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VOLUME 23, NUMBER 3 SPRING 2008THE ADVOCATEY O U N G L A W Y E R S S E C T I O N — M A R Y L A N D S TAT E B A R A S S O C I AT I O NWhat’s InsideCertificates of Qualified Experts—2From the ChairWhat Must be Included to Comply with Carroll v. Konits3Organizing YourPretrial Binders4Find Your Callingin the Profession7What We Do, AndHow to Join Us9BusinessInsurance inthe Age ofE-Commerce10 Riding the Circuit11 Mardi Grasfor Mentoring12 “Beyond the Bars”SymposiumBy Benjamin S. Salsbury, Esquire and Katharine O. Porwick, EsquireThere is no greater fear for a young lawyer than the thought of having to look your managing partner—or infinitely worse—your client, in the eyes and explain that the client’sclaim has been dismissed or, if the statute of limitations has run, extinguished, because youfailed to follow procedure properly. In Carroll v. Konits, 400 Md. 167, 929 A.2d 19 (2007),the Court of Appeals of Maryland created precedent that may turn this fear into a realityfor many plaintiff’s medical negligence attorneys. In Konits, the Court reiterated, andarguably redefined, the necessary requirements for a Certificate of Qualified Expert(“Certificate”)—a condition precedent to filing a medical negligence claim in Maryland.This article is dedicated to help young lawyers comply with the requirements set forth inKonits and avoid the potential disaster that can occur if aqualifying expert’s certificate or report is incomplete.A brief history of the Health Care Malpractice ClaimsThis article isAct (“Act”) is necessary to understand the importance ofdedicated to helpKonits. In 1976, the Maryland General Assembly enactedyoung lawyers complylegislation that established procedures for filing a claimwith the requirementsagainst a health care provider. The Act requires that medset forth in Konitsical negligence claims over a certain amount (nowand avoid the potentialdisaster that can occur 30,000) be filed with the Health Claims Alternativeif a qualifying expert’sDispute Resolution Office (“HC Office”) before filing suitcertificate or reportwith the judicial courts. Ten years later in 1986, the Actis incomplete.was amended to require a plaintiff to also file a Certificateand an attesting expert’s report (“Report”) with the HCOffice before filing suit.Over the next 20 years, this legislation was relatively unchanged. As a result, many plaintiff’s attorneys got in the habit of filing a Certificate under their own signature and a Reportsigned by the attesting expert (often times the Certificate and the Report utilized the verysame language, but one was executed by the attorney and the other was executed by theexpert). Then in Walzer v. Osborne, 395 Md. 563, 893 A.2d 654 (2006), the Court held thatthe failure to file a Report in compliance with the Act may result in the penalty of dismissalwithout prejudice. For the first time, the Court required the Report to contain informationthat supplemented the information in the Certificate. Moreover, the Court concluded that theReport must explain in detail how the health care provider failed to meet the standard of care.In seeming response, the Maryland General Assembly enacted Senate Bill 309 (2007Laws of Maryland, Chapter 324 now codified at Cts. & Jud. Proc. § 5-118) to provide asavings clause for untimely filed Reports. Not to be outdone, the Court of Appeals responded in kind with a new interpretation of the legislative scheme of its own – Konits.continued on page 6

THE ADVOCATEFrom the ChairYOUNG LAWYERS SECTIONMARYLAND STATE BAR ASSOCIATIONCO-EDITORSDolores DorsainvilShani WhisonantVICE-CHAIRAmy C.H. GrassoASSOCIATE EDITORSRachel SmithAndrea PadleyArielle Harry-BessPurvi PatelOFFICERSMichael W. Siri, ChairMichelle E. Stawinski, Chair-ElectMarla Zide, SecretaryElizabeth S. Morris, TreasurerAlice Chong, Member-At-LargeSTANDING COMMITTEESActivities Co-ChairsRuth-Ann E. Bennett & Gwendolyn S. TateDisaster Relief Co-ChairsErek L. Barron & Richard H. Gibson, Jr.Education Co-ChairsDawn M.B. Resh & John D. HooksMembership Co-ChairsSedica Sawez & Wm. Carl IslerNominating ChairMichael J. PappasPolicy Co-ChairsLaurie Wasserman & Michelle LipkowitzPro Bono Co-ChairsJason Hessler & Stephanie D. CohenPublic Service Co-ChairsThomas M. Weschler & Joseph HowardPublications Co-ChairsDolores Dorsainvil & Shani WhisonantResolutions Co-ChairsChad G. Spencer & Matthew S. TidballTechnology ChairEric J. MenhartSPECIAL PROJECTS COMMITTEESAnnual Meeting Coordinator: Wendy SareDiversity