On Friday, May 16, students, families, and friends gathered on the westside of Baltimore for a wide array of formal and informal activities and ceremonies to mark the commencement of approximately 1,800 graduates from the Schools of Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, Social Work, and the Graduate School.
At Maryland Carey Law's hooding ceremony, 305 students walked across the stage at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, earning their JD or LLM.
The keynote address was given by Stephen Bright, president and senior counsel for the Southern Center for Human Rights. Speakers included Dean Phoebe Haddon, Day Division President Wandaly Fernandez, and Evening Division President Lylian Romero.
Our Commencement is one of those moments when the law school community gets to pause and recognize what the members of the Class of 2014 have meant to the law school. As shown by the award winners below, there is incredible talent and passion in this class, and the breadth and depth of the student work is exceptional.
The William Strobel Thomas Prize is awarded to the graduate who has taken at least 75% or his or her school credits at the University of Maryland Carey School of Law and who is recognized by the faculty has having achieved the highest average for scholarship.
The John L. Thomas Prize is awarded to the graduate who has been enrolled in the school for his or her entire law school education and who has achieved the second highest average for scholarship.
Mary Katherine Healy
Summa cum laude graduates
Mary Katherine Healy
Magna cum laude graduates
Marta de Matto
The Order of the Coif is awarded to the top 10% of students who attended the law school for at least 75% of their legal education. The Order encourages excellence in legal education by fostering a spirit of careful study, recognizing those who as law students attained a high grade of scholarship, and honoring those who as lawyers, judges and teachers attained high distinction for their scholarly or professional accomplishments.
Mary Katherine Healy
The Sam Allen Memorial Prize , established by the day division Class of 1950 in memory of classmate Harry Samuel Allen, is awarded annually to a member of the graduating class deemed to have demonstrated outstanding qualities of both leadership and scholarship.
The Roger Howell Achievement Award, established by the day division Class of 1961, is presented annually to an outstanding member of the graduating class who has contributed significantly to the student activities program and whose leadership, scholarship, and moral character are representative of the high ideals of the legal profession.
Nicole Barnard and Timothy McCormick
The Law School Alumni Association Award has been awarded by the Law School Alumni Association since 1971. The prize is awarded to the graduating student deemed by the faculty to have contributed most largely to the School through his or her qualities of character and leadership.
The Larry B. Shoda Award is given annually to a member of the graduating class who has achieved scholastic excellence and demonstrated the special commitment required of evening students.
Elizabeth Maxwell Carroll Chesnut Prize is given to a member of the graduating class for good scholarship in a broad sense, as determined by the Dean of the School Law based on recommendations from members of the faculty
The Public Service Award is given to several graduating students who, during their law school careers, have engaged in legal work that significantly advances the public interest.
Mercedes Lena Beery
Mary Katherine Healy
The William P. Cunningham Awards are presented annually to graduating students selected by the faculty for exceptional achievements and service to the School.
Mary Claire Kozlowski
Joseph Kroart III
THE ORDER OF THE BARRISTERS honors ten students who excel in trial and appellate advocacy.
THE UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND SCHOOL OF LAW LITIGATION AND ADVOCACY AWARD, established in 2007, is given annually to graduating students selected by the faculty for their contribution to the School's achievements in intra- and inter-school appellate competition.
CLINIC AWARD RECIPIENTS
Anne Barlow Gallagher Prize for Service to Children and Youth is awarded by the clinical faculty to the graduating student who has performed outstanding work benefiting youth and children.
Nina Gleiberman and Megan Hindle
The Hoffberger Clinical Law Prize was established in 1986 by Leroy Hoffberger, a 1950 graduate of the law school, and is awarded annually to an outstanding member of the graduating class who has excelled as a student lawyer in the Clinical Law Program.
The Community Scholar Prize is presented to a graduate who provided outstanding assistance to a Maryland community or neighborhood.
THE JOSEPH BERNSTEIN AWARDS are awarded annually to the graduating students who, as judged by the faculty advisor, submitted the most significant piece of legal writing for publication in each of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law student-edited journals.
Journal of Business & Technology Law
"Electronic Privacy Information Center v. National Security Agency: How Glomar Reponses Benefit Businesses and Provide an Epic Blow to Individuals"
Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class
"Posthumously Conceived Children and Social Security Survivors Benefits"
Maryland Law Review
"Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals: Why Granting Driver’s Licenses to DACA Beneficiaries Makes Constitutional and Political Sense," 72 Md. L. Rev. 931 (2013)
Maryland Journal of International Law
"The Contribution of Brazil’s ‘Responsibility While Protecting’ Proposal to the ‘Responsibility to Protect’ Doctrine"
Journal of Health Care Law & Policy
"Astrue v. Capato: Forcing a Shoe that Doesn’t Fit," 16 J. Health Care L. & Pol’y 403 (2013)
PAUL CORDISH WRITING COMPETITION AWARDS
This Competition and award was established by David Cordish '63, in honor of his father, Paul L. Cordish, founder of The Cordish Company, and by the National Association of Public Insurance Adjusters (NAPIA), of which Paul Cordish was also a founder and, for many years, the general counsel. Prizes are given annually to the students who write the best paper on a topic related to public insurance adjusting.
1st place – William Bell, "Bucking the Trend: The Reyelts Case and the End to the Unauthorized Practice of Public Adjusting."
2nd place – Jacob Lambert, "Seeking Appropriate Contract Terms in Public Adjusting."
3rd place – Christopher Wright, "Stop Chasing the Storm Chasers: An Analysis of Attempts to Sue for the Unlicensed Practice of Public Insurance Adjusting and Simple Legislative Fixes."