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MSBA 2010: Good food, good fitness and a seersucker suit

It was a whole lot of fun in the sun in Ocean City. I am still recovering from an overdose of Thrasher’s fries, shaved ice (extra grape syrup please), Fischer’s popcorn and Old Bay at the Hooper’s crab fest.

Like Michael, (see “The beach and the Bar Association (and The Daily Record Happy Hour”), I consider MSBA’s annual meeting to be my unofficial start to summer. I look forward to the easy networking, informative sessions, vendor freebies and of course the cabanas. I reconnected with old colleagues and made new friends. While I spent most of my time at the Montgomery County Cabana, hosted by Heather Collier and Andrew Schwartz, every single bar association that hosted a cabana was very welcoming and friendly, and well-stocked.

As for course sessions, I found the session focusing on attorney health and fitness great. The presenters had us join in for a workout early in the morning. The message was pretty simple: If one does not take care of themselves, how can one expect to take care of their clients?

Weirdest take-away point: On the spectrum of poor health/sickness to fitness, one gets “well” before getting sick. Odd concept, but strangely logical. So I have committed myself to better health and to do the Young Lawyers Sun Run at next year’s meeting. I also attended the Young Lawyers section meeting and the end-of-year dinner at Fager’s Island.

My favorite thing from the conference, besides Chief Judge Bell’s sharp purple seersucker suit, was the Leadership Academy’s project: “Stories from my Father: Preserving Maryland Families through Literacy despite Incarceration Project.” The aim of the project was and is to strengthen and foster better relationships between incarcerated fathers and their children through reading.

They had a great video playing at their information table with background on the project and various clips of the fathers reading to their children. A wonderful project that deserves to become an ongoing item in the bar.


  1. Sounds like fun. I gotta get a purple seer-sucker suit. Too fresh.

  2. The literacy project sounds very worthwhile. You may want to devote a few more paragraphs to it in a future blog.