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Maryland First Lady to Serve as School of Law Commencement Speaker, May 19

April 11, 2014
Contact: University Relations
Phone: 410.837.5739

The University of Baltimore School of Law's 87th commencement ceremony will take place on Monday, May 19 at 1 p.m. in the Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric, 140 W. Mt. Royal Ave.

The Hon. Catherine Curran O'Malley, a Baltimore City District Court judge and Maryland's first lady, will serve as commencement speaker. Judge O'Malley earned her law degree from the UB School of Law in 1991. After serving as an assistant state's attorney, O'Malley was appointed to the bench by Gov. Parris Glendening in 2001.

A longtime advocate for the rights of victims, Judge O'Malley—who is married to Gov. Martin O'Malley—has worked to end domestic violence locally, nationally and internationally. Since 2007 she has traveled to Russia four times to speak about the effects of domestic violence on women worldwide. Locally, she has worked with the House of Ruth Maryland, as well as with other institutions devoted to ending abusive behavior against women.

Judge O'Malley, the mother of four children, has also championed efforts to end bullying. In 2011, she joined with Facebook and Time Warner Inc. to promote National Bullying Prevention Month, and in 2012 she spoke at the U.S. Department of Education's Bullying Prevention Summit. That year she also spoke about cyberbullying at the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges’ annual meeting.

At the commencement ceremony, University of Baltimore President Robert L. Bogomolny and School of Law Dean Ronald Weich will offer remarks, as will 2014 School of Law Valedictorian Jordan M. Halle. Two other students will be recognized for academic excellence and service to the law school. Approximately 298 J.D. students and 25 LL.M. students will receive degrees.

Admission is by ticket only and space is limited.

Learn more about the UB School of Law.

The University of Baltimore is a member of the University System of Maryland and comprises the College of Public Affairs, the Merrick School of Business, the UB School of Law and the Yale Gordon College of Arts and Sciences.