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The Honorable Lynne A. Battaglia
Board Chair

Judge BattagliaLynne A. Battaglia was raised in Silver Creek, New York.  After graduating from high school in 1963, Judge Battaglia entered American University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in International Relations.  She received her B.A. degree in 1967 and her M.A. degree in 1968 from the same institution.  Upon being awarded an NDEA Title IV Fellowship, Judge Battaglia entered Georgetown University in 1968 to embark on her doctoral studies in American Government.

While attending Georgetown, Judge Battaglia decided to pursue law instead, and left Georgetown to enter the University of Maryland Law School.  She received her Juris Doctor degree in 1974.  She was Articles Editor of the Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif.  She continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland Law School as well as the University of Baltimore Law School.  

Judge Battaglia was admitted to the Maryland Bar on December 17, 1974 and to the Federal District Court on January 3, 1975. She is also a member of the District of Columbia and New York Bars.

She began her legal career in 1974 at the Baltimore law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes.  She was an associate attorney at the firm until 1978.  In 1978, she was recruited to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, where she spent the next four years.  In 1984, Judge Battaglia became a Senior Trial Attorney within the Office of Special Litigation in the Department of Justice, where she tried complex tax shelter cases throughout the United States.  She twice received awards for Outstanding Attorney during her tenure.  In 1988, she was chosen by Maryland Attorney General J. Joseph Curran to become the Chief of the Criminal Investigations Division.  Within three years she was recruited to become the Chief of Staff to United States Senator Barbara A. Mikulski.

She served as the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland from August 20, 1993 to January 26, 2001.  She was appointed to that position by the President and confirmed by the United States Senate.  Judge Battaglia served as a Judge on the Maryland Court of Appeals for the Third Appellate Circuit from January 26, 2001 to April 14, 2016.  She was nominated by Governor Parris Glendening and confirmed by the Maryland Senate.

Judge Battaglia has received numerous honors and awards during her distinguished career. In March, 2010, Judge Battaglia was inducted into the Howard County Women’s Hall of Fame.  In November, 2008, Judge Battaglia was the recipient of the Rita C. Davidson Award from the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland. In 2007, Judge Battaglia was the recipient of the Conwell R. Sapp Award from the Howard County Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association.  In 2006, Judge Battaglia was awarded the Charles Hamilton Houston Lifetime Achievement Award.  In 2005, Judge Battaglia was awarded the University of Baltimore Women’s Bar Association’s Distinguished Woman Advocate Award.  In 2004, Judge Battaglia was awarded the Maryland Bar Foundation Professional Legal Excellence Award for the Advancement of Professional Competence. In 2004, Judge Battaglia was awarded honorary membership with the Phi Delta Phi Paca Inn, University of Maryland School of Law.  In 2003, Judge Battaglia was presented with the Maryland Leadership in Law Award, Daily Record. In 2002, Judge Battaglia was the recipient of the Margaret Brent-Juanita Jackson Mitchell Award.  

Judge Battaglia is the author of Obeisance to the Separation of Powers and Protection of Individuals’ Rights and Liberties: The Honorable John C. Eldridge’s Approach to Constitutional Analysis in the Court of Appeals of Maryland, 1974-2003, published in the Maryland Law Review.  She is also the author of “Property and Law Are Born and Must Die Together”: The Honorable Dale R. Cathell’s Philosophy of Individual Property Rights and the Government in the Court of Appeals and the Court of Special Appeals, 1987-2006, which was published in the Winter 2007 issue of the University of Baltimore Law Review. She authored, along with Evelyn Lombardo, Investing in the Future of Maryland Women, published in the July 2011 Edition of the Maryland law Journal. More recently, Judge Battaglia authored “Where is Justice?” An Exploration of Beginnings in the Fall 2011 Edition of the University of Baltimore Law Forum.

Judge Battaglia is a model leader and mentor.  She is a member of the Gender Equality Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association and is a member of numerous other Bar Associations and law clubs.  She is a member of the University of Baltimore School of Law Advisory Board and a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of Maryland School of Law and continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland School of Law and at the University of Baltimore School of Law.  

She currently serves as the Chair of the Professionalism Center and has been instrumental in supervising its establishment, which is now a quasi-Judicial agency, to oversee the professionalism efforts in the State.

