The Bar Association of Baltimore City is the first Bar Association formed in the State of Maryland and one of the oldest in the Nation. Incorporated on January 15, 1880, its mission was "to aid in maintaining the honor and dignity of the profession, to promote legal science, and further the administration of justice." Though the practice of law has become more complex, these are still the goals to which we strive today.

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Awards to be Presented at November 24 Past Presidents’ Luncheon

Presidential Awards

In 1996, the Bar Association of Baltimore City established its prestigious Presidential Awards. These awards are presented annually to “unsung heroes” (one of whom must be a member of the YLD) who 1) selflessly undertake community, civic and/or charitable service which brings honor to the profession, and/or 2) who have devoted time and energy to the Bar Association of Baltimore City through substantial work on BABC committees, or other exemplary service to the Association.


Charles H. Dorsey, Jr. Mentor Award

In 1997, the BABC established the Charles H. Dorsey, Jr. Mentor Award, to be awarded to a member of the Association who meets the following criteria: 1) served as a longtime mentor or teacher of other lawyers, 2) by example has demonstrated a commitment to the community of lawyers by following the precept that the practice of law is a “noble and learned profession”; and 3) always worked to communicate, with clients an colleagues at the bar the highest standard of conduct to fulfill the ideals of our society and the profession.

Paul A. Dorf Memorial ADR Award

In 2012, the BABC established the Paul A. Dorf Memorial ADR Award.  This award is presented to a person in the Baltimore Metropolitan Area who has substantially contributed to the furtherance of the goals of alternative dispute resolution (mediation and arbitration) to resolve legal conflicts.

Nomination forms are provided below.  Nominations are due by Friday, October 2, 2015.  If you have any questions about the awards, email, or call 410-539-5936.

Presidential Award Nomination Form
Charles H. Dorsey, Jr. Award Nomination Form
Paul A. Dorf Memorial ADR Award Nomination Form

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 5:30—8:30 p.m.

The Bar Association of Baltimore City
Crab Feast at Bo Brooks

2780-A Lighthouse Point
Baltimore, MD 21224
(located in 2700 block of Boston Street)

Come join us for

  • Steamed Crabs
  • Maryland Style Crab Soup
  • Tossed Salad
  • Grilled Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Pasta Salad
  • Potato Salad
  • Cole Slaw
  • Cookies and Brownies
  • Soft Drinks, Iced Tea, Beer and Wine

There are a limited number of parking spots in the parking lot at Lighthouse Point.
Bo Brooks validation is good for two hours of free parking. Each additional hour is $6. There is unrestricted street parking as well.


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Crab Feast at Bo Brooks - Members and Guests:

Crab Feast at Bo Brooks - Children:

Membership Renewal & Voluntary Contribution

Renew your BABC Annual Membership and voluntary contribution to the Baltimore Bar Foundation, Inc.
BABC Renewal Dues
& Voluntary Contribution:

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The Maryland Entrepreneur's Guide is online!  

The Maryland Entrepreneur's Guide is designed as an essential one-stop informational shop now published in online form as "Wikibook media" in a joint effort of the BABC's Business Law Committee and the Business Law Section of the MSBA, in conjunction with the Business Law Society of the University of Maryland School of Law.  

The Guide provides a comprehensive index and description of critical information about establishing, funding, and growing businesses in the Free State.  For more information, go to 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Deadline for Nominations for Paul A. Dorf Memorial ADR Award

BABC Offers "Convenience Center" For Its Members 
Need private space to meet with your client or accomplish a little work while in the Courthouse? Need to make a phone call or make a few copies? How about a cup of coffee or hot tea?

Located on the 6th Floor of Courthouse East at 111 N. Calvert Street, the Bar Association of Baltimore City’s Conference Room is available for the convenience of BABC members.
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No reservation is required (based on availability). You can however reserve the conference room by calling 410-539-5936, x 101 or emailing Patty DeGuilmi at