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Chairperson: Victor H. Laws, 1994

Appointed by Court of Appeals: Clinton P. Pitts,
1988; Isaac Hecht, 1989; Vincent L. Gingerich,
1990; Charles O. Fisher, 1991; Barbara Ann
Spicer, 1992; Carlyle J. Lancaster, 1993; Stanley
E. Zorick, 1993.


The Clients' Security Trust Fund of the Bar of
Maryland was established to reimburse clients for
losses caused by defalcations of members of the Bar
of the State of Maryland, acting either as attorneys
or fiduciaries (except to the extent to which they are
bonded). The Fund is supported by annual assess-
ments upon members of the Bar as a condition
precedent to the practice of law.

Appointed to seven-year terms by the Court of
Appeals, eight trustees oversee the Fund (Md.
Rules, Rule 1228).



Robert C. Murphy, Chief Judge, Court of Appeals

Appointed by Court of Appeals: Richard P.
Gilbert, Chief Judge, Court of Special Appeals;
William H. Adkins II, Associate Judge, Court of
Appeals; John C. Eldridge, Associate Judge, Court of
Appeals; James H. Norris, Jr., State Court Admin-
istrator; Alexander L. Cummings, Clerk, Court of

Michael S. Miller, Director, State Law Library

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

Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30 a.m.—4:30
p.m.; Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30 a.m.—9:00 p.m.;
Saturday, 9:00 a.m.—4:00p.m.

The State Law Library was originally established
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 Judiciary and renamed the State
Law Library (Chapter 128, Laws of 1978).


Besides meeting the legal information needs of
the State's appellate courts and other branches of
State government and serving as a resource center
for circuit court libraries throughout the State, the
Library is open to the public and encourages the
use of its extremely valuable reference resources,
including laws, general reference materials, State
and federal government documents, and State and
local histories and genealogies. With a total collec-
tion of over 226,000 volumes, the Library offers
the researcher access to a unique information re-
source. The collection, basically composed of refer-
ence material, does not circulate, except to State
agency personnel. Much of the collection, however,
is available on interlibrary loan and photocopy fa-
cilities are available to patrons.

Legal materials constitute the major part of the
collection. They include reported court decisions
from all appellate jurisdictions across the country
and Great Britain. Legislative enactments, both in
session law form and as statutory compilations, also
are filed in the Library from almost every state, as
are all federal and some foreign statutes. The
Library's legal periodical holdings include 400 cur-
rent subscriptions from all major law schools and
many bar associations and commercial publishers.
In addition, there is a strong and growing collection
of legal texts and topical loose-leaf reporting ser-
vices, briefs and record extracts from the U.S. Su-
preme Court and Maryland's appellate courts,
along with the other legal reference materials found
in most law libraries.

The State and federal government document
collection is a vast trove of valuable information.
The Library has been a select U.S. government
depository for federal agency and congressional
publications for many years. As a result, it has
collected and indexed thousands of reference pub-
lications in the areas of social sciences, economics,
law enforcement, legislative histories, and numer-
ous other disciplines. The Library also is a deposi-
tory for all Maryland State agency publications and
contains one of the most complete retrospective
collections of State government information in
Maryland. In addition, all county governments
must file copies of their codes with the State Law

A third distinct subject collection and a much
used resource is the local history and genealogy
collection. This resource, developed over two cen-
turies, complements much of the original source
material available for research at the State Archives
and Maryland Historical Society Included in the
collection are Maryland census schedules from
1776 through 1910 with name indexes through
1850; a complete and invaluable original file of the
earlier issues oixheMaryland Gazette (1745-1838);
a complete run of the Baltimore Sun (1837 to date);

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