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The Honorable Angela M. Eaves

Angela EavesJudge Angela M. Eaves was born in the Republic of Panama and moved to the United States in the early 196o’s.  After traveling to different countries and states as part of a military family, they eventually settled in Texas where she attended high school and college.  She graduated in 1986 from the University of Texas School of Law and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs in Austin, Texas with degrees in law and public administration, and then began practicing law in Dallas, Texas, with the Dallas’ City Attorney’s Office.  Judge Eaves moved to Bel Air, Maryland in 1989 and continued her legal career with the Legal Aid Bureau, Inc. in Harford County handling a variety of types of cases.  In July of 1993, she was hired by the Office of the Maryland Attorney General initially to represent the Department of Human Resources, and subsequently the Maryland Division of Correction.

In March of 2000, Judge Eaves was appointed to the District Court of Maryland for Harford County, and in 2007 she was appointed to the Circuit Court where she now presides over criminal and civil cases.  She currently serves on several statewide judicial committees including the Court of Appeals’ Rules Committee, the Maryland Professionalism Center and the Domestic Violence Subcommittee.  She is an instructor for courses through the Maryland Judicial Institute and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.  In addition Judge Eaves is very active in national, state and local bar associations and in the Harford County community as a volunteer for several civic and nonprofit organizations. She has been honored as one of “The Daily Record’s” Top 100 Women in 2009 and 2011, a Leadership in Law recipient in 2011, and an Associated Black Charities Living Legal Legend in 2007.

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The Honorable Kathryn Grill Graeff

Kathryn GraeffKathryn Grill Graeff is a Judge of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals,  since September 2008.  Judge Graeff previously was an Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Appeals Division of the Office of the Attorney General.  She was promoted to Deputy Chief in 1999 and to Chief of the Division in 2002.  While at the Office of the Attorney General, she argued hundreds of cases in Maryland appellate courts, and one in the United States Supreme Court.  Prior to joining the Office of the Attorney General, Judge Graeff was an associate at Smith, Somerville and Case, where she practiced products liability, commercial litigation, and general civil litigation.

Judge Graef is a fomer adjunct professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she taught legal writing and appellate advocacy.  She is a past Chair of the Criminal Law and Practice Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association and currently the Vice Chair of the MSBA Litigation Section Council.  Judge Graeff is on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Professionalism Center, where she is chair of the Symposium Committee.  She is also a member of the Maryland Judicial Conference Criminal Law and Procedure Committee.  She received her undergraduate degree from Marquette University and her J.D., with honors, from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.

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Ronald H. Jarashow

Ronald JarashowRonald H. Jarashow is a former trial judge who handles business and personal injury cases and advises businesses and is an experienced mediator / arbitrator.   In 35 years of law practice, he was a general practice lawyer who represented businesses and individuals in all Maryland and D.C. state and federal trial and appeals courts. 

Mr. Jarashow was the law clerk in 1975-76 to Chief Judge Richard P. Gilbert on the Court of Special Appeals where he worked on about 150 appeals.  Since that time, Mr. Jarashow has argued over 35 appeals concerning family law, personal injury, business law, and criminal law.  He has taught Business Law.  He was selected in 2009 as one of the best business lawyers in the Baltimore / Annapolis metropolitan areas by two magazines, SmartCEO Magazine and What’s Up Annapolis magazine.  He was selected as a 2009 leading medical malpractice lawyer by What’s Up Annapolis magazine.  In 2011, he won an award from the Daily Record as a Leader in the Law. Mr. Jarashow has presented at seminars on employment law, business law, personal injury, electronic discovery, evidence, and civil litigation.  

Mr. Jarashow was Judge on a Maryland Circuit Court (general trial court), but recently returned to the private practice of law.

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The Honorable Frank M. Kratovil, Jr.

Frank M. Kratovil, Jr. received his college degree from Western Maryland College in 1990. Upon graduation, he was awarded the Bates Prize for the Most Outstanding Graduating Male, the Havens Award for Outstanding Athletic and Humanitarian Contribution to the College, and the Carroll County Sun’s Scholar-Athlete Award. Following college and while attending the University of Baltimore School of Law, he began his career in the criminal-law field by working at the Public Defender’s Office in Maryland. He graduated from law school with Honors in 1994 and then accepted an appointment as a judicial law clerk for the Circuit Court for Prince George’s County, Maryland. 

Following his clerkship, he accepted a position as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Prince George’s County, where he remained until 1997. In 1997, Mr. Kratovil was appointed Assistant State’s Attorney in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland, and until 2001 served as the County’s only full-time prosecutor and community prosecutor. From 1997 to 1998, he served as President of the Young Democrats of Maryland and in 1998, was selected to represent the United States on the American Council of Young Political Leaders’ delegation to Taiwan. 

