Specialty Bar Associations Committee
PARTY AROUND THE WORLD – A GREAT SUCCESS!
Thank you to all the Specialty Bar Associations and the Party Committee who made Party Around the World a great success! Not only was the Party a lot of fun and a great networking opportunity for all, but it also raised significant funds for the Montgomery County Scholars Pipeline Program which has been very successful in finding a diverse pool of law students to intern at various Montgomery County law firms.
In addition to our Bar Association and the Montgomery County Bar Foundation, the participating Bar Associations were Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland, J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association, LGBT Bar Association of Maryland, Maryland Hispanic Bar Association, Montgomery County Chapter of the Women’s Bar Association and the Simon E. Sobeloff Law Society. The Presidents of every Bar Association, including our President Richard Melnick and Foundation President Dan Kennedy, attended our planning meetings (which were monthly dinners at various ethnic restaurants in Montgomery County) and were very active in doing the heavy-lifting to make the party a success. In addition, our Committee members were involved in the planning of the Party and worked hard to make it a success and they are: Jessica Chipoco, Heather Collier, Rand Gelber, Sharon Johnson, Marianne Hendricks, Sharon Johnson, Sherry Leichman, Pilar Nichols, Marylin Pierre, Sue Silber and Amanda Vann.
I’m pleased to say that the 200+ guests who attended Party Around the World enjoyed the variety of ethnic food, beer and wine and our DJ did a great job of providing us with all sorts of music from around the world. A very special moment of our party was when many of our guests participated in Israeli group folk dancing to celebrate and honor the life of Laurel Anchors who passed away from pancreatic cancer this past September. Laurel was an active member of Montgomery County Bar Association, Simon Sobeloff Law Society and the Women’s Bar Association. She was one of our most enthusiastic volunteers of our 2007 and 2009 Party Around the World events and she led us in Israeli group folk dancing at the 2009 party. We were honored to have Laurel’s husband and her two daughters join us at the party this year.
And thank you also to the following sponsors who made it possible for us to have excess funds to donate to the Montgomery County Pipeline Scholars Program.
Attorney Rebecca Nitkin
Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, PA
Andalman and Flynn, P.C.
Minnesota Lawyers Mutual Insurance Company
Jezic, Krum & Moyse, LLC
Stay tuned for more activities and projects of the Specialty Bar Associations Committee!
Mary Ellen Flynn, Chair, Specialty Bar Associations Committee