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Prof. Leviton Receives Brent-Mitchell Award From Baltimore Bar

On Tuesday, Nov. 23, Professor Susan Leviton, JD, was honored with the Margaret Brent-Juanita Jackson Mitchell Award by the Bar Association of Baltimore City. It was presented at the 16th Annual Past Presidents' Luncheon at the Tremont Grand Hotel.

"This is the time of year we all give thanks. Each year, at our Past Presidents' Luncheon held on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the Bar Association of Baltimore City's recognizes and thanks members who have paved the way for others and who have given back to the profession and to the community," says Katherine T. Sanzone, Executive Director of the Association.

From 1972 to 1975, Leviton served as managing attorney of the welfare unit of the Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau. In addition, she served as the legal aid lobbyist to the Maryland General Assembly and is the past chair of the Maryland Human Relations Commission and founder of Advocates for Children and Youth. She has written and participated extensively in representing children in the juvenile court and in special education proceedings.

Leviton was nominated by a member of the Bar Association and selected by a committee appointed by the Bar Association president.

The criteria for the award is described with these words: "Building on the legacies of Margaret Brent and Juanita Jackson Mitchell, the Bar Association of Baltimore City has created the Brent-Mitchell Award to recognize women lawyers and judges who have surmounted substantial barriers to achieve professional excellence. The Award goes to a nominee who 1) exemplifies the pioneer spirit of Margaret Brent and Juanita Jackson Mitchell; 2) has achieved a high degree of success in the field of law; and 3) has paved the way for women in the law."

Margaret Brent (1601-1671) was an early feminist and woman lawyer from Maryland’s colonial era.

Juanita Jackson Mitchell (1913–1992) was active throughout her life promoting human and civil rights. She was both the first black woman to attend the University of Maryland Law School and the first black woman to practice law in Maryland.

Ed Fishel
Director
University News Bureau


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