Sen. Ben Cardin ’67 joins fellow alumni for annual crab feast

With the first nip of fall in the air, the law school’s courtyard was the perfect setting for food and fun as members of the Maryland Carey Law School Club and their families gathered for the leadership giving society’s annual crab feast on Sept. 14.

Dean Donald B. Tobin welcomed attendees while they connected over crabs and corn hole, thanking them for their “service, generosity and, most of all, love for this law school.”

In his remarks, Tobin announced the addition of Gordon Feinblatt to the collaboration of top law firms DLA Piper, Gallagher Evelius & Jones, Miles & Stockbridge, and Pessin Katz supporting Maryland Carey Law’s Diversity and Inclusion Scholars Initiative, an effort to ensure that Maryland’s legal community becomes as diverse as the population of the state itself.

Tobin also informed the crowd that Maryland Carey Law is re-launching its Criminal Defense Clinic, led by new faculty member Maneka Sinha, a former star litigator in the D.C. public defender’s office. Students in the clinic will represent clients charged with misdemeanor crimes and gain valuable, hands-on experience working in the criminal justice system. The clinic is another way students can fulfill the school’s unique Cardin Requirement through which every full-time, day student provides free legal services to clients who can’t afford representation, as a prerequisite for graduation.

Among the distinguished legal leaders in attendance, was the requirement’s namesake, Sen. Ben Cardin ’67, a member of Maryland Carey Law’s Board of Visitors. “I want to thank Senator Cardin,” said Tobin, “not just for the contribution he makes to our school, but also for the amazing contribution he makes to our state and to the country.”

And when you think of crabs in Maryland, what’s the first name that comes to mind? Phillips, of course. Tobin also expressed gratitude to Steve and Maxine ’17 Phillips, who were in attendance, for their support and for the day’s delicious entrée.

Others relaxing at the feast with colleagues and families included UMB President Jay Perman; Board of Visitors Chair Bob Kim ’83 and Vice Chair Howard Kurman ’75; as well as Alumni Board President Michelle Daugherty Siri ’02 and Vice President Ryan Dietrich ’04.

Calling the festivities to a close was Charles “Chuck” Tatelbaum ’66, director at Tripp Scott and chair of the Maryland Carey Law School Club. Also a member of the Board of Visitors, Tatelbaum emphasized his enduring commitment to being a philanthropic leader at the law school.

“Each and every one of you has deep ties to the mission of this school,” he remarked, “and you recognize, as do I, how much of your careers and your life have benefited from this school and this university—not just from the education you received, but also from the people you got to meet and the fellowship that comes from this wonderful institution.”

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