Special to The Daily Record//May 14, 2018
By Special to The Daily Record
//May 14, 2018
Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC
Angela Grau considers her most significant professional achievement to be her strong role in serving on the guardianship work group that led to changing and improving court rules to help safeguard vulnerable Marylanders. The changes apply to court-appointed guardians, guardianships and attorneys. Guardians are appointed to make personal or financial decisions on behalf of someone unable to manage matters because of age, disease, or disability.
She devoted hundreds of hours to the group that contributed to a new requirement that all prospective guardians must view an orientation video and receive weeks of training. Attorneys who will represent clients with diminished capacities must now receive training on appropriate ethical rules. For self-represented litigants and self-represented guardians, the new rules improve their performances, which in turn, prevent neglect, abuse and financial exploitation of minors and vulnerable adults.
“It was a great sense of pride for me to witness the collective efforts of a team, on which I had the privilege to be a player, come to fruition,” said Angela.
Angela began her career with Bruce A. Cowdrick, LLC in 1993, and then joined Robert D. Ahlstrom, P.A. in 1995. She joined Davis, Agnor, Rapaport & Skalny, LLC in 2001. The graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law has been voted as one of the top attorneys in Maryland by “Maryland Super Lawyers” and Baltimore magazine for 10 straight years in the Estate and Trust Litigation category. In 2008, she received the Conwell R. Sapp Award from the Howard County Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland.
Angela has served as a member of multiple professional organizations and serves on many of their committees, including the Maryland State Bar Association Board of Governors, Litigation Section Council, Elder Law Section Council, Special Committee on Specialization of Lawyers, Special Committee on Voir Dire (estates and trusts); Women’s Bar Association of Maryland, Inc. (past president) and National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.
She has interviewed nearly 250 applicants for the Maryland Bar as an investigator for the Character Committee of the Court of Appeals of Maryland for the Third Appellate Circuit. In that capacity, she had the responsibility to advise the State Board of Law Examiners whether the candidate had the requisite character and fitness to practice in the state.