The Daily Record, a publication covering the state’s legal and business communities, named Ricardo Johnson ’10, Cara Chasney Murray '08 and Darah Okeke ’07 recipients of its Twenty in Their Twenties award, an honor given to outstanding young lawyers.
Johnson, an associate general counsel at CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, previously served as a law clerk for The Honorable Robert M. Bell, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals; for the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland; and at Constellation Energy. He was a summer associate at both Gallagher Evelius & Jones, LLP and Ober Kaler.
While at UM Carey Law, Johnson was an Academic Achievement Law Fellow and an editor of the Maryland Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class. He now serves on the boards of La Salle University, from which he graduated, and of Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore, which he attended. He is also a member of the NIC + U Committee for Mercy Medical Center.
Murray is an associate at Whiteford Taylor Preston, where she practices business litigation , corporate governance, business reorganization and bankruptcy and Chapter 11 reorganization. She is a member of the MSBA and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Murray is also president of the UVA Club of Maryland, a board member of the Chesapeake Baysavers and an associate trustee of Notre Dame Preparatory School.
Okeke practices labor and employment law as an associate at Miles & Stockbridge, where she represents local, regional and national employers; conducts human resources audits; and trains executives on employment-related topics. Prior to joining the firm she worked there twice as a summer associate; served as a law clerk for the Honorable Marvin J. Garbis of US District Court for the District of Maryland; and as an intern for Maryland Lawyers for the Arts.
While at UM Carey Law, from which she graduated with honors, Okeke was associate editor of the Maryland Law Review; a Leadership Scholar; and a winner of the AJ Cooper Award at the 32nd Annual Black Law Student Association Scholarship and Awards Banquet. An alumna of Emory University, she serves on the board of the Public Justice Center.