In 2003, at the age of 34, he was elected State’s Attorney for Queen Anne’s County, becoming one of the youngest State’s Attorney’s in the State. In June of 2005, Mr. Kratovil was elected by his fellow elected State’s Attorneys as President of the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association and in July of 2006, the Court of Appeals of Maryland appointed him to the Court of Appeal’s Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure. In November 2006, he was appointed Co-Chairman of the Public Safety Work Group for Governor-Elect Martin O’Malley's Transition Team and also Co-Chairman of the Public Safety Committee for Attorney General-Elect Douglas Gansler's Transition Team. 

In 2008, Kratovil was elected to the United States House of Representatives representing Maryland’s 1st Congressional District. While in Congress, he served on the Armed Services, Natural Resources and Agriculture committees and was a member of the Blue Dog and New Democrat coalitions. In December 2011, Kratovil was appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley to a ten-year term on the District Court of Maryland for Queen Anne’s County. 

Recent recognitions include the NACCP Citizenship Award, Somerset County NAACP; Recognition for Extraordinary Dedication, Hard Work & Unwavering Efforts, Chesapeake Bay Seafood Industries Association; Recognition for Extraordinary Dedication & Continued Support, Dorchester Seafood Harvester’s Association Inc.; Guardian of Small Business Award, National Federation of Independent Businesses; Legislative Leader Award, The Humane Society; Golden Triangle Award, National Farmers Union; Louise V. Snodgrass, Friends of Rural Water Award, Maryland Rural Water Association; Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence Outstanding State’s Attorney Award; Mid-Shore Council on Family Violence Lifesaver Award; Daniel O’Connell Law Society Prosecutor of the Year Award; Western Maryland College Alumni Community Service Award 

Mr. Kratovil is the son of the Honorable and Mrs. Frank M. Kratovil, Sr., and lives in Stevensville with his wife Kimberly, and their five children, Frankie III, Jackson, Cole, Nate and Ayden. He currently coaches youth football and basketball in Queen Anne’s County. 

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Thomas E. Lynch, III

Thomas LynchTom Lynch, who has been a partner and then a principal of Miles & Stockbridge for more than 20 years, is a former chair and current member of our Environmental group. Tom has a very diversified litigation and alternative dispute resolution background. Since the mid-1980s, Tom has represented industry, large and small businesses, financial institutions and individuals on environmental matters, including environmental litigation, compliance counseling, transactional matters including mergers and acquisitions, and contract negotiation. Apart from his environmental work, Tom has handled a very broad range of complex litigation matters, including emergency injunctive practice, litigation involving the bank holding company act, employment and employment-related litigation, general corporate and civil business litigation, land use and real estate litigation and, on occasion, personal injury litigation. Tom also is one of our most experienced alternative dispute resolution practitioners. He has served as a neutral mediator appointed by the Courts or retained by private parties for more than 10 years. He also has acted as an arbitrator. He frequently participates as a critiquer of new mediators in the mediation training program provided to Maryland lawyers. He has been involved in developing instructional programs for mediators in Frederick County.

Tom also is known for his very broad knowledge and experience on ethics issues. He has participated as a member of the Maryland State Bar Ethics Committee since 1989 and chaired the Committee in 1999-2000. As a result of this experience, Tom was selected by the Maryland Court of Appeals to participate on a committee, chaired by Judge Rodowsky, Retired Judge of the Court of Appeals, which rewrote the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct in 2003. He was also selected by the Judges of the Circuit Court for Frederick County to serve as Frederick County’s representative on the Professionalism Task Force headed by a Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals. He was thereafter appointed by the Court of Appeals to serve on the Professionalism Commission representative from Frederick County and chaired the Professionalism Subcommittee of that body, which drafted the Ideals of Professionalism approved by the Commission and adopted by the Maryland Court of Appeals. These Ideals are an appendix to the Maryland Rules of Professional Conduct.

Currently, Tom serves on the Board of Directors of the Frederick County YMCA and also is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. The Frederick Chamber will be celebrating its 100th year in 2012 and is the first chartered chamber in the United States.

