Crab Cake Social is a crowd pleaser

Members of the Maryland Carey Law School Club were treated to a night of camaraderie and crab cakes as they came together online for the leadership giving society’s annual celebration on Oct. 16. More than 60 members of the law school community and their families logged on to chat with friends and colleagues before the main event—a cooking demonstration from none other than Maxine ’17 and Steve Phillips of Phillips Seafood fame.

Dean Donald Tobin, speaking from his kitchen, welcomed attendees and introduced the Maryland Carey Law School Club’s new leadership, four dedicated alumni serving as co-chairs:

  • Ranjit Dhindsa ’95, Partner, Hollingsworth LLP
  • The Honorable Marcella Holland ’83, Senior Judge, Circuit Court for Baltimore City
  • Bryan Saxton ’09, Managing Member, Saxton Law
  • Sarah Shepson ’19, Associate, Covington & Burling LLP

On greeting the group, Dhindsa emphasized the value of legal education and importance of the legal profession during the pandemic, saying it is “even more incumbent on us to reach out to students and provide them with opportunities.”

Tobin and the co-chairs also expressed their appreciation for the leadership of longtime chair Charles “Chuck” Tatelbaum ’66, director at Tripp Scott, who called his volunteer work for the law school, “a labor of love.”

Among the distinguished legal leaders in attendance, were Alicia Wilson ’07, vice president of economic development at Johns Hopkins;; Natalie McSherry ’74, principal at Kramon & Graham, P.A.; and Robert “Bob” Kim ’83, principal at McNamee Hosea.

When it was time for the cooking demonstration, participants, (including Dean Tobin!) tied on their aprons. Mixing pre-measured ingredients, they followed along as Steve Phillips walked cooks through the steps of making crab cakes from his grandmother’s crab cake recipe.

Also joining the fun were some Maryland Carey Law current students, including Maya Foster ’22, SBA president, and Nancy Dordal ’22, a staff editor on Maryland Law Review.

“As a current student it was so nice to get together with alumni and faculty in a more fun/informal setting,” says Dordal. “I thought this was a great idea to do a cooking demo, and the crab cakes turned out delicious!”

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