On Sept. 16, 2011, the law school celebrated its new name—the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law—during the Dean's Convocation, which featured alumni awards and a conversation with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Sotomayor, the first Hispanic member of the court, was appointed by President Obama in 2009 to replace retiring Justice David Souter. She addressed questions from students on a wide range of legal issues for more than an hour to a packed house of over 400 students, graduates, and faculty.
The celebration marks the addition of "Francis King Carey" to the name of the law school. The renaming was prompted by a $30 million gift, announced in April 2011, from the W.P. Carey Foundation. Carey, an 1880 graduate of the law school who became a prominent attorney and civic leader in Maryland, was the grandfather of Carey Foundation founder Wm. Polk Carey.
"This is a joyous, transformational moment for the law school," says Dean Phoebe A. Haddon, JD, LLM. "We are honored that Justice Sotomayor and so many other distinguished guests were able to join us for the first of what we hope will be many fall convocations at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law."
The Dean's Convocation included an alumni awards celebration at which Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley '88 was honored with the Distinguished Graduate Award. The Benjamin L. Cardin Public Service Award was given to Monique L. Dixon '96, who is deputy director of Open Society Institute (OSI)—Baltimore. Mark Paul Lehman '01, vice president and senior counsel of Colfax Corporation, was honored with the Rising Star Award.
The event also included a major address by Dean Haddon, as well as remarks by U.S. Senator Benjamin Cardin, a 1967 alumnus of UM Carey Law and founder of the school's Cardin Requirement, which mandates that students provide legal services to the public.
A legal and business pioneer, Francis King Carey served on numerous corporate and civic boards and helped to start two large and successful law firms, now named Semmes, Bowen & Semmes, and DLA Piper. Carey was also a legal scholar who wrote what became the standard text on domestic relations law. Biographers also have noted Carey's deep sense of personal and business ethics, a trait carried on by his descendants.
"'Doing good while doing well' means that when we are financing properties for companies we are also helping the communities those companies serve," says William Polk Carey, chairman of W. P. Carey & Co. LLC and of the W. P. Carey Foundation. "It is important to always ask, 'What is the impact of what we are doing? What is good for society? What is good for the country?'"