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Law movers 7/23/12: Meachum on Pro Bono Board

Thomas M. Meachum, with Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett and Scherr LLP, a general-practice law firm headquartered in Columbia, joined the board of the Pro Bono Resource Center of Maryland, which coordinates volunteer legal services throughout the state. Meachum, who has more than 30 years of experience in the legal field, specializes in zoning and development law, general real estate, employment law, estate litigation and alcohol beverage licensing. He has served in the Howard County Office of Law and the Office of the Attorney General. Meachum is a former president of the Howard County Bar Association and a member of the board of governors of the Maryland State Bar Association. He was president of ARC of Howard County and is chair of the Leadership Development Committee. Meachum is a board member and chair of the Fund Development Committee for the Howard County Association of Community Services. In addition, he is a member of the Episcopal Diocese Council and Property Committee, a volunteer driver with Neighbor Ride and a member of the Howard County Rural West Advisory Committee.

Thomas M. Meachum

Education: Gettysburg College, University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D.).

Resides in: Cooksville

Why is it important that lawyers make time for pro bono work?
“Pro-bono work gives you the opportunity to use your chosen profession to make a positive impact on the community.”

How do you balance your practice of law, all of the volunteer and community work you do and time for yourself?
“I spend a lot of time doing everything I like to do. I love practicing law and doing community and volunteer work, and I love my family, so it all just blends together.”

Recent vacation: Winchester, Va.

Favorite movie: “Inception”

Favorite quotation: “If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” (John F. Kennedy)

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