Initiatives: Arielle Harry-BessLegislative Liaison: Christine WhiteASSOCIATE MEMBER REPRESENTATIVESJennifer Cook (UM)Brian Shepter (UB)CIRCUIT REPRESENTATIVESVacant, 1st CircuitVacant, 2nd Circuit (Cecil County)Vacant, 2nd Circuit (Queen Anne’s County)Vacant, 3rd Circuit (Harford County)David Luby & Wendy Sare, 3rd Circuit (Baltimore County)Vacant, 4th Circuit (Allegheny County)Vacant, 5th Circuit (Anne Arundel County)Vacant, 5th Circuit (Carroll County)Chad G. Spencer, 5th Circuit (Howard County)Omolade R. “Lade” Akinbolaji, 6th Circuit(Montgomery County)Dawn Gould, 6th Circuit (Frederick County)Vacant, 7th Circuit (Calvert County)LaKeecia R. Allen, 7th Circuit (Prince George’s County)Vacant, 7th Circuit (St. Mary’s County)Vacant, 7th Circuit (Charles County)Vacant, 8th Circuit (Baltimore City)Howard Newman, D.C. Bar RepresentativeDawn M.B. Resh, Federal Bar Association RepresentativeBOG REPRESENTATIVESRuth-Ann E. BennettMichael W. SiriTamara B. GoorevitzJohn M. MurphyBUDGET & FINANCE LIASONAlice ChongBOG REPRESENTATIVESABA DelegateIMMEDIATE PAST CHAIRHughie D. Hunt, IIWhat is the true value of the Maryland State BarAssociation to a young lawyer? In addition to gettingyour yearly copy of the Maryland Lawyers’ Manualand monthly publications, how does being active in theMSBA assist your legal career? Ultimately, the answerto these questions depends on you and your individualaspirations.Our profession rewards us with long hours,demanding clients with lofty expectations, and criticaldeadlines. For those of us at law firms, our only promotion occurs when we make partner, usually at leastseven years after we have begun practicing. At thesame time, in our non-professional lives, weddings will be planned, babies born,and lives to live. So how does the MSBA fit into what is already an overburdenedway of life?From a professional level, the MSBA provides an opportunity to network withother attorneys and judges. As you are already aware, Maryland has a small andclose knit legal community. The attorneys that you work with on different MSBAcommittees may also be opposing counsel in your next case or your next referralsource. You may meet a legal expert in an area of law that is the central issue of acase you are handling. The MSBA also provides a host of educational seminars onthe practice of law and law firm management. The value is endless, but participation is key.The MSBA also provides you with the opportunity to give back to the community, in both legal and non-legal ways. In December, the Public Service Committeeof the Young Lawyers Section organized a ‘Toys for Tots’ Drive for children in theBaltimore-area. Our Activities Committee hosted the 17th Annual MSBA CharityEvent to support the Maryland Mentoring Program on March 7, 2008 and the ProBono Committee is in the process of organizing its annual “Play for Pro Bono”event in conjunction with the Pro Bono Resource Center. The MSBA helps its members participate in activities that benefit those in need in Maryland.Our society demands immediate gratificationand rewards, but being a part of the MSBA is along-term investment that will assist you inyour legal career and personally. Time is valuable, but as we become more seasoned andexperienced attorneys, the relationships that we cultivateearly in our career will pay dividends later in our career.The MSBA YLS is in the process of planning for the 2008-2009Bar year and if you are interested in being on Section Council, please contact meat [email protected]. I look forward to hearing from you.Sincerely,Michael W. SiriTo get in touch with any of the individuals listed above, contact MSBAHeadquarters at 410-685-7878 or 800-492-1964; or log on to the YoungLawyers Section website at www.msba.org/sec comm/yls.The Advocate is published quarterly by the Section of Young Lawyers ofthe Maryland State Bar Association, 520 West Fayette Street, Baltimore,Md. 21201, 410-685-7878, 800-492-1964.The opinions exercised in this publication are those of the authors andshould not be construed to represent the opinions or policies of theSection of Young Lawyers or Maryland State Bar Association. 2004 Maryland State Bar Association, Inc.Michael W. Siri, ChairMichael W. Siri is an associate with Bowie & Jensen.2 THE ADVOCATE—Spring 2008

