Law school Alumni Board hosts incoming students for a night at the ballpark

Heavy storms cleared just in time for incoming students to enjoy an evening cheering on the Baltimore Orioles, courtesy of the Maryland Carey Law Alumni Board.

Before the Aug. 7 game, the crowd gathered for a reception in the law school atrium to get to know each other, Alumni Board members and school administrators. 

Rising 1L Kennedi Fichtel, who was attracted to Maryland Carey law for its top-ranked Environmental Law Program, appreciated the chance to chat with alumni before taking the short walk to Camden Yards.

“Every time I meet with an alum from this school, I ask if they love what they do; they have all always emphatically said yes,” noted Fichtel. “I think that experience will help me in the future because no matter how difficult school may become, it's helpful to remember those people who had the opportunity to have careers they love because of their time spent at this law school.”

One of those alumni passionate about her career is Michelle Daugherty Siri ’02, executive director of the Women’s Law Center of Maryland and Alumni Board president. Clad in a baseball hat and O’s shirt, she was in attendance with her husband the Hon. Michael Siri ’01 and their two young sons.

Daugherty Siri emphasized the commitment Maryland Carey Law alumni have to supporting students in law school and beyond.

“We want to be there for them,” she said, “to help them navigate and learn how to become better attorneys as they go through the process.”

Far from her native Florida, the jury is still out on whether Fichtel will become an Orioles fan, but attending the game as part of the Maryland Carey Law community helped her know that she is now part of a close-knit team, especially when everyone gathered for a group photo.

“I think that was the first moment I realized that law school was no longer some far away dream,” said Fichtel, “and I was starting my journey to become a lawyer surrounded by such an amazing group of people at such a remarkable institution.” 

The Alumni Board at Maryland Carey Law is made up of around 40 graduate volunteers. Members assist in preparing students for professional careers and select recipients of the annual alumni awards. Contact Andrew Altshuler, executive director of alumni engagement at aaltshuler@law.umaryland.edu or 410-706-6832 for information on how to get more involved with Maryland Carey Law.