From the 2017 News Archive
Judge Ellen Heller '77 Receives Honorary Degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore
A pioneer in the legal profession, Maryland Carey Law alumna Ellen Heller ’77, received an honorary degree from the University of Maryland, Baltimore during Commencement 2017. Her dedication to the judiciary and her service to the state of Maryland earned her the distinguished honor.
“Judge Ellen Heller, whom we honor today, has created a high bar for future students,” said Maryland Carey Law Dean Donald Tobin as he introduced Judge Heller to the University’s 2017 graduates. “She is an exemplary lawyer of the highest caliber; an accomplished and dedicated woman of many achievements who has used her legal knowledge and skills to not only lead, but to solve societal problems and expand access to justice for literally thousands of individuals.”
Judge Heller attended law school at a time when she was not only a mother, but one of the few female students. She entered the legal profession where she had few female role models. After graduation, she became an Assistant Attorney General, then an associate judge in the Baltimore City Circuit Court and then the Circuit Administrative Judge. She was the first women to hold the position of Administrative Circuit Court judge in Maryland.
“As I have gotten to know my friend Judge Heller,” remarked Tobin, “I am continually impressed at all that she does to make her community, and the world, a better place.” In addition to her professional accomplishments, Judge Heller has been President of both the Weinberg Foundation in Baltimore and the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. As a member of the law school’s board of visitors, an adjunct professor for more than a decade , and a philanthropist funding financial assistance and fellowships for future legal professionals, she is always willing to lend a hand to help Maryland Carey Law succeed.