Organizing Your Pretrial BindersBy Christian C. Mester, EsquireIn last month’s publica-the file to decide what needs to getthe first day of trial, issues you want totion, we discussed strategiesdone. As an aside, if you have a case-bring out in any filed pretrial state-to employ during thethree months pre-management system on your computer,your “to do’s” should be entered there,ments, or any logistical concerns. Youcan also include preferred methods ofceding trial. Inwith appropriate alarms set to remindtrial procedure of the particular judgethis article, weaddress waysyou about impending deadlines.In the “motions in limine” folder,you are in front of, the layout of thecourtroom, requirements for use oforganizeplace potential in limine issues as theycomputers in the courtroom/court-your pretrialbinders when your case is placed intoare identified in the case. For example,suppose your client testifies at her depo-house, or other similar information.In the “voir dire” folder, place notessuit. If you effectively organize yoursition that she was arrested for under-of those issues you want to raise duringcase from the outset, you can make thefinal 90 days of trial preparation moreage drinking. You should place a note inthis folder to file an in limine motion tothe juror selection process that are outside of your regular form voir dire. Fortomanageable. You, in turn, will be moreproductive. The suggestions that followcan easily be turned into checklist for-instance, if your case involves a delay inThe main purpose ofthe trial folders is tokeep you organized fromthe beginning of thelitigation through trialpreparation.delivery leading to brain damage in ababy, the prospective jurors should beigation through trial preparation.exclude this irrelevant and unfairly prej-look at the jury instruction for the firstThese folders should not include originals of any documents, but insteadudicial information. Then, when it istime to file the motions, you merelytime – do it before you filethe case. You will want toshould include copies that you canlook in this folder for the issues youmake sure you shapewrite on or otherwise work with duringthe litigation.need to address.In the “contact information” folder,your pleadings andproof, especially dam-Once the complaint is completed,place the information you have on theages, to those jurycreate a redwell file (or 3-ring binder)with 11 folders: (1) to do’s; (2) motionswitnesses, your clients, defense counsel,the court, and your expert witnesses.instructions. Forinstance, if youin limine; (3) client, witness, court,You will want the best numbers toare representingdefense counsel and expert contactinformation; (4) complaint; (5) pretrialreach them, cell phone numbers, e-mailaddresses and mailing addresses. Alsothe estate andbeneficiaries inmatters; (6) voir dire; (7) jury instruc-place in this folder the names of all wit-a negligence claim,tions; (8) client; (9) hot correspondence;(10) opening; and (11) closing.nesses as they are learned through interviews, depositions, discovery responses,identify the damage instructions on wrongful death and survivalIn the “to do” folder, place youror otherwise. This will allow you toactions. This will ensure that you haveworking list of assignments. When anew issue arises, place it in this folder. Inhave all names in one location whenyou prepare your pretrial memoranda.testimony and/or records to support allof the elements of available damages. Ifso doing, all case assignments are con-In the “pretrial matters” folder,you do not have the necessary testimo-tained in one location when you reviewplace information you want to raise oncontinued on page 8mat and placed in each of your filefolders. Once the lawsuit is about to befiled, pull out the checklist and createthe necessary folders. The main purpose of the trial folders is to keep youorganized from the beginning of the lit-queried on any pregnancies they hadand whether there were problems.In the “jury instructions” folder,print out the main pattern jury instructions you will need in your case. Do notwait until you are preparing for trial toTHE ADVOCATE: Vol. 23.3 3

