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Legal Excellence Awards

Each year, the Maryland Bar Foundation offers the Legal Excellence Awards to honor members of the legal community. 

To be eligible for the award, nominees must be currently licensed to practice in Maryland, be a dues-paying member of the MSBA, practice predominately in Maryland, be actively be engaged in the practice of law for the past 12 months, and must not be a prior recipient of the award, with the exception of lawyers and laypersons being eligible for the Advancement of Public Understanding of the Law award.

LEGAL EXCELLENCE AWARDS

Previous Recipients
(1) Advancement of Professional Competence
(2) Steven P. Lemmey Award for the Advancement of Public Service Responsibility
(3) Advancement of the Rights of the Disadvantaged
(4) Advancement of Advocacy for Justice*
(5) Advancement of Public Understanding of the Law

2017 (1) James Archibald, Esq.
(2) Debbie Johnston, Esq. (posthumously)
(3) Hon. George Lipman
(4) Laure Ruth, Esq.
(5) Irwin Kramer, Esq.

2016

(1) Hon. William G. Connelly
(2) Scott G. Patterson
(3) Matthew B. Stubenberg  
(4) Gary C. Norman   
(5) David Pantzer

2015

(1) Hon. Julia B. Weatherly 
(2) Glenn M. Grossman
(3) Raymond E. DiBiagio, Jr.
(4) Debra L. Gardner 
(5) Kathleen H. Meredith
Hon. Timothy E. Meredith

2014

(1) Leonard R. Stamm
(2) Steven P. Lemmey
(3) The Homeless Persons Representation Project
(4) Professor Michael A. Millemann
(5) Hon. Pamila J.  Brown

2013

(1) Hon. Kathleen M. Dumais
(2) Hon. Katherine D. Savage
(3) Wilhelm H. Joseph, Jr.
(4) Not Awarded
(5)  Hon. Mark F. Scurti & Jennifer S. Fairfax

2012

(1) Hon. Mary Ellen Barbera
(2) Hon. William D. Missouri
(3) Martin H. Schreiber, II
(4) Henry E. Dugan, Jr.
(5) Andrew D. Levy

2011

(1) Hon. Peter B. Krauser
(2) Victor H. Laws
(3) Benjamin Woolery
(4) John J. Connolly
(5) Hon. Charles E. Moylan, Jr. 

2010

(1) Melvin Hirshman
(2) Hon. C. Philip Nichols, Jr.
(3) Foreclosure Prevention Pro Bono Project
(4) Not Awarded
(5) Michael C. Hodes & David N Pessin

2009

(1) Alexander Gordon IV
(2) George A. Nilson
(3) Not Awarded
(4) Brian A. Zemil
(5) Joseph Surkiewicz 

2008

(1) Paul Mark Sandler
(2) Stephen J. Nolan
(3) Jo M. Glasco
(4) J. Wyndal Gordon
(5) Russell P. Butler

2007

(1) Glenn Grossman & Alvin Frederick
(2) Fred S. Hecker
(3) Not Awarded
(4) Fred W. Bennet (posthumously)
(5) Hon. Glenn T. Harrell, Jr.

2006

(1) Hon. Alan M. Wilner
(2) J. Harrison Phillips, III
(3) Professor Michael Pinard
(4) Adam Sean Cohen & James L. Rhodes
(5) Elizabeth Hewlett

2005

(1) Paul V. Carlin
(2) Andrew H. Baida & Benjamin Rosenberg
(3) Ward B. Coe, III
(4) Nancy S. Forster
(5) Kim M. Keenan

2004

(1) Hon. Lynne A. Battaglia
(2) Charles L. Fuller
(3) James F. Rosner
(4) Not Awarded
(5) Ellery M. “Rick” Miller, Jr.

2003

(1) Richard F. Lindstrom
(2) Jervis S. Finney
(3) Hon. Deborah S. Eyler
(4) Not Awarded
(5) Not Awarded

2002

(1) Hon. Kathleen O’Ferrall Freidman
(2) Steven Van Grack
(3) Adekunle Fagbenle
(4) Hon. Jamey H. Weitzman
(5) Robert J. Rhudy

2001

(1) Hon. Paul W. Grimm
(2) Hon. E. Stephen Derby
(3) Richard T. Bolan
(4) Jose Felipe Anderson
(5) John C. Joyce & Thomas P. Ryan

2000

(1) Hon. Patrice E. Lewis
(2) Lawrence A. Shulman
(3) Andrew D. Levy
(4) Professor Deborah J. Weimer
(5) Hon. Arthur M. “Monty” Ahalt

1999

(1) Hon. Lawrence F. Rodowsky
(2) Hon. Robert M. Bell
(3) Professor Stanley S. Herr
(4) Professor Douglas L. Colbert
(5) Roberta R. Roper

1998

(1) Cheryl Lynn Hepfer
(2) Wilbur D. “Woody” Preston, Jr.
(3) Professor Donald H. Stone
(4) Not Awarded
(5) Professor Joan L. O’Sullivan

1997

(1) Christopher L. Beard
(2) Isaiah Leggett
(3) Scott P. Rose
(4) H. Mark Stichel
(5) Christopher S. Lambert

1996

(1) MSBA Professionalism Course:
      Ed Shea, Dan Twomey, Rignal Baldwin, Pamela White, William Weston
(2) Herbert S. Garten
(3) Stephen J. Nolan
(4) C. Christopher Brown
(5) Not Awarded

* (4) Formerly the Advancement of Unpopular Causes

Previous winners of Legal Excellence Awards(PDF)