The Hon. Marcella Holland ’83 and Jamar R. Brown ’11 honored by BLSA

Members of the Maryland Carey Law community gathered virtually to celebrate the 46th Annual Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Scholarship Awards and Banquet on Feb. 25. With nearly 150 current BLSA members, alumni, and friends in attendance, the event honored BLSA students and community members around the theme Be the Change: Leading through Adversity. 

“It is truly an honor to be here, and particularly meaningful,” said Dean Donald Tobin in his opening remarks, “as our country continues its struggle for racial justice.” He also took the opportunity to thank event co-chairs Frances Amaefuna ’23 and Gabrielle Williams ’22, and announce the newest partner in Maryland Carey Law’s Diversity and Inclusion Scholars Program, Semmes Bowen & Semmes, which joins Deloitte, T. Rowe Price, Gallagher Evelius and Jones, Miles & Stockbridge, Pessin Katz, Gordon Feinblatt and DLA Piper. 

The Hon. Marcella Holland ’83, former Baltimore City Circuit Court judge, was recognized with the Graduate of the Year AwardHolland is an emeritus member of the Maryland Carey Law Board of Visitors and was president of BLSA as a law student. She was especially gratified to be honored this year, she said, because one of her own former clerks Jamar R. Brown ’11 shared the virtual stage with her as Practitioner of the Year. Brown is a partner at Rosenberg Martin Greenberg and a former member of the Maryland Carey Law Alumni Board. 

Tamika Tremaglio ’95, Deloitte’s Greater Washington managing principal, provided an inspirational keynote, in which she said: 

History will be made by those of you here this evening. You will rise to the challenges we face. You will find inspiration in places you don't expect to find it. You will become the Black in the Rainbow. I encourage each of you to consider how you will move forward. Times like these can make us question whether kindness truly will drive out cruelty, and whether light will drive out the shade that can surround us. I know this because I have felt this too. Sometimes, it can be exhausting, I know. I believe, though, that our nation is built on a foundation of compassion, empathy, and integrity. Holding these values firm and staying true to ourselves, we will outlast animosity and division. 

The Unsung Hero Award went to BLSA President Eunice Kabuga ’22, while Dina Billian ’93, Maryland Carey Law’s deputy director of career development, was named Administrator of the Year, and Assistant Prof. William Moon was recognized as Professor of the Year. The Diversity Award went to the Association of Corporate Counsel’s (ACC) National Capital Region Scholars Program. 

Gabrielle Williams ’22, and 1L class representative Alexis Lovings ’23 relished the job of announcing the awards, especially those going to their classmates who received the following: 

  • 1L Book Scholarship: Hope Randolph ’23  
  • AJ Cooper Award: Maya Jackson ’21 
  • Murphy Family Scholarship: Chantae Simms ’22 

Other speakers included UMB President Bruce Jarrell and Roger Ward, UMB executive vice president, dean, and interim provost. Derrick Milburn ’13, head coach of the BLSA trial team, which is on its way to the national BLSA competition after taking second at regionals, also offered remarks.  

Kabuga closed out the evening, announcing that Maryland Carey Law BLSA was named Chapter of the Year by the mid-Atlantic BLSA organization. 

The annual banquet is not just a night to celebrate; the event serves as a cherished opportunity for BLSA members and alumni to build the supportive relationships for which BLSA is renowned. In advance of the program, attendees visited networking breakout rooms hosted by firm and corporate partners, which included Deloitte, Gallagher Evelius & Jones, Whiteford Taylor & Preston, Pessin Katz Law, Gordon Feinblatt, Venable, DLA Piper, Womble Bond Dickinson, Murphy Falcon Murphy, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg, Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr, and Miles & Stockbridge.  

As Tobin said in his remarks, when students join BLSA, they become “part of a lifelong community of support, mentorship, and friendship. 

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