Davis, who is to become Baltimore City Solicitor in August, is deeply engaged in the life of Maryland Carey Law as an alumnus, former professor and long-time member of its Board of Visitors, an advisory body to the Dean.
”Judge Davis has worked tirelessly for almost half a century to promote justice, to improve the justice system, to encourage excellence in legal education, and to help train the next generation of great lawyers,” wrote Maryland Carey Law Dean Donald B. Tobin, who was joined by four of the school’s former deans in nominating Judge Davis for the honor.
The ABA Judicial Division and the Standing Committee on the American Judicial System select recipients for the annual award. Past honorees include Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and former governor Tom Ridge of Pennsylvania.
“Andre hit the law school like a storm,” said long-time Professor Larry Gibson. While a student at Maryland Carey Law, Judge Davis served as chair of the Honor Board, president of the Black Law Students Association, and was a member of the National Moot Court Team. He was selected as the Best Advocate in the Myerowitz Memorial Moot Court Competition, and the faculty awarded him the prestigious Roger Howell Award.
As Professor Mike Millemann observed, “Judge Davis is a man for all seasons…His opinions are among the best examples of the judicial craft. He is utterly fair, which, in the end, is the best thing that can be said about a judge. He always is civil, courteous and respectful, not just to important people, but to everyone, including the criminal defendants who appeared before him.”
In addition to serving on both the full-time and adjunct faculty at Maryland Carey Law, Judge Davis also spent more than 20 years on the faculty of the National Judicial College and has traveled the world, training and teaching judges in approximately 30 nations.
Judge Davis will receive the John Marshall Award August 11 at the ABA Annual Meeting in New York.