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Announcement of Exceptional Service Awards

Monday, October 24, 2011

At the U.S. District Court’s biennial bench bar conference on October 21, 2011, Judge J. Frederick Motz presented the Court’s Exceptional Service Award to the members of the Admiralty Bar Exhibit Committee for their extraordinary service to the United States District Court for the District of Maryland: James W. Bartlett, III of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes; the Honorable James F. Schneider of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court; David M. Skeen of Wright, Constable & Skeen, LLP; M. Hamilton Whitman, Jr. of Ober Kaler; and David McI. Williams of Gorman & Williams. Herbert Better of Zuckerman, Spaeder, LLP and President of the Historical Society of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Inc.

Mr. Better and the members of the Committee developed materials and historical artifacts for the exhibit, which is now open to the public and located on the first and third floors of the Garmatz Courthouse in Baltimore. The exhibit provides an overview of admiralty law with an emphasis on the development of admiralty law throughout the Court’s history. Among the items on the display are the complaint (called a “libel”) in an admiralty case which was the second case filed in this Court and a ship’s wheel from a Liberty ship in Baltimore harbor during World War II.

Additionally, Chief Judge Deborah Chasanow recognized Robert S. Brennen of Miles Stockbridge, P.C., in her State of the Court address for Mr. Brennen’s spearheading the creation of local patent rules, which were adopted in July 2011.

The Court thanks these attorneys for their service.