Paul D. Bekman, a Baltimore lawyer and former president of the Baltimore City Bar Association, has been nominated as the next president-elect of the Maryland State Bar Association.
The nomination Tuesday night by the state bar's board of governors means Mr. Bekman is virtually assured of becoming president in June 1997.
He will be officially declared president-elect in June, barring an unlikely challenge.
Mr. Bekman, 49, would follow the current president, Robert T. Gonzales, and incoming president, Baltimore County Circuit Judge Barbara Kerr Howe, whose term will begin in five months.
"It's a position that means a lot to me and members of the bar," Mr. Bekman said. "The people who have led the Maryland State Bar Association have been some of the most outstanding lawyers in Maryland. As a leader, I hope to be considered one of their peers."
Mr. Bekman, a plaintiff's attorney, is a partner in the firm of Israelson, Salsbury, Clements & Bekman. He was president of the city bar in 1993, and is a 1971 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law.