From the 2009 News Archive
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Alumni Board Welcomes New President and Members

Deborah Lynne Potter, a Partner at The Jaklitsch Law Group, has been named President of the University of Maryland School of Law Alumni Board for the 2009-2010 academic year. A 1990 honors graduate of the Law School, Ms. Potter is the youngest person ever to serve as President of the Anne Arundel Bar Association, and the first female President of the 8,000-member University of Maryland Terrapin Club. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Maryland College Park.

Additionally, the Board has welcomed three new members: The Hon. Karen Friedman ’97, Gordon Knox ’98, and Jon Kucskar ’08.

The Hon. Karen C. Friedman is a 1997 Order of the Coif graduate of the Law School. She has been an Associate Judge of the Orphans’ Court for Baltimore City since March 2001. Judge Friedman joined the faculty of the Law School as an Adjunct Professor in spring of 2007. She is on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Department of the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, has served as chair of the Counseling, Helpline and Aid Network for Abused Women Advisory Board, and is currently chair of the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel.

A Principal at Miles & Stockbridge, N. Gordon Knox ’98 handles various aspects of public and private purpose tax-exempt financing, affordable housing development and equipment leasing. He has extensive experience serving as bond counsel and counsel to issuers, underwriters, borrowers, trustees and issuers of the letters of credit securing municipal bonds. Mr. Knox represents banks and other financial institutions in structuring, negotiating and drafting documentation for transactions involving affordable housing and community development, construction loans, letter of credit, equipment leases, and more.

Jonathan Kucskar ’08 is now a Staff Attorney with the U.S. Government Accountability Office, after recently finishing a clerkship with the Honorable Jillyn K. Schulze '80 of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. While a student at the School of Law, he was president of the Student Bar Association, involved with the Maryland Law Katrina Project, Maryland's Journal of Health Care Law & Policy and the Moot Court Board, and the starting third baseman of the softball team that placed second during the national law school softball tournament.

Members of the University of Maryland School of Law Alumni Board play a multi-faceted role that is vital to the School of Law’s future success. The Board’s principal activities include sponsoring alumni events, improving student life, selecting the alumni award recipients, participating in community service projects, and more.

Among the board’s newest initiatives includes the creation of a Recent Grad Pilot Committee to discuss and present ideas to the Alumni Board, and implement ideas to encourage recent graduate participation in School of Law activities. The board is also working to establish an initiative for students to work with alumni on veterans’ pro bono issues. For more information, please contact 410-706-2070 or email alumni@law.umaryland.edu.

See the full list of Alumni Board members for 2009-2010.


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