Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera to be commencement speaker

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The Hon. Mary Ellen Barbera, chief judge, Maryland Court of Appeals

Mary Ellen Barbera, chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals, will be the commencement speaker for the University of Baltimore School of Law’s 90th commencement ceremony on Monday, May 15, 2017.

The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric (140 W. Mt. Royal Ave., Baltimore 21201).

Approximately 220 law students will receive degrees.

After majoring in early childhood education at what was then Towson State College, Barbera taught in Baltimore City public schools for nine years. She went on to earn a J.D. from the University of Maryland law school, graduating in 1984. She was admitted to the Maryland bar the same year.

Barbera has served as chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals since July 8, 2013. She is the first female chief judge of the court, the state’s highest.

Thomas Slater will offer greetings from the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.

The class valedictorian, Aiste Palskyte, will offer remarks to fellow class members.

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