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Gov’t uncertainty forces cancellation of bench-bar conference

U.S. District Court GreenbeltThe government shutdown might be over but the collateral damage continues.

Friday was supposed to be the day of the 8th Biennial Bench-Bar Conference for the U.S. District Court in Maryland. But Tuesday, with the shutdown still ongoing, organizers announced the conference would be cancelled:

Although most of the conference is supported by the Attorney Admissions Fund, critical support is provided by government employees who are prohibited during a shutdown from performing nonessential functions. Unfortunately, because of the need to prepare,we could not wait any longer than Monday to advise the caterer and others whether the event would be held, so, reluctantly, we had to cancel.

Organizers added they hoped to reschedule the event soon.

The afternoon conference, held in conjunction with the Litigation Section Council of the Maryland State Bar Association and the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, was to be held in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt. Stephen S. Dunham, vice president and general counsel for Penn State, was scheduled to be the keynote speaker.

(Photo of U.S. District Court courtesy of Patch)