The Judiciary in the Community
Judiciary employees are also active members of their communities who share their time, talents and treasures to help others. Below are a few recent examples of outreach and special court programs.
For the past five years, the Maryland Judiciary for the Cure team has attracted walkers from throughout the Judiciary dedicated to raising money and awareness to battle breast cancer. This June, the team once again took part in the Komen Global Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C. The event raised more than $5 million to fund breast cancer programs for women in need, and thanks to donations from courts throughout the state, this year the Maryland Judiciary for the Cure raised almost $6,000 and received the first place award under Local Government Teams.
Just before Memorial Day, the Prince George’s County Circuit
Court held its second annual appreciation ceremony to celebrate
the county’s veterans. The ceremony was held in front of the
restored historic Duvall Wing of the Prince George’s County
Courthouse in Upper Marlboro. The court called on veterans in
Prince George’s County to submit photos and information about their
service, which were included in a tribute video that is posted on the
court’s website, www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/Gov
A Judiciary-wide Japan relief effort raised more than $3,000 for Save the Children to help children in need after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The District Court for Baltimore City Civil Division gathered and sent 17 boxes full of holiday gift packages for the troops in Iraq. The holiday gift boxes, which included magazines, toiletries and candy, were sent to the 200-plus members of U.S. Army Unit 1-8 FSC. Led by Sharon Schultz, supervisor II, court employees were joined in the effort by local students, who donated many of the items. The court staff raised more than $200 to pay for the postage and handling. Shultz, Carolyn McNeill, supervisor I, and Delphine Jones, packed the boxes and got them shipped to arrive in time for the holidays.
Men from the Circuit Court for Frederick County Clerk’s Office donned ladies’ shoes to help a good cause. They walked around downtown Frederick as part of the “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes" campaign, sponsored by the local domestic violence shelter, Heartly House, to draw attention to domestic violence against women. Several members of the Clerk's Office came out to support and walk with fellow employees: Matt Tayman, Buzz Working and Jamie Kline. Just before the walk, the Clerk’s Office held a Dress-Down and Tie Day as a fundraiser for Heartly House, which added up to $1,600 in donations for the shelter.
Three members of the Judiciary joined other state employees to create a uniquely Maryland quilt that earned a blue ribbon at the Anne Arundel County Fair, and was also displayed at the Maryland State Fair and the Miller Senate Office Building. The Judiciary employees on the prizewinning team were Trudy Brown, accounts payable lead worker; Ellen Nye, revenue lead worker; and Sharon Hoff , accounts payable supervisor. Team members are now using their needles to create quilts for Project Linus, which provides small blankets and quilts to needy children.
Judiciary Orioles fans “Hit a Homerun for Haiti” this spring when they combined an evening at the ballpark with fundraising. At the end of the game, the O’s were defeated by the New York Yankees, but the “MVPs” of the evening were 232 Maryland Judiciary employees, family members and friends, who helped raise $1,160 for the American Red Cross to help ongoing Haiti earthquake relief efforts. Five dollars of each ticket sold went to the Red Cross Haiti relief fund, which helped make it a win-win situation, regardless of the final score.
The fourth annual Maryland Judiciary Benefit Basketball Game in May brought family, friends, co-workers and members of the community together for an evening of fun and fundraising. On the court, the teams from the District Court of Maryland and Judiciary Information Systems battled each other, but off the court, they worked together to raise $340 for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis.
Almost 100 county teens crowded into an Annapolis courtroom one morning this April, “summoned” to appear, not with their attorneys, but with their teachers, to learn first-hand about the consequences of making bad decisions. It was part of the Anne Arundel County District Court’s twice-yearly Schools in the Court program. Judge Danielle M. Mosley leads the program, which brings students to the court to watch actual criminal cases, hear from victims and people who have been convicted of drinking and driving, learn about the legal and financial consequences of being charged with drunk driving, and meet with a representative from Maryland’s Shock Trauma Center. “Schools in the Court” has been held twice each year since now-retired Judge Vincent A. Mulieri started the program in 2000.