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Message Lawrence S. Greenberg

report, we are in the midst of another shutdown that has left 800,000 federal employees indefinitely furloughed without pay, another 1.3 million required to report to work without immediate pay, and many services across the country suspended. Many of our MAJ members in Maryland, DC and Virginia are affected by this shutdown; families and friends who aren’t working, getting paid, or receiving the necessary benefits. By the time this article is published, I pray the government has resolved the funding gap and debt ceiling issues and our families are back to normal life. However, praying for things is not the only solution. Arecent poll indicated that many Americans believe


that no member of Congress should be re-elected. Maryland will be holding elections in 2014 for Governor and other elected positions, and it is critical that we elect those candidates who protect Marylanders’ rights. MAJ continues to seek out candidates who will support our efforts to improve the civil justice system and protect the rights of their constituents. Since many major interest groups are designed to limit the rights of consumer, legislative involvement has become one of MAJ’s top priorities. As we approach the legislative session, MAJ will continue to fight repeated attempts to erode the civil justice system and help promulgate laws that enable Maryland citizens to hold wrongdoers accountable for their negligent actions. While it is still too early to tell what issues will arise in Annapolis, some observations are consistent. Our opposition is well funded, organized and devout. There is no end to the tort reformers’ quest to take away the rights of Maryland citizens. With your help, we can fight these interest groups and secure justice for our clients. MAJ also remains steadfast in its efforts to ensure

that qualified attorneys are appointed as judges throughout the State. MAJ’s Judicial Nominating Committee interviews candidates to determine if they support our efforts to improve the civil justice system.

ot since 1996 has the federal government shut down due to Congress’ failure to pass legislation. As I write my third President’s

If you know an attorney with outstanding qualifications, please contact me so their name can be given to the Committee. MAJ is also busy producing incredible seminars to

assist with the professional development of attorneys. For the next seven months of my presidency, I amproud of the excellent programs created by the following sections: Auto Negligence, Medical Malpractice, Family Law, Workers’ Compensation, Criminal Law, Disability and Nursing Home. For a complete listing of our programs, go to www.marylandassociationforjustice. com.

MAJ also engages in programs outside of the

courtroom and Annapolis which support the community.TheMAJFoundation supports projects that keep families safe, educate the public about the civil justice system, and help those who need it most in Maryland. Since 2009, the Foundation has raised over $100,000 for worthwhile causes. On October 5, 2013, the MAJ Foundation, in partnership with the Baltimore City Fire Department, proudly sponsored the 5th Annual BCFD Thrill Show! MAJ members, BCFD members and the public participated in a variety of up- close demonstrations and fun activities geared at educating people of all ages on the importance of fire safety.

On August 2, 2013, MAJ’s New Lawyers Section

(NLS), in conjunction with MAJ’s Health and Wellness Committee, partnered with Back onMyFeet, a national for-purpose 501(c)3 organization that uses running to help the homeless become employed and live independently. Sneaks Come Out at Night was a 15k and 3 person Relay. MAJ had over 20 participants,

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