Director of DevelopmentPhone: (410) 706-1842
As Director of Development, Shara will play a lead role in devising strategy and outreach around the law school’s philanthropic efforts to drive increased major gift support for our programs and initiatives. Shara graduated Order of the Coif from the law school in 2002, where she served as a Notes and Comments Editor for the Maryland Law Review, received a Public Service Award, and served as her 3L Class President. She was also active in MPILP and the Student Women’s Bar Association. Shara spent her 1L summer interning for the House of Ruth Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, and also interned with the Public Justice Center and Office of Congressman Benjamin L. Cardin during her law school years. After graduation, Shara clerked for the Honorable James R. Eyler (now retired from the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland).
Following her clerkship, Shara joined Swidler Berlin LLP as an associate in their DC office, where she began working with the firm’s Insurance Coverage practice group. Over the next ten years, Shara represented corporate policyholders in disputes seeking insurance proceeds for a wide array of claims and advised clients on complex insurance matters, with stints at Swidler (2003-06), Heller Ehrman LLP (2006-08), and Covington & Burling LLP (2008-13).
In 2013, Shara left law practice in DC to return to Baltimore to work for Baltimore-based nonprofit, the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, as their Director of Development & Stewardship. During her three years at UCF, Shara was the chief fundraising officer for the organization and helped UCF successfully launch its first Capital Campaign. In less than a year, she helped secure gifts and pledges totaling more than $2.5M towards the Campaign’s $3M goal.
Shara loved her time at Maryland Carey Law and has remained connected since graduating almost 15 years ago, mentoring 1L students, participating in mock-interviews, and serving on the Alumni Board for several years. She is a proud Double Terp and is thrilled to be back and to have the opportunity to help the law school continue to thrive.