Salsbury family recognized with UMB Catalyst for Excellence Award

Members of the Salsbury family, including four Maryland Carey Law alums: Stuart M. Salsbury ’71, Suzanne B. Salsbury ’73, Benjamin “Ben” S. Salsbury ’07, and Rebecca “Becca” C. Salsbury ’08, are being honored with the 2021 University of Maryland, Baltimore, Catalyst for Excellence Award. The Salsburys were selected for exemplifying powerful advocacy for success, achievement, and philanthropy for the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law while serving as visionaries for future progress. The honor will be presented at the Founders Week Gala on Saturday, Oct. 23 at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore. 

The recipients include two generations of Salsburys who are leaving their mark on Maryland Carey Law. Stuart and Suzanne met at the law school in the early 1970s. Their son, Ben, met his future wife, Becca, 35 years later while participating on the law school’s highly regarded National Trial Team.  

“We are honored to be recognized with the UMB Catalyst of Excellence Award,” said Ben Salsbury. “Involvement with Maryland Carey Law runs deep in our family, and it’s a tradition that will continue well into the future.” 

Ben is a former director of the National Trial Team and remains active as a senior coach. He is also a current member of the law school’s Board of Visitors, on which Stuart served for 25 years. As well as competing on the Trial Team, Becca was a member of the Maryland Law Review and served as a president of Students Supporting the Women’s Law Center, an organization in which she continued her involvement after law school.  

In 2017, Ben and Becca created an endowed scholarship for students with financial need, carrying on Stuart and Suzanne’s long tradition of generous philanthropy to the law school. Stuart and Suzanne supported the law school’s Capital Campaign for the current building in the late 1990s, established an endowment to support the law school’s Trial Advocacy program in 2007, and, just this year, made a substantial multi-year commitment to endow a new position, the Salsbury Director of Trial Advocacy. 

The family’s impact on the legal profession and community has also been profound.  

Following a federal clerkship and seven years in private practice at Gallagher Evelius & Jones, Becca currently serves as an assistant attorney general in the Educational Affairs Division of the Maryland Office of the Attorney General. She has served on the board of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland and spent 10 years as a mentor for Enterprise Women’s networking program.  

Before retiring in 2011, Suzanne spent decades practicing in the Juvenile Division of the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office and later enforcing child support. She was the first assistant state’s attorney to job share with a partner.  

Following a federal clerkship, Stuart joined the law firm of Israelson, Pines & Jackson, which ultimately became Salsbury, Clements, Bekman, Marder & Adkins, LLC. He has practiced as a trial lawyer for over four decades and is recognized as one of Maryland’s premier medical malpractice attorneys, previously serving as president of the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association and on the Board of Governors-Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He was also recognized as Lawyer of the Year-Medical Malpractice, Baltimore by Best Lawyers 

Ben is following in Stuart’s footsteps. Six years ago, he started the law firm of Salsbury Sullivan, LLC with a fellow Maryland Carey Law alum. The firm employs five alums of the law school.  

Stuart is a fellow in the elite American College of Trial Lawyers, and Ben was recently inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates. Suzanne and Stuart’s daughter, Jessica, is also a lawyer and practices immigration law in the Administrative Appeals Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. 

“I am delighted the Salsbury family is being recognized for the incredible work they do for the law school and the legal profession,” said Maryland Carey Law Dean Donald Tobin. “They are creating a lasting legacy that will meaningfully impact our students for many years to come.” 

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