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Three Leaders in Law and Public Policy Join Board of Maryland Carey Law

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law is proud to announce the appointment of three new members to its Board of Visitors, a body charged with advising the dean, and University officials on matters affecting the law school.

“I am delighted to welcome these outstanding alumni to the Board of Visitors,” said Dean Donald B. Tobin. “The Board is a vital resource for Maryland Carey Law and I look forward to working closely with all its members, both longstanding and new.  Together, we can ensure that the law school continues to provide a superb legal education to the state’s next generation of great lawyers and great leaders.”

 The new Board members are:

  • Patricia L. Gatling ’82, Commissioner, New York City Commission on Human Rights, the body responsible for combating discrimination in New York City.  Prior to assuming leadership of the Commission, Gatling was in charge of the Major Narcotics Investigations Bureau for the Kings County District Attorney’s Office; prosecuted corruption cases involving public officials as Special Assistant Attorney General at the Office to Investigate the New York Criminal Justice System; and consulted internationally for the U.S. State Department’s International Law Enforcement Academy. Ms. Gatling led a successful campaign to remedy the lack of diversity in the advertising industry, and was subsequently ranked #4 of the “10 Who Made Their Mark,” a list in Advertising Age that showcased those who had an impact on the advertising industry.
     
  • Sandra P. Gohn ’79, Partner, DLA Piper, Baltimore. Gohn’s practice focuses on domestic and international tax and estate planning. She has been named a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer by American Lawyer Media as well as one of Maryland’s Super Lawyers and was three times selected as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record.  Gohn is active in numerous civic and charitable organizations, having served as President of the Board of Directors and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Enoch Pratt Free Library; chair of the Baltimore Cancer Support Group; a trustee of the Marjorie Cook Foundation; and as a director of the Cylburn Arboretum Association.
     
  • Howard K. Kurman ’75, Principal, Offit Kurman, Attorneys at Law. As chair of his firm’s Labor and Employment Law Group, Kurman counsels and represents companies of all sizes on a variety of labor and employment issues before state and federal courts and various administrative agencies. He has been selected as one of Maryland’s Super Lawyers; served as president of the Maryland chapter of the Labor Employment Research Association; and serves on the boards of Unified Community Connections, the Linwood School and the International Dyslexia Association.  He holds an LL.M. in labor law from Georgetown University Law Center. 

“I know I speak for other members of the Board, when I say we couldn’t be more honored to have colleagues with such superior professional credentials join our advisory body,” said Christine A. Edwards ’83, chair of the Board of Visitors and a partner at Winston & Strawn, Chicago.

Edwards added, “We are also deeply grateful for the strong leadership and commitment of two members who are moving to emeritus status: The Honorable Lynne Battaglia ‘74, of the Maryland Court of Appeals, and Paul Bekman’71, former Board chair and a partner in the Baltimore firm of Salsbury, Clements, Bekman, Marder & Adkins.”

The 39 members of the Board of Visitors advise the Dean of Maryland Carey Law and the President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore on a wide range of issues, including new law school academic programs, employment opportunities for young lawyers, law school alumni professional development and the law school’s relationships with Maryland’s legal, educational, business and public service communities. 


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