Maryland Carey Law community members win 2 UMB core values awards, 1 honorable mention

Prof. Kathleen Hoke and 2020 graduate Kaitlyn Holzer are two of the seven from across the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s seven schools selected to receive Presidential Core Values Awards. The program, launched this year, is designed to recognize students, faculty, and staff who embody the values at the heart of UMB’s mission: accountability, civility, collaboration, diversity, excellence, knowledge, and leadership.

Kathleen Hoke has been honored with the Excellence Award.

“Professor Hoke is simply excellent. She embodies that Core Value by her mere existence,” said Sam Blotter ’22, one of the students who nominated Hoke for the award. “Because of faculty like Professor Hoke, Maryland Carey Law is producing lawyers who are skilled and proficient in their chosen fields. With her dedication to students and her passion for public health law, she has helped the school further its positive reputation in the legal world.”

Hoke teaches the Public Health Law Clinic and directs both the Legal Resource Center for Public Health Policy at the law school and the Network for Public Health Law, Eastern Region. Hoke joined the faculty in 2002 after serving for eight years with the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland. She is a 1992 graduate of Maryland Carey Law.

Kaitlyn Holzer ’20 is the winner of the Leadership Award.

Holzer is part of the Class of 2020, which just graduated during the COVID-19 pandemic. She earned a JD with a certificate in Cybersecurity and Crisis Management Law.  

A leader in her class, Holzer was elected twice to serve as Maryland Carey Law’s Student Bar Association president, a role in which she was highly proactive in working with the law school administration to represent the student body on issues such as diversity and inclusion, access to mental health services, and access to educational resources. In addition, she is the recipient of the 2020 Dean’s Leadership Award.

Honored to be recognized for her leadership, Holzer also gave credit to her law school community. “I am grateful to the dedicated group of student leaders on the SBA Executive Council,” said Holzer, “and to Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Michele Hayes for her endless support.”

Additionally, Stephanie Malchine ’20 was given honorable mention in the area of collaboration.

In recognizing campus standouts during a crisis, UMB Interim President Bruce Jarrell said, “Despite the upheaval brought on by COVID-19, UMB’s core values are more important now than ever. Crises like this one test our ability to stay true to our values — and yet provide us with an opportunity to use those core values in our new path forward.”

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