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Executive Director’s Message: Need an Expert? Call an MAJ Sponsor


David B. Walls, CAE, CMP Here it is again – summer. Te hot dogs, beach trips, cook


outs, graduations, weddings and pool parties. A lot to do is such a short time. As you enjoy your favorite summertime traditions, take


some time to enjoy this issue of the Trial Reporter. Te Trial Reporter Editorial Board has worked hard to gather seven distinguished authors to give their perspective on the Expert. From the care and feeding through the preparation for deposition; we even feature the defense perspective as they cross-examine your expert. Also included are updates on the Frye/Reed Issue and the Debelius Decision. Occasionally, while scanning the listserv message, the staff and I come across messages from members requesting experts. My quick answer to this question is check our list of sponsors and advertisers. Many of these professionals do work as experts, and because of a strong relationship MAJ shares with them, would be more than happy to help your case. For an updated list of sponsors, please see page 7 of this issue or check the MAJ website. Under the "Expert &


Legal Services" section, there are a variety of experts covering everything from handwriting examination to automotive accidents to medical negligence. Summertime also marks the beginning of the MAJ year


where we welcome a new President, Kevin I. Goldberg. I would like to personally thank Wayne M. Willoughby for his guidance and support during his term of 2008-2009. I look forward to another exciting year at MAJ with Mr. Goldberg at the helm. Along with the addition of Mr. Goldberg, MAJ now has new Officers and Board of Governors. On page 3, you can see a full roster. At the Board of Governors meeting in June, the budget


for the 2009-2010 fiscal year was approved. Te end of 2009 saw a slight dip of where we had budgeted; like most businesses and organization, the economy has touched us all. However, due to the generous support of members and sponsors the Association continues to be financially sound and will continue to supply its members with the quality programs and services. Before I power down the computer and return to the joys of the summer, I would like to remind you that on page 7 is a list of MAJ sponsors. Tese sponsors have continued to support our organization even in these difficult economic times. Tese organizations believe in our mission and continue to support the organization, and their dedication should be rewarded. As a MAJ member, I highly recommend that you use these organizations as often as you can. Let them know that you are using them because they are supporting your organization. Trough a solid commitment to each other, I know we can all pull through this together. Above all, enjoy your summer. By the time this issue hits


the streets, the summer will be waning and we’ll be planning to send the children back to school. Be safe and have fun.


Biography David B. Walls, CAE, CMP is the Executive Director of the


Maryland Association for Justice. In this capacity, Mr. Walls is responsible for the overall operations of the Association. Former managing director for ELM Services, Inc., Mr. Walls has spent more than 25 years in the association, meeting planning and hospitality industries. He earned the prestigious Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 2004 and earned his Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) Designation in 1991.


6 Trial Reporter / Summer 2009


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