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Judith C. H. Cline, 1987; Kenneth L. Thompson,
1987; Ernest M. Thompson, 1988; Karen Egorin,
1989; Edwin A. Lechowicz, 1989; Robert S. Paye,
1989; Barry Bach, 1990; Robert B. Cochrane,
1990; Marvin B. Miller, 1990.

Melvin Hirshman, Bar Counsel

District Court Building, Room 404
Annapolis 21401 Telephone: 974-2791
Toll Free: 1-800-492-1660

By Rule of the Court of Appeals, the Attorney
Grievance Commission was created in 1975 to su-
pervise and administer the discipline and inactive
status of lawyers. The Commission consists of
eight lawyers and two lay persons appointed by
the Court of Appeals for four-year terms. The
chairperson of the Commission is designated by
the Court. The Commission appoints, subject to
approval of the Court of Appeals, a lawyer to
serve as bar counsel and principal executive officer
of the disciplinary system. Duties of the bar coun-
sel and his staff include investigation of all mat-
ters involving possible misconduct, prosecution of
disciplinary proceedings, and investigation of peti-
tions for reinstatement.

By the same Rule of Court, the Court of Ap-
peals also established a disciplinary fund to cover
expenses of the Commission and provided for an
Inquiry Committee and a Review Board to act
upon disciplinary cases. The fund is composed of
annual assessments upon members of the bar as a
condition precedent to the practice of law. The
Review Board consists of eighteen persons ap-
pointed to three-year terms by the Commission.
Fifteen are attorney members selected by the
Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar
Association. Three are lay members from the
State at large. Judges are not permitted as mem-
bers of the board. Appointed by the Commission,
the Inquiry Committee consists of attorneys se-
lected by the Bar Associations of the appropriate
county or Baltimore City, and lay members (Rule
1100, Chap. BV).



Chairperson: Robert C. Murphy, Chief Judge,
Court of Appeals

William H. Adkins II, Associate Judge, Court of
John C. Eldridge, Associate Judge, Court
of Appeals;
Richard P. Gilbert, Chief Judge, Court


of Special Appeals; James H. Norris, State Court
Alexander L. Cummings, Clerk,
Court of Appeals.

Michael S. Miller, Director, State Law Library

Courts of Appeal Building
361 Rowe Boulevard
Annapolis 21401 Telephone: 974-3395
D.C. area: 565-0450
TTY for Deaf: 974-2609

Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri., 8:30 A.M.-4:30 P.M.;
Tues. and Thurs., 8:30 A.M.-9:00 P.M.; Sat.,
9:00 A.M. -4:00 P.M.

The State Law Library was originally estab-
lished as the State Library in 1827. At that time,
the Library was an agency of the executive branch
(Chapter 53, Acts of 1827). Its primary purpose
was to serve the legal and general reference needs
of the legislative and judicial branches of State
government. The Library operated under this or-
ganizational structure until 1978, when it was
placed under the Judicial Department and
renamed the State Law Library (Chapter 128,
Laws of 1978).

The Library Committee, which acts as the gov-
erning board of the Library, is composed of at
least three members who are appointed by the
Court of Appeals. The Committee's powers in-
clude appointment of a director of the Library,
appropriate rule-making, and purchase authoriza-
tion for new titles (Code Courts and Judicial Pro-
ceedings Article, sees. 13-502, 13-503).

Besides the primary purpose of serving the legal
information needs of the State's appellate courts
and other branches of State government, and also
acting as a resource center for circuit court librar-
ies throughout the State, the Library is open to
the public and encourages the use of a number of
extremely valuable reference resources, including
laws, general reference materials. State and federal
government documents, and State and local histo-
ry and genealogy. With a total collection of over
226,000 volumes, the Library offers the researcher
access to a unique information resource. The col-
lection, basically composed of reference material,
does not circulate, except to State agency person-
nel. Much of the collection, however, is available
on interlibrary loan and photocopy facilities are
available to patrons.

Law-related materials constitute the major por-
tion of the collection. These include reported
court decisions from all appellate jurisdictions
across the country and Great Britain. Legislative


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