Tom also is well recognized for his contributions to his community and to the Maryland and Frederick County Bar Associations. Upon the merger of the Baltimore office with our Frederick office in 1988, Tom moved his practice to Frederick County and became very involved in the Frederick County Bar Association, serving as its president in 2000. He also was responsible for the creation of a non-profit consensus building organization called the Committee for Frederick County, which he chaired from 1998 until July of 2003. In 2005, he was asked to resume the position as Chair of that organization. He served as the Vice Chair and then Chair of the Solid Waste Advisory Committee for Frederick County, which advises the County Commissioners on issues involving solid waste and the landfill. He serves on the board of a number of non-profit organizations and also has devoted countless hours on various task forces for Frederick County and for the City of Frederick.

As a result of his contributions to his community and to the Bar, Tom was selected by the Daily Record as one of Maryland’s "Leaders in the Law" and, was given a Vision of Character Award by the Character Counts Council of Frederick County.

Prior to joining Miles & Stockbridge in 1980, Tom worked for Venable, Baetjer & Howard between 1977 and 1980, working as an associate for Francis D. Murnaghan, Jr., who became a distinguished Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

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Leigh R. Melton

Leigh MeltonLeigh Melton represents clients in diverse areas of law, including criminal, juvenile, domestic, landlord/tenant, products liability, contract disputes, personal injury, worker's compensation, elder law, collections, real estate, construction and small claims. Leigh is also an experienced and effective mediator and is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale Hubbell.

Born in Fairfax, Virginia, Leigh graduated from Kenyon College in 1993 and cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law in 1998. She was admitted to the Maryland and Federal Bar in 1998 and clerked for the Honorable William C. Horne in the Circuit Court for Talbot County.

Leigh is the past President of the Mid-Shore Pro Bono Project, which provides access to free or reduced-fee legal services for qualified litigants in civil matters and is dedicated to serving the citizens of Kent, Queen Anne's, Caroline, Talbot and Dorchester Counties. Leigh is a Life Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation, serves as a faculty member of the Professionalism Committee for the Maryland State Bar Association and is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She is also a principal in Eastern Shore Title Company.

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Thomas D. Murphy

Thomas MurphyFor many years, Tom Murphy has held the highest honors available to a trial lawyer and practicing attorney.  Tom’s accolades include his membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers and his service as the president of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Bar Association of Montgomery County.  He has held an “AV” Preeminent Lawyer rating from Martindale-Hubbell for three decades and has been included in various national publications including “Best Lawyers in America”, “Super Lawyers” and has been recognized as one of the top 100 lawyers both in Maryland and in the Washington D.C. Metro Area.  Tom was awarded the Maryland Daily Record’s “Leadership in Law” Award in 2011 and previously received the Bar Association of Montgomery County’s Professionalism Award.  Tom serves on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Bar Foundation, is a member of the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents and is a delegate to the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association.  Tom has practiced law in Rockville since 1973.  Prior to attending law school at the University of Maryland, he served as a combat infantryman in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart.

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Paul M. Sandler

Paul SandlerPaul Mark Sandler is a partner in the law firm of Shapiro Sher Guinot & Sandler, P.A., and is an active trial lawyer representing many notable clients in a wide variety of cases in state and federal courts. He is the author of Anatomy of a Trial: A Handbook for Young Lawyers, and Raising the Bar: Practice Tips and Trial Technique for Young Maryland Lawyers.  He is also the co-editor of Appellate Practice for the Maryland Lawyer: State and Federal, and co-author of Model Witness Examinations, Pattern Examinations of Witnesses for the Maryland Lawyer, The Winning Argument, and, with Judge Grimm and Mr. Fax, Maryland Discovery Problems and Their Solutions.  

Mr. Sandler is a frequent lecturer on trial and appellate practice, founder and former Chair of the Litigation Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, past secretary of the Litigation Section of the American Bar Association and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.  He received his undergraduate degree from Hobart College and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1972.

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Norman L. Smith

Norman SmithNorman L. Smith is a partner with the firm of Nusinov Smith, LLP. His practice concentrates in the areas of commercial litigation, estate and trust litigation, appellate litigation (over 40 reported cases), and white collar defense. He also represents attorneys in disciplinary matters and other professionals before regulatory boards. In addition, he has been qualified as an expert witness in areas of attorney  professional responsibility and duties of trustees. 

Mr. Smith is a 1985 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was Co-Chair of the Moot Court Board and a recipient of the William P. Cunningham Award. 

After graduation from the University of Maryland School of Law, Mr. Smith served as law clerk to the Honorable E.O. Weant, Jr., Associate Judge, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. 

