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New Practitioner Section    

The New Practitioner Section hosted a successful seminar on Salary Negotiation during its October meeting. Thank you to Nancy Kaplan, Hannah Romick, and Conscient Strategies for the great presentation! 

In lieu of the originally scheduled meeting for November 8th, the New Practitioner Section will be co-hosting with the Bar Association of Montgomery County, MD, the Maryland Hispanic Bar Association and the Montgomery County Women's Bar Association for a Puerto Rican Hurricane Relief Fundraiser on Wednesday, November 8 at Matchbox on Rockville Pike. If you are unable to attend, you can make donations directly on the Bar’s website.

Keep an eye out for emails and other announcements from the New Practitioner Section.

If you have questions, please contact either Josh Bienstock at / (301) 251-1600 or Josh Schmand at / (301) 347-1273.


Judge Hessler has returned to where he began his legal career, the Circuit Court for Montgomery County. After serving as law clerk to Judge John J. Mitchell, Judge Hessler went on to clerk for Judge John P. Moore of the Maryland Court of Appeals. Since entering private practice in 1982, Judge Hessler has had an active litigation practice, first with Miller, Steinberg & Hessler, then Dragga, Callahan, Hannon & Hessler, and finally Dragga, Hannon, Hessler, & Wills. During his thirty-five years in private practice, Judge Hessler has handled both civil and criminal cases, most recently focusing primarily in family law. Judge Hessler has been a Judge on the Circuit Court bench since July 25, 2017, and is currently in the Civil Law rotation.  

Please join us on Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 at 12:30 pm for a brown-bag lunch in Courtroom 9B (North Tower 9th Floor). This is an excellent opportunity to get to know one of the newer members of our Circuit Court bench in this informal setting, and to benefit from Judge Hessler's particular insight in how to refine your trial advocacy skills. The Chamber Chat is open to all members of the Bar.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at Callie Carnemark or



     The mentor/mentee program is still accepting new mentor/mentees! This program is designed to aid new attorneys in developing and shaping their future careers through the support, guidance, and recommendations of a senior practitioner. If you have been practicing law for more than seven years, the Mentor/Mentee Committee is looking for your help to mentor and develop the next generation of attorneys in the Montgomery County Bar Association. If you have been practicing law for less than seven years and would like guidance from a mentor, we encourage you to apply to get a mentor. Applications to become a mentor or a mentee are available at  They can be submitted to  Daniel Tavares.
     If you have been practicing law for less than seven years and would like guidance from a mentor, we encourage you to apply to get a mentor.  All applications to be a mentor or mentee are available at  They can be submitted at any time to  Daniel Tavares.


Joshua I. Bienstock
Joshua C. Schmand


Chamber Chat Chair:

Callie Carnemark

Section Meetings

February 14, 2018
April 11, 2018

Meetings will be held at 5:30PM on the 2nd Wednesday of the month in the CLE Classroom of the Bar Association building, unless otherwise noted.


Section Events

Puerto Rican Hurricane
     Disaster Relief
     Fundraiser --
     November 8, 2017


Upcoming Chamber Chats

November 15, 2017 -- 
     Judge Hessler
December 13, 2017 --
     Judge Cho
January 17, 2018 --
     Judge Greenberg
March 14, 2018 --
     Judge Storm

Chamber Chats take place from 12:30PM - 1:30PM in the chambers of the months featured Judge.


CLE Seminars

None Currently Scheduled