Associate Dean for Planning and External Affairs
and Lecturer in Law
BA, 1981, St Olaf College
AM, 1985, University of Chicago
JD, 1995, University of Maryland School of Law
Dean LaMaster leads the advancement activities of the Law School including development, alumni relations, communications, and academic and special events.
Dean LaMaster joined the School of Law in 2003 as Managing Director of its nationally recognized Clinical Law Program and was later appointed Assistant Dean for Technology Affairs and Chief Information Officer, then Assistant Dean for Institutional Advancement. Prior to joining the School of Law, Dean LaMaster spent 8 years in private practice, concentrating in business and intellectual property litigation. She has been a member of our adjunct faculty since 2000 teaching intellectual property and cyberspace law. While in Law School, she served as Editor in Chief of the Maryland Law Review, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and received the Samuel Allen Prize.
Prior to attending law school, Dean LaMaster worked in arts and museum management for ten years at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. She is an active advocate on behalf of children with disabilities and has served on several statewide boards, including the Maryland Department of Education Visionary Panel Accountability Task Group. In 2001 she was recognized as Education Advocate of the Year by the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities.