New scholarship fund honors Kim DiGiovanni Aluisi, J.D. ’85

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Kim DiGiovanni Aluisi, J.D. ’85

A new scholarship for aspiring women attorneys at the University of Baltimore School of Law was announced Friday to honor the memory of UB law alumna Kim DiGiovanni Aluisi, J.D. ‘85, a prominent Annapolis divorce attorney.

DiGiovanni Aluisi died Dec. 5, 2016, after a battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 56.

DiGiovanni Aluisi opened her own law firm in 1999. Last year she asked Annapolis lawyer Allen Kruger to merge his practice with hers. As a tribute to his former law partner, Kruger will keep the firm’s full name, Kruger DiGiovanni Aluisi, according to the obituary for DiGiovanni Aluisi in The Baltimore Sun.

Maryland Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., former Gov. Robert Ehrlich Jr. and DiGiovanni Aluisi’s son, Frank DiGiovanni, announced the creation of the Kim DiGiovanni Aluisi Scholarship Fund in a letter that read in part: “For those of you who knew Kim, you know that she worked tirelessly waiting tables and studying through the night to get through College Park and the University of Baltimore School of Law. In overcoming her own challenges, Kim lived to help others overcome their adversity and achieve their full life potential.”

Early in her career, DiGiovanni Aluisi worked for 15 years at Miller’s law firm. While she was active in Maryland Democratic politics, she had friends on both sides of the aisle and was particularly close with Ehrlich and his wife, Kendel Ehrlich, J.D. ’87.

The former governor told The Sun that DiGiovanni Aluisi had “irrepressible will”: “When she called you and asked you to do something, you knew you were going to say yes. There was no sense in arguing.”

DiGiovanni Aluisi married Jimmy Aluisi in 2004. The two had dated during law school at UB. Her previous marriage ended in divorce.

To donate to the Kim DiGiovanni Aluisi Scholarship Fund or to learn more, contact Kate Crimmins at the University of Baltimore Foundation at kcrimmins@ubalt.edu or 410-837-6135.

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