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President’s Message


Louise A. Lock I


n sitting down to compose my first President’s Message for the Trial Reporter, I began my process by looking over past Trial Reporter issues, some going


as far back as ten years. For me, this was a natural starting point from which to launch as it was on the Trial Reporter Committee that I began, in earnest, my involvement with and commitment to, this organization, then the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association. It was initially Dennis F. O’Brien and J. Mitchell Lambros who asked me to become more involved in the organization and I have always been thankful that they had confidence in me. It is difficult to fathom that 10 years have passed. At that time, there had been only one female President of the organization, Vicki L. Dexter. I am proud to say that I will be the fourth woman to serve as President. My more immediate, female predecessors, Alison D. Kohler and Elizabeth J. Frey, were each instrumental in my ascending the ladder of leadership, and in two years, we will welcome Laura G. Zois when she takes the helm. Having just made appointments for the chairs and co-chairs of various sections and committees for the upcoming year, I felt myself quite fortunate that I had a number of dedicated women who are committed to furthering the interests of our clients and this organization, from whom to make my selections. I am hopeful that more and more women will continue to step up and be engaged in the important work that MAJ does. Women and men, all of our members, are united in


and committed to facing the seemingly endless challenges that seek to undermine the justice system and the ability of our clients to secure adequate redress for harms occasioned upon them. Tese challenges arise from various fronts - some obvious, some more insidious. Our success is directly affected by our level of resolve, both in terms of hard work and in terms of our willingness to make the appropriate financial commitment to adequately engage in Annapolis and beyond to face and overcome these challenges. As incoming president, I look forward to working with


and serving our membership. I am truly honored to be able to serve and work with such a dedicated group of attorneys.


As with any endeavor, the operative word is commitment


which encompasses two concepts: “the trait of sincere and steadfast fixity of purpose” and “an engagement by contract involving financial obligation.” In the coming year, I ask that each of you join me in taking the pledge of commitment to our organization. 


Biography Louise A. Lock (Louise A. Lock, PA, Towson, MD)


received her JD from the University of Baltimore School of Law and an LLM in Health Law from the Widener University School of Law. She is a member of the MAJ President’s Club as an Eagle. Ms. Lock was most recently Co-Chair of the Nursing Home Section. She has also served as Chair of the MAJ Publications Committee, Editor-in- Chief of the Trial Reporter journal, Chair of the Membership Directory and Chair of the Membership Communications Committee. In 2007, Ms. Lock was a founder of the MAJ Public Awareness Committee and initiated the Public School Awareness Program (PASP). She also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of Te Maryland Bar Journal. Her practice focuses in the areas of medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, product liability and serious, personal injury matters.


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