Robert Percival, Robert F. Stanton Professor of Law and director of the Environmental Law Program, appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court Feb. 24 and 25 to move for the admission of seven Maryland Carey Law school alumni to the bar for the nation’s highest court.
Catherine Faint '93, Jomar Maldonado ‘03, Karyn Marsh ‘03; Jaclyn Ford '04, Amber Widmayer '07, Jeremy Scholtes '08, and Rachel Shapiro '10 are all now able to sit in the Court’s bar section during oral arguments, as well as sponsor lawyers who wish to join the Court’s bar.
“I regularly encourage my students to attend Supreme Court arguments,” says Percival, a former law clerk to the late Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White. “Now that these alumni have become members of the Court’s bar, it will be easier for them to do so.”
To gain admission to the Supreme Court bar, attorneys must have practiced for three years in the highest court of a state; be of good character in both their private and professional lives; and complete specified procedures, including taking an oath to serve as an upright member of the Court's bar. An attorney already admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court must sponsor potential bar members, as Percival did for the alumni, all of whom had studied in the Environmental Law Program.
The alumni practice in several arenas. Maldonado works for the U.S. Department of Transportation; Widmayer is employed by Maryland's Critical Area Commission; Shapiro and Scholtes practice in the Rockville and Frederick, Md. offices of Miles & Stockbridge respectively; Faint is on staff at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; Ford works for the Washington State Legislature in Olympia; and Marsh practices in the Washington D.C. office of Gibson Dunn.