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Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP announces that the first of its 2013 grants from the Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP Continuing Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation will be an award of $12,500 to Young Audiences, in memory of the firm’s late colleague Melody Tagliaferri Cronin. Melody loved the arts, having pursued a career in musical theater prior to attending law school. She lost her battle with acute myelocytic leukemia at the age of 35, passing away in February.
This gift to Young Audiences will be used to expand an early childhood education program. Young Audiences will partner with the national leader in early childhood education, Wolf Trap, to bring artist residencies into 31 Baltimore City preschool and kindergarten classrooms that serve children living in poverty. The eight schools that will benefit this year include: Patapsco Elementary Middle, William S. Baer, Heritage Early Learning Center, John Eager Howard Elementary, Cecil Elementary, Arlington Elementary, F.L. Templeton Preparatory Academy, and Commodore John Rogers Elementary Middle. It is anticipated that a total of 620 preschool and kindergarten students and 31 teachers will benefit from this support.
Recommending Young Audiences for this grant is an appropriate choice for RMG. The focus of the organization fits both the firm’s desire to honor Melody’s memory as well as remaining true to the mission of the Continuing Fund. As RMG Managing Partner Barry Greenberg said at the time of the inception of the Continuing Fund, “Those of us who are part of the Baltimore community understand the necessity for improvements to the public education system in Baltimore. The need for educational opportunities of the highest levels for all students in this area is essential to the growth of and vitality of the City and its business prospects in the future. The partners of RMG have been committed to this community for over 25 years and we believe there is no better investment in the future of this community than to support increased educational opportunities in our schools.”
Young Audiences, the nation’s largest arts-in-education provider, began in Baltimore in 1950. As the Maryland affiliate, YA is a nonprofit organization devoted to enriching the lives and education of Maryland’s youth through educational and culturally diverse arts programs. YA partners with 100 professional artists from all disciplines to bring hands‐on arts learning experiences to nearly 200,000 students throughout Maryland each year. YA envisions a Maryland where the arts are valued for their capacity to transform lives, and where every student is immersed in opportunities to imagine, to create, and to realize their full potential through the arts.
The Baltimore City Council introduced legislation on Monday, October 22, 2012, to comprehensively rezone the entire City of Baltimore for the first time since 1971. Known as “Transform Baltimore,” the new Zoning Code is designed to bring Baltimore into the 21st century by creating new development opportunities and establishing a level of flexibility that the current Zoning Code lacks. The new Code reflects significant changes from the current Zoning Code – including new zoning districts, use categories, design review requirements, and approval processes – which will impact nearly every property in the City. Over the next several months, the City will conduct a series of public hearings on the new Zoning Code, and it is anticipated that the entire legislative process to enact the new Zoning Code will take six months to a year to complete. The draft zoning maps can be viewed by clicking here, and our land use attorneys would be pleased to advise you on the impacts Transform Baltimore may have on a specific property.
Andrew H. Baida, partner at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, was a panelist at the HB Litigation Lead Litigation Conference on October 18th at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. During his 3:30pm panel discussion, entitled “Improving Your Appellate Chances in a Lead Case”, Mr. Baida was joined by the Honorable Michele Hotten of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals and Mary Fitzgerald, Esquire of Brown & Kelly LLP. The trio focused on making and preserving the record below, share critical points to consider in writing your brief, mistakes to avoid, and best practices for your oral argument. Click here to view the agenda for the conference.
We are pleased to announce that John (“Johnny”) Carpenter has joined the firm as Counsel in our Real Estate department. Johnny was an associate in the Real Estate/Real Estate Finance department of Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP in D.C. from 2004 to 2007, then joined the Real Estate/Real Estate Finance department of Locke Lord, LLP from 2007 until the present. Johnny also served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as a Field Wireman/Radio Operator from 1996 until 2000. He graduated from UMBC with a B.A. in Political Science in December of 1995 and is a 2004 graduate of the University of Baltimore School of Law.
Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, in celebration of its 25th anniversary, has announced a five year, $500,000 commitment to establish the Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP Continuing Fund of the Baltimore Community Foundation. This new Fund will support organizations committed to education reform in Baltimore City. It is named a “continuing fund” because it will be a permanent charitable endowment at the Baltimore Community Foundation, continuing to grow and distribute grants for generations to come.
RMG Managing Partner Barry Greenberg said, “Those of us who are part of the Baltimore community understand the necessity for improvements to the public education system in Baltimore. The need for educational opportunities of the highest levels for all students in this area is essential to the growth of and vitality of the City and its business prospects in the future. The partners of RMG have been committed to this community for over 25 years and we believe there is no better investment in the future of this community than to support increased educational opportunities in our schools.”
As RMG and BCF together announced establishment of the Fund, they also announced two grant awards from the RMG Continuing Fund of $12,500 each to New Leaders and Access Art, recognizing the role each plays in furthering excellence in education for Baltimore’s students.
Access Art, an award-winning after-school arts and media center, empowers more than 100 young people each year to use their artistic abilities as tools for social change. The organization provides a powerful combination of hands-on learning in different artistic media and real life practice in civic affairs.
New Leaders develops talented educators into transformational school leaders, collaborating with public, private and nonprofit partners to foster the conditions that enable highly effective school leaders to drive results for students.
BCF President and CEO Tom Wilcox said, “We salute Rosenberg Martin Greenberg for this commitment to Baltimore. They are setting an example for other businesses that are ready to step into the role of civic leader, who want to give back to the community where they have flourished.”
Gerry Gaeng, the Chair of RMG's litigation group, has been re-elected to the Board of Directors of the Towson University Alumni Association. Gerry is a summa cum laude graduate of Towson, where he majored in Philosophy. He is President Emeritus of the Alumni Association, and has previously served on the Towson University Foundation's Board of Directors as well as the University's Board of Visitors.
In 2000, Gerry received the Alumni Association's Spirit of the University Award and in 2007 he was awarded the Dean's Recognition Award by the University's College of Liberal Arts.
Gerard J. Gaeng has been elected President of the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for the 2012-2013 term. Gerry practices regularly in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, as well as in Maryland state trial and appellate courts.
RMG would like to congratulate Michael Hardy for his hard work on the sale of our client, KikScore, to Google. Mr. Hardy was recognized on KikScore's blog, where it was noted, "At KikScore we were lucky to have great lawyers help us on this deal. Mike Hardy from Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, LLP in Baltimore served as our lead corporate counsel and gave us great legal and non-legal guidance throughout the process of documenting and finalizing the sale of the KikScore technology."
Rosenberg Martin Greenberg's Chairman, Benjamin Rosenberg, was featured in the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau's 2011 issue of its Annual Report. Mr. Rosenberg serves as Co-Chair of the Equal Justice Council, and was recognized in this issue on the Legal Aid Bureau's Pro Bono Honor Roll. Click here to see the photo.
Rosenberg Martin Greenberg is pleased to announce that Joseph Rabinowicz joined the firm in April 2012 as an associate in our Business & Technology Group. Joseph graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Economics and cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Joseph previously practiced in the New York office of Shearman & Sterling.
RMG Partners Ben Rosenberg and Stanley Fine are featured in a story headlining the University of Maryland Carey School of Law's Alumni News page. Click here to read the story.