Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera gives commencement keynote

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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, gave the keynote address at the University of Baltimore School of Law’s 90th commencement ceremony on Monday, May 15, 2017.

Watch the commencement ceremony.

Read the commencement program.

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

Receiving degrees were 225 students.

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 offered greetings from the University System of Maryland Board of Regents.

The class valedictorian, Aiste Palskyte, offered remarks to fellow class members.

2017 UB School of Law — 90th commencement brochure

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