24th Annual Lawyers' Campaign for CollegeBound
For 23 years, Baltimore City's legal community has generously supported CollegeBound through its annual Lawyers' Campaign. Each participating firm nominates a "Dean" who leads fundraising efforts. The campaign kicks off in the summer with CollegeBound's "Have a Seat at the Bar" event, where lawyers can meet and mingle before the fundraising portion begins in September. The Lawyers' Campaign is vital to the mission of CollegeBound. Proceeds directly support programs that help Baltimore City youth reach college and graduate.
Join the Lawyers' Campaign by contacting our Development Director Beth Furlong at email@example.com.
HONORARY CAMPAIGN CO-CHAIRS
The Honorable Pamila J. Brown, President, Maryland State Bar Association
The Honorable Pamila J. Brown was installed as the 122nd President of the Maryland State Bar Association (MSBA) on June 13, 2015, during the MSBA Annual Meeting in Ocean City, Maryland. An administrative judge of the District Court for Howard County, Brown is the first African-American female to lead the 119-year old professional membership association.
Brown calls the law a “noble profession,” and the Harford County native’s key efforts during her 12-month term as MSBA President will include encouraging her statewide colleagues of the bar and bench to engage in both bar and community-oriented services. Lawyers, Brown says, are by the nature of their profession community leaders, and she stresses that “each one of us can do something – something for the profession, something for the community, and something for yourself.” The lattermost speaks to the new President’s plan to likewise highlight programs that promote attorney wellness, whether physical, mental, or emotional.
After earning an undergraduate degree in Political Science from Minnesota’s Macalester College, the self-described “champion for all that is good and positive about the bar” earned her J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1979. She was appointed to the bench in 2002 following an extensive legal career in the public sector.
In fall 2014, the Maryland Bar Foundation, a nonprofit charitable organization, honored Brown with one of its esteemed Professional Legal Excellence Award for Advancement of the Public Understanding of Law for her ongoing support of the Maryland Civics & Law Academy, a joint effort between MSBA and the Maryland Judiciary to promote civics education and responsible citizenship among the state’s high school students.
Brown leads a slate of newly elected officers that includes Harry C. Storm, a Principal in the Bethesda law firm of Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd., as President-Elect; Keith R. Truffer, a Partner in the Towson law firm of Royston, Mueller, McLean & Reid, LLP, as Secretary; and Treasurer Sara H. Arthur, founding partner in the Annapolis-based Arthur Law Group, LLC.
“I will lead to the best of my ability,” Brown says, “knowing that this is a democratic process” informed by the interests of MSBA members. Inclusivity is another cornerstone of Brown’s strategy, and she seeks to “open the door wider so that our Association will be as reflective of the community as it should be.”
The Maryland State Bar Association is a 24,000-member voluntary professional membership organization dedicated to effectively represent and provide member services to Maryland’s lawyers while promoting professionalism, diversity in the legal profession, access to justice, service to the public, and respect for the rule of law.
Ron Weich, Dean, University of Baltimore School of Law
Ron Weich was named dean of the School of Law in 2012, following a lengthy career in government in which he served as an assistant attorney general in the U.S. Department of Justice during the Obama administration and as chief counsel to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Sen. Edward M. Kennedy.
Weich began his legal career as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan. In 1987, he joined the staff of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, serving as its legislative liaison and representing the commission in federal courts throughout the country in litigation challenging the constitutionality of the Sentencing Reform Act.
From 1990 to 1997, as general counsel to the Senate Committee on Labor and Human Resources and chief counsel to Sen. Kennedy on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Weich advised the senior senator from Massachusetts on civil and criminal justice issues, drug control policy, patient safety legislation, constitutional amendments and other matters.
From 1997 to 2004, Weich was an attorney in private practice at Zuckerman Spaeder, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm with a highly regarded Baltimore office. As a partner in the firm's litigation department, Weich represented clients in courts, agencies and legislatures.
Weich served as chief counsel to Sen. Reid from 2007 to 2009 and in a similar capacity when Reid was minority leader from 2005 to 2006. As principal legal adviser to the Democratic leader, Weich helped to manage Senate floor activity on Judiciary Committee bills and judicial nominations and coordinated related activities of the Democratic caucus. Weich played a key staff role in the enactment of the 2007 ethics reform law, the 2008 amendments to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and other significant legislation.
