Maryland Carey Law Professors Danielle Citron and Sherrilyn Ifill and alumnus Brian Gibbons '87 are among the 50 distinguished professionals chosen as Influential Marylanders by the Daily Record, a newspaper covering the state's business and legal communities. The annual award honors leaders in the state who have made significant contributions to their fields.
Professor Citron is an internationally recognized expert on cyber civil rights and the author of Hate Crimes in Cyberspace (Harvard University Press, 2014). She is an Affiliate Fellow at the Yale Information Society Project, an Affiliate Scholar at the Stanford Center on Internet and Society and an advisor to the American Law Institute’s project on information privacy. She is a regular contributor at Forbes.com and Concurring Opinions and, in addition to her scholarly work, has published articles in the New York Times, CNN, the Guardian and Slate. The BBC recognized revenge porn--the focus of her recent work--as one of the most important ideas of 2014.
Professor Ifill is currently on leave to serve as President and Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc, where she had also worked early in her career, winning a landmark voting rights case before the Supreme Court. She has gone on to win international recognition as an advocate for civil rights, voting rights, judicial diversity and judicial decision-making. Her book, On the Courthouse Lawn: Confronting the Legacy of Lynching in the 21st Century (Beacon Books, 2007) reflects her lifelong engagement with the issues of race and American public life. She appears frequently on national media. While at Maryland Carey Law, Professor Ifill launched new legal clinics on environmental justice and removing legal barriers facing the formerly incarcerated.
Mr. Gibbons is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Greenberg Gibbons, developers of mixed-use, town center and retail properties. Since joining the company in 1999, Mr. Gibbons has overseen the acquisition, finance, leasing, development and management of over 8,000,000 square feet of award-winning mixed-use and revitalization projects with a value in excess of $1.2 billion. Previously, he was a partner and member of the management committee of Fedder and Garten, P.A. in Baltimore. He is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers and serves on the boards of Sinai Hospital, Hospice of the Chesapeake, and the University of Maryland, Baltimore.
Professors Citron and Ifill, Mr. Gibbons and this year’s other Influential Marylanders will be recognized at a reception in suburban Baltimore on March 26.