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Maryland Trial Lawyers Association 2006-2007 Officers President


Beth Jesukiewicz Frey President-elect


David F. Albright, Jr. Vice President


Wayne M. Willoughby Secretary


Kevin I. Goldberg Treasurer


Robert J. Zarbin


Parliamentarian Louise A. Lock


Immediate Past President Alison D. Kohler


Board of Governors Kenneth M. Berman Dwayne A. Brown Thomas C. Cardaro John J. Condliffe Rodney M. Gaston


Lawrence S. Greenberg David A. Harak Annie P. Kaplan


David M. Kopstein Albert H. Lechner


Stephen A. Markey, III Kevin J. McCarthy Karl J. Protil, Jr.


Richard P. Neuworth Leslie Hayes Russo Eric N. Schloss Wendy L. Shiff Harry B. Siegel Kerry D. Staton


George S. Tolley, III Simon K. Walton


Roger S. Weinberg Laura G. Zois


ATLA Governors


Robert K. Jenner Baltimore


Bruce M. Plaxen Columbia


ATLA State Delegates


David A. Harak Baltimore


Simon K. Walton Baltimore


ATLA Minority Caucus Delegate Gregory K. Wells Rockville


Executive Director David B. Walls, CAE, CMP Cover Photo Credit: Stuart Zolotorow Summer 2006


In this issue…


President’s Message ......................................................................................................................4 Executive Director’s Message .......................................................................................................6 Timing Brain Damage in Birth Injury Cases by Wayne M. Willoughby & Zev T. Gershon ........................................................................8


A Strategy for Excluding Evidence of Informed Consent in Medical Negligence Cases in which Lack of Informed Consent is not Asserted by Karl J. Protil, Jr. ........................................................................20


MTLA-Proposed Legislation Approved by the General Assembly Equity Alters Proof of Defendant’s Uninsured Status inUM Cases by Eric N. Schloss ...............................................................................................................26


Professionalism Commission Nearing the End of its Work introduction by James L. Otway ..........................................................................................32


Ten Technology Tips by John Cord ...........................................................................................36 Down the Workers’ Compensation Rabbit Hole: Mastering the Statute of Limitations in Occupational Disease Cases and the Notion of “Disablement” by Kenneth M. Berman & Jason R Engel ............................................................................42


Legislative Wrap-up: More of the Same - A Need for Change ....................................................48 Appellate Watch ........................................................................................................................52


MTLA Past Presidents


Alison D. Kohler ............................ 2005 Walter E. Laake .............................. 2004 J. Mitchell Lambros ....................... 2003 Robert K. Jenner ............................ 2002 Bruce M. Plaxen ............................. 2001 Philip O. Foard ............................ 2000 William T. Wood ......................... 1999 Andrew E. Bederman ................... 1998 Vicki L. Dexter ............................ 1997 William O’Brien Finch ................ 1996


§ Hon. Gary I. Strausberg ............... 1995 Daniel M. Clements ..................... 1994 Augustus F. Brown ....................... 1993 A. Harold DuBois ........................ 1992 Martin H. Freeman ...................... 1991 Jonathan Schochor ....................... 1990 William J. Blondell, Jr. ................. 1989


§ George White, Jr. ......................... 1988 John J. Sellinger ........................... 1987 Paul D. Bekman ........................... 1986 Stuart M. Salsbury ....................... 1985 Leonard A. Orman ....................... 1984 Jerome J. Seidenman .................... 1983 Robert R. Michael ........................ 1982 Joel J. Shugarman ......................... 1981 Clarence M. Thomas .................... 1980 Joseph A. Miklasz ......................... 1979


George W. Shadoan ...................... 1978 Leo A. Hughes, Jr. ........................ 1977


§ Richard R. Beauchemin ............... 1976 Robert C. Verderaime .................. 1975


§ James G. Perry ............................. 1974 § Thomas L. Hennessey .................. 1973 Archibald Eccleston, III ............... 1972 Raymond E. Callegary ................. 1971 Lloyd S. Mailman ........................ 1970 Wallace Dann ............................... 1969


§ Johnson Bowie ............................. 1968 § Jesse Spector ................................. 1967 § Leroy W. Preston .......................... 1966 Calvert R. Bregel .......................... 1965 Jacob Matz ................................... 1964


§ Calvin E. Cohn ............................ 1963 § Irwin M. Sussman ........................ 1962 § John B. Wright ............................. 1961 Claude L. Callegary ...................... 1960 Hon. Joseph I. Pines .................... 1959


§ Hyman A. Pressman ..................... 1958 § John J. O’Connor ........................ 1957 § Albert J. Goodman ....................... 1956 § Bernard M. Goldstein .................. 1955 § Max R. Israelson .......................... 1954


§ denotes deceased.


Trial Reporter Committee Editor-in-Chief, Leslie Hayes Russo; Assistant Editor, Richard P. Neuworth David V. Diggs, Elliot Andalman, Denis C. Mitchell, James L. Otway, Eric Stravitz, David J. Wild- berger, Michael C. Worsham


Publisher/Editor, David B. Walls, CAE, CMP


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The Maryland Trial Lawyers Association strives continually to ensure that our membership, board, of- ficers, staff, activities, committees and sections reflect and serve the diverse population of our state. We have an awareness of groups who have historically been discriminated against in our society. We seek to include those persons in all activities of the Association, thereby augmenting the diversity of the organiza- tion as a whole. In doing so, we will enhance our collective wisdom, strength and effectiveness.


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