From the 2007 News Archive
Dean Karen Rothenberg Inducted into Maryland Women's Hall of Fame
Karen H. Rothenberg
, Dean, Founding Director of the Law & Health Care Program, and Marjorie Cook Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law, was inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame
at a March 14 ceremony in Annapolis.
Dean Rothenberg was nominated for the Hall of Fame by Delegate Jon Cardin ’01, and was chosen by an independent selection committee that chooses no more than five women from the historical and contemporary categories for induction each year.
The Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame was established through the efforts of the Maryland Commission for Women and the Women Legislators of Maryland in 1985. Its purpose is to honor Maryland women, who have made unique and lasting contributions to the economic, political, cultural and social life of the state, and to provide visible models of achievement for tomorrow’s female leaders.
The first woman to head the law school in its 185-year history, Dean Rothenberg has led Maryland to new heights of accomplishment while continuing to produce cutting-edge scholarship on issues at the intersection of women’s health care and the law.
Under her leadership, the School of Law has opened a new, state-of-the-art academic facility, strengthened its national leadership in legal areas including health care, the environment and clinical education, and ascended into the first tier of law schools. Historically a trailblazer, Dean Rothenberg was a member of the first graduating class of women at Princeton University, where she received both her B.A., magna cum laude, and M.P.A. from the Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. An Order of the Coif graduate from the University of Virginia School of Law, she practiced with the Washington, D.C., law firm of Covington and Burling, and in 1983 became one of a few women on the Maryland School of Law’s faculty.