentee Application. A member of the Professionalism Committee will contact you shortly thereafter.

Thank you.


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