Law Society Trip to Ireland

Members of the Prince George's legal community joined District Court Judge Gerard F. Devlin on a trip to Dublin last month, where they met with Irish President Mary McAleese and members of Ireland's legal community.

The trip was the first of the newly formed Daniel O'Connell Law Society--an organization created by Devlin for Irish descendants and those who support the Irish community. In his words, anyone who could raise a glass of Guinness shoulder-high was welcome.

In fact, as part of the trip, a wine reception was held for the 20-person group inside the castle of Desmond Guinness, head of the well-known Irish beer company. Also included on the itinerary were seminars on Irish history, law and judicial procedure given by several Trinity College professors and members of the Irish bench and bar.

Accompanying Devlin on the trip were the following Prince Georgians: council member Walter H. Maloney (D-Beltsville); Circuit Court Judge Maureen Lamasney; Assistant State's Attorney Mary Crawford; Assistant Public Defenders William Renham and Nicholas Rattal, of Upper Marlboro; J. Bryant Tansey, a lawyer in Riverdale; Alene Fischer, a lawyer in Upper Marlboro; and Louis Martucci and Geri Lyons Chase, both lawyers in Greenbelt. Also joining them were several lawyers from Annapolis, New York and Atlanta, as well as some guests.

Three Nominated for Teaching Award

Three first-year teachers in Prince George's County have been nominated for the annual Sallie Mae First Class Teacher Award, presented in cooperation with the American Association of School Administrators. They are Kristin M. Barrett, of Woodmore Elementary School, and Damien Goins and William P. Thomas, both of Kettering Middle School.

They join 34 other first-year teachers in Maryland. Nominees are selected by their school systems, and each received a $1,500 award and a personalized memento. A state winner will be announced in September.

Semifinalists in Singing Competition

Detra Battle, of Upper Marlboro, and Amy Lauritzen, of Beltsville, were named semifinalists in the Marian Anderson International Vocal Arts Competition and Festival last month at the University of Maryland at College Park. They each received $1,000 and a medal.

Both are sopranos and were among 33 classical singers from around the world to compete for a grand prize of $20,000 and a recital at the Lincoln Center in New York. They were selected by a jury of internationally distinguished artists.

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CAPTION: Judge Gerard F. Devlin met Irish President Mary McAleese at a reception for the new Daniel O'Connell Law Society.