The Honorable Ben Cardin ‘67, U.S. Senator (D-MD), alumnus and active member of the Maryland Carey Law Board of Visitors will deliver the keynote address May 17 during the law school’s Hooding Ceremony.
Cardin is a long-time legislator who began his career in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served as speaker, before his election to the US House of Representatives in 1986 and then to the U.S. Senate in 2006.
“Ben has been an important friend to the law school. We are delighted to have him as our keynote speaker,” said Dean Phoebe Haddon. “His vision has touched the lives of our students and deepened the school’s commitment to experiential education and access to justice.”
Maryland Carey Law requires all full-time students to enroll in at least one course which provides legal services to people who are poor or otherwise lack access justice. Known as the Cardin Requirement, this condition of graduation is named in honor of Senator Cardin, who chaired a commission that recommended that Maryland’s law schools adopt such a policy.
“The Cardin Requirement encourages students to develop a professional identity that values service to the poor and unrepresented at a time when the demand for access to justice has never been greater,” Dean Haddon observed.
Most students fulfill the Cardin Requirement by enrolling in one of the more than 20 clinical law courses offered at UM Carey Law, which has one of the oldest, largest and finest clinical law programs in the country. Ranked 5th nationally, it provides more than 110,000 hours of free legal services annually to Maryland residents.
Senator Cardin chairs the Water and Wildlife Subcommittee of the Senate Committee on the Environment and Public Works and the East Asian and Pacific Affairs Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. He is also a member of the Senate Finance and Small Business & Entrepreneurship Committees.
Dubbed “a legislator’s legislator” by The Washington Post, Senator Cardin worked to include dental benefits as part of the Children’s Health Insurance Act, reduce pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, increase the amount Americans can save for retirement, reform Maryland’s property tax and raise ethical standards for elected officials.
Senator Cardin will address the Maryland Carey Law graduates on May 17 at 11 a.m. in The Hippodrome. Tickets are required.