The Hon. Mary Ellen Barbera ’84, Chief Judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, will deliver the keynote speech at this year’s Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service Celebrate Pro Bono Reception, Tuesday, October 20, at Maryland Carey Law’s Westminster Hall.
The annual event, held in partnership with Maryland Carey Law’s Leadership in Public Service and the Maryland Public Interest Law Project, Inc., honors those who have made noteworthy contributions to the delivery of pro bono legal services over the past year, as well as volunteers, student interns, law firms, and supporters of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service (MVLS).
Max Brauer ’12, associate in The Law Offices of E. David Hoskins LLC, will also be honored with the Partnership of the Year award. Brauer and firm owner David Hoskins have been regular volunteers at MVLS’s Consumer Protection Clinic, and have represented seven low-income clients in consumer disputes this year.
Judge Barbera has been a public servant and a leader throughout her career. After graduating from law school, she worked from 1985 to 1989 for the Criminal Appeals Division of the Office of the Attorney General, where she represented the state in at least 250 criminal appeals and served as legal counsel to Governor Parris N. Glendening from 1998 to 2002. Barbera was an associate judge on the Court of Special Appeals before being named to the Maryland Court of Appeals in 2008.