Before entering private practice, Mr. Smith was an Assistant Attorney General in the Maryland Attorney General's Criminal Investigations Division. 

As an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland and University of Baltimore Schools of Law, Mr. Smith has taught a variety of subjects, including appellate advocacy and professional responsibility. He has also appeared on a number of continuing legal education programs, speaking on legal ethics, professionalism, avoiding malpractice and disciplinary violations, fiduciary litigation, Medicaid litigation, and competency issues in litigation. For the past five years, he has been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine as one of its top attorneys in Maryland. He served as the Reporter for the Maryland Court of Appeals Professionalism Commission and he is a board member of the newly formed Maryland Professionalism Center. 

Before attending law school, Mr. Smith was a professional musician, serving as principal trumpet in the New Orleans Philharmonic, the New Jersey Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the New York Chamber Orchestra (with which he is also a recorded soloist), the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra at Lincoln Center (N.Y.), the Aspen Chamber Orchestra, and the Casals Festival Orchestra. As a conductor, he led the Garden State Ballet and the Montclair Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Smith was also a member of the music faculties at Montclair State College (New Jersey), Loyola University (New Orleans), and the Aspen Music Festival (Aspen, Colorado). 

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Dean Donald B. Tobin

One of the nation's leading experts on the intersection of tax and campaign finance laws, Donald B. Tobin comes to Maryland Carey Law from Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, where he was the John C. Elam/Vorys Sater Professor of Law and also served as associate dean for academic affairs, associate dean for faculty, the Frank E. and Virginia H. Bazler Designated Professor in Business Law, founding co-director of the Program on Law and Leadership, and senior fellow at the Election Law @ Moritz program.

Prior to joining the Moritz College faculty in 2001, Tobin served as an appellate attorney in the Tax Division of the U.S. Justice Department and as a law clerk for The Honorable Francis Murnaghan, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Tobin began his career on Capitol Hill, working there before, during and after graduating magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from Georgetown Law Center. He worked as a professional staff member for U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes (D.-MD), the Senate Committee on the Budget, and the Joint Economic Committee of Congress.

 Tobin is the co-author, with Samuel A. Donaldson, of Federal Income Taxation: A Contemporary Approach (West 2012), an interactive casebook that offers students opportunities for feedback on their understanding of the material.

He also has published numerous articles on the use of the tax code to regulate campaign financing, including "Anonymous Speech and Section 527 of the Internal Revenue Code" (Georgia Law Review, 2003); "Political Campaigning by Churches and Charities: Hazardous for 501©(3)s; Dangerous for Democracy" (Georgetown Law Journal, 2007), a defense of the prohibition on charities and churches engaging in political advocacy; and "Political Advocacy and Taxable Entities, Are They the Next "Loophole?", (First Amendment Law Review, 2007), one of the first articles to identify a tax loophole that is now a major concern among campaign finance reform groups.

Tobin has testified before the Federal Election Commission and the U.S. House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Oversight ; he also is a frequent presenter, including most recently at the Center for Responsive Politics and the Loyola Tax Policy Colloquium.

He was honored twice while serving at the Department of Justice, receiving the Outstanding Attorney Award, Tax Division, in 1999, and the Volunteer Service Award in 2001.

Tobin is a member of the Maryland and Ohio bars and authorized to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, and the US. District Court for Maryland.

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Dean Ronald Weich

Ron Weich was appointed Dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law in May 2012.  Immediately prior to assuming his current position, he served as the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs in the U.S. Department of Justice, a position to which he was appointed by President Obama in 2009.  In that role, Weich represented the Justice Department on all legislative and oversight matters before Congress. 

Earlier in his career, Weich served as Chief Counsel to U.S. Senators Harry Reid and Edward M. Kennedy.  From 1997 to 2004, Weich was a partner in the law firm of Zuckerman Spaeder LLP.  He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City.

Weich, a native New Yorker, is a graduate of Columbia University and the Yale Law School.

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Alexander Williams, III

Alexander WilliamsAlexander Williams, III received his Undergraduate Degree from Morehouse College and his Juris Doctorate Degree from Drake University Law School.  After receiving his law degree, he served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable William B. Spellbring, Jr. in the Prince George’s County Circuit Court.  

Mr. Williams is employed with Timothy S. Smith & Associates, where he handles automobile tort and premises liability cases throughout Maryland.  Alex is a member of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Prince George’s County Bar Association.  He also serves as a member of the Judicial Selections Committee for the Prince George’s County Bar Association.

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