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Hopefully everyone has adjusted to writing 2020, instead of 2019, and your new year is off to a good start. I certainly appreciated coming back to my office after the holiday break in December to find a nice letter from Judge Patrick Woodward, which accompanied a $2,200.00 check for donation to the Montgomery County Bar Foundation. Judge Woodward generously donated the surplus leftover from the funds generated to host his retirement party to the Foundation. What a great idea to donate “found” money to a worthy cause. Thank you also to Lerch, Early & Brewer for their donation to the Foundation and thank you to anyone else I might have missed for their year-end donation to the Foundation.
Congratulations to our new judges – Judge Berry, Judge Del Pino, Judge McAuliffe – everyone’s investiture was a wonderful celebration of each person’s accomplishments and a great start to the next phase of their legal careers.
Our next Bar Association luncheon will be held on February 11, 2020 at Trapezaria. Our speaker is Ambassador Susan Esserman, an international trade lawyer at Steptoe & Johnson, who has also grown an incredible pro bono practice in the area of human trafficking. The first two bar luncheons have been sold out affairs and currently, there are less than 10 spots left for the February luncheon so please email Cindy@barmont.org (or go to https://www.barmont.org/page/262 and click on the PLEASE RSVP link) to reserve a coveted spot for the luncheon so we know if we have room to accommodate everyone who would like to attend.
Also, please calendar now for our last Bar Association luncheon for the 2019-2020 year which will be March 10, 2020, at Trapezaria. Our speaker will be retired Judge Stephen Sfekas of Baltimore City who will speak about impeachment with special reference to President Andrew Johnson. Impeachment is a timely topic and I know the Montgomery County, Maryland Inns of Court greatly enjoyed his presentation when Judge Sfekas spoke to that group. Registration for this luncheon is currently open. To register, please use the link in your weekly blast.
Other upcoming events for the Winter and Spring to calendar now – our second Trivia Night sponsored by the New Practitioner’s Section and the Social Committee will be held on February 19, 2020 starting at 5:30PM at World of Beer in Bethesda. RSVP to
Our first ever BAMC Family Fun Day will take place at Cabin John Park on April 18, 2020 – come with your kids for bounce houses, arts and crafts, food, games and more. This event was specifically created for all those bar association members who told us that they want to be more involved with the Bar Association but cannot take any more time away from the time they spend with their families. And if you can’t make Family Fun Day, bring your child to the Circuit Court for the first BAMC Take Your Child To Work Day on April 23, 2020. We will have an education program and lunch for your children. This event’s co-sponsors are the State’s Attorney’s Office, the Office of the Public Defender, and the Montgomery County, Maryland Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association.
I read in the Washington Post on January 11th that for only the second time in history, women outnumbered men as the majority of the U.S. paid workforce. I hope this change brings along with it change in what we expect from our employees in the law firms. I would love to not hear again as I did at Judge Berry’s investiture about how a lawyer felt that in order to do her job competently, she had to have a cot in her office so her toddler could regularly sleep at her law firm while the lawyer worked late rather than be able to work from home after her child went to bed. And while we are on the topic of change vis a vis women’s advancement in the workforce and in light of the many introductions I have listened to since May 2019, this is a good time to remind ourselves that when we are introducing women at professional events or offering them accolades for their achievements, that the honoree probably isn’t getting the credit she deserves if the remarks are about the speaker, or how the speaker helped the honoree get where she is today, or the focus is on her early career foibles. Sadly, many women feel they must downplay their success by utilizing self-deprecation, so you do not need to get the party started for her in that department. It is more than okay to just talk about how great she is for whatever reason she is being feted and let her enjoy the moment.