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It’s prom season (for the BCBA)!

The 94th Annual Black-Tie Banquet for the Baltimore County Bar Association (also known as BCBA Prom) was held Jan. 28. The event is the bar association’s “not-to-miss” event of the season, and this was my first year attending.

The author, left at the Baltimore County Bar Association's prom with A. Neill Thupari and Lynne Peace.

The author, left at the Baltimore County Bar Association’s prom with A. Neill Thupari and Lynne Peace.

BCBA Prom is a “lawyers only” event. It’s a fun and glitzy affair that has been held at the Hunt Valley Inn for the past few years. This year, more than 700 lawyers and judges were in attendance. Guests arrived in beautiful gowns and well-pressed tuxedos to mingle, enjoy dinner and, reminiscent of high school prom, take professional photos together. Although everyone is dressed to impress, the environment is very light and relaxed, and it’s an opportune time for a young lawyer to meet other legal practitioners.

The night began with a cocktail hour, which was a great time to chat with a few of the many judges in attendance or catch up with fellow legal practitioners. Many local public figures, such as Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamentz, were also in attendance.

During dinner, University of Baltimore President Kurt L. Schmoke gave the keynote address, and awards were presented by BCBA President (and Baltimore County Circuit Judge) Vicki Ballou-Watts.

“Prom” was a wonderful event and I’m already looking forward to next year. To see pictures uploaded from attendees, check out #bcbaprom2016 on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.