Find Your Calling in the ProfessionBy T. Reed Stephens, EsquireRecently, I had the honor ofprofession. Your needs are those aspi-Compared to, for example, the twoaddressing a group of current studentsrations representing what you want toclassmates with whom I shared theand alumnae of the Black LawStudents Association (BLSA) chapterdraw from the profession in order tomaintain an interesting and fulfillingresponsibility of steering our StanfordBLSA chapter many years ago, I mayof the Washington College of Law atcareer. These needs might be intellectu-appear to be a professional vagabondthe American University. My audiencewas comprised of a group of hopefulal stimulation, political activism, financial success, or civic devotion.wandering the legal landscape. Not soupon closer examination. In retrospect,and ambitious future attorneys lookingfor insights as to how to carve outConversely, the profession needs certain contributions from you in orderI believe that each of my career changes– from judicial clerk to law firm associ-space for themselves in a very crowdedfor you to remain relevant to employersate to Department of Justice trial attor-profession. I passed along what Ibelieve are useful considerations onand clients with legal service needs thatmust be addressed. Ideally, your callingney to law firm partner -- represents acoherent step in a long-term journeyhow to lay out a plan for a satisfyingcan be matched with professionalthat continues to this day. None of thecareer in the legal profession. Theplan’s success hinges on each aspiringopportunities that are made availableby employers and potential clients.steps of the journey, however, marked adeviation from what I recognize as myattorney finding his or her calling inthe legal profession.The legal profession is a demandingone in that individual success is measured in how well we serve our clients,their causes and objectives. We are measured in many ways primarily throughthe eyes of others—clients, judges, colleagues, adversaries—rather thanthrough our own eyes. Many leave theprofessional calling.You should engage fully inthe self-examination processearly on so that you devoteyour years of service as alegal professional to fulfillingyour calling primarilyrather than servicing yourfinancial debt.profession because of a lack of fulfill-But how does one find the pathwaythat best serves your calling? Whetheryou are a law student or already practicing, I recommend you begin by asking yourself the most obvious question:“Why am I here?”That is not an existential question.Recent graduates know the reality ofthe weight of the financial obligationrepresented by that debt. You shouldment, but this is not an inevitable resultas demonstrated by the thousands whoHave a calling. Have a purpose foryour pursuit of a career in the legal pro-engage fully in the self-examinationprocess early on so that you devote yourmake a lifetime avocation of serving thefession. By this, I mean simply: knowyears of service as a legal professional tolegal needs of others. How does oneachieve this longevity and fulfillment?why you aspired to become a practicingattorney and be content with the emo-fulfilling your calling primarily ratherthan servicing your financial debt.One way is to find your calling: carvetional satisfaction that you gain fromOnce you have a purpose or callingout your own spaceof fulfillment incoming to work every day. As I surveythe career paths of my law school class-in the profession, how do you followit? First, know that you will go farther,the profession.mates, I note with admiration the vari-much faster, if you do not attempt to doTo find yourcalling, however,ous long-time law school professors,graduate school academics, and theit alone.A recurring myth in popular legalyou must under-federal prosecutors among them. Eachculture is of the stern law professor lec-stand both yourown professionalof these individuals knew how he orshe would find satisfaction in the lawturing the new crop of first year lawstudents to "look to your left, thenneeds as well asand found the pathway to claiming thatlook to your right" as though to rein-the needs of thepersonal space in the profession.4 THE ADVOCATE—Spring 2008continued on next page

force a sense of cutthroat competitiontain practice areas served by privateented work) isamong the incoming class. My experi-law firms on behalf of corporateless vulnera-ence has been that, while the myth waspredictive of the rise of 21st centuryclients. “Commoditization” in this context is the result of corporate clients’ble to thedangerof“reality tv” competitions, this adagesharp analysis of the nature of the legalcommoditi-poorly represents the way we interactas a legal community. Young law stu-work. The result of this analysis hasbeen the diminution of the economiczation of aparticulardents will do far better to value class-value of some practice areas tradition-practice areamates as future lifelines in a relationship driven profession rather than iso-ally served by private law firms. Byof litigation.Unlike govern-lated competitors to be exploited anddiscarded. Make sure that you