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MSBA sections laud award winners

OCEAN CITY — The Maryland State Bar Association’s annual meeting is, for the most part, a lighthearted affair. But the organization gets serious — momentarily — on its final morning for its annual business meeting.

Henry E. Dugan Jr. was formally installed Saturday as president of the 23,000-plus-member organization. The MSBA and its sections also honored groups and members for their work. This year’s award winners include:

MSBA AWARDS

Anselm Sodaro Award: Judge John “Hamp” Tisdale

PRESIDENTIAL BEST SECTION PROJECT AWARDS:

Service to the Public: Young Lawyers Section

Service to its Members: Immigration Law Section

MARYLAND BAR FOUNDATION AWARDS:

Edward F. Shea Jr. Professionalism Award: Mark Muffolett

H. Vernon Eney Award: Judge Alan M. Wilner

J. Joseph Curran Award: Charles Blomquist

INDIVIDUAL MSBA SECTION AWARDS:

Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Robert M. Bell Award: Judge Melanie A. Vaughn

Business Law Section James J. Hanks Lifetime Achievement Award: Arthur W. Machen Jr.

Business Law Section Steven J. Mandell Scholarship Award: Marcie L. Brecher

Consumer Bankruptcy Section Belsky Award: Mark Scurti and Nancy Spencer Grigsby

Correctional Reform Section Paul J. Davis Award: Jack Kavanagh

Family Law Section Beverly Groner Award: Keith Schiszik

Labor and Employment Law Section Outstanding Contribution as Section Newsletter Editor: Al Palewicz

Real Property Section Distinguished Maryland Real Property Practitioner of the Year Award: Roger Winston

Senior Lawyers Section Senior Lawyer of the Year Award: Constance K. Putzel

Solo and Small Firm Section Hjortsberg Award: Marla Zide

Taxation Section Tax Excellence Award: Fred B. Brown

J. Ronald Shiff Memorial Pro Bono Award: Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, Small Business/Self-Employed Division, Baltimore