Dean Phoebe Haddon and The Honorable Andre M. Davis '78 were honored by the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture at its annual awards gala on Saturday, Dec. 4. Dean Haddon and Judge Davis were joined in the honors by The Honorable Michele D. Hotten, the first African American female appointed to the Maryland Appellate Courts.
"It is very fitting that the Reginald F. Lewis Museum celebrates these outstanding Marylanders for their service and achievement in the legal community," comments Executive Director Dr. David Taft Terry. "Honoring these individuals supports our mission to share the rich contributions of African American Marylanders, and we are proud to recognize them." Reginald F. Lewis, the museum's namesake, graduated from Harvard Law School in 1968 and, two years later, established the first African American law firm on Wall Street. The museum chose to bring this year’s gala home to recognize the accomplishments of Marylanders who carry on Reginald F. Lewis' legacy.
Judge Davis received his B.A. in American History from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D., with honors, from UMDLaw, where he won Best Advocate in the Myerowitz Moot Court Competition, and chaired the Honor Board. The faculty awarded him the prestigious Roger Howell Award at graduation. Judge Davis has been active in numerous national and international judicial education and Rule of Law training programs through his membership on the Judicial Conference of the United States/Committee on International Judicial Relations, the Einstein Institute for Science, Health and the Courts, and the Federal Judicial Center. He has participated in many programs, including, among others, workshops and seminars in Russia, Armenia, Poland, Ukraine, Kosovo, Swaziland, Nigeria, Uganda, South Africa, Tanzania, Mali, and Egypt. Judge Davis was nominated by President Obama to a vacancy on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit created by the death of Judge Murnaghan. The Senate confirmed him on November 10, 2009, and he entered on duty on November 12, 2009.
Appointed in 2009 as the ninth Dean in the School of Law's 185-year history, Dean Haddon is a widely respected, national leader in legal education and an expert in jury participation, the courts and diversity. Dean Haddon joined UMDLaw after more than 25 years as a distinguished faculty member at the Temple University Beasley School of Law. An accomplished scholar on constitutional law and tort law, Dean Haddon is the co-author of two casebooks in those fields and has written numerous scholarly articles on equal protection, jury participation, academic freedom, and diversity. She serves on the Council of the American Bar Association Section on Legal Education and Admission to the Bar, the official accrediting body of American law schools. Dean Haddon earned an LL.M. from Yale Law School and a J.D., cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the Duquesne Law Review.