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the State Law Department which was then being organized
under the provisions of the Acts of 1916. In March, 1918,
the State Law Department was enlarged and Mr. Perlman
became an Assistant Attorney-General. Previous to this, in
June, 1917, he had assisted the Attorney-General in draft-
ing the program of War Legislation adopted at the War
Session of the General Assembly. Among the legislation
which Mr. Perlman helped to draft was the bill creating
the Compulsory Work Bureau, which was later copied in
other States throughout the country; the act providing for
the voting of absent soldiers and sailors, and the acts pro-
viding for postponing legal proceedings and suspending
judgments in favor of those absent in the military or naval
service. Among the bills which Mr. Perlman helped to draft
for the Legislature of 1918 was the one revising the Motor
Vehicle Laws and creating the Traffic Court in Baltimore.
Mr. Ritchie was elected Governor of Maryland in Novem-
ber, 1919, and Mr. Perlman resigned as Assistant Attorney-
General the following month in order to devote himself to
the private practice of law. During his services in the At-
torney-General's Office, Mr. Perlman appeared in nineteen
cases in the Court of Appeals and argued a number of others
in the lower Courts throughout the State. After Mr. Ritchie
became Counsel to the War Industries Board in Washing-
ton, Mr. Perlman was elected by the Faculty of the Uni-
versity of Maryland to succeed him as the Lecturer on ele-
mentary law. Mr. Perlman lectured on this subject at the
University for two years.
On January 14th, 1920, when Mr. Ritchie was inaugurated
Governor, he appointed Mr. Perlman as Secretary of State
of Maryland and he assumed the office on the same day.
During the 1920 session of the Legislature, the Governor in-
trusted Mr. Perlman with the drafting of the legislation to
redeem the pledges made in the Democratic party platform.
Among the bills drafted by Mr. Perlman and which were
passed by the General Assembly, were those creating a
Merit System applicable to the State offices and employees;
creating a Central Purchasing Bureau for all State Depart-
ments, and institutions; providing for increases in the pay
of school teachers and of the police force of Baltimore City;
revising the Workmen's Compensation Laws; and the bill
introducing modern plans for drainage.
At the request of the Governor, Mr. Perlman drafted the
bill passed at the special session of 1920 providing facilities
for the registration and voting of women.
Mr. Perlman is a member of the law firm of Marbury &