Maryland Carey Law launches kindness initiative

Kindness was the word of the week Sept. 27-Oct. 1 as the law school community celebrated its inaugural Kindness Week. 

“Right now, when our country is fraught with divisiveness,” Dean Donald Tobin told students, “it is especially important for us to amplify the value of kindness within our community and society.” 

The week kicked off with an online event, Giving Back and Paying it Forward: Why Kindness Matters to Lawyers, featuring Tamika Tremaglio ’95, Greater Washington managing principal for Deloitte and Board of Visitors vice chair; Amy Petkovsek ’06, deputy chief counsel at Maryland Legal Aid and Alumni Board president; Rudhir Krishtel ’02, CEO, Krishtel Coaching; and Howard Kurman ’75, co-founder of Offit Kurman and Board of Visitors chair. The high-achieving panelists shared stories and insights on why kindness is central to their professional lives. 

“Kindness,” said Kurman, “goes a long way toward creating an environment in which everyone can succeed.” 

Tuesday through Friday had daily themes: Kindness to Community, Kindness to Self, Kindness to Others, and Pay it Forward. Each day featured themed activities and communications to students sharing resources and ways to get involved. Students also contributed messages to a kindness bulletin board. The snack of the week was Kind bars, of course. 

Maya Foster ’22, president of the Student Bar Association (SBA), was one of the organizers and led a kindness campaign on the SBA Instagram account. She especially appreciated that the week balanced the idea of kindness to others with kindness to self, emphasizing that in the high-stress law school environment, it is essential that students tend to their wellness and mental health.  

“Being kind is necessary, especially in law school because you just don’t know what people are going through,” said Foster. “The stress of law school calls for a level of kindness and grace to be extended to yourself, to your peers, to your classmates, and to your professors. In being kind to yourself and to others, you can help alleviate some of the stress that we experience as law students.” 

The program was inspired by Tamika Tremaglio, who leads an expanded kindness initiative at Deloitte in conjunction with Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation on whose board she serves. Tremaglio will become the executive director of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) union at the end of this year. 

“The first Kindness Week was a great success,” said Ann Kim, associate director of student services. “We are excited to build on what we learned and expand the programming next year. Meanwhile, Kindness Week has reminded us that treating each other with respect and compassion is the right thing to do every day of the year.” 

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