Maryland State Bar Association Announces Departure of Executive Director

BALTIMORE, September 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA), a national organization representing from Maryland lawyers, providing services to members and promoting professionalism, diversity in the legal profession, access to justice, service to the public and respect for the rule of law, announced today that Victor L. VelasquezExecutive Director of the MSBA, will leave the MSBA at the end of October 2022. Over the past five years, Velazquez has led a successful transformational campaign that has benefited members, the legal profession and the public interest at large. Guided by “Core Recommendations” presented to and unanimously approved by the MSBA Board of Governors in 2017, then guided by long-term strategic priorities and goals established in 2018, the MSBA was a leader among peer entities in the United States.

Velazquez is leaving the MSBA after achieving significant increases in the association’s Net Promoter Scores (NPS) across all member segments, more than a fivefold increase in perceived value of the association by members, successful deployment of numerous products numbers and a new number system. centered experience and obtaining national distinctions for the defense of the interests of the legal profession. Velazquez leaves the MSBA to join a large publicly traded company with no connection to the legal industry. In his new role, he will serve as a senior executive leading a variety of strategic transformation initiatives drawing on his more than twenty years of experience in a variety of industries.

“When Vic was recruited, he was tasked with modernizingg our then 120-year-old organization, to enhance its relevance to the profession and make it more resilient to meet the challenges and opportunities of the future,” shared The Honorable Harry Storm, Associate Justice, Circuit Court of Montgomery County and MSBA President in 2017 when Velazquez was recruited. Judge Storm added that “Vic has achieved the goals set out for him and held both relevance and resilience. Members were able to consume thousands of hours of content during the pandemic, and member retention rates of the MSBA over the past difficult years have been at the forefront of the industry, outpacing other voluntary state bar associations. Despite daunting challenges, Vic’s tenure has been incredibly successful. He should be proud of the good job.”

Current MSBA President David P. Shapiro states: “We owe a debt of gratitude to Vic, not only for the results he has helped this association achieve, often with significant headwinds, but also for the way he has helped the MSBA interpret and realize Strategic Priorities & Goals driven by our members. Vic has shown true leadership, not only in how he has helped navigate the MSBA over the past five years, but also in building an extraordinary staff of the MSBA composed of intelligent, dedicated, hardworking and mission-driven people.It is no surprise that the MSBA is now also certified as Great place to work Ⓡ. As we move forward, we look forward to continuing on the strategic path we have set and building on the fundamentals that have helped us achieve this strong foundation over the past few years.”

“Vic understood that in addition to being a zealous advocate on behalf of the noble legal profession, the MSBA had an opportunity to serve tens of thousands of Marylanders who are most vulnerable,” said Ward Coe, Chairman of the Maryland Access to Justice Commission. “When he, along with the president of the MSBA at the time, Marc Scurtidesigned to integrate the Maryland Access to Justice Commission into the MSBA, it has enabled a successful partnership whose trajectory of accomplishments has included raising tens of millions of dollars to ensure access to justice in Maryland. At the Commission, we will always be grateful for Vic’s support of our mission and our efforts. »

By President Shapiro, the MSBA will form a transition committee of executive directors focused on identifying guiding principles and core competencies to be maintained as the MSBA transitions beyond Velazquez’s tenure with the association. MBA Chief Operating Officer, Anna Sholl, Esq.will serve as interim executive director following Velazquez’s departure and until a permanent replacement is appointed by the MSBA Board of Governors.

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