internalize that the legal profession is a relationship-driven one. You will beremembered for how you treat every-Find your calling then workto understand how you canfulfill your calling on adaily basis.one whom you meet – Your reputationment legal positions, however, public interest legal careers arenot necessarily underwritten by thepublic’s tax dollars.Corporate legal departments areplaces to gain valuable experience, butcan follow you like a halo or like ashroud. It is your choice.this, I do not mean that work is nolonger available or that it is not intel-the economic pressures are intense asemployers are constantly under pres-Let’s drill down on your calling.lectually challenging. Commoditizationsure to cut costs including costsPracticing law is a privilege. Once youhave passed the bar, what next? Howmeans that the legal work has been economically devalued as a result of exter-incurred for employees who do not generate revenue or profit (e.g., lawyers)do you carve out a career in the lawnal pressure applied by clients.and pursue your calling? What are yourcareer goals? It is not sufficient answerAs a practical matter, the legal workcontinues but that clients have placedlaw is dependent on many things. I suggest you choose your own personalto say “I want to work at a law firm.”limitations on the amount that theycommitment to practicing law in aEmployment at a law firm is not a truecareer goal. It is a short term objective.will pay for these cases to be handled.If you want to work in a large, highlymode that you enjoy is the foremost ofthese. Find your calling then work toThe decision to join a private law firmleveraged private law firm with theunderstand how you can fulfill yourmust be a purposeful one as much asgoal of achieving long-term job securi-calling on a daily basis. To do this, youany decision to serve in the governmentor in a public interest capacity. A lawty, you should consider developingskills that will allow you to work in amust devote substantial time to identifying your career goals rather than youfirm is nothing more than an emptypractice area that has not been “com-short-term objectives (e.g., debt ser-vessel until it is filled by the flesh andblood attorneys who populate it withmoditized.” To do otherwise is to takeon the risk of eventual job dislocation.vice). Understand why you want topractice law. Make sure you internalizetheir intellect, commitment, empathy,Such risks are less prevalent whenthat this is a relationship-driven profes-and ambition. You should identify thesort of work you want to be doing andthe government is your client. Due tothe government’s broader policysion. Stay connected to your law schooland your classmates. You have theknow why it is you enjoy doing it.responsibilities, commoditization ispotential to be lifetime sources ofHow do you accomplish this? Beginby educating yourself to the profession-less a matter of strict economic analysis. There, love of the process of prac-career support to one another. val possibilities and understand how theticing law and development of the nec-business of law operates so that youcan match your path with the trends ofessary skills can earn you job securityand a career goal to do a certain typethe profession.of legal work for years on end if that’sOne important trend influencingopportunities in large firm private prac-your choice.Similarly, public interest work legaltice is the “commoditization” of cer-work (issue oriented or politically ori-A long-term, fulfilling career in theT. Reed Stephens is a Partner in both theTrial and Health Law Departments of theWashington, D.C. Office of the law firmof McDermott Will & Emery LLP. In the15 plus year since obtaining his lawdegree from Stanford Law School, Mr.Stephens has been a clerk to a federal district court judge, an associate at a largelaw firm, a trial attorney for the UnitedStates Department of Justice, and now apartner in a global law firm.THE ADVOCATE: Vol. 23.3 5

