Almost 400 graduates and friends of the University of Maryland School of Law gathered October 3 for "Justice & the Global Economy," in celebration of Phoebe Haddon's appointment as Dean. In her first official address as Dean, "Educating Lawyers with a Global Vision," Dean Haddon offered her view of legal education's vital role in creating lawyers who will work around the world to strengthen democracy, promote peace, and advance human rights.
"Our collective vision for this school must be grounded in a sense of mission and institutional values that are responsive to the complex, changing nature of our larger world," said Dean Haddon. "Local issues like lack of quality education, poverty, and unequal access to justice are also universal issues that plague developing and developed nations across the globe -- and beg for new solutions that come from our collective thinking and engagement."
Ambassador Ron Kirk, 16th U.S. Trade Representative, delivered the keynote address, "The Trade Agenda: Overcoming Challenges, Creating Opportunity." Congressman Elijah Cummings '76 introduced Ambassador Ron Kirk, who focused on the idea of trade as a tool of peace and prosperity.
"Ninety five percent of the world's consumers live outside of the United States ... The benefits of trade policy include access to more markets ... we are able to hire more workers, and live in a more peaceful world. Countries that do business with one another don't tend to go to war with one another," Kirk said. "Justice for one country doesn’t have to come at the expense of another."
Dean Haddon was introduced by UMB President David J. Ramsay to a standing ovation.
"As Dean of the School of Law, Phoebe Haddon will strengthen the connections between our schools, and push us to work even harder in a shared pursuit of solutions to the problems facing our community -- a community that, by her definition, encompasses not only Baltimore and the state of Maryland but also our nation and the entire world," said President Ramsay.
Paul Bekman, Chair of the School of Law's Board of Visitors, offered welcome to Dean Haddon on behalf of the Law School's graduates and friends, as well as the broader Maryland legal community.
"This Law School's historic strengths, and Dean Haddon's past experiences and future aspirations are a perfect fit. Recognition of the unique contributions an urban institution can and must make to its community. An emphasis on scholarship and experiential learning opportunities that produce solutions to real-world problems. A focus on preparing students for careers as skilled legal practitioners, and for lifetimes as principled leaders of society. An abiding determination to serve the public and expand access to justice. And a commitment to diversity among the faculty and student body alike. All these are core values Dean Haddon and our law school share. For all these reasons, we are delighted to have her as our Dean," said Bekman.
The event began with the panel discussion, "Challenges to the Future of International Economic Cooperation" featuring international trade expert Lewis Leibowitz '75 of Hogan & Hartson, Robert Percival, Director of the Law School's Environmental Law Program, and Shruti Rana, Assistant Professor of Law.
The event took place at UMB's new Southern Management Corporation Campus Center. A reception followed at the School of Law, where graduates and friends joined Dean Haddon in the school's courtyard and atrium.