County lawyer to lead bar Attorneys: Charles "Mike" Preston of Westminster, long an officer of the Maryland State Bar Association, has been nominated to become its president.

February 24, 1997|By Nora Koch | Nora Koch,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

Charles "Mike" Preston, a partner in the Westminster law firm Stoner, Preston & Boswell, has been nominated to head the Maryland State Bar Association.

Preston will be sworn in at the MSBA annual meeting in June for a one-year term.

Preston said he had been urged several times to run for president and felt that this was the time.

"I was encouraged to pursue the presidency, and after having the good fortune to serve as an officer for a number of years, I felt it was time to accept this responsibility," Preston said.

Preston served as treasurer of the organization for six years, and has been a member of the executive committee and the board of governors since 1990. A member of the association's Budget and Finance Committee since 1979, Preston was chairman from 1986 to 1989.

As president, Preston "will be the leader of the legal profession in Maryland and speak on behalf of the profession," said Janet Eveleth, MSBA communications director.

Of the 26,000 attorneys in Maryland, 18,500 are members of the bar. In Carroll County, 170 lawyers are members.

Eveleth said she worked with Preston for several years. "He is an outstanding member of the legal profession, very in tune with the troubles that face the profession, as well as the positive aspects," she said.

"He has the insight to look deeper. As a small practitioner, he will be able to enunciate their needs," Eveleth said.

Sixty-three percent of MSBA members are small practitioners, defined as belonging to firms of five or fewer lawyers.

Judge Barbara Kerr Howe, current bar president, said she believes Preston will be a highly effective president.

"Because he works for a small firm, he has the ability to balance adequately the time he spends practicing law and the time he will spend functioning as president-elect and then president," she said.

Preston has been practicing law in Carroll County for 27 years, serving as a law clerk to Judge E. O. Weant in Carroll County Circuit Court before joining the law firm of Hoffman and Hoffman as an associate in 1972. He joined his firm when it was created in 1982.

"It did not even cross my mind that I wanted to be anywhere other than Westminster," he said.

Pub Date: 2/24/97

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