Weich was nominated to his post at the Justice Department in April 2009 and was confirmed the following month. As the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, Weich developed and implemented strategies to advance the department's legislative priorities, coordinated the department's response to congressional oversight, and guided nominees through the Senate confirmation process.
Among Weich's numerous professional affiliations, he has been a member of the advisory board of the Federal Sentencing Reporter, a trustee of the Vera Institute of Justice, a trustee of the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and vice chair of government relations of the American Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section. He was named one of the 50 most influential congressional staff members by Roll Call (2007 to 2009) and one of the 105 most influential lawyers in the United States by the National Law Journal (1994). He has published numerous articles on federal sentencing and other criminal law topics.
Stephanie Kaye Baron
Principal, Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
Stephanie Kaye Baron is a principal in the firm's Baltimore office. She advises and represents businesses in all aspects of labor and employment law. Stephanie also chairs the Women’s Network at Miles.
Stephanie advises employers, both locally and nationally, on a variety of employment law matters, including avoidance and investigation of claims of harassment, discrimination and retaliation, Family Medical Leave and Americans with Disabilities Act issues, Fair Labor Standards Act and other wage payment claims, and issues related to the hiring and firing of employees. She has extensive experience in drafting, enforcing, and defending against non-competition and other restrictive covenant agreements, and has obtained and defended against temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions dealing with allegations of unfair competition. She has represented clients in both Federal and State courts and in front of numerous government agencies, including the DOL, EEOC, and various state and local agencies. In addition to her litigation experience, Stephanie regularly counsels employers in the areas of human resource management, personnel practices and policies, employee handbooks, OFCCP compliance and affirmative action obligations, and Equal Pay Act analyses. Stephanie has also defended businesses against FHA and ADA accommodation claims.
Stephanie’s traditional labor law experience includes leading a strike contingency planning team of 10 lawyers in preparation for the expiration of a collective bargaining agreement and researching and responding to strike-related issues as they arose during negotiations. She also advises management on issues related to plant closures and related requirements under existing collective bargaining agreements. She aids clients in contract interpretation for ongoing disciplinary and grievance issues.
Before joining Miles & Stockbridge as an associate, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable James R. Eyler, Court of Special Appeals of Maryland. Prior to attending law school, Stephanie worked as an auditor for Arthur Andersen and obtained her Certified Public Accountant license.
Teresa D. Teare
Partner, Shawe Rosenthal
Teresa D. Teare is a partner at Shawe Rosenthal who represents employers and management in labor and employment-related litigation. She regularly represents clients from a broad range of industries including non-profits, educational institutions and insurance companies throughout the federal, state and local court system and before administrative agencies.Teresa is an experienced litigator who handles claims involving discrimination; harassment; wrongful discharge; wage and hour violations, including collective actions; and enforceability of not-to-compete covenants. In addition to her litigation practice, Teresa counsels clients on strategies and best practices to create positive work environments and avoid potential liability exposure. Teresa advises clients in virtually every facet of employment law including implementation of policies; recruitment and selection of employees; hiring procedures; wage and hour compliance; counseling and disciplinary actions; family and medical leave act management; disability accommodations; performance evaluation and review process; investigations resulting from allegations of harassment; and termination of the employment relationship, including mass layoffs. Teresa also provides guidance to employers on their obligations under the Affordable Care Act.
Teresa regularly provides training to management and employees on a variety of issues, including compliance with anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Affordable Care Act. Teresa is the co-author of several articles for Matthew Bender & Company's monthly Labor and Employment Law Bulletin and the Society for Human Resource Management's Court Report. In addition, she is a contributing editor toThe Employment Law Deskbook, published by Matthew Bender, and the Maryland and Federal Employment Law Manual, a publication of the American Chamber of Commerce.She is active in the American, Federal and Maryland State Bar Associations. Teresa co-chairs the Lawyers' Campaign for the CollegeBound Foundation, and Teresa has been an adjunct professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law where she taught courses in legal writing and advocacy.