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From left, Tracy Culbreath and Gretchen Kainz pose with visitor Jim Astrachan at the District Court of Maryland ADR Office's booth at the MSBA's Annual Meeting in Ocean City.

Brightest booth at the beach

Of all the awards presented at the Maryland State Bar Association‘s Annual Meeting in Ocean City last week, the one you won’t find is a prize for Best Booth. If you ask me, though, the most visually appealing exhibit this year belonged to the Alternative Dispute Resolution Office of the District Court of Maryland.

With its black, red and gold backdrop  (like the Maryland flag, ADR Program Specialist Tracy M. Culbreath pointed out) and its generous selection of neon-hued giveaways, the booth was bursting with stop-in-your-tracks color.

Better still, it was bright in more ways than one, with ADR-by-the-numbers posted on its walls (e.g., Volunteer Hours, 5,404; Practitioners, 311;  Settlements, 745) and with Culbreath, Regional ADR Program Director Gretchen Kainz and Executive Director Jonathan Rosenthal on hand to answer any questions about the office and its programs.

Of course, you also won’t find an award for Best Bar Association Cabana, but trust me — they’re all winners.