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New Practitioner Section    

A Guide to the Montgomery County Circuit Court
Reception with the Bar Association Sections

The MANNA volunteer night is on February 28, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. – RSVP NOW! (the time is an update from our earlier email). Each year the New Practitioners Sections holds a volunteer night at MANNA Food Center, the premier food bank in Montgomery County. MANNA provides food to 40,000 individuals each year, including helping distribute food to nearly every social service organization in the County. Your help is needed to  create boxes of non-perishable food items to distribute to clients. Our assistance helps MANNA reach those in need. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please RSVP to Elizabeth or Josh.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS:  On March 21, 2017, we are hosting A Guide to the Circuit Court and Bar Association Sections from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.  This event will kick-off at 5 p.m. with a tour of the Circuit Court and culminate in a reception and section fair in the Cafeteria of the Executive Office building. The various sections of the Bar Association will each host their own table and be able to provide information about their section, such as upcoming events, programs offered, how to become involved, etc.  Drinks and Refreshments will be provided.  This is a great event to meet your fellow practitioners and learn more about each section of the Bar Association and what they have to offer. Both newer and more experienced attorneys are invited and encouraged to attend. Please RSVP to Elizabeth or Josh.

On March 29, 2017, Judge McGann will be hosting a seminar on Courtroom Presentation that should not be missed.  This will be a great opportunity for New and Seasoned Practitioner's alike.  The seminar will take place in Courtroom 8C of the Circuit Court from 5:00pm - 6:00pm.

Stay tuned for further emails and other announcements about meetings and events in the New Year!  We’ll keep you in the loop regarding any changes or additions to the existing schedule..

The 2017 Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Gaithersburg Hilton. The New Practitioners Section will be presenting The New Practitioners Guide to Building Your Practice in Today’s World with speakers Donald A. Rea, Esq., Partner at Saul Ewing LLP and Dean D. Jill Green, Assistant Dean of Law Career Development at the University of Baltimore School of Law.  The focus of the program will be on developing your business plan, whether as a solo or as an associate in a firm, and utilizing social media to appropriately market yourself. Make sure to register!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at (301) 738-5700 or  We hope to see you at the Chamber Chat!


Please join us on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 12:30 PM, with the Honorable Harry C. Storm.  The Chamber Chat will be held in the Courtroom 8A jury room, in the North Tower of the Circuit Court.  This is an excellent opportunity for practitioners, both new and experienced, to gain insight and knowledge in how to refine your trial advocacy skills, become a better lawyer and to get to know Judge Storm.  The Chamber Chat is open to all members of the Bar, not only members of the New Practitioner’s Section.  We encourage all to join!

Judge Storm is the current President of the Maryland State Bar Association, and has been a Judge on the Circuit Court bench since January 8, 2016.  Prior to that, he was a Principal at Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chartered, in Bethesda.  Judge Storm is currently on the Family rotation and beginning July 2017 will be on the Family and CINA rotation.  Bring your lunch and take advantage of this opportunity to get to know a member of our Circuit Court bench in an informal setting, ask Judge Storm questions about practicing law in the Circuit Court and learn essential litigation skills.

Please keep an eye out for emails from the New Practitioners Section.  We’ll keep you in the loop regarding any changes or additions to the existing schedule.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Emily Gelmann at (301) 838-3208 or We hope to see you at the Chamber Chat!

     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 Emily Gelmann at
     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 Emily Gelmann at



Joshua I. Bienstock
Elizabeth J. McInturff


Chamber Chat Chair:

Jamie B. Maier

Section Meetings

None Currently Scheduled


Section Events

February 28, 2017*
March 21, 2017**
*NP Section Volunteer Night
     @ MANNA; 6-8PM
**A Guide to the Circuit Court and
     the Bar Association Sections;


Upcoming Chamber Chats

March 16, 2017

Chamber Chats take place at 12:30 PM in the Chambers of the Judiciary member who is presenting on that particular day.


CLE Seminars

None Currently Scheduled