Professionalism Committee

2019-20 Committee Chair

William F. Alcarese

Turnbull, Nicholson & Sanders, P.A.

210 W. Pennsylvania Avenue, Suite 420

Towson, MD 21204


2019-20 Committee Vice-Chair

Ari Kodeck

Office of the Attorney General

Correctional Litigation Unit

200 St. Paul St, 19th Floor

Towson, MD 2120


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Upcoming Events

None at this time


The Professionalism Committee  is now  accepting nominations for the J. Earle Plumhoff Professionalism Award, which will be presented at the Annual Banquet on January 30, 2020. Please email your nomination to Rachel Ruocco ( for consideration, no later than Friday, November 22 2019.


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.

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


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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