- Associated Press - Sunday, June 22, 2014

BALTIMORE (AP) - For Maryland State Bar Association President Debra G. Schubert, it’s all about communication, giving back and the Dallas Cowboys.

“I still consider myself a Texas girl even though I have been in Maryland quite a long time,” Schubert said. “I think the people are just so friendly and open. I like to be the same way. They are all about helping others and I am that way as well.”

The Texas native took over as president this month during the MSBA’s Annual Meeting in Ocean City. She replaces Michael J. Baxter of Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones P.A. in Baltimore.

Schubert, who also owns a 10-horse farm, wants to concentrate on military and veterans affairs and on the needs of newly admitted lawyers during her one-year term.

Her main goals are to implement a proposed Veterans Court in the state, bring a marketing consultant into the MSBA and continue the work of a committee helping new law school graduates find jobs, an initiative Baxter started during his term.

Schubert sat down with The Daily Record recently to discuss her upcoming term, her life as a solo practitioner and, of course, her horses - both living and iron.

- How did you decide to become an attorney?

There are no attorneys in my family. I took a business law course at the University of Texas, really enjoyed it. I took the LSATs on a whim and thought, ‘Let’s see how I do.’ I did pretty well on them and decided I was going to go to law school. So I moved up to Maryland. At the time, my mother was living in Maryland. I grew up with my father in Texas.

- Tell us about growing up in Texas.

My father raised me. Anyone who knows me knows I am very much a sports enthusiast. I love sports and needless to say my favorite team is the Dallas Cowboys. . But growing up in Texas, I absolutely loved it. .

I did not have horses when I lived in Texas. This is something that started when I moved to Maryland. It started with one horse, then another horse. I decided I didn’t want to board anymore, so I bought a farm. I had never ridden a tractor or plowed a field. Now, obviously, I have several tractors and can do that in my sleep. The horse farm is a labor of love for me. I wanted to look out every window in my house and see horses.

- Tell us about your practice.

I am a solo practitioner. I am the only one. I enjoy that quite a bit. I started out working for a law firm, first downtown, then in Towson called Klein & Webb. I was exposed to a lot of divorce work, District Court work, litigation and that sort of thing, but I had the opportunity to hang my shingle out after only a couple years, so I did that. But, in any event, I always say this to young attorneys, the reason I was able to do that was because of my involvement in bar associations . because of that involvement, and my ability to meet with other attorneys and with judges.

- What made you want to go solo?

It wasn’t that I couldn’t find a job, it’s that I wanted to run my own business. I have always been that type of person. I like being my own boss. I like setting my hours.

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