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Summer Program Sets a RecordLaw Links 2000, this year’s version of the Maryland State Bar Association’s annual summer internship program, reached a record high with 66 high school students participating and an even greater number of law firms and law-related agencies volunteering.Forty high school juniors and seniors will intern with employers in Baltimore City, 20 in Prince George’s County and six in Howard County. The internships started June 19 in Baltimore and begin this Monday in the counties.The students will work at the firms for eight weeks and will get time off, with pay, to participate in the program’s educational component at the Law and Leadership Institute, where they learn professional, communication and interpersonal skills. The Institute is presented by the MSBA’s educational arm, the Citizenship Law-Related Education Program in Maryland Schools, which serves as Law Links administrator.The students are also provided with professional attire — even in this age of King Casual.More than 300 students have served as Law Links interns since the MSBA launched the program in 1994.

Helping Hand for Children CASA Seeks Volunteer Coordinator Interested in lending a hand to thousands of abused and neglected children in Baltimore City juvenile courts? Here’s a way: The Court Appointed Special Advocate Program (CASA) of Baltimore Inc., a nonprofit organization that represents children in the judicial, educational, medical and social service communities, is looking for a volunteer coordinator. The one-year position — which offers a $10,500 stipend, a $4,725 post-service education award and reimbursement for parking and travel expenses — will include recruiting, screening and training volunteers, and tasks such as developing a community outreach data base, preparation of volunteer orientation sessions, development of community partnerships for recruitment, and attending fairs and conferences to promote CASA of Baltimore. The volunteer coordinator will be a member of Volunteer Maryland, an AmeriCorps program, and must be available some nights and weekends. Training begins this fall and interested candidates must be at least 21. For more information and an application, call Susan Burger at (410) 244-1465.

The JudiciaryJudge to Serve Time – On CommitteeDavis Named to Sentencing Policy BodyJudge Arrie W. Davis of the Court of Special Appeals has become the appellate court’s new judicial representative on the State Commission on Criminal Sentencing Policy. Chief Judge Robert M. Bell of the Court of Appeals named Davis to the post to replace Judge Howard S. Chasanow, who resigned from the position on May 1. Davis joins Baltimore City Circuit Judge John C. Themelis and District Judge Timothy J. Doory, who represent their respective benches on the commission.Davis, who has served on the Court of Special Appeals since 1990, has a strong background in criminal law. After receiving his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1969, he began his legal career as assistant state’s attorney for Baltimore City, advancing to assistant attorney general for criminal appeals, and later served as counsel for the Department of Public Safety’s Division of Correction before joining the Baltimore City District Court in 1981.