Jennifer S. Lubinski, Esquire, Funk & Bolton, PA
We are beginning the 2010 board year with a series of anniversaries. Perhaps most importantly, this year marks Executive Director Kathleen Shemer’s twentieth anniversary with MDC. Anyone who has worked with Kathleen will tell you that she is the backbone of the organization. She is completely unflappable, unfailingly polite, helpful, and patient. Kathleen quite simply is the engine that drives the train and I, for one, am glad to work with her. Thank you, Kathleen, on behalf of all of us.
This year also marks the Pro Bono Resource Council’s twentieth anniversary, which it marked with a gala on November 13, 2010 at the Cylburn Auditorium. The PBRC asked many of the local and specialty bar associations to designate a “Pro Bono Star” to be honored at the gala. MDC is proud to have designated Woods “Woody” Bennett based on his many years of work with Kids Chance of Maryland, Inc. Kids Chance provides scholarship and other assistance to the children of men and women who have been seriously disabled or killed at work.
And this year the MDC Board will be revisiting our Long Range Plan. The plan was developed about four years ago and was intended to guide the Board in improving communications with and providing greater service to the organization’s members and broadening our outreach (to law students, for example). Over the past few years we’ve achieved some of our goals and made a great deal of progress on others. This January, the Board will meet to review and revise the plan so that, going forward, the organization remains effective, relevant, and a reliable source of information and education for the Maryland civil defense bar.
To that end, I would like to hear from you. What programs do you find most helpful in your practice? What format of programming would you prefer: in person, via webinar, or teleconference? What about your membership in MDC is most (or least) valuable to you? Contact me at (410) 659-8321 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, The Defense Line is receiving some much needed attention this year. To ensure that we continue to deliver up to date, informative content, we are converting to an electronic format. We will continue to deliver hard copies of The Defense Line for now thanks to our sponsor, Courthouse Copy. If you would like to discontinue paper service, please contact Executive Director Kathleen Shemer.
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