Certificates of Qualified Expertscontinued from page 1In Konits, the plaintiff, MaryCarroll, complained that her treatingphysicians, Doctors Imoke and Konits,were negligent in failing to communicate that a catheter should be removedfrom her chest upon completion ofchemotherapy. As a result, the catheterunnecessarily remained in Ms. Carrollfor almost a year causing her pain, discomfort, and other medical complications. Ms. Carroll filed a Complaintwith the HC Office, and four monthslater she filed a letter signed by herexpert that purported to serve as aCertificate. The letter contained a briefchronology of Ms. Carroll’s medicaltreatments and identified the aspects ofmedical care that the expert determined to be inappropriate.The Defendant doctors filed aMotion to Dismiss on the grounds thatMs. Carroll had failed to file aCertificate in compliance with the Act.The Director of the HC Office grantedMs. Carroll an extension to file aCertificate, which she did. Ms. Carrollfiled a document that included a substantially similar summary of her medical treatments and concluded that shehad suffered injury from “having acatheter in place for longer than whatis standard treatment[.]” Konits, 400Md. At 175, 929 A.2d at 24. TheAmended Certificate also included astatement that the expert did notdevote more than 20 percent of hertime to activities that directly involvepersonal injury claims.The case was transferred to theCircuit Court for Baltimore City andDoctor Konits renewed his Motion toDismiss on the grounds that theCertificate failed to comply with thestatutory requirements. The CircuitCourt agreed and dismissed the caseagainst Dr. Konits. The Court of6 THE ADVOCATE—Spring 2008Appeals issued a writ of certiorariprior to consideration by the intermediate appellate court.In its consideration of the case, theCourt first held that filing a validCertificate is a “condition precedent”to maintaining a claim for medicalnegligence. The Court concluded thatfiling a Certificate is an “indispensablestep” in the arbitration process.Therefore, if a “proper” Certificate isnot filed within the 90 days of filingthe Complaint with the HC Office, dismissal of the case is the proper remedy.Next, the Court turned to the language and substance of the Certificateitself and determined that it wasWithout saying it explicitly,the Court made very clearthat the attesting expertmust be exacting with theirlanguage in describingwhat the standard of carerequires and what thespecific departures in thestandard of care were.invalid. The Court concluded that theAct clearly and unambiguouslyrequires a Certificate to contain anexpert’s affirmation that: (1) the healthcare provider departed from the standard of care, and (2) the departure wasthe proximate cause of the plaintiff’sinjuries. Because Ms. Carroll’sCertificate did not state with claritythat the treatment she received orfailed to receive was the “proximatecause” of her injuries, the Court concluded that the Certificate was insufficient. The Court held that because theCertificate failed to use the exactwords “proximate cause” it failed tosatisfy the Act’s requirements and dismissal of the entire case was proper.The Court went onto explain thatadditional elements must be included inthe Certificate. It must: identify, withspecificity, the identity of the health careprofessional(s) who allegedly breachedthe standard of care; outline the standard of care; and summarize how thehealth care professional(s) allegedlydeparted from that standard. It is interesting to note, that the Court ultimatelydetermined that Ms. Carroll “may”have properly identified the departuresin the standard of care because theattesting expert stated that the catheterwas in place for “longer than what isstandard treatment” and such treatment was “below the standard of care.”Without saying it explicitly, the Courtmade very clear that the attesting expertmust be exacting with their language indescribing what the standard of carerequires and what the specific departures in the standard of care were.Although the Court in Konitsattempts to define in black and whitewhat must be included in theCertificate for it to be proper, the medical negligence practioner is left with alot of uncertainty when the facts of hiscase do not fit into the perfectlydefined categories. For example, whatif the medical records are unclearabout the identity of the health careprofessional that committed thealleged negligence? What if the healthcare professional is a member of amedical institution that would preferto assume any negligence instead ofhaving its individual physicians andnurses named? What if it is unclearhow the standard of care wasbreached, even though it is clear thatthere was, in fact, a departure? Thesequestions will go unanswered until theCourt or the legislature answers. vBenjamin S. Salsbury and Katharine O.Porwick are both associates at the lawfirm of Salsbury, Clements, Bekman,Marder and Adkins, L.L.C. They practicein the areas of medical negligence and personal injury and either can be reached at(410) 539-6633.

MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEECo-Chairs: Sedica Sawez &Wm. Carl Isler, IIVice Chair: Mitch RothenbergThe Membership Committee isexcited about the upcoming 2008events. We started the year off with afun-filled February Filibuster in PrinceGeorge’s County and we had a greattime. We followed up with a pre-partyhappy hour for the Mardi Gras forMentoring Fundraiser at LouisianaRestaurant in Fells Point, Baltimore.The happy hour and the fundraiserwere immensely successful, the YLSSpring Fling definitely is the premiereYLS event each year. If you didn’t makeit this year, plan to be there next year.We have more Thirsty Thursdaysplanned for the rest of the year, somark your calendars as the remindersare sent and plan to be in attendance.We promise you will have a wonderfultime learning about the incentives forjoining the MSBA Young LawyersSection, and networking with otherexciting young lawyers, judges andother professionals.Be sure to check out the MSBAYoung Lawyers website www.msba.orgfor upcoming events.TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEEChair: Meredith Blake MartinYour YLS Technology Committee ishard at work to ensure that the YoungLawyers Section website—http://www.msba.org/sec comm/sections/yls/—isup-to-date and accurate. Please take alook at the website to see how you canbecome involved in the Section! Youwill be able to check out The Advocateonline beginning with this issue. If youhave any information which you wouldlike posted to our website, please contact Meredith Martin via email:[email protected] COMMITTEECo-Chairs: Matthew S. Tidballand Chad G. SpenserEvery Fall and Spring the YoungWhat We Do,And How toJoin UsGet Connected with theCommittees of theYoung Lawyers SectionLawyers Section holds an "OpenMeeting" open to all members of thebar. The Resolutions Committee isplanning the Spring 2008 OpenMeeting for March 20, 2008 inAnnapolis. The topic will be the recentstatute that went into effect on October1, 2007 concerning first-party insurance "lack of good faith." Speakersand location are TBD, but lightfood/appetizers will be provided.PUBLIC SERVICE COMMITTEECo-Chairs: Thomas M. Weschlerand Joseph HowardTwo of the main goals of the YoungLawyer Section are to create awarenessof the MSBA and to represent the MSBAin the Maryland Community. The PublicService Committee of the Young LawyerSection furthered these goals in early2008 by raising money for the SpecialOlympics of Maryland through participation in The Polar Bear Plunge. “ThePlunge”, as it is sometimes referred to, isan annual event held in January, atSandy Point State Park, which bringstogether the Maryland community insupport of a worthy local cause whileoffering participants the opportunity tojump in the icy cold waters of theChesapeake Bay! This is the second yearthe YLS has been involved in The Plungeand with everyone’s help we look forward to making this one of our annual

David Luby & Wendy Sare, 3rd Circuit (Baltimore County) Vacant, 4th Circuit (Allegheny County) Vacant, 5th Circuit (Anne Arundel County) Vacant, 5th Circuit (Carroll County) Chad G. Spencer, 5th Circuit (Howard County) Omolade R. "Lade" Akinbolaji, 6th Circuit (Montgomery County) Dawn Gould, 6th Circuit (Frederick County)