The weather had nothing to do with a certain tropical air around the American Visionary Art Museum. Perhaps it was the steel drum band playing in one corner of the Joy America Cafe, or the exotic hors d'oeuvres -- like smoked salmon marinated in tequila on blue corn tortillas -- being served. There were no limbo poles in sight, but you could find chicken sate on a stick as members of the Young Lawyers Division of the Equal Justice Council of the Legal Aid Bureau welcomed law firm summer associates to town at their Caribbean Cocktail Party.
Among the 200 at the meet-and-greet: Kelly Hardy, Young Lawyers division chair; Paul Ackerman, Ben Alliker, Paul Caiola, Maura DeMouy, Cass Jones and Bill Mathias, Young Lawyers board members; Warren Oliveri, Legal Aid Bureau board president; Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr., Legal Aid executive director; Gus Brown, Equal Justice Council member; Judge Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals; Judge Dale Cathell, Maryland Court of Appeals; Stephen Cullen, associate with Miles & Stockbridge; Lisa Lenderman, attorney with Gallegher, Evelius & Jones; John Gelety, attorney with Hogan & Hartson; Jonathan Cohen, summer associate with Piper & Marbury; Tony Pennachia, president of AP Legal Support Services, Inc.; and Carlos A. Braxton, summer associate at Goodell, DeVries, Leech & Gray. The mellow mixer raised $10,000 for Young Members Division programs supporting the Legal Aid Bureau