Maryland Court of Appeals Chief Judge Robert M. Bell has created an Access to Justice Commission to oversee and ensure that all Maryland citizens have access to Maryland’s justice system. Led by the Judge Irma S. Raker, this commission intends to enhance the quality of justice for all, with respect to civil rights matters, and oversee the protection and rights the law provides to Marylanders. It is expected to examine all aspects of the present court system and its working relationship with all of its partners and ultimately craft a realistic vision of access to civil justice in Maryland today.
Joining Judge Raker on the Commission are a lot of A-list folks, including Honorable Ben Clyburn, Chief Judge of the District Court of Maryland, as Vice Chair and Senator Benjamin Cardin, Governor Martin O’Malley and Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler as members. Maryland State Bar Association will be represented by President Katherine Kelly Howard and MSBA Past President Herbert S. Garten.